Goals for This “30 Something” Gal  

30 something

I felt inspired by the comments I received on my post the day after I turned the big 3-0 to share my ten goals for the next year, as I find my bearings as the latest member of the 30 something club.

One thing I realized as I aged was that there is a definite connection between living a healthy lifestyle and making changes to both your eating habits and exercise habits.
This connection is so important for ensuring a healthy mind and soul. For me, I feel so much more positive and in control of my feelings and eating when I take the time to workout and challenger myself physically.

10352203_1451814121757336_4257078621083076510_nHere are my 10 new goals to complete over the next year as I adjust to being thirty (some will repeat from earlier posts, in large part to keep me accountable!):

1. Complete my fitness certification by end of summer (almost there!!).

2. Run my first 1/2 marathon.

3. Teach/organize my first circuit training/boot camp class program. This is part of a longer term goal that teaching and running these programs would become a part of my weekly routine.

4. Eliminate all packaged and processed food from my family’s diet.

5. Live the “Fridgeonomics” lifestyle. Buy only what we need, waste not want not.

6. Read more. Be an active participant in the two virtual book clubs I have joined.

7. Become a member of the #5amclub. This means in bed by 10pm! (Not 12am).

8. Continue to spend quality time with my little family, by learning to relax more and slow our pace down.

9. Be happy. Be positive. And enjoy the moment more (wait … maybe this could be actually  3 separate goals).

And most importantly,

10. Finally, own it. By loving this new chapter and embracing all the changes it presents, both physically and mentally. Show by example has been my motto since my daughter was born and now it becomes even more important as her awareness of the world around her grows. I want her to be enjoy each milestone in her life.

I know I have mixed very tangible goals with sort of intangible ones. But that’s okay! Like life, having diversified goals is what keeps us on our toes, tests us and challenges us to continue to push and seek out what makes YOU happy.

What goals have you set for this year?

#MotivationalMonday #Bookclub: Taking the Long Way Home

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So I must admit, I was skeptical at first to join a book club related to running. My first thought was, how in the world could I read a book about running? (And stay awake!) What could I learn from someone writing about their running journey? 


I guess it is true, never judge a book by its cover. There were a lot of things I took away from Jennifer Graham’s book “Honey Do You Need A Ride? Confessions of a Fat Runner”, but I would not be human if I also did not find things that I disagreed with while reading.

What I liked 

First of all, I found the author relatable (from how she struggles with her self-esteem and size to everyday problems like fabric riding up). She writes like she is speaking casually and with a friend, just sharing her story over coffee on a Saturday morning. Honest and real. I like that no matter how “dark” her life seemed at times she used humour or sarcasm to “get through” those moments.

I loved how she briefly notes what it is like to encounter another runner. The camaraderie  and “secret” runners head nod (and slight wave). For me, this is one of the many reasons why I love to run. I love the greetings and the fact that runners make a point to acknowledge each other. It is like you are all in the same club. Jennifer totally summarizes the moment perfectly “we nod at each other without breaking a stride. Our shared noble effort […]

What’s funny is that I have always wondered what I looked like while running. You know, do I look as strong as I feel? Do I glide as smoothly as I dream that I do? Jennifer made me think a lot about how I run, and I could easily relate to many of the thoughts that run through her mind. I am totally self-conscious when I run. I always have this feeling that people are staring, watching and critiquing. I wonder do I look good in my running shorts? Am I going to look silly if I stop for a breather. But the reality is that no one cares (and neither should you). Trust me, me running – it “ain’t” pretty! haha! I have seen those horrible finish line pictures. They leave me wondering, what the heck am I doing!

I must say that it is incredible (and crazy!) for her to have continued to run even following her c-section and emergency surgery. I am not saying she should never run, but I kept thinking “Lady, you need to give your body a break!” I mean come on … Running with a catheter – ouch!

After having my little one, I wondered if I would be able to continue to run. I met women while on maternity leave that were told that they could never run again as a result of child-birth, and here I read about Jennifer’s life and how even after 4 c-sections, surgery and many other issues continues to run. And not just short distances!

I have so many questions about her physical health, advice for young new moms that admire women who continue to push their bodies. I still run, and am now pushing myself to complete my first 1/2 marathon this year. I can not help but wonder will I be able to run or push myself as hard a Jennifer after another child. She not only demonstrates that your body is capable, but that it is important to carve out this time for yourself, time to do something you love.

What I didn’t enjoy:

When I first started reading the book, I felt a bit sorry for her. Like she could not seem to get a break. But as I continued to read I found myself at times saying “Let it go!” “Get it over with.”

For example, I just felt that she makes herself seem as if she is bigger and slower than she really is. She keeps writing about how fat she is, but then she says she weighs just over 150 pounds. And I thought, geez I only weigh a about 10-15 lbs less than her. Am I fat? I know I am not (I am likely taller than Jennifer as well), but I started to second guess what if I am?

She seems to struggle with body image, and not that I do not think it is an ongoing battle for many of us, I would like to think that I will teach my little one the importance of “inner beauty”. I know cliché, but as I get older I realize that there is so much pressure from all angles of our lives that I want my daughter to feel comfortable in her own skin. I cannot help but wonder, how do her comments make her children feel? Are they uncomfortable in their own skin or have they labelled themselves too?


That’s it for now!

I want to thank Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home for welcoming me into her virtual book club. I look forward to reading the next book she selected about the Boston Marathon. Looks great!

This week I am participating in the Wild Workout Wednesday link up with the wonderful hosts Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Upala at Pretty in Pink Fitness, and Amber at Bold Fit Mom  to bring you workout ideas, motivation, inspiration and recipes to try.