{Goals} Mid-Way Check In

Ok, Ok, so somehow or another it became July when I wasn’t really paying attention.  So we are officially over half way through 2012.  Amazing.  I have no clue where the time goes.  That, I am not kidding about.  I blink and a year has gone by.  But anyway.  Back in early January, I outlined some goals for the year.  And I guess, now that we’re half way through, I think it’s a good time to check in and see where I am…. If nothing else, maybe it will help me to refocus now that I’m done with my Half Iron.  So, here goes…

1. Finish a Half Ironman Distance triathlon.  I don’t think I’ve been very quiet about the fact that this is to be the A goal for 2012.  I was to pick the race, train properly and finish the crap out of it.  But I’d like to also do so not feeling like poo.  I’d love to finish it and finish it strong.  (With all these times saying Finish it, I sort of feel like the guy from the dojo in Karate Kid yelling “finish him.”) – CHECK!!!! Rockin’

2. Speedwork.  I’ve done small bouts of speed work here and there.  Nothing formalized and nothing consistent.  This year, I aim to actually get faster so I’m going to have to actually do speed work.  I will force myself to be out of my comfort zone and enjoy it.  Major fail.  I have not even attempted to add in speed work.  This is mostly due to my injury early on in the year.  I think it may be time to get on track and down to business with this.

3. Run a 25:00 minute or faster 5K and a two-hour half marathon.  This piggy backs right off of #2.  But if we don’t put it in numbers, then there’s nothing to really work for.  So that’s it.  25 minutes or faster and 2 hours or faster. Done.  Big fail. These have become my fall goals.

4. Start and Finish the 100 Pushup challenge. I know this is cheesy, but I want to do this.  I’ve started a couple of times but then always forget about it and never get even half way through.  I want to dominate this program!  Fail.  I started in January and promptly quit.  Will restart.

5. Start Fueling My Body.  This is not the obligatory new years diet.  This is a life style change.  I already eat relatively healthy food, but there are a couple of things here.  One thing is that I just eat too much in general.  I’m not always hungry so much as bored.  And two is that I do indeed eat some not so good for you food.  I went on a peanut butter m&m binge most recently.  I always shrug it off with well, I run a lot.  Listen people…. I don’t run that much.  Anyway, the point here is that I want to start treating the food like fuel and being more cognizant of what goes in and making better choices.  I’ve improved here, but I’ve got a way to go.  

6. Cook and grow more food! This really goes hand in hand with number 5. If I can get back to a place in my life where I’m cooking and growing more of my own food it will certainly be of better quality.  I’ve struggled in the past year for various reasons.  Some of them have to do with time, some of them have to do with space because when you live in an apartment with no yard it’s impossible to have a garden.  But 2012 is the year of trying harder and thinking outside the box.  So I intend to do so and get back on the cooking and growing food bandwagon.  No more short cuts.  Period.  Our garden is growing.  We are getting milk and eggs delivered.  We are cooking at home almost all of the time.  I have learned how to make yogurt, and lots of other great new stuff.  We are definitely on track with this one.  

7. Do one new thing each month with C-man.  We’ve already started doing this a little bit.  We tried ice skating and we’re signing up for basketball.  I’d like to do at least one new thing each month even if it’s nothing major.  We need to experience all that life has to offer and have as much fun as possible. I’m not sure if we’ve done one new thing each month, but we’ve had a ton of fun.  There has been t-ball, bike riding, golfing, hiking and lots more.  I love spending time doing whatever with this little kiddo. 

8. Refind my routine.  So many things in this past year have sort of upended my routine.  I need to re-establish one.  Even if it is new and different.  I need to set it and stick to it.  C functions better on routine and so do I.  We just need to make it happen. We’re so much better on this.  Still have some work to do, but we have a routine and we stick to it mostly.  It’s amazing what a difference it makes in what we can get done together.

9. Like me, who I am and stop apologizing for it. Period.  Not explanation needed.  Totally nailed this one.  I love who I have become.  No apologies.  I rock.  

10. Surround myself with only good people, good mojo and good things.  I’ve had my bumps with a lot of people over the last year.  My life has changed dramatically since my divorce and so has little C’s.  We’re adjusted.  I don’t apologize for who I am, where I’ve been or where I’m going.  If you can’t deal, don’t.  Period.  I’ll surround myself with those who can.  And those who support us, encourage us and share in the mojo!  And check.  My friends and family are amazing.  You guys are all amazing.  The people who are in my life in all capacities have helped me become the person that I am today.  You remind me how strong I am, where I have been and where I am going.  You help me to step out of myself and look in to see all of the awesomeness that is going on.  

Anyway….. While I haven’t crossed off all of the goals on the check list, I think I’m doing pretty good thus far.  I have accomplished a lot thus far in 2012.  And I have more to go.  I will crush those PR goals.  I have a Ragnar Ultra to run and I still need to wrap my head around the fact that I signed up for an Ironman.  So far it’s been a pretty great year.  Let’s see what the rest of the year has to offer.

Hopefully there will be more happy finish line photos!
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