A month later I ran my second 10k and smashed my time by 14 minutes! I’m going to run it again this year and see whether or not that was a fluke!
Also in May, I started this here blog! I’ve always journaled in some way throughout my life so I figured that, after a few months of reading other amazing healthy living blogs, I thought it would be a natural progression!
May was a busy month! Alan and I took our Mothers to see the production of Jersey Boys and treated them to an afternoon of good food and a great show (it was my second time seeing it!). This also happens to be my very favourite picture of my Mother and myself!
Did I mention that May was a busy month? After years and years I finally got my drivers license! Alan and I studied together for weeks and passed our test with flying colours!
However, my entire year was also devoted to a LOT of computer staring and page staring due to me being back at school, finishing up my psychology degree. It hasn’t been easy and I had a few meltdowns and threatened to quit at least once but I got through the year, now I just need to get through this next year and I’m done!
Also, I discovered, and drank a lot, of Green Monsters. I tell ya, do not get freaked out by it, it’s one of the most delicious drinks you’ll ever have!
In July, my best bud decided to have an adventure and tackle the hills on the Niagara Escarpment. One of my favourite memories of this was not knowing we were running against the flow of a trail race and so we were constantly having to jump off track to allow the runners to pass by. We cheered them on and at one water station a volunteer gave us some water even though they knew we weren’t racing, how sweet was that?! We also passed by famous Canadian runner (and editor of Canadian Running), Michael Kapral (and no, he wasn’t juggling)!
We celebrated my 31st birthday in “style” by going to Medieval Times. When word of mouth got around, 18 of us were there, shouting at the top of our lungs for our knight to win and he did! WOOT!!!!
I went to two weddings in six days this year and had a blast at both!
Many, many, MANY delicious breakfasts were had, this one being my favourite: greek yogurt, rolled oats, sliced strawberries and brownies!
Many a BBQ were had (I’ve never been much of a summer person but these pictures are making me long for the warmth!)!
In August I participated in my first 15k race! It was such a great race and I felt so strong (I was also in peak mid-training condition so that helped)!
Speaking of running, I spent the entire summer running as I was training for my first ever half-marathon. I found that I really looked forward to my long runs on Sunday mornings and thought about them all week long. It was such a great way to unwind and feel spectacularly accomplished by running a new distance every weekend! I can’t wait to do it again!
All this training paid off at the end of September when I ran my first half-marathon! This was the absolute highlight of my year. Although it challenged me in more ways that I expected and I made several rookie mistakes and was never more achey in my life, I was also never more proud of myself. Running is so great that way, yes the support from loved ones is essential to getting through a race but no one gets through the race but you and you alone. For a person who, in the past, never accomplished the goals she set out for herself, I am now blasting through my goals like never before!
Then October came along and we had to contend with a pumpkin who drank and partied too much. Thank God he left after Halloween!
And finally Christmas came around. We bought my very first real Christmas tree and we experienced the best Christmas of our lives. I am truly thankful for what I have in my life!
My 2011 Theme
I make goals all the time so when it comes to the new year, I do something special. I make a theme! My yearly theme is usually a word, phrase or idea that encompasses every aspect of my life, whether it’s to live through more understanding or patience or, like last year, it was to get off my butt and stop procrastinating (I chose “Just Do It!” for last year’s theme). I find this a fun and creative way to challenge myself and accomplish goals in new ways.
This year my theme is “Chaaaaarrrrrrrge!!!!!!” I’ve spent the last couple of years setting the groundwork for some major life changes and I do believe that 2011 will be the year in which these goals start to emerge. Although I’ve made several small goals with this in mind, I’ll share the bigger examples of how my theme is going to invade my life next year!
– In early July I will be opening my own Life Coaching business specializing in helping people to jumpstart their weight loss and get fit, healthy and enjoying their lives. This will cause changes in several areas of my life and although I’m nervous to take the leap, I’m more excited to be working towards making money for myself and not for a company!
– I am going to focus more on getting off the rest of this weight and get either to or very close to, my happy weight by the end of 2011. I’m so close, I can’t stop now!
– Finish school!!!
– And a blog-related goal is to set a blog schedule and do some renovations to the place! Something a bit more professional and use the new camera I got for Christmas to the best of its abilities!
What are your plans for 2011? Do you make resolutions? Goals? Something else?