Transition to Winter Activities

It has been a busy few weeks.  So busy that I have totally gotten out of my exercise habit, uggh, why do I do this to myself?

 

As it has gotten darker and colder, my outdoor running has pretty much stopped, and so it is also a time of transition to the gym and yoga.  I did manage to get myself to yoga yesterday for the first time in over a month!  I was beginning to feel all sorts of tightness in my body and realized that it was time to get back to class.

I am making a commitment here and now to get to yoga at least twice a week (preferably more, but if I go 8 times a month, I will be getting my money’s worth out of my membership).  I also will get to the gym at least twice a week to keep up (and hopefully build) my muscle strength.  As I plan to do some skiing this winter I had better get into shape for the season — squats, squats and more squats!

 

I feel so good when I do these things, why do I let them lapse?

 

 

 

 

I am not completely done running however as I have signed up for a Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning.  I will be visiting family and my son, daughter-in-law and possibly my daughter will be running the race too.  Closer to home, my running club (Coastal Athletic Association) has all sorts of fun things planned — monthly pub runs, a canned food run, a jingle bell run, even an evening run around Nubble Light to see the holiday lights!  I hope to join in some of these events and will share my experiences with you!

One Last Chance to meet those 2014 Goals and Resolutions

I’m not so sure that I will make New Year’s Resolutions next year.  I think perhaps I am a little bit OCD when it comes to making lists, categorizing things and tracking myself.  But, since I did make them this year I figured I would continue checking on my progress toward my goals.  I have met a lot of these, and I have adjusted some as the year has gone along.  So as we move into the final quarter of 2014, I thought it would be time to check in and see what has been accomplished and what I still want to get done this year!

Career Goals:

I planned to learn the basics of coding and learn to build a website — While I did complete a short online tutorial on basic HTML coding, I have not done anything further.  However, as my work has led me more and more into on-line advertising with AdWords and Facebook, and so I have shifted this goal from learning to build a website to learning all about digital advertising and I am working on becoming AdWords certified.

  • My goal is to complete (and pass) the Adwords Fundamentals and Display Advertising exams to become certified.

I also set a goal to update my professional website, and I am on my way to having that completed this year.  I have gotten mew photos taken, updated the copy and I am having it updated to be mobile friendly.  Hopefully once the new site is up and running I will also meet another resolution which was to:

  • Write at least 2 blog posts a month on my professional blog.

Home and Family:

working dogTraining my puppy has been a year long goal.  I think she is pretty much trained, but accidents happen!

I did do some work on the inside of my house this year.  I painted a bathroom and pained my basement steps.  Both projects came out great.

  • Now I have to sand the paint off of my outside steps and re-stain them before the winter

I always set a goal to visit with my (grown) children at least every 6 weeks — unfortunately, I haven’t seen them since June although we talk on the phone, e-mail and text often.  I do have a trip planned to their area in two weeks for a family wedding so that will be a fun visit, and I have made plans to spend Thanksgiving with them at my son’s house.

And I have planned (and almost paid for) a great ski trip with my kids for early next year.  I have booked the condo and the airline tickets and everyone is ready to go!

Friendships:

One resolution that I make and love completing is to get together with  at least 2 friends each month.  So far so good!  Since my last update at the beginning of July, I have gotten together with Jen, June and Diane, Cheryl, Colleen, Carolyn, Deb and Julie at that was just July.  August started out great as I spent a weekend with my old college roommates: Lynne and Cindy, with Rhonda, Jen and Caryl.  So far in September, I have gotten together with Trudy, and  AZ Reunion

I went to a reunion with 28 of my sorority sisters, most of whom I haven’t seen in a very, very long time!

Another way I like to keep in touch has been to set a goal 52 letters in 52 weeks.  I was going along great with this, but I didn’t send many cards or letters this summer, just two in early July.  But I did buy a pack of Halloween cards so I will be sending out at least 8 notes next month.

Health and Fitness:

I have done great with my fitness goals this year.  I have done a lot of running and road races this summer and I have been very please with my times.  I even met my goal of running a 5K at better than an 8:00 minute mile (just once, but I did it).  I always set a goal to finish in the top 10% in my age group and for the most part I achieve that! I even place in the top 3 (in my age group) at two races this year.

As I have been doing a lot of running, my yoga practice has fallen off this summer (as it typically does), but I will get back to it.  I have also started weight training again in preparation for the Seacoast Half Marathon in early November.

Hobbies, Leisure:

I like to set a goal to see all the movies nominated for the Academy Awards Best Picture.  I must say that I wasn’t too excited about this year’s picks, but so far this year, I have seen:  America Hustle, Nebraska, Captain Phillips, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Osage County.  (I watched Last Vegas not that it was Academy Award material!)   I also re-watched Midnight in Paris and Dead Poets’ Society.  Really out of last year’s winners, the only others that interest me at all are Philomena, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, and Blue Jasmine

Two goals I have met are to organize my vegan recipe book (both on-line and in paper), as well as cleaning out unused things.  I have been good about getting rid of old make-up, miscellaneous electronics, kitchen gadgets and clothes.  As a new season is approaching, I will be clearing out more unworn clothes soon!

  • One goal that I haven’t gotten to yet is finishing my daughter’s High School scrapbook (she graduated in 2007).  I had set a goal to finish it by June, but maybe by December?  And, now that he has a house with some space, I will bring my son’s scrapbook(s) to him for him to keep!  (Thereby also meeting the previous goal of getting rid of things!)

