March 2018 – Getting Shit Done

I cannot believe March is over.  It was a blur and my husband was traveling for 11 days.  Luckily my mother agreed to come and help me which saved me when my 3 year old was sick for 4 days straight.  The best part of having my mom around is that she is like having three of me.  My house is clean, laundry is done and dinner is made when I get home from work.  Not only that, but the dishes are cleaned and put away while I bathe the kids. It’s amazing.  But my kids are momma’s boys so they only wanted me to do things for them which is fine but exhausting.  To add to that exhaustion, Mother Nature decided to blast us with another Nor’easter during my husband’s absence.  Which required me to figure out the snow blower and get our sidewalks and driveway done which I did twice.  The snow blower is something that has intimidated me for a while now so in the true sense of this years theme of “Getting Shit Done” I got that bitch done.

Also I worked out like a beast even when my husband wasn’t around.  In fact, I didn’t miss a day while he was gone and managed to finish the month with 116.01 miles for the month of March – boom!

  1. Running – become a better runner – faster, stronger, longer
  2. Fitness –
    • Finish BBG – Completed March 2nd
    • Workout 85% of the year (311 days) at least 35 minutes a day – Currently at 85% – Boom
    • 100,000 steps every week – Done.
  3. Diet
    • Strive for a plants based diet – Still a work in progress but I am actively eating more veggies
    • No adding sugar – Not so good here.  Black coffee is gross and my kids candy is delicious.  Working on getting back on track for April.

Home

  1. Kids
    • More sleep – bed time routine – So with my husband gone and my mom helping me with all household duties.  I had a pretty good routine with the kids.  Except my 3 year old decided to riot the last three nights we were alone.  I am going to chalk it up to him missing his dad.  So I’ll call this one a work in progress
    • Better food – work in more veggies all around – Nothing new here. With all the sickness going around it was hard just getting them to eat sometimes.
    • Clean up own toys –  Since my mom was doing an amazing job with the house we both started instilling the clean up this toy before starting to play with something new.  It worked-ish.
  2.  Projects
    • Build a Walk in closet for Master Bedroom – DONE
    • Power wash the house in the spring – I was hoping to get this done in March but it looks like April will be the month.  The rest are also on the to-do for April – high hopes for April
    • Plant new bushes where the old ones were
    • Sand and re-stain our front door
    • Paint or stain book shelf in garage
    • Finish painting furniture in basement
    • Start refinishing basement
  3. Clutter
    • Basement – there is stuff everywhere, it has to go – Nothing new here
    • Toys – stop buying and get rid of more – Nothing acquired but nothing donated either so I have to work on that.
    • Baby Stuff – sell or donate.  Got rid of a couple of things but definitely not enough.
    • Empty Cedar closet – This is happening slowly but the stuff is dwindling
    • Coats – too many in the closet – Work in progress got rid of 1 of those many jackets
    • Cloths – need to fit all in the Walk-in closet including shoes – Almost done.  I have many suits from working in NYC in my 20’s that I either need to donate or move into the walk-in closet
    • Guest Bedroom – Sell all furniture and reorganize – I was waiting for after my moms visit to list the furniture so another one for April
  4. Cleaning
    • Wash all dishes before going to bed – 100% done this month and it feels good.
    • Come up with a cleaning schedule and stick to it  – Mom is the best and took care of all cleaning for most of this month so I still haven’t done this but my house is clean.
    • Laundry – 6 days a week do something with laundry – 100% done thanks again to my mom. She’s the best.

Over the weekend I ran the Naked Prussian marathon, it was my second time running the race and I improved my time by 30 minutes! Race report coming soon!!!

-G

February Roundup

February 2018 – Getting Shit Done

February was TOUGH.   I was literally awake on Super Bowl Sunday at 1 am with a kid who had thrown up all over himself.  My kids were sick every week including a week when my husband was away for work, I had 3 Wisdom teeth removed which I had been putting off for years but as far as my goals are concerned I KILLED IT.  I keep track of everything in my trusty handy dandy calendar and just so you know, pink = workout. Boom.

