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New Year's 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Welcome to 2012! Another year has ended and a new one has begun. I'm not big on New Year's resolutions, but I am going to use today as a day to stop making excuses and allowances where they are not justified.

Everything dates back to my injury at the end of March 2010 when I ran 2 half marathons within 4 weeks. The stress fracture gave me the perfect excuse to rest, but I didn't manage it well. I ate more than I needed (since I wasn't training) and cut way back on my exercise. I've tried a few times since I healed to get back into my running routine, but I haven't committed to it and have only run once or twice a month. Things got busy at work and I used that as an excuse to not make it to the gym during my lunch breaks. The holidays came through and I took advantage of all the available treats.

As a result, my running endurance is pretty much shot. Even the short distances are slow, painful, and have a lot of walk breaks. The flab is creeping back and while I can still fit in my clothes, it doesn't look as good. My muscles feel weak and I noticed it in the lighter weights I had to use last week at the gym.

BUT, on the bright side, my hubby and I are eating healthier, so once I cut out the sugary snacks, my nutrition should fall back within ranges. I went to the gym twice last week and started this year out with a 2.5 mile run. It wasn't great, but I had a better attitude this morning and as a result, my run went better. I was able to run WAY more than I walked and I felt proud when I walked up the driveway and passed my car with the 13.1 sticker on it.

That's right. I have to remind myself that I lost 60 pounds, got healthier, and have run 3 half marathons. I did it before and I can do it again. At least this time, I am not starting from scratch. To keep myself honest, I changed my weight ticker and yes, it is up by more than I care to admit, but I know I can do it! So this may not be an official resolution, but I am definitely using this as motivation to get this year going great!
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    Catching up on the reading I'm so far behind on. Hope you are having a great 2012!! :)
    3277 days ago
    You are a great motivator!!!!!!!! ANd what a great thing to set as commitment! You can to this! I sure hope to hear in future blogs of other races you have ran this year!!!
    3332 days ago
    Sounds like a great resoluti...er, commitment to yourself! :-) Good plan!
    3333 days ago
    You motivate me! Unlike you, I crave when my hubby mentions pizza. I have not kept up an exercise routine. I'm trying to be better, but I must stop making excuses. I threw away those treats I took home on New Years!!

    3333 days ago
    Attagirl! You can do this!
    3339 days ago
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