Happy New Year! It’s the first weekend of 2020, and that means it’s time to pour yourself a cup of coffee (or whatever you prefer) and sit down for a chat!
If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions. For one, I think it can set us up for failure, followed by feelings of guilt and shame for not having stuck with whatever resolution or goal was set. Plus, I think it’s pretty silly to wait for a specific day to make a change. Why wait until January 1st? If you have a goal in mind, start working on it today.
That being said, over coffee I would tell you that I looked back at my post from this time last year. I talked about the weight I had gained over the previous year and how crappy I was feeling because of it. My weight creeped up a bit more after that post, so what if I had waited until this January 1st to work on it? I finally got my act in gear by early spring and I’m happy to say I’ve lost (and kept off) 16 pounds since then, and I definitely no longer feel like crap. Go figure.
If we were having coffee I would tell you my holidays were much less hectic compared to last year. Because we didn’t host Christmas Eve this year, we kept our decorating to a minimum and with no travel in the early weeks of December, things were much more relaxed. All of the kids were around to decorate the tree, and Christmas week was full of fun and games and puzzle making.
As I pour another cup, I have to say, I love a good challenge. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed I posted in my stories daily throughout the month of December. Then on January 1st…crickets. This month I am participating in a step challenge, so if you follow me on Strava, you’ll see an uptick in activity there. I’m going to see if I can find monthly challenges to keep the momentum going. Feel free to post your upcoming challenges in the comments!
And last, over our final cup of coffee, I would tell you I might be signed up for a race or two next week. Or maybe four. On Wednesday I will be flying to Orlando for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend where I will be participating in the Dopey Challenge (5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon over four consecutive days). Insufficiently trained as usual, my only goal is to have fun and finish. And of course having just signed up for the January step challenge, the timing is perfect!
What would you share with me over coffee? How were your holidays? Do you like participating in fitness challenges? Any good races on the horizon for you this year?
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On my 2020 Race Calendar:
January 9 – 12, 2020: Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge
March 1, 2020: Tokyo Marathon
March 15, 2020: Amita Health St. Paddy’s Day Half Marathon
October 11, 2020: Chicago Marathon