Two days into the New Year and I'm off to a good start. In an earlier post, I talked about my goals for the year, and I've worked out a plan to get there, step by step.
I decided that for January, my first step is to tackle strengthening my core, and muscles overall. I love cardio, I don't feel like I've accomplished something in a workout unless I finish it covered in sweat, but I'm going to suck it up an run just once (maybe twice) a week, and fill the rest of my days with yoga and Wii Fit. I made it outside last Sunday for a seven mile run, which was good timing, as it started snowing the next day and has not stopped. I filled my days with walks in the snow, including my annual solo walk on New Years Eve Day, to reflect before the evening festivities (and we were festive this year, bedtime for me was two a.m.)
I have to say I am very gung ho about running a marathon, but I am forcing myself to be cautious. I have a habit of doing too much too soon, or doing more intense work before I'm really ready for it. I was looking at races online the other night, and have a few in mind. I just finished Dean Karnazes' book 50 50, which is a great kick in the ass to get moving if you need one. I decided to follow his marathon training plan once I'm ready, it's very similar to what I followed for my half marathon (if you want to see what I have planned for the next few months, check out my sidebar).
I hooked up my Wii Fit the other day, and so far, so good. It gave me a BMI of 24, which is in the healthy range. I'm 5 '10, and a solid boned Irish girl, so I was happy with that. It did say if I wanted to get to my ideal BMI of 22, I need to lose FOURTEEN pounds. That is lower than my Wedding Weight (which, in my head, was my perfect weight before I gave birth). I think that's a bit low for me. I do want to lose five pounds, so I made that a goal to reach by my birthday, which is the the last day of this month.
I said goodbye to sugar for January, my last cookie was on New Years Eve. It was chocolate, chocolate chip, made by my friend K. It was a deceptive cookie, after I bit into it I tasted mint, which to me is heavenly. She said the secret is to top each mound of dough with an Andes Candy before baking.....Whoo HAH! it was good.