Mi Tierra, October 31, 2011. San Antonio, TX.
This month will mark my 30th year of life. Finally, numerical permission to act like the old lady I’ve always been! If that’s not cause for celebration, then I don’t know what is.
Year number 29 was not an easy year, but I feel like it’s ending on a high note. At work, I’m slowly but surely moving in the direction of another publication—my first as a postdoc! I’m making more friends in Texas, and all is well with my other relationships. I finally broke two hours in the half-marathon after my third try. It’s worth noting that I was only able to reach that goal when I got really serious about doing it—I spent ten months working on my fitness levels with that goal in mind, so it was incredibly gratifying to see my dream come true. Likewise with my career, this summer I had to get really serious about making progress on my project. It required a new level of commitment and some short-term sacrifices (lazy Saturday mornings, I miss you!), but I think that’s part of accepting adult-sized responsibilities.
One area of my life that continues to bring me comfort and joy is my small circle of loved ones. They really came through for me during the hardest moments of this past year, and I cannot thank them enough. I think if there is one thing in my life of which I am most proud, it’s the relationships I have with people near and far. There are those who say that Americans today are morally and spiritually bankrupt, and all that matters to us is money and appearance. I disagree. I may be agnostic, but I know my life is far from being spiritually bankrupt. I think the meaning of my life is the love and affection I share with friends and family.
Whew! I didn’t mean to become so sentimental, but that’s what birthdays do to me. Onto this month’s goals!
* Work up to a 50-minute run. My longest run in October was probably 30-40 minutes, so a 50-minute run is not too far from where I am right now, runningwise. Let’s do this, legs!
* Do 30 push-ups, 30 V-shaped leg lifts per leg, 30 squats, and 30 bicycle crunches per side each week. I’m going to split this up into three little strength work-outs over the course of the week.
* Write star chart (as usual), incorporating this month’s strength-training challenge.
* The bike! The bike must go to the shop this month!
Health and Life Balance Goals:
I don’t think I have anything new to add to this list! October’s goals were a very good start at re-establishing some good habits so that I get enough sleep and eat good meals. I’d like to keep up the momentum in those areas so that I can look and feel my best.
What habits do you try to maintain to look and feel your best?