Health

  1. Running – become a better runner – faster, stronger, longer
  2. Fitness –
    • Finish BBG – 12 weeks cycle repeatedly throughout the year – I finished my first ever 12 week cycle! Boom.  This has been on my list since 2015 
    • Workout 85% of the year (311 days) at least 35 minutes a day – So I am currently behind on this goal I have missed 10 days so far this year so I am currently at 83% but I have many months left to catch back up.  
    • 100,000 steps every week – Done.
  3. Diet
    • Strive for a plants based diet – I have successfully made a couple of vegetarian meals that were even approved by my hubby so I call that a win.  
    • No adding sugar – Black coffee is not my friend but I still drink that bitch.  

Home

  1. Kids
    • More sleep – bed time routine – We started the year really well with this but recently we’ve been falling off track. Gotta get back at it.
    • Better food – work in more veggies all around – I am starting these Zucchini muffins – this goal is a serious uphill battle so this is a start but its going to be  a battle.
    • Clean up own toys –  This hasn’t really worked but we were focusing on health this month.
  2.  Projects
    • Build a Walk in closet for Master Bedroom – DONE DONE DONE  – Check this out:  Walk-in Closet.jpg
    • Power wash the house in the spring
    • Plant new bushes where the old ones were
    • Sand and re-stain our front door
    • Paint or stain book shelf in garage
    • Finish painting furniture in basement
    • Start refinishing basement
  3. Clutter
    • Basement – there is stuff everywhere, it has to go
    • Toys – stop buying and get rid of more
    • Baby Stuff – sell or donate
    • Empty Cedar closet
    • Coats – too many in the closet
    • Cloths – need to fit all in the Walk-in closet including shoes – Almost done.  I have many suits from working in NYC in my 20’s that I either need to donate or move into the walk-in closet
    • Guest Bedroom – Sell all furniture and reorganize
  4. Cleaning
    • Wash all dishes before going to bed – I would say I am about 75% on top of this but currently there are last nights dishes in my sink and I am not happy about it. 
    • Come up with a cleaning schedule and stick to it  – still need to get this done.
    • Laundry – 6 days a week do something with laundry – I am about 90% on top of this right now.  Mainly due to one of my children who had explosive poops for about a week straight – good times.

 

Tomorrow I will be tackling the Naked Bavarian again although this time, I am just doing the 20 miler.  Wish me luck!!

-G

October Roundup

This month was amazing. My hubby and I were able to travel to California sans kids and it was everything we wanted and more. I will write a separate blog post about our trip but here is my monthly roundup:

  1. Run the Naked Bavarian 40 mile race on March 4, 2017  –  Done.  Read race recap here if you missed it.
  2. Raise $5,000 for Covenant House Pennsylvania – Done March 3, 2017
  3. Run the Dirty German 50 mile race on May 13, 2017 – finished the 25K, it was during a Nor’easter and simply miserable.  It just wasn’t mean’t to be.
  4. Lose the baby weight (starting weight 140) – So the good news is I didn’t gain weight in October but the bad new is I didn’t lose any either.  Considering we were on vacation, I am going to call this a win!
  5. Rock Climb More – Boom we went to Birdsboro and made it happen – outside too!!Climbing
  6. Travel More – Like I said, we were just in California and it was amazing and a blog post is coming  – I even already started it!
  7. Blog More – I have learned that I need more specific goals for this and have already started planning my 2018 goals – coming soon!
  8. One small house project a month – Nothing.  Again.  I don’t even know what to say here.  I am working on the house but not really keeping track of it like I thought I could.
  9. Declutter –  I was able to sell a bunch of baby and maternity gear on Facebook marketplace and make some extra cash at the same time.  I also donated most of the items from my MIL and they were happy to have it and I was happy to get rid of it. My goal is to get rid of 1,000 items in the month of November – say what?!?  Here goes nothing.
  10. Spend less – We went to California which was not cheap but we had saved for it and since we spend the majority of our lives saving, its nice to spend some coin once in a while.

Overall I am learning that while some of my goals for the year were very specific, many were not which definitely affected my ability to complete them or care to even complete them.  So for 2018 I am going to be much more focused with my goals but I still have 2 months left for 2017 so wish me luck on getting shit done!

-G