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.

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  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 2017 – Monthly Roundup

Another month down here’s how I did on the shortest month of the year:

  1. Run the Naked Bavarian 40 mile race on March 4, 2017  – 4 days away! I am SUPER nervous.  Just hoping the weather stays the same and the trails aren’t too muddy.
  2. Raise $5,000 for Covenant House Pennsylvania – I am 76% there so almost at $4,000, if you are interested in donating here is the link.
  3. Run the Dirty German 50 mile race on May 13, 2017 –  Training to continue after this weekend.
  4. Lose the baby weight (starting weight 140) – So my official weigh in is: 136.6 lbs!!  16.6 lbs to go. – This was my update last month and the scale hasn’t changed at all.  BUT my clothes are definitely fitting better which I will take!
  5. Rock climb More – yup didn’t happen again, it will definitely happen in March!
  6. Travel More – I booked our trip to Niagara Falls for May! and we will be in France in less than 2 weeks!
  7. Blog More – I only posted 6 times but February is a short month so its hard to fit in.
  8. One small house project a month – Nope this one didn’t happen either.  Going to have to double up in March/April – lets face it March is about my birthday and FRANCE
  9. Declutter –   I sold a bassinet for $20 and a bunch of other baby things too.  I failed on donating items because it snowed on the day of my donation pickup and I thought there was no way they would come but they did.  I felt really bad about not getting the stuff outside.
  10. Spend less – I bought my hubby 4 pairs of pants and got rid of 5.

Wish me luck on Saturday!!

January 2017 – Monthly Roundup

img_0369It’s hard to believe that January is over.  Here is how I did on my first month of the year:

  1. Run the Naked Bavarian 40 mile race on March 4, 2017  – I started out the month really strong but then the baby was sick and not sleeping and then I got sick so it ended a bit lack luster but I did manage to run 124 miles for the month so I will take it.  Although I fought like hell to get to 125, it just didn’t happen.  Next month’s goal is 15o miles it would be my highest mileage ever in a month. Its also a short month so it will be a challenge!
  2. Raise $5,000 for Covenant House Pennsylvania – I am 40% there so almost at $2,000, actually I am only $20 away from $2,000 so if you are interested in donating here is the link. If you want to know why I am doing this fundraiser you can read more here.   I have one month to raise $3,000.  Its going to be tough to focus on this and running. Maybe I will extend this goal to my 50 mile race in May? I hope not, I really want to get this done with my 40 miler so I can focus solely on training for the 50 miler.
  3. Run the Dirty German 50 mile race on May 13, 2017 –  See goal #1 for training.
  4. Lose the baby weight (starting weight 140) – I have decided to weigh myself once a month, because I drive myself crazy otherwise.  So my official weigh in is: 136.6 lbs!!  16.6 lbs to go. As the number gets lower its going to get harder and harder but I will celebrate these 3.4 lbs while I can!
  5. Rock climb More – This is the one goal I officially failed at, I didn’t climb once.
  6. Travel More – We have officially booked France – flight, house and car booked.  Now just to figure out where we are going once we are there.  It feels good to have something booked!  We are working on something for the West Coast in the fall.
  7. Blog More – Seven posts in January – not too shabby.
  8. One small house project a month – So for my kids daycare you have to create a poster board with pictures and details about your child so for this month’s project I decided to frame those pictures and hang them in their rooms. Here they are:

    I didn’t get a picture of the baby’s poster in his room because it was close to bedtime and he was not being very patient.  I really wanted the frames in white but they were really hard to find!  Who knew poster size was an odd size to frame?

  9. Declutter –   I sold our pink antique couch for $300 – boom!  There is my spending cash for the next three months – at least!  I also got rid of a broken chair and donated three boxes of things to Vietnam Veterans of America. I am trying to take pictures of things I want to get rid of around the house and list them on Facebook and Letgo.  I have a lot of work to do in the declutter department.  Our house is big so it lends itself to having more stuff.
  10. Spend less – Other than the trip to France, we were pretty good about not purchasing anything we didn’t actually need.  No more stuff!