Sunday, December 30, 2012

Taking Care of Yourself

It's been a while (months...) since I posted my last entry.  I have let work consume every minute of my day to the point where it's all I do now.  Yes, the assignment I'm working is just temporary.  I have zero intentions of making a career out of this, no matter how much I LOVE the challenge and the wealth of knowledge that surrounds me on a daily basis.  Like all my other rotations, I have taken every opportunity to learn and experience all I can during this short period of time - so I can both learn new things and grow in my career.  But with this, I have sacrificed many things that I used to hold close to my heart.  I haven't been spending as much time with my friends as I'd like, I barely see my dad (and I LIVE with him....), I don't get to snuggle with Riley as much as I'd like to, and more importantly, I have let my own well-being fall to the bottom of my priorities list.

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.
You pay $10 to participate - your $10 goes into the pot of money that you have a chance of winning a share of.  You have 4 weeks to lose 4% of your starting weight.  If you lose at least 4%, then you get to split the pot of money with everyone else that lost at least 4% of their weight.  You have until midnight tonight to register (only $10) and get your weight registered.  The pot is up to $5000 as of right now!


  1. I got into the Cherry Blosson 10 miler too!! I think I am going to do Jess's Run your A$$ off challenge. I will decide in the morning

  2. Good to see you back! It sounds like 2013 is going to be a great year for you.

  3. I hope your 2013 is going well! Any big races coming up?

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