Happy New Year to all! 2012 was quite the year for me and for my family.
In January, I committed to run a full marathon and in February I registered for the Twin Cities marathon. I planned out my training and was ready to go.
In March, I spent a weekend with my dear friends and fellow Sparkers, COSMOPAULATIN and ERINBEAR1876. We celebrated Paula’s birthday and ran the Get Lucky 7K!
In May, my husband and I traveled to Fargo for a half marathon. This was my second half marathon but the first half for my husband. I am so happy to be able to share my love of running with him. We had a fantastic time. I completed the “GoFar” challenge that weekend as well, meaning I ran a 5K the night before the half marathon and then the half the next day (16.2 miles in 12 hours!!). What an experience!!
In July, we made a trip to South Dakota as a family. It was so much to be together and be active. As I was training for the marathon, I was able to get a few runs in in the mountains. It was incredible and so breathtaking. Definitely something I won’t soon forget. We did some hiking and rock climbing while we were there too. SO FUN!
In August, my husband and I completed another half marathon as part of my training for the Twin Cities marathon. Was by far not my best run, but it was an excellent opportunity for training. It was an inexpensive race and there were water stops. Perfect.
Toward the end of August, my husband accepted a position/new job about 60 miles from our home, so we decided at that point to put our home on the market and pray that he didn't have to commute for too long. At this point I started applying for jobs within my current company so I could transfer to a location closer to his new work. LOTS OF CHANGE. All of this was happening as I was training for the marathon!
And then October came….and on October 7, I ran my first marathon with ERINBEAR1876. What a wonderful experience. For more on this awesome experience, read my blog for that day!!
In November, I interviewed for and accepted a new position, we sold our home and found a new one. On November 17th, we moved into our new home. So, new jobs for my husband and me, a new home and a new school for our girls. SO MUCH CHANGE!
So, this year, I am looking for less change, but more challenge in my current situation. Of course I still would like to lose the weight I have been forever trying to lose, but my focus this year is going to be in taking better care of myself. A resolution perhaps, but a goal truly. In doing so, I hope to teach myself a few things:
1. I need to be kinder to myself. I need to forgive myself for things. I need to treat myself as a friend.
2. I need to use food as fuel and remember that it IS okay to eat anything I want but to keep in mind that eating fast food and junk food isn't being as kind to myself as eating something nutritious made from home. I want to spend the same amount of energy on my inside as I spend on the outside. For example, I shower, do my hair and put makeup on EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I owe it to myself to put that much effort into my insides. Right?! ;)
3. I need to learn to allow myself to not feel so obligated to clean the house and make sure things are nice and tidy. I need to be able to ask for help and it’s time I started having my children help out around the house a little bit more. They are 5 and 7 and can certainly do more than just empty the trash, clear the table and put clothes away. And of course, my husband could help out a little more!! ;) I just need to allow myself to take the time to read or to take a bath or do whatever. I need to take better care of myself. :)
4. I also need to continue to set goals and stick with them. I thought that keeping my goals to myself might be helpful, but since the marathon (with no goal set or verbalized) I've kind of derailed. I won't say that I have come completely derailed, but I HAVE regained some weight and have not worked out nearly enough. I need to set these goals and stick to them.
So, those are my plans. I am hoping that taking better care of myself will improve all aspects of my life. I've printed out and written down my goals and I will carry them with me. I am slowly starting to eat better again (using food as fuel, and not as comfort or as a reward). I am moving more. I will be joining the community center this weekend. And I have plans to run another half marathon in May. Things are looking up and somehow, I feel at peace with myself at this moment.
Happy New Year SparkFriends, better late than never on this January 7th!!