Wow...this year has flown by. I haven't been much of a blogger this year but I have been on the site a lot. I did want to add a blog to summarize 2011 before I change my up my page for 2012.
The following details the goals I set for 2011 and the status of those goals:
Goal #1: Lose 38 lbs by 30Sep2011 (my birthday).
Status: As of 30Sep2011 I had lost 31 lbs and as of 31Dec2011 I have lost a total of 40 lbs
Goal #2: Weigh less than my husband. Now this goal has been on the list since I got married
almost 18 yrs ago…
Status: As of 17Aug2011 I officially weighed in less than my husband and as of today I consistently weigh about 8-10 lbs less than my husband.
Goal #3: Be in a comfortable size 6. This goal was actually set in 2009 but I took it off my goals list for 2011 because I really didn’t think it would really ever happen…
Status: As of 24Nov2011 I am officially a size 6!!! In jeans and skirts, anyway…in dresses I am at least an 8 and sometimes a 10 because my breasts just seem to not fit into a size 6 even though the rest of me does…
Goal #4: Finish my first Half Marathon.
Status: Well, training started in May 2011…and on 05Nov2011 we (my cheerleader hubby and one of my dearest and most cherished/loved friends, RIVEKKAH) completed the Savannah Rock N Roll Half Marathon! And we all came in under our goal times. I registered to complete in 2 hrs 59 minutes but had a goal of completing in 2:45…My finish time was 2:43:43!!! I finished with a personal best time of 12:14 min/mile avg pace. (sad note: my other dearest/cherished/loved and one of my oldest friends, AKAFIT, was supposed to have completed the race with us but due to knee surgery was unable to do so…she was there cheering us all on to the finish line, though!)
Goal #5: Complete the Savannah River Bridge Run 10K for a second year. We did this race with RIVEKKAH on 04Dec2010 and after all the half marathon training I wanted to do it again and beat my finish time for 2010. Note: this bridge run is known as the toughest bridge run in the south…and for a very good reason. In 2010 my finish time was 1:21:51 with an avg 13:15 min/mile pace. For 2011 my goal was to finish the race in under 1:15.
Status: On 03Dec2011, my hubby and I did this race again and I am happy to say that I beat last years’ time!!! I finished in 1:14:30...which is an 11:44 min/mile avg and shaving 7:21 off of last years’ time.
Goal #6: To say farewell to mediocrity and to feel good about myself.
Status: Today, I can honestly say that I have met a lot of challenges this year with confidence (if not with trembling and fear). I took the bull by the horns and followed through with the commitments I made (something I have often given up on in the past). And while it has been tough at times, I can say that I do feel good about myself and where I am in my eating habits and fitness level. And I can, with confidence, say “Farewell to Mediocrity”! Life is full and mediocre efforts are no longer the norm for me. I do have days when it is a struggle to make the right choices. In the end, I know that I don’t want to be that woman I was before. I like the woman I am today. Not because I am a size 6 or because I weigh less than my husband…but because I know the victory of having conquered some of the demons in my closet. Because I have learned how to eat the right things for me and learned that there are just some things that I need to avoid (not because I can’t have them but because they cause me to spiral out of control). And because I am no longer a slave to the food or myself (1 Corinthians 9:24-27 “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”)
And now for some pictures!
Comparison pictures...Bridge Run 2010 / Savannah RnR 2011 / Bridge Run 2011
Savannah Bridge Run 2010 w/ hubby and Rivekkah / Savannah RnR 2011
Savannah Bridge 2010 / Savannah Bridge Pre and Post 2011
Size 8 Jeans in September / Size 6 Jeans in December
And now it is becoming a family affair because my 9 yr old son has decided to do the running thing with us. This is his first event with us on 17Dec2011.