Before I begin the last Friend Makin’ Monday of 2012 I want to thank Lisa from Slow and Steady Wins the Race for tagging me with a Liebster Award. I am honored because I really enjoy reading about Lisa’s training and races, but I had no idea she might actually be reading my blog.
I love Lisa’s no nonsense approach to running. She just gets out there and does her thing, no excuses. Seriously, not even the weather seems to stop her. She just posted her race schedule for 2013 and it looks like it will be a busy but exciting year.
With this award I have to list some random facts about myself and answer some questions posed by Lisa.
1. What is your greatest fitness achievement to date? Completing 2 full marathons.
2. How long have you been on your fitness journey? I would say it started when my son was born 6 years ago, but it was slow going then with just walks and a commitment to spending more time outside moving. I began taking running seriously about 3 years ago.
3. Do you have a future goal you are working towards? If so, what is it? Don’t laugh…I am itching to beat Oprah’s marathon time. OK go ahead and laugh! It’s just a fun way for me to work towards a time goal that I know is achievable. In all honesty there is a goal that sits somewhere in the depths of my brain. I think it might be far fetched which is why I haven’t shared it yet. It’s brewing though and I will secretly keep working my way towards it. If running has taught me anything it’s never say never. (As in “I would/could never run a marathon.”)
4. Do you have any pets? If so, tell us about them! No I don’t.
5. If you won the lottery what would you do? My husband and I always discuss this topic even though we rarely play the lottery and the top priority would be to improve his family’s conditions in Mozambique even more than we already have. We have generous hearts despite our drive and motivation to build up our own security for our futures and that of our son.
5 Random Facts About Me!
- I played the clarinet in grade school and junior high school even though I really wanted to play the flute. I was told I couldn’t play the flute in 4th grade because I had buck teeth.
- Thanks to said buck teeth I also got braces in 5th grade. I was the first in my class with them which made them sort of “cool” at the time.
- I was never “cool” in school.
- My Dad wanted to name me Carmen?!
- I did not eat vegetables until I was 23 years old…true story unless you count corn, potatoes and ketchup.
Now can you believe it’s Monday again. Oh where do the days go. This past week I worked Monday through Thursday night and Carlos was on vacation so our days were full of playing with new toys, organizing all of our presents and shoveling lots of snow. It is quite the winter wonderland here in my area.
If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: www.alltheweigh.com so everyone can see your FMM questions. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!
1. Share one thing that you plan to do for yourself in 2013. I gave myself the gift of yoga for Christmas in the form of a Groupon for a local yoga studio. I’ve gone a couple of times so far and I love it. I’m going to make yoga a part of my life for both physical fitness and mental well being.
2. Share a good habit that you will continue doing into the new year. I will continue to journal my food intake.
3. Do you make new year’s make resolutions? If so, do you typically stick to them? No I don’t anymore because they never seem to work. What has worked for me in the last couple of years is making a tentative race plan and signing up immediately for a few races in the first few months of the new year. This keeps me on track with my fitness goals.
4. Do you have any health goals for the new year? As I inch closer to a healthy weight I will continue to work on coping with emotional eating. It has been a problem for most of my life and though I have gotten much better control of it, I still struggle with it from day to day.
5. Share one thing that you plan to do in January. I will run my first race of the year on 1/1/13. Oh can I add one more thing? I bought a month’s pass at a local rock climbing gym for January so I will be taking the belaying class and hopefully doing lots of climbing.
6. Do you have any travel plans for the coming year? If so, where are you most excited to go? Since our big trip is not quite set in stone yet I won’t say anything just in case things don’t work out. It will be overseas though. I am eyeing a half marathon in Baltimore in June. We are thinking about going somewhere warm in February, but haven’t found a great deal so I will keep looking. There will likely be a trip up to Plattsburgh, NY in the spring also for a half marathon and to visit friends. Travel plans are largely up in the air right now, but there will be travel because I positively cannot live without it in my life.
7. What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Don’t cry for me, I’ll be working. I actually don’t mind and if I’m not already scheduled to work New Year’s Eve I offer to work. It’s not the safest night to be out and about so I figure I might as well earn holiday pay and use it towards a nice date night later in the month.
8. What are your resolutions for 2013? OK I said I don’t do resolutions, but I have one. I resolve to finish writing the Skin Deep series of posts I began last spring. I constantly think about where I left off and for personal reasons I need to finish writing the posts.
9. What are you looking forward to most over the next 12 months? I’m looking forward to travels. I am sort of looking forward to starting graduate studies in July. I am also looking forward to more races and more adventures with Carlos and Orlando.
10. Share something unique that you hope to do in 2013. I really hope to finally solidify a plan of action to help move us toward our dream of moving back to Mozambique within the next 5 or so years. Along with that I also hope to research opportunities to possibly fulfill career goals here in the U.S. while we work on making our dream a reality.
Now it’s your turn to answer the questions. Don’t forget to visit Kenlie’s blog and link up in the comments!