Fitness Goals for 2016

I have three main fitness goals for 2016.

Goal 1:  Bike 1,650 miles.

I’m planning to bike significantly more than that, but at the very least that’s my minimum goal.

Goal 2: Walk/run 365 miles.

Again, I’d like to do more miles by foot than that but at the very least that’s my goal.

Goal 3:  Get cut.

Period.  I realize that’s pretty broad, but at the end of the day I’m tired of not quite pushing myself to my maximum physically.  I don’t want to waste another year thinking that I could have pushed myself harder.  So this year I just want to kill it.  I want to maintain my current level of physical fitness while adding in other activities that I enjoy like kayaking.

I don’t want to be a baby about ab workouts.  Of course they hurt, that’s because I let myself be lazy and skip them.

I had a shoulder injury early in high school which was followed by a fractured foot my senior year that required 8 months in a boot and on crutches.  I had just lost the weight from that injury when I hurt my back.  Three years of limited activity followed.  Finally right around the start of 2014 I felt “normal” for the first time in a long time.   Cutting out dairy in 2014 also made me realize how horrible I felt every day.  2015 was the first year in about seven years* that I didn’t start the day every day with stomach pain that made me double over.

Last year I really made progress on losing weight that had been hanging around for five years.

I’m done having all of those injuries and that yo-yoing in the back of my mind though.

I like how I feel when I feel strong.  And at the end of the day, I just want to feel strong.

*Let’s not focus on the fact that it took me seven years to realize my symptoms weren’t normal.

#700by7 Update Week 1

I saw a couple of weeks ago that Erin from Living in Yellow was hosting a #700by7 challenge.

The goal is to complete 700 minutes of exercise between March 7 and April 7.

I’ve been doing a great job on two of my fitness goals for this year, but my third has been a little iffy.

I decided a challenge would be a great motivator.

Monday 3/7/16 I crushed it! I was so motivated!  I did both cardio and some strength training.  The ab workout I chose was hard enough that I was still sore on Wednesday.


Tuesday 3/8/16  I didn’t have time to do anything except bike because I had a doctor’s appointment.  I biked a total of 16.1 miles in 75 minutes plus I walked 2.2 miles in 36 minutes.

Wednesday 3/9/16 I biked a total of 22.1 miles in just under two hours.  And by just under I mean just.  Total time biking for the day was 1 hour, 59 minutes and 58 seconds.  I’ll take any amount of time when my view on the way home is this:


Thursday 3/10/16  I did the elliptical again followed by just a couple of minutes of core exercises.  I can’t remember what I did, I didn’t take a picture, and I apparently didn’t write it down other than to record 5 minutes.  I also failed to capture the distance on the elliptical and only got the total calories burned which isn’t really helpful.  But it’s something, it at least is a tangible reminder that I did get my butt in gear and do something.


Friday 3/11/16 I had high hopes for my Friday workout.  The gym is usually empty which is nice because I can go much faster and I have more room to be a little creative.  I had a little mishap though called “I forgot to snap my travel mug shut and my coffee sloshed out every time I rode over a bump.”  Fortunately, my shorts & t-shirt to wear for my workout kept my journal, Passion Planner, book, purse, and folder of medical papers relatively dry. The shorts however were completely soaked, so I wimped out and didn’t do anything other than biking.  I biked a total of 16.1 miles in 79 minutes on Friday.  I also for the first time traveled home faster than I traveled to work.

Total minutes after Week 1 = 405.59


On Going Projects

I haven’t blogged as much as I have wanted to recently.  I have lots of things I want to write about, but I find myself feeling like I can either write about them or actually do them.  For example, the goals I set for 2015, overall I have been doing a pretty good job I think.  But it’s August and I think I’ve only talked about one.

I jotted down a list the other day of all the projects that I am trying to put time into or wrap up and when I wrote it out I realized it is a lot of things to be working on.  Especially because in the summer I usually spend at least one if not both days of the weekend at the pool.

But as of now, here are the projects I am trying to work on right now.


  • Outfitting my bike for commuting
  • Or possibly getting a bike to outfit for commuting
  • Reupholstering 4 chairs
  • Finishing my dresser
  • Repotting a number of plants
  • Cooking regularly
  • Eating as a pescatarian
  • Simplifying our belongings
  • Finding an end table that fits
  • Paying off my student loans
  • Finding my abs
  • Finding a bridesmaid dress
  • Composting
  • Transitioning to a new position at work
  • Organizing our house
  • Getting our pictures organized and in albums
  • Getting a dog
  • Finding a church
  • Reducing waste

The Summary of the Last Few Weeks

The last few weeks have been kind of crazy.

For about a month I was waking up before my alarm went off feeling wide awake and refreshed.  The past two weeks I have slept through my alarm and woken up every morning feeling tired, wrung out, and miserable.  I’m not sure why.  I’m going to bed at the same time, but I’ve been exhausted and I need it to stop.  I can’t function like this.  Plus, it’s not fun.

I’ve been biking to work and it has been glorious.  I’m so excited.  Cutting Metro out of my life has improved my quality of life so much.  That sounds dramatic or like it certainly must be an overstatement but it really isn’t.  More on this later.

Things really aren’t good with my cousin.  We found out this past week that the type of cancer he has only makes up about 2% of the cases.  It’s also virtually unheard of for this type of cancer to occur in a child over the age of 4.  On top of that there are some super crazy issues going on, but they all boil down to he needs chemo and radiation and it’s a very intense treatment and he is seriously malnourished.  That’s a huge can of worms that I haven’t gone in to yet.  But it’s not pretty.  The behavior of his mom is getting more blatant and scary and I’m just hoping that even without the benefit of time that the medical team sees her behavior for what it is.

