Healthy Living Summit

I didn’t know what to expect, I just knew as soon as I heard Healthy Living Summit was going to be in Boston this year I signed up. As we got into the week before, I started getting a little nervous that my introverted awkward self would basically just be on my own for the entire weekend. What was I thinking signing up for something where I didn’t know a soul?

I was also concerned over the fact that I’m not much of a blogger. Lately I only blog once every week or so, there just hasn’t been enough time, but I enjoy it enough that I want to continue. I was scared I would be the only one where this was the case and then someone would wonder, why are you here?

Couldn’t be farther from the truth. As soon as I arrived at the cocktail party two people heading in at the same time quickly introduced themselves and made me feel welcome. From there it was easy, I felt during most moments someone either proactively reached out to me or I felt confident enough to introduce myself to a new group. This sort of thing is so far out of my comfort zone and it felt great to overcome my nerves.

Even better than expected, I met two women, one that was training for the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon (and had run marathons before), Theodora from Losing Weight in the City, and one that had run this same marathon twice before, Melissa from Melissa Runs. I was feeling a little lack of confidence over the past week or so, mostly my fault, with my lack of mileage during the week, but it was helpful to talk to both and get even more excited about the race ahead!

I got to connect with many different women that are local to Boston also and who I am so excited to get to know even better soon! Wish I had been better with the pictures of all of us, photo fail, but you aren’t surprised by this are you?

As if that wasn’t enough, I also attended several helpful and motivating sessions. I really took a lot from each one of them, but a special note of appreciation to Gretchen for her photography session. As you know, I need some serious help in this arena.

I did manage to take some photos, mostly of the delicious food, take a peek! Thank you to Wild Harvest!

I loved these, never had them before!

Something else awesome? Free shoes! Thank you Reebok!

Pretty excited about those, totally my colors too. Thank you to the fabulous team that planned everything this year, I have no idea how you did it, that is a large undertaking, thank you Meghann, Julie & Heather. I had an awesome time!!!

One Year

And some. I missed the whole one year blog anniversary, but I still managed to catch up in the right month. Here is where it all started. Fascinating I know.

In case you happen to be checking this blog out for the first time, here is a little bit about me.

Since it is my one year blogaversary (creative huh), this might be the perfect time to check in on those little resolutions. We are more than halfway through the year, right?

  1. Run a marathon. Still in training folks. Can’t say I’ve been the most training committed, but I’m hoping to continue to improve. Officially 92 days until the Marine Corps Marathon.
  2. Run 1,000 miles. Ooof. This one bums me out. Status today: 300 exactly. I would love to say I’m going to make it, but reality is, I’m experiencing a bit of running injury right now and hoping to still run the marathon, but most likely will take a bit of running rest after that. Still possible, but unlikely.
  3. Create and follow a new budget. Create yes, follow, on and off. Clearly needs improvement but progress shown.
  4. Create one new recipe. I’ll have to think about that one, I mean I did make this lovely vermicelli noodle bowl the other night, does that count?
  5. Start volunteering with a new organization. This one I can officially check off. I started a monthly commitment to The Home for Little Wanderers through my church.
  6. Take a really fun trip with Ben. Booked!
  7. Make some dents in this healthy living and eating thing. Ouch. I honestly don’t feel like I’ve done much here since January. I don’t know about you, but I get SO frustrated with myself. It’s no one’s fault, but my own. It’s alarming to me that I look back and am still shocked when I realized I’ve made little to no progress, and that it’s literally the tenth time it’s happened. I’m heading into pity party mode (which is ridiculous), let’s end there. This is supposed to be a motivating blog.

Let’s look at ducks. Ducks make me happy.

What else makes me happy? Summer concerts on the Esplanade.

 

So fun!

 

Have a great weekend!

Once Upon a Time…

There was this girl who said she LOVED to run and really enjoyed healthy living.

And then sometimes that girl has weeks like this…

  • Mon – Strength Training Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones
  • Tues – Treadmill workout Of course not
  • Wed – Strength Training Cardio Circuit – 30 min
  • Thurs – Cardio You guessed, it nothing
  • Fri – Rest – I think I like my rest days on Fridays Obviously
  • Sat – Run 6m Ha
  • Sun – Run, run, run May as well end the week the same, right?

Oh, did I say my blog was about running, cooking and healthy living? What I really meant was it’s about lack of self-control and complete self-indulgence and sitting on the couch like a sack feeling sorry for myself since healthy eating is just so hard. Wah wah wah!

I’m so over myself.

 

 sac·ri·fice

the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.
 
Unhealthy food and lots of it? I don’t know about something “prized”, but most certainly something desirable. Being at a healthy status, a more pressing claim? Yes, absolutely.
 
I thought this post was really cool to read about change. I need to remember to anticipate failure and be ready to react and bounce back. The End.
 
That being said, this is a new week, isn’t it? So far so good.
  • Mon – Run
  • Tues – Strength Training
  • Wed – Run
  • Thurs – Strength Training
  • Fri – Rest
  • Sat – Run
  • Sun – Run, run, run

To enhance my future success, I have gone ahead and scheduled some additional goals. I can be such a procrastinator sometimes and work better “under pressure” so although I have to make progress on my 1,000 mile goal for 2012, it isn’t quite enough to kick my butt right now. (Although, yikes, progress so far, only 35 miles!). And the marathon is far enough away that I’m not feeling the push there either. So…

I went ahead and signed up for two halfs. I’ll be running in the Twin Lights Half Marathon in Gloucester, MA on May 12th and the Cherry Tree Running Festival Half-Marathon in Pawtucket, RI on May 20th.  I’ve really started enjoying the half-marathon so I’m pretty excited  for both of these. I originally was only going to do the latter, but there is something about ending the year with 5 half-marathons total rather than 4 that makes me happy. Weird I know. Also, you know I love the North Shore and the run through Gloucester and also a run with blooming cherry trees will both be beautiful. I have friends joining me for the second race too which also makes it that much more exciting.

On that note, if I want to run these, training starts February 20th. Thinking of going with this plan again, but actually following it this time with a modification to make my long runs on Saturday (and moving up everything else by a day). I didn’t put any additional pressure on myself for the half marathons I ran last October, but this time I would really like to PR in at least one of the half marathons I am running. I don’t care if it’s by only five seconds, as long as I PR.

Check out my racing page here with my updates.

It’s a Gold Star Day

Remember my Gold Star challenge?

It was a little depressing during the month of December, but I’m back on it this month. If you know me, you are aware that I might just have this a slight enjoyment of buying new clothes, accessories and home decor. Okay, full disclosure, I might actually own every single candle from Anthropologie, but that’s only the beginning.

So, if you recall, I receive a gold star for every week that I do at least five workouts accompanied with either weight loss or following my allotted points exactly. After I earn the first four stars I finally get to open (and wear) a dress that I purchased a couple of months ago (I know, I know, yes, I did buy it, but I couldn’t let it disappear, now could I?).

So I am super excited to tell you I am halfway there! I earned my second gold star of 2012 this week. I think this plan does work to incent me, because the ONLY reason I actually ran in eight degrees yesterday AND did a second workout was to complete the week for a gold star.

Would this work for anyone else out there who has a healthy living goal? I would be happy to share my chart. 🙂