Leah Moves

When you don't know what to do, just move.

Setting goals November 25, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — leahmoves @ 9:36 pm

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m really unmotivated right now. I’m working out some, but not nearly enough to see any improvements. Combine that with less than stellar eating, and you have a bad situation. A lot of people set goals, and I’ve had some luck with that, but I’ve noticed that I have a lot of trouble sticking to the specifics of the goal, especially if they are too long term. I need more immediate results.

So I’m going to set out some goals for the rest of the year. There’s only a little over a month left, which should be enough time to start changing some bad habits, and forming new, better ones.

  • Exercise at least 5 times a week. They don’t all have to be intense sessions, but to meet the requirements, they either need to be at least 30 minutes of intense exercise or 60 minutes of moderate exercise.
  • Drink enough water. The Mayo Clinic says women should drink 2.2 liters per day (9 cups). I typically drink a good amount of water each day, but there’s always room for improvement.
  • Less fast food. Ideally, there would be no fast food, but I know this is not realistic. I’m hesitant to give myself a specific limit, because at this time, a reduction of any size is a good thing.
  • Get rid of some of this crap. I have too much stuff. I don’t really know how I acquired most of it, or why I’ve held on to it, but it’s starting to get overwhelming. I want to sell what I can, donate what I can’t sell, and trash what needs to be trashed.
  • Spend less money on unneeded items. I know that I spend too much money. I have a constant desire to have stuff. Stuff makes me feel good. I like getting new stuff. But as a result, I have too much stuff and not enough money. I need to use what I’ve got and stop buying stuff I don’t need.
  • Stress less. This is a tough one. I’m stressed for a variety of reasons, the biggest one of which is my job. There’s not a lot that can be done about my employment situation at the moment, so I need to find a way to let go of some of the things I hang onto that bring me so much stress.

So there you have it. My goals seem kind of vague, but these are all things that I need to work on, but aren’t something that can necessarily be tracked. Well, I guess they could be tracked, but the point of these goals at this time is to get myself into the habit of doing these things. I don’t expect to have all these things accomplished by the end of the year.

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What Have I Been Up To? November 24, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — leahmoves @ 6:57 pm

Hello all!

It’s been several months since I’ve posted, and I’m excited to say that things have been happening while I was away! You may remember that I had some goals for the year, and I’m excited to say that some of them have been accomplished!

First off, I wanted to do a Warrior Dash. And on June 23rd, I did! I finished it in an hour, and it was quite the adventure. It was a pretty hot summer here in Kentucky, and that day was no different. I was exhausted by the end, but it was a lot of fun and I’m so glad that I had the nerve to try it! I’ll probably do another one (or some variation of it) and maybe one day I will be adventurous enough to try a Tough Mudder!

Secondly, I wanted to do the Iron Horse Half Marathon. This one did not happen. I registered, but when the time came, I just wasn’t prepared. I thought about trying it anyway, but with the knee issue I’ve had this year, I didn’t want to risk it. Hopefully a half happens for me next year.

Lastly, I had mentioned that I wanted to do a triathon, and I’m beyond excited to say that this happened! The Tri for Sight was an adventure and I am so proud to be able to say that I am a triathlete! This race was a long sprint (800 meter swim, 18.5 mile bike, and a 4 mile run), and despite the fact that I was under-trained (story of my life, it seems!), I finished in 3:15:XX (the results on the website aren’t coming up right now). I would have loved to have done it faster, but I did the absolute best that I could do at the time, and I’m very proud of myself. Obviously, I didn’t post about it, but here’s the link to a guest post I did for the fabulous Andrea! I don’t  know if I would have done a triathlon if not for her support!

And of course, I’m still trying to lose weight, but that hasn’t been going quite so well. I’m officially right in the middle of a giant, unmotivated funk. I’m trying to stay in the habit of working out, but I’m not doing very much, and I’m eating a lot of junk. Hopefully this will pass soon!

I really plan to continue blogging on a more regular basis, and maybe even sharing this blog with others (maybe.). I really enjoy reading blogs, especially those who have similar goals as me, or are currently doing the things I hope to do. Plus, everyone is so encouraging! I have met some really awesome people because of blogging that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. And I’ve discovered really cool products, activities, and experiences that I might not have ever learned about if not for blogging. And it’s really encouraged me to try things that I might not have ever had the courage to try, and I’ve discovered that I really enjoy trying new things. I really believe that I’m a better, more well-rounded person than I was before.

Here’s to healthier living!