Mental and Spiritual Health:

Well I really haven’t made any progress of these goals.  I still fret and complain about issues.  And while I am very, very grateful for everything in my life, I haven’t had any luck meditating or keeping a gratitude journal.  (I’ve never had any luck keeping any sort of journal.  It just seems silly to write this stuff down, and I wouldn’t want anyone to read it if I were to “depart”!).

everything in my life, I haven’t had any luck meditating or keeping a gratitude journal (I’ve never had any luck keeping any sort of journal.  It just seems silly to write this stuff down, and I wouldn’t want anyone to read it if I were to depart!).

Image by Tiverylack, courtesy of freedigitalphoto.com

Image by Tiverylack, courtesy of freedigitalphoto.com

  • However, it is never too late to start.  I should be able to simply spend 5-10 minutes a day in stillness and being grateful.

 

And lastly, I had also set a goal to ready and study more about philosophy, and I must admit, in preparation for writing this post, I purchased an audio lecture series on the philosophers and their teaching throughout history.  So far I have listened to the first 3 of the 60 lectures. These lectures series are great, they have them on a ton of topics ranging from fine arts to history to cooking to mathematics.  If you want to check them out here is the link.

Cramming for Fitness

Once again, I find myself cramming for my upcoming fitness events!

After laying low and not doing too much in the line of running or yoga for the past month or so I have signed up for a bunch of events in March.  On Sunday, March 2 I am participating in my 3rd annual Yoga Mala — 3 hours, 108 sun salutations, basically a yoga marathon!  Thn on Friday, Mar 5 I signed up for my yoga studio’s Rock of Ages Groove class.  An hour an a half class to the music of Def Leopard, AC/DC — you name it!  Also in March, I have two 5K races one on March 8 and the other on March 29 as part of the Smuttynose, Will Run for Beer series.  These should be doable on my minimal training as they are only 3.1 miles.  And lastly on March 16 is the annual St. Paddy’s Day 5 miler.  Last year this was a tough race for me as once again I hadn’t been training through the winter!  (You would think I’d learn).

So what have I done to train?  Besides shoveling?  Well I have been eating well and I do get enough sleep, but as far as fitness…

Thus far in February, I’ve been skiing, I’ve run 3-4 miles once each week (4x so far this month), and I’ve been to 2 yoga classes this week and I plan to make 2-3 more before the yoga mala.

I ran a very messy 4 miles on Thursday and hope to run tomorrow and at least once or twice during the upcoming week, and then again once or twice the week prior to the first 5K

As you can see, I’m not too hard on myself!  I should really write a post on how NOT to train.  Wish me luck!

Happy Birthday!

This week my blog is 4 years old! 

 

 I started the blog in February, 2010 with this post:

I went to the gym today, as a matter of fact I exercised today, for the first time in 38 days.  Will this be the day I restart my fitness-centered life?  Let me back up.  I had been exercising regularly and rigorously for 20 years (minus the last 3 years).  I used to run 20 miles a week, I lifted weights, ran three half marathons, three 10 mile races, and countless 10K and 5K races.  I skied, snowboarded, ice skated, hiked, roller-bladed.  I had a house full of fitness equipment.  I easily exceeded the recommended 10,000 steps a day.

But then I stopped.  A combination of personal issues led me to alter every aspect of my life, including my fitness routine.  I’ve been trying to get back into it ever since.  In the past 3 years I joined 3 different gyms.  In total I’ve gone a total of 7 times  I even started running.  I was up to 4 miles three times a week, but then I stopped.

But, I went to the gym today…

I am happy to report that over the past 4 years I have indeed gotten back into fitness and into healthy eating.  I’ve lost weight, lowered my cholesterol and other health risk factors through exercise and healthy eating.  I’ve run some road races including two half marathons, got back into weight training and started practicing yoga.

This blog is called, Let’s Get in Shape Together, and as the name implies, the blog is meant to encourage you, my readers to also start, or continue, on your own health and wellness journey.  I like to share news and information that I find on healthy living, I try not to get too preachy…. And, I try to adopt the healthy habits that I write about.

If you are a regular reader, you know that I have adopted a near vegan diet, and I have never felt healthier or stronger!  I have several posts on the health advantages of a plant based diet, the health risks of milk and dairy, and the dangers of genetically modified foods.

Lately I’ve begun to change other aspects of my daily life.  I have been using less and less plastic in favor of glass for food storage.  I now use a non-toxic alternative to dryer sheets.  I am even attempting to change my make up and skin care products and make-up to those without toxic chemicals.

I’d love to hear from you on healthy changes you’ve made in your life, or health/wellness goals you have for yourself.

 

 

 

I went to the gym today.

Finally.

I went to the gym today, as a matter of fact I exercised today, for the first time in 38 days.  Will this be the day I restart my fitness-centered life?  Let me back up.  I have been exercising regularly and rigorously for 20 years (minus the last 3 years).  I used to run 20 miles a week, I lifted weights, ran three half marathons, three 10 mile races, and countless 10k and 5k races.  I skied, snowboarded, ice skated, hiked, rollerbladed.  I had a house full of fitness equipment.  I easily exceeded the recommended 10,000 steps a day.

But then I stopped.  A combination of personal issues led me to alter every aspect of my life, including my fitness routine.  I’ve been trying to get back into it ever since.  In the past 3 years I joined 3 different gyms.  In total I’ve gone a total of 7 times  I even started running.  I was up to 4 miles three times a week, but then I stopped.

But, I went to the gym today…