Happy 2015 everyone! It wasn’t quite the New Years I had expected as I was still slowly coming out of the cobwebs from my almost FIVE weeks of being sick. And I’m not talking fighting a cold for 5 weeks, I’m talking, lying in bed, husband staying home from work to take care of the kids kind of sick. It was rough. I have never been that sick in my life!! I went back to the doctor for a follow up on New Year’s eve and we drew a bunch of labs to see if anything else was going on. Luckily, all of my labs came back normal. I was even tested for mono (hello college days). Great news that everything came back clean, I was just dealt a bad immune system this year for some reason.
I haven’t done any form of exercise for the last 5 weeks, and I’m exhausted just walking up the stairs. In fact, I have actually been pretty depressed, wanting to do nothing by lie on my bed with the blinds drawn staring out the window, despite my parents in town visiting. I didn’t want to talk to anyone or see anyone. I’ve had down days before, but nothing like this. This experience really rocked me. But on New Year’s Day, one of my BRF’s came over to drag me out of the house and forced me to pull the cobwebs back. You want to talk about a BAMR? She is 36 weeks pregnant, had gotten up at zero dark thirty to run 8 miles and then came to my house with a Starbucks Peppermint Mocha in hand and took me for a 3 mile walk. It was the best morning…..EVER.
I needed the vitamin D so badly. We walked and talked at a very leisurely pace for about 3 miles and it felt so good. I was exhausted when I got home, but my spirits were immediately lifted. Later that evening my lower back started to hurt and I realized that I have lost every ounce of my core strength after this illness. I also lost 6 pounds, but I can tell it was all muscle loss (cause my jeans still don’t fit). It’s a bit frustrating especially since marathon training was supposed to start a month ago. So I need to chat with my coach about how to progress. I’m thinking that I am going to focus on core and strength for the next few weeks before I pick up any heavy running. We’ll see what happens.
Since I have been slacking on the blogging front, I’m a bit behind with reviewing my goals from last year and seeing how I stacked up to them, and even setting new goals.
So let’s take a look at my goals from 2014:
- Run 1,000 miles– NOT MET This did not happen unfortunately with the injuries I dealt with. I came up even shorter than last year which wasn’t really surprising. I totalled up at 672.5. But I’m not looking at it as a failure. I’m happy I was able to even run as much as I did with the nagging “injuries” I dealt with. Notice how I put injury in quotes? Yea, that’s my way of being in DENIAL about it really being an injury. I like to consider it a “nagging issue”…LOL. Whatever I need to tell myself.
- 14 in 2014– MET I ended up completing 16 races this year!
- 1:50 Half Marathon– MET Finished in 1:50:20 This was one of my best accomplishments this year! I trained my ass off for this race. I started to have calf issues the week before this race, but I think adrenaline kicked in and I didn’t even notice…either that or I was distracted by some *ahem* other issues. It was a tough race mentally, but I powered through.
- Sub 4:30 marathon– MET Despite an extremely tough race, somehow I still managed to meet this goal and pull a 15 minute PR on my marathon.
- Marathon Maniac– NOT MET…and realized this really isn’t important to me.
- Half Fanatic– NOT MET…again, not important to me anymore
- Be more patient, especially with my boys– Still a work in progress.
- Play with my boys more– MET I took Christine’s advice and played freeze tag more this year. It’a actually a lot of fun. If you haven’t played in a while, I challenge you to!
- Clean up my diet and start to use more raw foods and eliminate processed foods (especially for the boys snacks).– MET I am proud to say this has been a HUGE change for me and my family. We’ve eliminated a lot of processed foods and have focused on whole foods, fruits and veggies. We haven’t eliminated everything but I’d say about 75%, which I am more than happy with.
- Focus on really getting STRONG by working on core and strength training– I would say that I kind of met this goal. I definitely focused on cross-training a lot more and cutting back on running, but did I hit the gym and lift weights? No. Was I as religious with the core exercises as I should have been? No. Did I work on it more than I did last year? Yes. Still room to improve.
So, out of 10 goals, I achieved half of them. It think that’s pretty good if I do say so myself!!
What are my goals for 2015 you ask? Haha, and even if you DIDN’T ask, I’m going to tell you anyway
- Run 1,000 miles (I am determined to meet this goal)
- 4 hr marathon
- Stay injury free
- Refocus on strength training
- Yoga at least once a week
- RRCA Coaching Certification–I take the course next weekend! Fingers crossed that I pass! Now to figure out how to use it!
- Be more comfortable in my skin (which will happen if I really dedicate myself to strength training)
- Be more confident…I put on a good show on the outside, but I really lack in this department. I lost a lot of my confidence when I made the transition to being home with my boys and only being in the workforce a few times a month.
- Tell my husband how much I appreciate him more. He works his butt off for us and
sometimesI have a tendency to get caught up in my day with the boys that I act annoyed and irritated towards him when he get’s home because he didn’t have to deal with it all day and it’s not fair. I appreciate every ounce of that man, and I need to tell him that more often.
- Stay true to myself with the blog. It’s so easy to get caught up in the freebies and fun things. It’s OK to not accept every product that comes my way. I hate reading blogs that every post is a blog review of a product. I want to try and stay committed to writing material that I find valuable and not “filler” stuff. I have a list of reviews that I got completely behind with when I was sick…..but after the current ones I’ve already committed to, I will really be getting selective.
Phew…there it is, on paper and no turning back now. I definitely think these goals are attainable and I’m looking forward to what 2015 has to bring!A time of reflection and refocusing for @suzy399 What are YOUR goals in 2015? #goalsetting #fitfluential… Click To Tweet
What is the ONE goal you really want to achieve this year?
What are you most proud of achieving last year?