We found a way to compost!!!  I’m so pumped about this I can’t even tell you.  It’s awesome.

I have been off meat for a while now.  I haven’t been able to stomach hamburgers for a few years, and for the last year and a half I can’t do red meat at all.  Chicken doesn’t taste good anymore and I’m tired of bothering with meat for the sake of meat.  I still cook it for Homie, but I’ve been trying to broaden his horizons.  I broached the topic of just eating as a pescetarian and Homie wasn’t really interested but said he didn’t care what I did.  I made a few things the last couple of weeks that he was obsessed with and he asked me if we could please do a meatless month for August.  Umm heck to the yes.

There are lots of things going on right now and some are good and some are not, it has been a little overwhelming transitioning into some new lifestyle choices.  I felt awesome at first, but I’ve been stressed the last few weeks.  I feel like I need a vacation and I’m about to collapse.  I’m trying to press through this.

This past week was one year at my job and I found myself kind of hating it for the first time.  I feel like going one year before I have a day where I hate it is a great run!  And while the things that made me hate it won’t go away, I think they are actually helpful for motivating me to continue pursuing my end goals.

WTF is “lifestyle change” supposed to mean anyway?

WTF is “lifestyle change” supposed to mean anyway?.

This post is almost a year old, but I just stumbled across it and it nicely sums up a lot of things I have been contemplating recently about life.

The best part is the “Defining Your Wellness Values Chart” and the steps to identify and prioritize goals.

I’m going to do the activity and I’ll see what I get.

2015 Goals

2015 Goals

2015 Goals

This is the list of goals I came up with, some of them probably need further explanation to truly make sense but I’ll explain later.  For now here they are:

1. Carry less stuff – I hate feeling tied down by stuff.

2. Get rid of stuff in our apartment – less to manage.

3. Bike to work.

4. Make friends.

5. Put makeup on before work (instead of sitting at my desk).

6. Learn how to cook regularly.

7. Schedule “me time” and protect it.

8. Eat at “good” restaurants. “Good” being defined primarily by Tom Sietsema & friends.

9. Spend an entire day in the museum of American History.

10. Go kayaking.

11. Go cross-country skiing.

12. Be strong.

13. Not be afraid of passing a PT test for a job.

14. Return library books as I finish them.

15. Switch to locally raised meat.

16. Make my purple chairs awesome.

17. Go to events to learn new things.

18. Not be afraid.

19. Do something with friends once a month.

20. Blog.

21. Write letters & call family regularly.

22. Grow more plants.

23. Print & frame recent pictures.

24. Put up quotes that I love.

25. Learn to fix my hair.

26. Not punish myself all the time.

27. Get a stable job.

28. Make myself indispensable at work.

29. Do kind things for people.

30. Write relationship goals w/ Homie.

31. Volunteer somewhere helping someone.

32. Go to Philly & explore.

33. Get my passport.

34. Get involved w/ foster care system.


Baby Steps

I have mentally composed a post about my goals for this year about 18 times, but have yet to actually sit down and write it. If I had, this post would make a lot more sense. But we’ll just take it one thing at a time.

I took three steps this weekend to accomplish big goals that I set for myself, and it feels awesome.

One goal was to go to things to learn. Whether that be a book discussion, a class, a lecture, a museum exhibit, whatever just go. I never want to stop learning. A few weeks ago I signed up for a one night painting class and I went. It was pretty awesome. I would have told you that never in a million years could I paint anything recognizable. And my painting isn’t great and I can think of at least 12 tweaks I would like to make, but I did it. I did something outside of my comfort zone to learn something new.

Another goal for this year is to be brave. I used to be so brave. I used to be such a bad ass. I was never afraid. And then I started getting kicked in the face by life, and those events have left me worried and nervous. What if something happens? What if I get hurt? What if after everything I went through something happens and my dreams really are destroyed? And so I hesitate and move cautiously. But that’s not who I want to be.

Riding my bike in the street (as opposed to the sidewalk, a bike path, or a designated bike lane) symbolizes not being afraid to me. So today I ordered lights for my bike so that I can stop agonizing over if I’m visible enough and using that as an excuse not to ride. Fuck it. I’m riding my bike in the street. Just as soon as I get my lights installed.

The last thing, and this is probably the biggest – my goal for this year is not to be mean to myself.  I punish myself all the time in a million different ways for not being good enough. One of the smaller ways, is that I don’t let myself buy something I really want if it’s not the cheapest option. It’s really silly when I say it out loud. I’ve never let myself buy mascara more expensive than Cover Girl or Maybelline. I don’t know why. It just seems too extravagant, like I’m not pretty enough or skilled enough at applying makeup to spend the money on expensive stuff.  I really wanted Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, I couldn’t bring myself to buy it so I put it on my birthday list. But I didn’t tell anyone that I had a birthday list. Because it seemed like too much to tell people when they asked that I had some things that I wanted, but they were nice good quality things that I haven’t been able to bring myself to purchase.

So I put mascara on my birthday list, and didn’t tell anyone. Shockingly enough, I didn’t get  mascara for my birthday. And that was fine by me, because if I had gotten it I wouldn’t have been able to bring myself to use it. I needed eyeliner so I went to the store and while I was there I bought myself Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. It took me a little more than 6 months to bring myself to buy it but I did it.

It feels good to be able to look at what I did this weekend and see three little things that are really steps to my larger goals for being the person that I want to be. I’m just taking baby steps.