I'm not a big resolution maker. I know myself enough and won't stick with them. It's just kind of how it is. And really, I try to live every day with a healthy life in mind so resolutions dealing with health and fitness are kind of dumb. Yes, I could be nicer to people, or more patient, etc, but I think that I should always be working on it, not just starting January 1st each year!
So when the end of the year rolled around and everyone was making their resolutions for 2013, I thought about my year ahead. What a year it'll be! I decided to just take it one month at a time and make a goal. Just one goal that I could stick with. So for January, I set out with the goal of doing something active every day. Sounds easy enough, right? But, keep in mind that I'm now 22 weeks pregnant and let's face it, there are days when sitting my big butt on the couch and watching the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (don't judge) just sounds better. I'm happy with my results... I had probably one of the most active months that I've had in a long time.
This past month, my bike trainer and I became friends again. We're not BFF's or anything yet, but we're getting there. Relationships take time. I did have to move from my bike shorts to
Running has become more of a struggle. I'm getting bigger. My belly is growing and things are just uncomfortable when I run. Last week I had a huge breakdown. Tom and I had gone for a 5 mile run and about 15 minutes into it I had to pee (super common). Luckily we were on the greenway and right at the 1.5 mile point there is a sports complex with potties. I stopped, did my business and thanked the front desk person who replied with "enjoy your walk". Ugh... really? The first 15 minutes had been a struggle for me as it was, but I was running and I didn't want to turn to walking. I left the building, walked towards Tom and proceeded to sob. I wasn't a walker. I was a runner. I wanted to run. But that day, running was H.A.R.D. As I calmed myself and said that I would try again, I got a searing pain in my left butt cheek that left me in tears again. Was this the end of my running? I proceeded to walk for an hour and call it a day. I was defeated. But, three days later I gave it another go and although it was slower than ever, I made it through a 45 minute run. At this point, I haven't resorted for a run/walk program yet (except for maybe up a hill or two when I feel my heart rate spike), but I think it's coming soon. I'm happy to just be trucking along! I did buy a pregnancy belt to hold up the baby and it's helped my round ligament pain a lot. I'm going to give it a lot of work this weekend hopefully when I'm in Ohio and on the treadmill (it's supposed to be a high of like 22 and this momma doesn't have enough warm weather running clothes that fit so the treadmill it is). I digress... I ended up running 9 times this month (with a possible 10th today) and my longest run was 7.2 miles.
And the rest of the time I've been walking, which honestly wears me out more than anything around here. It's hilly. I've talked about that before. When we run, we tend to hit the greenway so that it's somewhat flatter, but when I walk, I embrace the hills. I'm usually huffing and puffing by the time I'm done. It's a great workout and if need be, I'm going to incorporate it more as the pregnancy progresses. It definitely isn't a little stroll in the park. I walked 12 days this month and my longest was for over 1:20! Tom usually comes with me (as does Charlie) and he and I have the absolute best conversations - be it about our little girl, our past, our present, our future, work, racing, training, etc. I love those times with him so much.
So overall, I did a darn good job in January. You can see I even doubled up some days if you could up how many workouts I did. :) Now if only my weight wouldn't keep piling on... oye ve... that's for another post in itself. I'm healthy. I'm pregnant. I get it. No need to remind me of that!!!
So for February - I'm going to keep up this goal (because you know, after doing something for 21 days, it becomes a habit and I like this habit), but I'm going to set a new goal. Tom and I are going to go out to eat once a week. We tend to grab a lot of convenience food when we are out and about and I'm limiting that for the next 28 days. This should help our budget, and help me get the food I need.
How was your January? Did you hit your goals or resolutions?