A Mid Month Update for a Short Month!

Hey All! Even though it’s Thursday I feel like it’s the start of my weekend because I have so much good stuff planned through early next week!  Michael is away at a curling tournament so I planned on catching up with my girlfriends over dinner and visiting my parents for the weekend.  Sounds good to me! Can you believe it is February 16th already? This month really flies by since it is so short!  I thought a mid-month update might be a good idea.

So here’s February’s Goals and an update…

Pace Myself. 

This was a big one for myself.  I usually take on a bunch of things that interest me and THEN try to figure out how to schedule it all.  What ends up happening is that I constantly feel busy and my weeks are absolutely jammed pack.  Not bad but not ideal also.  So the goal of this month was to focus on quality not quantity.  I’ve really been sticking to this and feel like I have a great balance in my life! I feel as if I have enough time to study, train for the marathon, socialize and relax and of course keep up with my blog.

Train Hard.

So far so good! I’m feeling much more motivated these days and am really getting excited for race weekend.  Remember when I wasn’t feel motivated?  Since then my parents have booked their hotel for marathon weekend, I hit my fundraising minimum, the marathon jackets have come out (getting mine tonight!),  and I took my first ice bath in addition to some great long runs with Team in Training.  I’ve been making smart choices when it comes to training.  The key to making smart choices?  Listening to my body.  I had Strep Throat in the beginning of the month which caused me to miss a speed workout and a cross-train day but getting better was more important.  I’m currently taking a break from running this week.  I’ve had really heavy and tired legs on my last 3 or 4 long runs.  On top of that my hips have been screaming at me! They are tight, and sore and my hip flexors have had spasms.  Not fun.  So this week I am taking yoga, and hitting the gym for some spin classes.  It feels great to be doing something else and I it feels like the change is exactly what I needed.  I’ll be back running next Tuesday and am already looking forward to it!

Study Harder. 

I’m doing really well on this! I take my CPR class next Thursday night to get certified and I’ll sign up for the exam soon.  I’m more than half way through the chapters and have been sticking to my study plan.  Yes, 5am wake up calls to study have been regular and frequent but I am incredibly productive then so I really don’t mind it! I’m really excited to take this exam and become certified!

I love setting goals.  As many of you know my long-term goals include becoming a certified yoga instructor and teaching.  I’d love write for a healthy living magazine or website too.  I always say, just do one thing a day to work towards your goal.  One simple thing can make you feel like you are doing your best to get to where you want to be.

And with that I will leave you for today but go do something, anything to help you get one step closer to where you want to be!

How are your February goals going?  Did you check in with yourself this month? What were your goals?


December’s Mid Month Update!

Can you believe it is the middle of December already?!  Time is really flying by.  I’m looking forward to Christmas and seeing my friends and family.  I have a week of vacation and could really use the downtime!  If you remember I did my first video blog for you guys on the first.  If you missed it or want to check it out again you can find it on my You Tube Channel.  So let’s check in and see how I’m doing on my monthly goals!

I’m actually psyched to look back on them because it’s been so busy I don’t really remember what they were!


I’ve been on this! Not as diligently as I’d hoped but I’m trying to keep things balanced and at least some of it is getting done. My goal is to get through Chapter 9 which is half way through the material by the end of December.  I’m about to start Chapter 6 so I think this is possible.  I have some vacation time and down time in the coming weeks so I really hope to settle in for a few hours here and there to make this a reality.  Getting up at 5am has been the best scenario and is when I am most productive.

Studying at 5am is most productive!

Start Planning a Fundraising Event!

My fundraising event planning has been in full force.  I’m planning a fundraiser to do here, starting very soon,  with some really nice prize packs for you to all win.  So stay tuned for that!  I also am planning a fundraiser party with a few other girls from Team in Training.  For those in the Boston area it will be on January 7th at The Brahmin from 6 to 8pm.  We have lots of items for the raffle and silent auction! All proceeds will go directly to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  I’d love to meet you Boston area readers!   I’m trying to hit the $2000 mark by December 31st! And ultimately have to raise $4000 before January 31st.  I have quite a way to go and would appreciate any support from the blogging community!  You can find my fundraising page here:


My page also shares why I am running and the story behind my motivation! I can’t wait to run the Boston Marathon!


I’ve been doing really well this goal! I’ve been posting about once a week about yoga.  I have a lot more ideas for yoga posts as well.  Michael and I have been taking a class on Sunday mornings at South Boston Yoga with David Vendetti.  His class is amazing! The flows and poses are so challenging! Michael and I are usually sore for days after his classes and my body always feels so aligned and strong after.  I am still practicing about 3 times during the week.  I love practicing 4 days a week.  It really takes your practice to the next level!


Keep My Balance. 

So far this goal has been going well.  Lists are keeping me sane and organized.  With my fundraising coming together I feel a bit less stressed but am still anxious about meeting my minimum.  I  have still found time to relax which is good.  And I’ve resolved to the fact that not everything needs to get done immediately and it’s OK if it takes me all week to accomplish my to do list.

To Do Lists Keep Me Organized!

Enjoy the Holidays.

This one is really starting to happen now.  Michael is surprising me on Saturday and taking me somewhere for my gift which I am so excited about! We also had our work Christmas party which helped to spread some holiday cheer.  I’ll definitely be in the spirit when I get home to my parent’s next week.  My mom always decorates our house, makes tons of amazing food and makes Christmas amazing!  And then for New Year’s Michael and I are going to Montreal to celebrate! I got the last of my Christmas gifts and am really excited to give them! This always gets me ready for Christmas!

My Dad and I Last Christmas

Are you keeping the balance in your life? How do you manage things when you have a lot going on?  Are you in the Christmas spirit? What are you looking forward to most this holiday season?