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Every Day I’m Hustlin’

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We have made it through the first 10 days of the year! How ya’ll feeling? It feels like it flew.. Next thing you know we will be rolling up our sleeves to dig into February. Heck, the stores already have the pink and white going for Valentine’s Day! My Christmas decorations just barely got to storage!

We are about 1/36th the way through the year. Now it doesn’t feel like so much! There is still a lot of year to be had!

January has brought a lot of new things to my calendar in the form of challenges. I am involved with 3 and I love that they are all tied together with a wonderful thread of continuity.

The first challenge is hosted by one of my favorite authors and social media gurus, Jon Acuff. I am participating in his 30 Days of Hustle project. Combine the power of social media, good will, and proper goal setting, and you get 30 days of amazing stories, new personal connections from around the world, and amazing goal completion. People’s goals are varied; some related to their avocations and some to their vocations, health, running, family togetherness. But the common core of all of them is improvement. It is an amazing community to check in with each day and got my spiritual tank topped off, while restoring my faith in the humanity that swells around us.

My goal for these 30 days is very simple: run 30 miles. Sounds simple enough! I am coming off of post race blues and some difficulty with my IT Band. I had not run since Thanksgiving Day when I ran my worst race ever. It was time to pick myself up, dust off the kicks, and get the rubber to the road. If I ran 3 times a week and averaged 2.27 miles per run, I would meet my goal……

Introducing Challenge #2: Another Mother Runner‘s Mother’s Day Challenge!  This challenge begins on Monday the 13th!  A group of really amazing women have all come together virtually to train for a 10k or a 1/2 Marathon.  I have chosen to tackle my 2nd Half Marathon.  I will be taking part in the Long Island Half Marathon on May 4, 2014.  The course for this race will be very similar to the course that I ran for my first Half Marathon.  I will be attempting to improve my time from the first race.  It is going to be a long, uphill battle to get back up to running that distance again and I will need to be working on improving the rest of me along the way and to help me meet that goal…..

Introducing Challenge #3: The Perfect Pair Kettlebell Challenge  Thanks to the evil genius at Kettlebellworkouts.com , I will be spending some major quality time with my 10lb.s kettlebell and my yoga mat.  With consecutive ladders or kettlebell swings and push ups, my arms and core will be getting the same torturous treatment that my leg are getting!

 

I have a feeling that my body, mind, and soul are going to get a major workout!!!

Pursuing The Finish

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At the beginning of each year, it is hard not to set a New Year’s Resolution.  It is all over the media, your friends and family are talking about it, its tradition.  It becomes difficult to fight the peer pressure of setting that annual, often quickly broken expectation for the year.

There is a term for the influx of new people at the gym.  Regular sweaters call the newbies “Resolutioners”.  The regulars feel disdain for the newbies.  They use the machines that they want to use.  They don’t follow the unwritten rules of the gym.  They generally just get in the way.  The regulars want the resolutioners to go away and as history has shown us, 92% of them will.

Just 8% of resolutions make it the full year.  ONLY 8%!

This year I have fought the peer pressure and have not set a resolution.  I will not give up diet soda, or chocolate.  I won’t work out more, or lose 100 pounds.  I don’t need the added pressure to my life.  Instead of a resolution, this year I have a “theme”.  I will be working on multiple  small goals that are all connected to the common theme of “Finishing“.

I have a list of tasks and projects that have been left undone.  I have goals to be accomplished.  There are things that I have started repeatedly and have never finished.  One by one, I will be working to make list of the uncompleted smaller.

I am happy to report that I have already crossed oneIMG_5709 item off of my list.  The elusive Sudoku book.  I have NEVER finished an entire Sudoku book.  It gets lost, ruined, or thrown out before all of the numbers are carefully entered.  I made it my first mission of finishing in 2014.  It was liberating to turn the page to that last puzzle.  Puzzle 117.  For years I had pondered what that moment of finishing would feel like.  It was hard to fill in the last few squares, but it felt empowering all the same.   It was so great to take something off the “finishing list!”

There are two more things up next on the mission of finishing.  First a blanket that was started in 2010.  I am only 9 long rows from being done.

The second is a far more challenging goal.  I desire to finish a chap stick, to keep a tube from being lost or sent through washer before I reach  the very end!  Has this ever been done?  I polled everyone in my office and according to my data, this would be a first!!!

Heres to 2014, the year of finishing.  (And soft lips.)

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