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

May Roundup

It’s amazing how you can have a plan in your head of how you want your month to go and this 30 lb little tyrant can take over every aspect of your life including your thoughts, emotions and anxiety.  My three year old is giving a run for our money in parenting.  He’s been a little demon at school.  Kicking, biting, hitting, spitting his classmates and even teachers.  We have tried everything but nothing seems to be working.  We have involved the county’s early intervention team but now its a waiting game for an appointment.  So to say my son’s behavioral problems have thrown me for a loop would be an understatement.  Its been a challenging month and normally I would be pretty embarrassed by the results below but its been a fucking hard month and there is no shame in my game.

  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* – my last blog post was right before this race.  There was a Nor’easter in Philly that day.  I completed the 25K and I am going to call this one done with an asterisk because that was the hardest 15.5 miles of my life and I will one day write up a race report about it.
  4. Lose the baby weight (starting weight 140) – Scale hasnt moved since January but the reality is other than running a ton earlier in the year I haven’t really tried.  So I am on day three of using myfitnesspal and I already feel better.  Going to put my head down and focus more on what I am putting in my body.  Because lets be honest, you can’t outrun a bad diet.
  5. Rock Climb More – Climbed once at the PRG with my hubby so that counts right?!?
  6. Travel More – We canceled our trip to Niagara Falls, it was supposed to rain all weekend but it ended up being fine.  Normally I would have been annoyed but we had a great weekend at home and got to get some stuff done around the house.  Plus we have Ft. Myers beach coming up!!! without the kids – what?!? Yes this is happening and I am very excited for it!!!
  7. Blog More – I sucked this month.  Working on it for next month.  Its been a hard month.
  8. One small house project a month – We finished our kitchen ceiling and no I didn’t take pictures because that bitch got done one day before having 40 people over for my sons joint birthday party so much for that blog post!
  9. Declutter –   I am steadily getting rid of stuff about 1 donation pickup every other week but I need to step up my game.  Too much stuff in the house still.
  10. Spend less – We spent more than I care to admit on food for my kids birthdays but I love a good party and while it was mayhem, we had a great time.  So no qualms about that.

Excited for June.  Farewell May, you bitch, I used to love you.

-G

40 before 40

Now that I am closer to 40 than 30 I thought it would be fun to make a list of things I want to try/do/complete before I turn the ripe old age of 40.  I am obviously joking.  I have never had a problem getting older because the alternative would be no bueno.  So here goes nothing:

  1. Visit the Williamette Valley in Oregon
  2. Volunteer at a nonprofit
  3. Run a sub 25 minute 5k (8:03 minute pace)
  4. Visit Muir Woods
  5. Tip 100% of the bill at a restaurant (this one is thanks to Steph)
  6. Take yoga for one month (at least twice a week)
  7. Buy a car
  8. Go to the Met
  9. Surf in LBI
  10. Visit Costa Rica
  11.  Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding again
  12. Visit Arches National Park
  13. Run a sub 2 hour half marathon (9:00 minute pace)
  14. Camp with my family
  15. Fit all my cloths in one closet
  16. Run a sub 4:30 marathon (10:18 pace)
  17. Read every book I own or give it away
  18. Build a little free library
  19. Adopt a family in need at Christmas (this one is thanks to Steph as well)
  20. Try a receipe from every cookbook I own or give it away
  21. Build my sons a rock climbing wall
  22. Take my kids sugaring at the Bohl Family Farm
  23. Run a race in Napa Valley
  24. Pay my mothers real estate taxes for her
  25. Run the Wissahickon Four Corners
  26. Own less but better quality shoes
  27. Run an Obstacle Course Race
  28. Paint a picture
  29. Scuba dive
  30. Learn how to knit
  31. Learn how to make rice like my mother
  32. Read a novel in Spanish
  33. Become my definition of a minimalist
  34. Get Lasik or at least figure out if I am a candidate
  35. Kick my aggressive driving behavior
  36. Hire a cleaning woman or figure out a less stressful way to maintain the house
  37. Sign up for a Triathlon
  38. Complete a 14er
  39. Volunteer at a race at least once a year
  40.  Hike Machu Picchu

Happy Tuesday peeps and yes I am still on Cloud 9 from my race on Saturday. I hope this feeling lasts awhile because it feels good!