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here we go!

i’m overwhelmed with joy today! i had such a great response to the drawing yesterday; it was awesome hearing the notification on my phone almost all day! i have the best bloggy friends!

remember it’s not too late to enter! ๐Ÿ™‚ ENTER HERE

also, i won shut up and run’s giveaway!

she asked the following questions:

What is your health-related New Yearโ€™s resolution this year?
How do you plan to stick to your resolution this year?
What are the best tips youโ€™ve heard to start off right this year, maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle?

and my answers were:
โ™ฅ my resolution this year was not lose X amount of weight. it was to loose weight and be healthy by working out daily and eating right. this year i have been cooking most of my breakfast, lunch and dinners!
โ™ฅ to keep track i am keeping a calendar with my goals for the month and highlighting them once they’ve been accomplished. i will also be running at least one race each month for the rest of the year. i have list and am going to cross them off as completed!
โ™ฅ to start of the year, i joined John Bingham’s 100 day challenge. Its 100 days of at least 30 minutes of movement. After i reach 100 days, I am going to do 100 more and then 156 more to complete a whole year! 356 days sounds like so much, but by breaking it up–it sounds so easy!

so, let me brief you in on the last couple of days! i have lost 3 lbs since the beginning of the year (7 if you want to count holiday weight). i have been cooking most of my meals with the exception of the weekends…i’ve got to find a way around that!

calendar is still up and running but had to count myself out of john bingham’s challenge. after 13 days of working out/training it was becoming a little much. very disappointing at first, but i’m still proud of what i accomplished. on the 14th i had every intention on going to zumba, but a friend invited me to the spurs game. hmmm, workout or spurs game?? that was an easy one for me, i rewarded myself for doing so good by going to the spurs game!

saturday, i hopped back on the train and did 9.5 miles! in 2 hours flat!

sunday, my honey & i went to church (another resolution of mine) & watched football all day. then toward the end of the night felt like i was coming down w/something, so needless to say, no working out then or on monday because i was extremely ill and did not get out of bed all day! that is not how i intended to spend my day off! ๐Ÿ™

tuesday, it was back to the grind here at work. although i wasn’t 100% i still came & skipped another workout. ๐Ÿ™
i did however start school yesterday! very excited about that! i took a year off of court reporting school and i felt it was time to go back and get it done.

i will be carrying a heavy load this semester with school, prepping for a church retreat and training/fundraising for a half marathon but i am ready to take on this challenge!

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i will learn it if it kills me

well, i am doing no. 1 on my list to try in 2011, which is learning how to drive a stick shift. my boyfriend’s sister taught me yesterday and my boyfriend taught me again today. it’s not as hard as i thought it was, but it sure is not easy. i thought i would be able to drive home from houston but i didn’t get very far. oh well, i have all year and i am determined to learn! this will not get put on the back burner!

thank you letter no. 2: my second letter was made out to my boyfriend. we had a difficult time towards the end of the year and he didn’t give up on me or us. i have been very blessed with the most wonderful man a girl could ask for. he is always there for me when i need him, helps me see the bigger picture and would do anything on god’s green earth for me. i am so grateful that we have found each other, kept each other & keep falling more and more in love w/each other! we had a wonderful weekend in houston together and hope to try new things this year! it’s going to be a great one!

day 2 of 100: 4 mile bike ride
boy was that tough! i have not rode my bike in almost a year! i’ve cycled on a stationary bike and took a couple of spin classes…but this is definitely something i do not enjoy! but def new in 2011 so, hopefully by the end of the year i will learn to love it!Photobucket

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happy new year!


what a year 2010 has been! it got so busy i did not have time to blog anymore…but i am back and want to try a few new things this year! i ordered a book by john kralik, “365 thank yous.” it is an inspiring story about a man who was almost down to nothing and his life was completely changed by simply writing a thank you letter every day for the year of 2008. by the time he was finished he had lost weight, run a marathon, raised money for charities, turned his law firm around, reconnected with old friends and relatives, gotten back together with his girlfriend, and realized his dream of becoming a writer with his first book, 365 THANK YOUS.i haven’t read the book yet, but am already inspired to write my first and i’ll be sharing you parts of these letters.

thank you letter no. 1: my first letter was written to sarah brannon. she is the one who introduced me to the book so it was only appropriate that i write this letter to her. i met her through team in training (my running group who raises money for the leukemia & lymphoma society); she is an honored hero & cancer survivor! she has been an inspiration to me and it gave me great pleasure to write my first letter to her!

another daily feature will by posts from my 100 day challenge. john bingham is challenging anyone who is up for it to commit to “moving intentionally” for a minimum of 30 minutes per day for 100 days.

day 1 of 100: ran 5k (41:00)
one of my goals this year is to become faster, so the next few weeks i will be running plenty of 5ks in addition to my regular training as i will be running the houston half marathon january 30th!

lastly, i’ve compiled a list of all the things i want to do new in 2011:
♥ learn to drive a stick shift (my bf’s sister started teaching me today)
♥ give more
♥ be punctual
♥ a triathlon (sprint or olympic)
♥ try new things
♥ okay, so my list is small but only because i can’t think of all the things
i wanted to do. but i will update this list soon ๐Ÿ™‚ most people also give up things and its hard for them to stick w/it. this year, i’ve decided to give up things 1 month at a time. this month i am giving up sodas. next month i will give up…something & sodas. so, hopefully by the end of the year, i will have given up 12 bad habits. wish me luck!