May Goals

. . . May’s goals . . .¬†

1). NO pizza. I always give something up each month. The reason I am choosing pizza is because it’s my absolute favorite food, and I want to get it back to a status of being a “treat” now and then instead of eating it often / regularly.

2). I’d like to be down 5-8 lbs toward my goal weight by the end of the month. I only have 13 total left so I think 5-8 is a good chunk without being overwhelming.

3). Actually get the 45 miles in May done for the 45 in May swap ūüôā

4). Start and maintain a journal, which I have outlined and made a plan for last night and this morning ūüôā

. . . Well, 10 days in, and I am doing decent with my May goals . . . 

1). I have not had any pizza. ¬†This includes take out, homemade, Hot Pockets and / or Lean¬†Pockets, pizza rolls, etc. ¬†NO pizza whatsoever, and you know what? ¬†I am OKay! ¬†I noticed that after my two months sans ALL sweets, that now, I can eat a piece of candy or have a BITE of a sweet, and I am instantly satiated. ¬†I ate a small brownie this past weekend, and it was far too much. ¬†Considering I am off of soda entirely, with the exception of the Kickstart (damn those!), my habit of giving¬†something up for a month at a time is definitely helping me regulate my bad habits and improve upon what “in moderation” means to my lifestyle.

2). Well, I did not weigh myself May 1st, and so, I can only go by my last weigh in, which was on April 24th. ¬†The current number on the scale is higher than the number that was facing me on the 24th, but because I have been working out again, I attribute this “gain” to muscle weight. ¬†I was also bloated for several days, and I know I am holding water. ¬†SO, I am not overly concerned. ¬†I may weight myself this evening and go from there. ¬†If it’s one thing I have learned, it is that I can have a target number in mind, but I should base my progress on how I feel, and I am feeling fantastic!

3). I have thus far completed 19 miles for the Move It! 45 Miles in May swap. ¬†I am also participating in the Pacific Coast Highway virtual race, which is 113.2 miles. ¬†I need to up my daily distances in order to finish the latter within the month, but I am pleased with my 19 miles thus far. ¬†Unless my May mirrors April’s events, I foresee completing the 45 miles without a hitch. ¬†I am definitely pushing myself to get out there, even when it is the last thing I want to do. ¬†Fun shirts¬†and knee socks help; they keep me happy!

Running for bibliophilia

“Running for bibliophilia.” ¬†Image from my Instagram: idiosyncratic_unicorn

4). The journal . . . eh, not so much. ¬†I need to let go of my tendency to be slightly obsessive-compulsive, in regards to my penmanship and style, and just embrace the journal’s contents and love it for what it is. ¬†I had brainstormed a format that I felt will work well for me, but I have not been successful at actually executing it. ¬†I still have time to follow through, even if it’s only writing my stats down, and then, I can improve upon my process (embellishments, etc.) next month.

So far, so good.  I feel like I am finally on the upswing!

 

2017 Dempsey Challenge

I have just taken the time to create my Dempsey Challenge fundraising page!

“Thank you for visiting my personal fundraising page for the 2017 Dempsey Challenge! I‚Äôm participating in the Dempsey Challenge to spread hope, raise funds and awareness, and support everyone who is impacted by cancer. Please consider supporting me in my efforts by making a donation; no amount is too small to make a difference!

Every dollar of your donation directly benefits the Dempsey Center, a leader in quality of life care for individuals and families impacted by cancer. Thank you for helping me reach my goal!

In 2016, I ran my first Dempsey Challenge event (and my very first 10K!), and immediately after I crossed the finish line, I knew that I would sign up for 2017’s DC event. ¬†I was originally inspired to run the DC after my Uncle Ron passed; he and his wife (my aunt) received so much, in the way of support and services, from the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing. ¬†Along the way, I dedicated distances to and sent up prayers for those who have fought / are fighting the fight.

Because of kindness, selflessness, and the generosity of people like you, I was able to raise $500.01 last year, and I would love to match or even exceed this amount in 2017.  No donation is too small; please consider donating $1.00 Р$2.00 Рit adds up quickly, and it goes to such a great cause.  This year, just like in 2016, I am more than happy to dedicate a portion of the run to your loved one who has been affected by cancer.

I am once again running the 10K (6.2 miles), and though the run is months away, I have already started the hard work (training) and the fundraising.  Your donation is greatly appreciated; if you are unable to donate, sharing my information / site is equally appreciated!

From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.”

Though it is “only” May, I have already begun training for the DC 2017 (October 7th). ¬†I completed¬†my first DC / 10K in 77 minutes, and I want to improve upon my time. ¬†Last year, I waited until what some would consider the last possible minute to get ready, but this year, I am more focused and dedicated than ever, not only to the 10K, but also to the shorter distances along the way. ¬†With my first 5K less than a month away, I have been consistently hitting the pavement (or the treadmill in inclement weather). ¬†Consistency is key!

I am posting my Dempsey Challenge info. here, in all its glory, in hopes that readers who happen to stumble upon my blog will donate a dollar or share my info.  I appreciate either (or both) very, VERY much.