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Mid Year Resolution Gut Check

I’m a little astounded that we’re halfway through the year already. It feels like Christmas was a few weeks ago — how has the summer gotten here so fast?

I figured it was about time to give myself a little look in the mirror and see how I’m doing with my resolutions.

1) Re-introduce weights.
I could be doing so much better with this. I love lifting. I just need to remind myself of that. This month, I’m re-introducing it in manageable, baby bite sized chunks. Then, next month I’ll add a little more. I want to be toned and feel great come September for the half (more on that in a minute) and our beach trip.

2) Run a half marathon. 
I signed up for this race! Yes, I actually did it! And, to boot, I got my husband and two good friends on board as well. I’m registered, we have a hotel room, I’ve got a training plan, and dammit I am going to do this!

3) Vary my reading.
I’ve been doing pretty good with this little goal. I’m realizing that I’m definitely better at knocking out non-fiction as opposed to classics. That’s a pity because there are so many classics I want to read. I’m hoping that having a Kindle (and free access to a lot of these books) will improve my classics record.  Don’t forget to add me as a friend on Goodreads! I love stealing book ideas from people. 🙂

4) Write letters.
I did pretty well with this for the first few months. Then, I got a few letters back and saved them with the intention of responding. They are still sitting in my cubby of the living room table. Whoops! I’ll work on sending some post cards from my trips this summer!

5) Get student loans under $X.
This is going very well. We are chugging away. I did some calculations yesterday about how much we’ve paid off in the (just under) two years we’ve been paying on the loans. I am astounded by how well we’ve done. Definitely on track here to meet my goal and pay off the loans before this time next year!

6) Cook!
Doing very well here too! Hubs and I have definitely been entertaining a lot. I’ve been picking a lot of our recipes for our meals and am generally starting to feel very at home in the kitchen!

7) Stop wasting time.
I gave up Facebook for Lent and that helped with this for a while. Lately, I’ve found myself killing time again lately. Refreshing facebook, twitter, and news sites. Re-checking blogs that I just looked at. Mindlessly watching TV that Hubs has on. I’m trying to avoid these time sucks but by the time I realize what I’m doing sometimes, I’ve wasted half an hour! Must stop wasting time! 

I’m satisfied with that. Looks like 3 goals could use some improvements and 4 are coming along swimmingly! Thankfully no huge failures on the horizon here! How are you doing on your New Year’s Resolutions?

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I can’t even see that far back…

Okay, so I’m a sucker for end of the year blog posts. I stole this from Brie. You should check out her responses too, cause I love her blog!

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
I got married! I also did a lot of traveling and saw a lot of places for the first time: Jamaica, Austin (Texas in general), New Orleans (Louisiana in general), and West Virginia. Oh, and I got my first ever massage on our Jamaican Honeymoon.

I also ran my first race on January 3rd. It was FREEZING!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I did a pretty good job with my resolutions. I’m happy with this past year. And I definitely plan on making more resolutions. More on that in the next few days!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No one gave birth this year, but I have good friends due in April, May, June, and August!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully, no. I’ve been very blessed this year.

5. What countries did you visit?
Jamaica!
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6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
A lot less student loan debt!

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
March 27 – Our wedding date!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Completing two races and planning a wonderful wedding!

9. What was your biggest failure?
I missed out on several races. One I was registered for but decided not to run (as it was the day after we moved). I also intended to run several others but never followed through. I’m fairly disappointed with myself for not following through.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
A couple bouts with food poisoning and a variety of work out “ouchies” with a side of achy knees. Otherwise, again, I’ve been very fortunate.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My wedding dress! (I’d love an excuse to wear it again…)
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12. Where did most of your money go?
My Student Loans and Hub’s tuition. More recently, to this little fellow:

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13. What did you get really excited about?
Getting married, going on our honeymoon, all my work travel.

14. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Our first dance song (David Gray’s This Year’s Love) or Don’t Stop Believing (specifically the amazing rendition from Dan and Kelly’s Wedding)!
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15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder?  Happier!
– thinner or fatter? About the same, maybe a little fatter (Sad smile).
– richer or poorer? About the same.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Camping.
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And, spending time with my friends. I love to relax and sometimes it turns me into a little bit of a homebody. So, if you’re reading this and you live in/around/near DC – let’s hang out!

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Waste time: on the internet, watching mindless tv, etc.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
Surrounded by my wonderful family in Atlanta!

