First off, I hope you are all having the most blessed of holidays and are looking forward to a new year full of promise and new adventures!
Gee whiz, I haven't blogged in way too long... it was something I kept meaning to get around to... so here I am. Eating way too much during the holidays.
My Christmas present to myself is to start tracking my food again, FAITHFULLY! I have gained a few pounds and lost them repeatedly... so that's not really a problem. It's back to accountability city for me. Yep, must get back on that horse. HELP!!
I got done with my time at Ft Hood and have been home nearly a month already and am still trying to get back into the swing of things. I think a lot of things have contributed to my procrastination. I was just trying to get through my last months of my mobilization and was kind of concentrating on what needed to get done, as well as the usual frustrations of impending change.
My dad passed away in early August after a steady decline during the 7 years since my mom passed. So I had emergency leave and was glad I made it home. I had leave in October also and got to be home for my granddaughter's 1st birthday, my birthday, my son's orchestra concert and just a good slice of relaxation. The weather was mostly lovely, so I got some good runs in.
At the beginning of October I discovered the Fitbit. I have been very faithful in using it and I love it. The way it syncs with SP is nice, except every calorie that it calculates you burning is counted, so I think it overclocks your calorie burn... or at least doesn't separate your burn from BMR, so it really needs to be taken into account. I think the best parts are the total calorie burn, the sleep sensor and calorie gauging when you work out... it also works as a pedometer. The online tools are very handy for seeing you progress overall. I also got myself a Garmin GPS watch, which I LOVE. It is the coolest thing to see how elevation, speed and heartrate all work together.
But now I am back home and trying to get things re-established. I am kind of missing the warmth in Texas that allowed me to get out and run this time of year... but it still gets too dark early, no matter where I am. So having a treadmill is a must.
I now have 6 days until I run the First Night 5K here in Columbia. I am sort of dreading it and yet looking forward to it. It will be a challenge, to be sure, due to both the temperature and running on elevations. I was able to run 3.1 miles straight tonight, but that was flat. I would be running with inclines, but that part of my TM is currently not working and we are waiting on a new circuit board to make it possible. I also have a cool new outfit to wear for the run, all in purples, blacks and greys. It's supposed to be in the mid 30s.
I don't know if I have any great insights, but my new year's resolution is to stay in the successful 10% as I complete my 5th year in maintenance.