Friday, October 5, 2012

45 is Around the Corner

I turn 45 in 16 days.  Don't know why, but I've decided that my 45th year on Earth is going to be the year I focus on me.  Now you might think that last year was pretty me-focused since I trained for and completed my first 70.3.  But the difference is that I'm going to focus on making my life better.  Yes, I will work toward some goals I've had for years, but by achieving these goals, I hope to make my life better by quitting the wanting and starting the doing.  Here are some things I'm going to accomplish:

1. Healthier Eating
In my profile on this page, I say that I'm a struggling "clean eater."  I've been a big fan of Tosca Reno and her series of Clean Eating books and magazines for a number of years.  I long to live a clean eating lifestyle, but I've struggled A LOT to do it.  I don't eat well.  I eat cookies, ice cream, French fries, pizza, etc.  I WANT to eat much cleaner and I really would like to go the paleo route.  I find it hard to plan healthy meals because I'm so busy all the time.  But, this year, I'm going to make it a priority to plan my meals for the week...ALL my meals!  Not just dinner.  And I'm also going to make it a priority to stay away from the junk.

2. Less On My Plate
I don't mean my dinner plate...I mean my schedule.  I take on too much.  Is there a hole in my life that I think needs to be filled with activities?  Maybe there is a hole, but the last thing I need to do is fill it with more activities.  If you looked at our calendar, you would see that there is hardly a day that is completely empty.  The first thing I'm going to remove is my volunteer position as Volunteer Director of the Empire State Marathon.  I like doing it, but as race day gets closer, my stress level goes through the roof.  And for what?  This is a volunteer position for me...I don't need it.

3. Achieve My Personal Trainer Certification
I have wanted to be a personal trainer for years.  About 10 years ago I bought the "Personal Trainer for Dummies" book.  And when Alex was a baby 7 years ago, I did some research on purchasing a Stroller Strides franchise.  Why has it taken me so long to finally take the plunge?  Who knows.  I guess I was waiting for the "perfect time."  Who am I kidding?  Is there ever a perfect time for anything?  I had a bad day at work back in August, so what did I do?  I marched out to my car, called the American Council for Exercise (ACE), and ordered my study materials.  I got out of my car and noticed a spring in my step as I headed back to my desk.  I think that says it all.

4. Take My Crafting to the Next Level
I'm doing OK with my headband sales, but I want to do more.  I want to learn more craft techniques and make sporty themed versions of those crafts.  I've got my Etsy account set up, but I need to get things up on it to sell.  My friend Karen C is selling things successfully on Etsy...I think I need to hang with her more.

5. Lose Weight
Goal #1 will help me achieve this.  I still want to do triathlons, but I'm not going to revolve my training on triathlons.  I'm going to revolve my training on getting more fit and tone.  I'd like to lose 20 pounds and keep it off.  This endless cycle of my weight going up and down is getting old.  I'm not getting any younger, so this whole weight loss thing is not going to get easier.

So, my birthday and the marathon are on October 21.  The official start of my changes will be October 22.  I'm looking forward to the Year of Me!  Bring on 45!