I thought 2012 was going to full of sustainable, healthy living and activities. I was supposed to run my first marathon, but I had to defer due to severe shin pain that I couldn't shake. I did PR at both the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and the Parkway Classic (10 Miler) in April. I didn't PR at the Army 10 Miler due to the aforementioned severe shin pain. I had bought a LivingSocial deal for Bikram yoga. I fell in love with it. But due to work and the location of the Bikram studio being out of the way, I wasn't able to continue my practice. Because I've let work consume my life, I have seen numbers on the scale that I never thought I'd ever see (unless I was pregnant). I've struggled trying to lose each and every pound - but I relapse and the weight comes right back on. I've succumbed to eating junk food because it's quick, easy, and satisfying.
I am putting my foot down today and making a change. 2013 will not be a repeat of 2012. I WILL get back to my 2011 weight. I WILL put my well being right back up on my list of top 10 priorities. I WILL no longer neglect Riley and I WILL exercise him by taking him on those long hikes that he loves. I WILL start making healthier choices when I eat out. I WILL exercise at least 5 times a week. I WILL run the Marine Corps Marathon this year - and train smart for it. I WILL take a vacation. I WON'T do work while I am on vacation. I WILL do my darnest to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night (since I am realizing that I'm getting old and I cannot function on anything less than that). I WILL be better at managing my time and WILL make time to see my friends. I WILL hold myself accountable for taking care of myself and WILL document my journey on my blog.
I'm filling up 2013 with a bunch of races to make sure I stay active and I let myself fall into the "Not Taking Care of Yourself" trap.
2013 Race Schedule
March 23 - Marine Corps 17.75k (tentative)
April 7 - Cherry Blossom 10 Miler (confirmed)
April 28 - Nike Women's Half Marathon DC (confirmed)
Oct 27 - Marine Corps Marathon (confirmed - due to 2012 deferral)
Nov - Turkey Trot (tentative)
And to start my weight loss journey, I signed up for Run with Jess' Run Your A$$ Off Weight Loss Challenge through DietBet.