|This little guy is getting married! He still looks just like this to me.|
Things I rocked in August:
- I continued with the Insanity program into the second month. Every single day I hit play on the DVD player and killed myself for an hour with my new best friend / arch enemy Shaun T. My last day of this round of Insanity is September 9th. It was an amazing, rewarding, kick-ass experience, and I mean kick-ass literally. My overall fitness has clearly improved. I highly recommend this program to anyone that already has some fitness experience, as I don’t think it would be appropriate for beginners.
- I continued with my goal of running at least one race a month in 2012. In August I ran a 10K with Fort Worth Running company. I achieved a new personal record and for the first time ever placed first in my age group (old ladies 35-39).
- I continued with my goal of doing a plank every single day (since march 2012). I achieved a new personal plank record of 7:30, but if you read my blog, you probably already know about this since I haven’t stopped bragging about it since it happened.
- I am eight months into my goal of running or walking at least one mile every single day in 2012, although I have to admit, there have been more walking miles than running lately.
- I decided that I was spending too much money (and calories) going out to eat at lunch. I committed to bringing my healthy lunch to work instead. I think in the entire month of August, I went out to eat lunch twice. This was quite an improvement over my previous two-three times a week.
For some reason, I have this is laser sharp focus and consistency when it comes to my workouts, but I struggle to apply that same diligence in other aspects of my life. A few things that I am re-committing to for September:
- I have been talking about studying for my personal training certification since February of this year. I am disappointed in myself when realize that if I would have spent any small amount of time each day studying for the certification exam, I would have long ago achieved this goal. I was doing OK in July, but have completely fallen off the wagon in August. I’m pretty sure I haven’t opened that text book one time this month. Anatomy is a daunting chapter, but no excuses!
- This one is not fitness related. My husband runs a small security alarm business (if you need a security alarm or surveillance cameras in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex, he is your man). It is my job to do the books for his business. Accounting (or math in general) was never a strength of mine. It is not too difficult though, we use Quickbooks. I generally just need to enter and categorize expense purchases, do billing and enter payment receipts. The problem is that because it is one of those things that I never feel like doing after I get home from my regular full-time job, I let it pile up until it is an out of control mess, then spend many frustrated hours trying to get caught up. The bottom line is that if I would spend 15-20 minutes a day, I would never have to play catch up. I would very rarely ever miss a work-out because I didn’t feel like doing it, why do I allow myself to use this excuse for other aspects of my responsibilities?
- In the beginning of the month, I heard about this awesome burpee challenge over on Road Runner Girl blog. I thought it was a fun challenge and I am always looking for new things to try. I am not big fan of the burpee (Insanity calls them suicide jumps), but I thought like my planks, if I started to do them every day, I would get better at them and somehow start to love something that I previously hated. I only made it about four days in before I abandoned the challenge. It just proved to be too much. I was already doing an hour of Insanity, a one mile walk or run, and at least a five minute plank. Adding just a couple of more minutes to my already busy work-out schedule at the end of my work day, was more than I could handle mentally. I had to let it go.
- Running really took a back seat to Insanity this month. I was lucky to run once a week. While I wasn't exactly slacking off, those Insanity workouts are killer, I need to get back into a regular running routine. I really miss it.
The great thing about a new year, a new month, a new week or even a new day is that each provides a fresh opportunity to start over.
- I have been talking about doing a Plank Vlog for a few weeks now. Video blogs are way out of my comfort zone. I am terrible in front of a camera. I can definitely write better than I can talk. We have an amazing friend who is a professional videographer/photographer who graciously offered to donate his time and expertise to help me film and edit. This is an opportunity that I can’t pass up. This is a great chance to continue to grow and develop my blog to a new level. Look for my first ever Vlog coming in September.
- When we return from Pittsburgh, I am going to repeat the Insanity program for round #2. This time, I am fully committed to more running along with Insanity. Now that my body is getting more acclimated to the program, I think I can add some morning runs into my routine without too much stress on my body. I want to get back to at least 3 runs a week and one of those a long run.
- I am committing to just 30 minutes a night to reading and studying for my personal training certification three times a week. This is a downgrade from the one hour five days a week that I have previously committed to and failed. A little something is better than a lot of nothing.
- I will be running the Fort Worth Color Me Rad 5K on September 9th to continue my one race a month in 2012 streak. I hope since it is only a 5K that I will be able to achieve a new PR this race, although it is not a timed race and I'm not sure I want to risk wearing my expensive GPS watch in the color blasts. Any advice from experienced color runners?
- In September, I pledge to do better with my responsibilities in my husband’s business.
- I will build a media kit for my blog with the help of another friend and graphic designer.
- I will cut back a little on social media. I am not going to go as far as taking a Facebook fast as I have done in the past, but I am going to be mindful of internet surfing. I use social media to promote this blog, so all time on social media is not wasted time. I just need to learn to draw the line between productive internet/social media work and mindless net surfing when I could be doing something more productive, like studying!
What are your goals for September?
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