For the first six weeks of 2017, I blogged with a newfound consistency. I had a good rhythm, the words flowed easily, and it was fun again. For a long stretch, blogging wasn’t fun anymore. The community is changing, as it will inevitably do. But, as easily as the words flowed, suddenly they were gone again. So, I didn’t post. Maybe less so when I was a baby blogger and posting seventeen times a day was the trendy thing to do, but I pride myself on quality over quantity. I never want to post just for the sake of posting, to keep my analytics at some particular level, or whatever the reason may be. This is not my income and I don’t need to treat it that way. I never want blogging to be a thing I have to do, but rather something that I get to do.
But, the itch is back and I want to honor that. I missed letting my fingers fly over the keys and the words, once jumbled in my head, flowing onto the page. I feel like I have a lot to say tonight, but this feels rusty and a bit unnatural. So, I’m warming up and getting back into the groove once again. A little life update felt like a good place to start.
Health and Fitness
To start, I am excited that I am doing really well on my weight loss goals! I’m down about 15 pounds since January 1 and feeling so great. Although I’m not to my final goal yet, the progress is immensely encouraging. The fact that people are starting to notice and comment on it helps.
I’m revamping some fitness goals I had for 2017. Back in October, I wrote about how I wanted to go for a massive PR at the Grand Rapids Triathlon. I realized that’s not actually something I have the desire to pursue right now. Mostly because I don’t love swimming and the thought of swimming laps sounds terrible. It’s easily my weakest link and I know a massive PR isn’t going to happen without developing a serious love affair with some highly chlorinated water. So, I’m pushing that to the back burner for the time being. Someday, maybe.
Instead, I want to focus my heart and soul on a PR at the Chicago Marathon this October. My one and only marathon finish was at Bayshore in 2015 with a respectable time of 5:51:10. Okay, maybe that’s not respectable to some, but I’m damn proud of it. I also know I can do better. My goal for Chicago is to shave an hour off my time from Bayshore, which means running an average of an 11-minute mile. That’s still an insane amount of time on my feet, but it’s a goal that feels attainable for where I’m at now and where I think I can be by October.
In the meantime, I am registered for two spring races that I’m excited to run. First up is the Rock n Roll Nashville half marathon at the end of April. Two weeks later, returning to the River Bank Run 25k after dropping down to the 5k last year. I’ve got some work to do to get my mileage where it should be before toeing the start line, but I have no doubts I’ll feel at least adequately prepared. The hills in Nashville might be the death of me, but running has become my absolute favorite way to explore a city, so I’m excited to just have so much fun on the course.
I know that to get to the finish line injury free, I unquestionably need to incorporate strength training into my routine. Hi, my name is Mindy and I’m a broken record. Last week, I started Jillian Michaels’ BODYSHRED program once again. (Like I said, broken record.) I’ve started in a few times in the past year, but I never got past day three. I don’t plan on doing it as prescribed, but as a supplement to running and yoga. My goal is two or three BODYSHRED workouts a week. I may not get the best results that way, but that’s okay. My goal is to increase my overall strength and I think this will be a great program to accomplish that.
It seems fitting that since this is a healthy living blog, the majority of my updates relate to health and fitness. But, some other life updates feel relevant as well! I’m super multidimensional.
I’m seeing one of my favorite comedians, Pete Holmes, live on Saturday and I couldn’t be more excited. We’re talking I sold my Hamilton ticket so I could see this show levels of excitement. I know Hamilton will be in Chicago for quite some time, but Pete is going to be in Grand Rapids for one night. It felt like a no-brainer. I’m also seeing Jake Owen when I’m in Nashville next month and Jimmy Eat World when they roll through Grand Rapids in May. 2017 is shaping up nicely for some live entertainment.
I am reading so much lately, more than I have in awhile. In my drafts is a “what I read in February” post I need to finish, despite the fact that March is already half over. The books I’m picking up are all over the board, but the most unexpected title of late is the first book in the Game of Thrones series. I haven’t watched the show (yet), but I’m enjoying the book thus far. (Nerd alert.)
My heart broke last week when my niece’s basketball team lost their run to the state championships. She’s a senior and team captain this year, and while they had a great season overall, it was sad to see it end. They made it to the state quarterfinals last year and I think everyone was hoping for a repeat.
Despite that disappointment, life is just really freaking good lately. I feel happier than I have in a long time. 2016 was a year that left me feeling so broken down, but there’s a lot happening these days that leave me feeling good about the direction things are going.