Do you remember how I decided to do that November 90 Challenge and run 90 miles in November? It was a great motivator to keep me moving through a very busy and stressful month. Well, it also kind of burned me out and left me with the attitude that I deserved some time off in December. And with the holidays and all, I also thought it was just fine to eat whatever I wanted. By the end of December I felt AW-FUL. Literally. This was me.
It wasn’t good.
But at the same time, it wasn’t all that bad. It helped me to realize how I don’t want to feel. I don’t want to feel bad about what I see in the mirror. I don’t want to feel guilty about what I eat. I don’t want to be short on patience with my kids because I haven’t had any other outlet for my frustrations.
So, as the new year started I got all of these great ideas of ways to stay motivated. Once again, I signed up for the Polar Bear Century Club Challenge. It’s a challenge to run 100 miles in the month of January. (I’m more than 1/2 way there!)
I also decided that I wanted to give Crossfit a try. I’ve been wanting to try it out for a long time, and I finally had the nerve to give it a whirl. I liked it, and I LOVE the idea of getting stronger, but I just couldn’t really figure out how it could possibly fit into my schedule, or my budget. So…I decided to join the weight lifting club at my high school instead! Am I running the club? Nope. I’m just crashing it! I may have even been accused of “reliving my glory days,” but the kids seem to like having their old 4th grade teacher hanging out and lifting weights with them after school. (Yes, there are seniors there that I taught in 4th grade. Sigh.)
Overall, 2014 is starting out fantastic. I have worked out nearly every day this year and I feel awesome. The difference that it makes in how I feel physically and emotionally can’t be topped. People ask me how I have time for it. Honestly, I’m not sure. I’d say in the winter the one thing that allows me to have the time for it is my treadmill. (Tonight I actually got back on it for just one more mile because I really wanted to see what was going to happen next on “Breaking Bad”! – That’s my best treadmill tip. Find an awesome show and don’t allow yourself to watch it unless you’re on the treadmill. I just got done watching “Lost.” It took me one and a half winters of treadmill running!)
I’m sure that I won’t stay this motivated for all of 2014, but a girl can hope!