Good morning! Welcome to the second day of 2015!!
I am still trying to fight off this long-lasting cold. I just can’t get rid of the head and nose stuffiness.
On New Year’s Eve morning, Danny and I were feeling a little better from our colds so we went to the gym. I started with walking on the treadmill for 2 minutes and running for one minute for about 15 minutes to warm-up. Then, we did ssome back and core exercises.
Some of our back exercises included:
- seated cable rows
- lat pulldown machine
- t-bar raises
- straight arm pullovers
By the time we were done, I was really feeling it. Those deadlifts are killer!
In the evening, we met my family at a restaurant called Pilot Pete’s for dinner.
They had a champagne toast every hour on the hour for the adults but unfortunely they ran out of sparkling juice for the kids. We still had a fun time!
After dinner, we went back to my dad and stepmom’s house to ring in the New Year!
A few years ago, we had a New Year’s hat decorating contest. This year, we had a horn contest. Everyone bought their own horns and decorated them.
My brother won first place with his Chicago Blackhawks Winter Classic horn.
We had a great night and enjoyed the countdown to 2015 at midnight!!
New Years Goals
I’m not going to make a whole bunch of resolutions at the beginning of this year. Instead, there are a few goals that I would really like to focus on accomplishing for 2015.
As cliche as it is, one of my goals this year is to be healthier and lose a little bit of weight. But this year, I’m going to work on the little things that trigger my unhealthy or overeating habits. For example, some nights if I’m too tired (or lazy) to cook dinner, we’ll go out or order food. Instead, I’m going to try to be more prepared by having an easy and healthy dinner to make.
I eat pretty good during the week but I notice that there are times when my eating plans just go out the window – on the weekends when Danny’s home, when we’re out with my family, etc. I would really like to work on still be healthy during these situations. That’s not to say that I can’t enjoy myself but maybe two slices of pizza and salad is okay rather than four slices and chips. Sometimes the off switch from my brain to my mouth is broken.
I was at a weight about two years ago that I was really happy with. My ultimate goal is to get back to that weight.
My goal in the gym for 2015 is to improve my strength training. I want to increase the amount of weight that I lift and work on more functional exercises.
Functional exercises are exercises that incorporate multiple body parts/muscles and includes movements we do in real life. They increase strength and balance.Machines are okay at the gym, but they are doing the majority of the work for you. You back is supported while sitting in a machine so you’re not using your core to keep up balanced.
A squat is a great example of a functional exercise. You’re using your core to keep you upright and balanced and you’re working your quads, hamstrings, and gluts. And squats are used in everyday life – picking up boxes, groceries, small children, etc.
For goal for the longest time has been to run a half marathon. I have actually signed up for two half marathons.
The first was the Zooma half marathon which I was supposed to run in August 2013. I was picked along with four other girls who had never run a half marathon as a Muscle Milk Athlete. We got support from the Zooma race ambassadors, training plans, entries into the half marathon, meetings with a sports doctor, a hot yoga session, and running meet-ups.
This is when my quad/hip pain first started and after meeting with the doctor, I was advised not to run the half marathon. I was incredibly disappointed to not be able to run with the other girls but at the same time it was a relief because I had so much pain when I ran.
Fast forward over a year later after many doctor visits and a cortisone shot, I was feeling a lot better. My sister-in-law announced that she was planning on running the Disney World half marathon and full marathon in January 2015. I decided to run the half marathon but had to jump on registering since it sells out so fast. Danny decided that he also wanted to run the half but it was sold out by that time and he signed up for the full.
A short time later, I had a arthrogram MRI and it turned out that not only would I not be running the half marathon but I would also be getting a major hip surgery.
But all that is behind me now!
I had my hip surgery, my problem is corrected, and I should soon be healed to 100%. This is the year that I will run a half marathon, and it will be that much more special because of everything I went through to get there.
It’s not secret that I spend a lot of time with my extended family but this year I would like to focus on spending more time with my kids. Jacob is a teenager now so the last thing he wants to do is hang out with his parents. So, this year I would like to focus more on stuff that my kids enjoy. I don’t want to have to force them to play a family game or watch a movie, but rather do something that they enjoy.
And there it is – my goals for 2015!
Have a great second day of the new year!
- Do you have any goals or things you would like to accomplish in 2015?