19. What was your favorite TV program?
I enjoyed: Top Chef, Biggest Loser, Glee, Gossip Girl, and The Office.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

I finished 62 books this year. Highlights included: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, the Hunger Games books, The Looming Tower (Lawrence Wright), Zeitoun (by Dave Eggers), and Omnivore’s Dilemma (Michael Pollan).

21. What was your favorite music from this year?
Sarah Barailles, Florence and the Machine, The Used, and mind-numbing top 40 music.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?
I only saw a few movies in theatres and none of them were anything to write home about, sadly.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 25 and spent the day at work. I had delicious, cheap Italian food and drinks with friends that evening. Hubs and I belatedly celebrated my birthday a month or two later with a fancy, wonderful dinner out.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Paying down my loans farther. I wanted to be at a certain number by 1/1/11 and I’ll fall short of that. I’m making it my goal to have no more loans by the 27th birthday – ideally, though, the loans will be gone this time next year!

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Well, I’ve been trying to diversify my casual wardrobe and move away from all my college t-shirts. That’s an ongoing battle. It’s hard to buy casual clothes when you really need work clothes.

26. What kept you sane?
Hubs, my amazing friends, my parents, and good workouts.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010

I learned a lot this past year. I need to believe in myself more and follow through with challenges I set for myself (running: case in point). I also need to stop worrying about what other people do and don’t have. Someone will always have more than me and someone will always have less – I need to be happy with exactly what I’ve got.

 

All right, the Dawgs on on TV and I need to concentrate on football. We’re headed in to Old Town in a few hours and I can’t wait to chow down on some tapas.  There’s a delicious chocolate stout six pack in the fridge and a large saison for toasting with at midnight. This is certainly a fortuitous start to 2011. Happy New Years, Y’all!

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Treadmill Rage

Oh the joy of crowded apartment gyms post New Years. It has always been my opinion that people who have been working out prior to New Years should have first priority on machines after New Years. I’m thrilled for people embarking on new exercise programs. I love to see folks taking charge of their health and making good changes. But, dammit, don’t throw me off my training/work out schedule!

I had my first case of Treadmill Rage for 2010 earlier this week. I gave myself two days off after the 5k with Blair. So, Wednesday rolled around and I was gunning for a run. (Wait, whoa, who is this Anna? Excited to run??) Tom and I get down to the gym; it boasts four treadmills. One treadmill was broken and the other three were taken. I hoped on an elliptical to “warm up” and hoped someone would finish on the treadmill to at least give me enough time to properly calibrate my nike+.

About four minutes into my work out, I realize that two of the three treadmill folks are more than 30 minutes into their work out. Every gym I’ve ever been to has “gym rules” which involve limiting your workout to 30 minutes when others are waiting. So, I start to get a little frustrated. 15 minutes into my work out, the first person gets off. Another girl (who was waiting before me) got on. Still frustrated Anna on the elliptical. Finally, twenty minutes into my work out, a second person gets off (he had logged 50 minutes so I didn’t feel bad at all). Thankfully I was able to swoop in and grab that treadmill. Otherwise, I felt like we were quickly approaching the point where I would stand, fists clenched and red faced in front of the line of treadmills demanding that someone get off and allow me to run a stinking 3/4 mile to calibrate my nike+.

I ran my 3/4 and got off the treadmill efficiently so that no one else had to suffer treadmill rage. Y’all seriously, come to the gym, work out, sweat, do what you need to do. But if the gym is packed, finish within 30-40 minutes. Otherwise, you’ll have someone huffing and puffing (not from exertion) on an elliptical behind you…

Treadmill rage aside, I’ve had a decent set of runs this week. I haven’t logged a lot of distance and haven’t run as many times as I would have liked. But, I’m still going (even though I’m not signed up for another race) and that’s a huge step for me. Three “runs” (including the 3/4mi calibration run) yielded about 5.35mi this week. Friday I ran a 5k around 33:30. I feel vindicated after my brutal, windy 5k last weekend.

The Nike+ challenges I set for myself are currently taunting me. While I’m doing leaps and bounds better than I ever have, the output reads are telling me: more, more, more! I don’t think I’ll meet my calorie burn goal, but I should exceed my mileage goal and either meet (or come soooo close to meeting) my number of runs goal! Hopefully I can get a few runs in over the next couple days and make these things happen.

For now, I suppose I should pick another run to sign up for. I’m working on corraling Tom into running the 2/13 5k but he’s sick right now, so my persuasion isn’t going so well. If nothing else, there’s the GW Parkway 5k which I intended to run last year and definitely want to run this year. Any suggestions?

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