“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31.

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year - New Me

I chuckle when I read that title! It sounds very Oprah-ish.
I was very lazy about posting while I was on Christmas break, but I enjoyed my time off with the boys SOOOO much! We slept in(8am), played outside, played video games(FYI-old school Mario Bros. for the Wii ROCKS!!), watched movies, and ate a ton of junk. Hubby was also off all week, so I was able to get in some great long runs and had some great quiet times and devotions. It was fun, but I was so ready to get back on a schedule this morning!

I started this blog one month ago with the intentions of documenting my physical, emotional, and spiritual journey.  I have been true to document my physical journey however, my emotional and spiritual journey have been left out for the most part. The physical part is easy for me. I have always been a physical person and I am thankful my body has cooperated, but the purpose was to delve deeper into myself and put those emotions and thoughts into words. I have been growing in those areas, but I have not been sharing it.  It is a lot harder than I imagined it would be.  I guess mostly I have been just putting my feelers out there to test the waters.  I am amazed at what I have found in this short month in the blogger world. I love to read about peoples personal victories and the joys in their lives. How they struggle but overcome. I have really enjoyed going along on their journey. The first blog I EVER read was Tall Mom on the Run.  I'm not even sure how I stumbled upon it, but as I read, I became inspired.  So I started this blog.

 I will post my New Year - New Me in 3 parts. Physical and goals, Emotional, and Spiritual. I start with the Physical because well....it's the easiest!
                               Physical Goals for 2010 

1. I will run 1000+ miles total for the year.

2. To set a Half Marathon PR sub 2hrs on January 17th at the P.F. Changs Rock and Roll in Arizona. This will also be my big brother Andrew's first race ever!!!

3. My first 10k is on the calendar for 4/11/10- River City 10k in Decatur AL. My goal is to finish in 50mins.

4. Next 5k on the calendar is 4/17/10- goal is to PR sub 24 mins.
I  know that all of these are totally acheivable and I have ample time to prepare. 

*5. I am considering doing my first full Marathon next December. The Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville AL.  The decision is more of a mental one than physical. I will keep you posted. *

1. I will incorporated Pilates into my workouts 3 times a week.  As a former Pilates instructor you would think this would be a no brainer!! It was easier when I HAD to do it because I was being paid to.LOL!

2.I will incorporate weightlifting back into my workouts no less than 2 times a week.  As a former figure/fitness competitor I am ashamed(might have to include that in an emotional goal too;) ) that I have gone so long without doing this. Someday I might post a picture from my competition days. It was only 3yrs and one baby ago, but that body seems like it's a lifetime away! I don't have the desire to be that hardcore, but my body will def benefit from weights.

This is a BIG one.  Eating is such a HUGE part of my physical struggle.  I eat real clean on the weekdays, on the weekends with no schedule, I eat out and nosh ALL weekend long! So, Hubby(who has also committed to this) and the kids(who have no choice) will only eat out one time per week and I will start planning meals for the weekend like I do for the weekdays instead of winging it. Plan, Plan, Plan!!! If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!

There I said it!! The dreaded word! Literally the only time I weigh myself is when the Dr. forces me on the scale at Dr. visits. I have always been tall-ish(5'8") with what my mother always referred to as a "big-boned" frame.  I was 130 in the 5th grade!  I was also 5'7"!
So I am very comfortable at 150. Any less and my neurotic mother(whom I dearly love) will start asking me if I'm anorexic and insisting on spoon feeding me.  I don't like to even say that number out loud!(another emotional goal possibly;) LOL!)  Last week I went to the Chiro and when he left the room I hopped on the scale bracing myself to see the effects of the puppy chow and chocolate covered pretzels.  162.  I was surprised that I was actually down 2lbs from my last weigh-in 4 months ago.  So I am pretty much maintaining between 160-165. I'm comfortable-ish where I'm at, but I have some jeans in my closet that would look outstanding on a 150lb me! Plus, my muffintops always seem to disappear somewhere around 155. ;)


We will continue Friday Free-Day.  It is a Pendegraph (that's my last name) tradition I started a few years ago to(mostly to make my life easier when Hubby works nights). On Fridays, the boys can decide if they want to bathe or not(mostly not.LOL!), they choose what they eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner(within reason), and that evening we always do something fun as a family.

I'm pretty sure this is more than enough to keep me busy this year.  I'm excited about what I accomplished in 2009 and look forward to stepping it up in 2010!

Tomorrow I will post my Emotional goals and accomplishments. YIKES!!

Grace and peace,



Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

I keep hearing about the Mario for the Wii, maybe I should buy it on the way home to surprise hubs..

Love all your Goals.. Funyn I started last year with plans for a 1/2 Marathon and ended up running a full. I still love the half distance, but I want to conqur the full before I stick with the 13.1

I am sure you will get your Goals!!

No-one wants muffin tops.

Carly said...

Sounds like a great vacation. You have some really great goals for 2010.

Melissa said...

Great goals! I love your running goals and I am a big fan of dividing them all into categories!

Deanna - The Unnatural Mother said...

GREAT GREAT GREAT goals, I love them and FREE Friday, I may have to incorporate that!!

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