A lifestyle, not a resolution

It is the time we make resolutions, and I would like to suggest that instead we adjust our lifestyle… Resolutions have the tendency to fail, and I am tired of feeling like a failure.

We started a tradition, a few years ago, to run on New Years Day as a way of kicking the new year off right.  This year’s obligatory “Resolution Day Run” was awesome!  We planned a route that we did alone, I went up over the Burrard Bridge over to the Cambie Bridge and back home.  D did the opposite direction, so we got to wave at each other in the middle.

My lungs felt fine and my legs were heavy by the end.  I did 10 and 1’s for a total of 8.52 km in 1 hour 25 min.  I treated myself with an audiobook for my journey.  My longest run so far!

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New Years Eve

The year is coming to an end… 2014 is going to start with intention. We have looked into a coach and a club.  D and I will be joining The Steveston Athletic Association tri club and Rob will be our coach.

I am signing up to Anytime Fitness for cross training purposes and for additional accountability.  Anthony will be my health support for balancing hormones, inflammation, and nutritional support.  Jackie is my daily e-mail to document food and lifestyle choices in my day to keep us both on track for the year.

So this will be my year of change and I have a great team to support me!

So thankful!

Running in the rain!

Run complete!  We drove to the beach and did a 4.5 km run with 10 & 1’s.  I listened to an audio book, which kept my pace slow!  But with a few minutes left it turned to fast music, which sped up my pace to complete the run.

I am surprised I enjoyed running in the rain, maybe the tides are turning…

The podcast

No run this morning.. I think I will pack for a run on lunch again..  must find some music this time!

Went for a slow 4km run through the trails at work.  I was plugged into the music which turned into a podcast… I enjoyed the podcast more than music!  It slows my pace down a bit and helps keep my pace steady.

Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga!!  Another great class… it was a hot with music at 6:30pm.  I made it my mission to leave work on time!   (With the help of co-workers telling me it was time to go home on time).

This class was a reminder that this is my class, if i can not do a pose… or I am tired, that I do not judge myself.  It is only me…

Sat in the sauna for 10 min.. sweat is coming slowing 😉

Running while I work

Slept in, missed the run in the morning.  I had the thought to dress for a run, so I packed my Garmin with the intention of going for a run while at work.

It was a busy day, between the end of the month and working with TELUS to get the phone line running properly, I was getting very overwhelmed.  Fortunately, I mentioned to my co-worker that I planned to run on lunch today, and the power of sharing that intention and the motivation she gave me… add in the sunshine, and I laced up and went for a 4km run!

It felt great!! I put on a podcast about creating great stories with our lives… a good reminder 😉

The work day ended late at 8pm… but taking that “me” time in the middle of the day was well worth it!

It’s December already?!

5km run then a walk around the neighbourhood for groceries.  Good run, sunny and not too cold.  I actually enjoyed it!

Hot yoga at 7:45pm… it was all about intentions for the month, class and breath…  I was advised to do 10 min 3x per week of the infrared sauna.  This was my first, and within the 20 min I was sweating just a little bit… even after the hot yoga class!

Another rainy Saturday

Another rainy day… and the cold has moved to D, and taken our motivation… where does it go?  When we started this process, it was August and the sun was shining, it was easy to see us running every morning and loving it; we could be that fit couple that gets fit together.

It turns out the when the rain and cold arrives, we work together to continue to be lazy, it is comfortable being lazy… instead of going out to buy food we ordered in pizza and drank tea.

It is cozy and simple.  I love that we can be still and enjoy music and a quiet home.  The question still remains: Where is the motivation/excitement that I carried with me a few weeks ago?

Sick as a dog…

I have been fighting a cold all week and it won!

It took my voice and my will to eat and run.  It is hard enough to get up in the morning when it is dark and cold outside to do something that I have yet to “love”, let alone do it when my head weighs an extra 10 pounds and my lungs are full and slow!

Learning to love the run

After a sniffly weekend we ventured out for a 5 km run.  To make it fun, we took the water taxi to the other end of the False Creek seawall, and ran home.  I was 5 faster tun last week!  Progress 😉

I find my legs are strong but my lungs are not getting the air that I need.  Something else I should look into.

In two weeks I will be running my first organized run, the Holiday Hustle 5km on the Sunshine Coast.  I’m looking forward to completing a “race” this year.

272 days till Challenge half. I still have lots of time!