Sunday, January 15, 2012


Last year, I got the "bug" to set a couple personal goals.  It had really been far too long since I set some personal goals that had nothing to do with homeschooling, reading, math, algebra, etc. So last January (I'm talking 2011) I decided to read the Bible in 90 days. Simultaneously, I decided (rather grudgingly) to get my rear off the couch and start moving:  I decided to use Britain's NHS Couch-to5K podcast.

After about 3 weeks, I bagged the C25K.  I hate running.  and I hate the treadmill.

But the Bible goal -- I rocked it, thank you God!

Fast forward to 8 months to November 2011. I started thinking of goals again. What do I want to be when I grow up?  What do I want to learn?  What do I want to do with the Free Time that is becoming slightly more plentiful?

I didn't have concrete answers for all those questions....and honestly, just asking the questions means I need to pray about it (which I've done and am doing).

One activity that has been just nagging at me was exercise.   Ugh. I hate getting started, but love how I feel afterwards (usually).  My kids are growing, getting faster and harder to keep up with and I have vowed to myself that I will not be left behind.  And, I'm not getting any younger and would really love to be fit for the rest of my life.

Over our extended Christmas vacation, I decided to jump back in to the Couch to 5K plan that I had started at the beginning of the year.  No sense putting it off to Jan. 1, ya know?

I'm so glad I did!  I'm now finished with week 7 of the 9 week program.  I can run for 25 minutes  without stopping now.  I'm over the mental monotony of running at this point.  I now set little mental goals for myself as I'm running.  I am (gasp!) enjoying running.

Next week (starting on Monday, Jan. 16) I'm going to run for 28 minutes.  The following week, I'll be going for 30 minutes.  The goal for myself was to be ready for a 5K at the beginning of May.  I don't think I can wait that long!  I'm going to have to find a February (brrrr) 5K.  And now (shhhhhhhhhhhhh -- do NOT tell anyone) I'm thinking 10K!!

I guess the reason I'm writing this post is because I want to remind myself that GOALS FOR ME ARE GOOD.  I need to have them (again).  I need to have goals that are not just IN MY HEAD -- that's how I described it to Dave.  I'm good at setting mental goals like "read X number of books this year"  "research foreign language learning programs for the kids" "learn how to do X" -- brain-y-ish goals.  I need to challenge other parts of my life -- physical, spiritual, relational.

I'm thinking this year is going to be a GREAT year.


Kate said...

This was a great post. This really resonated with me, "One activity that has been just nagging at me was exercise. Ugh. I hate getting started, but love how I feel afterwards (usually)."

I can get so locked into work and school that I forget that I need to be healthy for the future - not just for my kids, but for me. Thanks for the reminder. :)

I love the font you use here - it is so friendly and welcoming and I really love the look.


Jennifer said...

Your running sounds wonderful. I slowly completed a 5K about a year and a half ago, but it would be much more rewarding to actually run it.