February Goals Accountability Update!
Run Every Day: PASS (28/28 days, 113 miles run)
It’s getting easier. Haven’t done speed workouts this year yet, but did run 15 miles on 2/11.
Life can get in the way of training. I’m in the middle of a five-week stretch where I’ll be busy on Saturday mornings – the time I normally schedule my long runs with my group. It’s difficult to stay on track when your routine gets re-arranged, but I’m finding a way to still hit 10 mile runs on Sundays. There’s some travel in my schedule as well, which will require carving out time during the trip to run as well (best way to explore a city is on foot!)
The Big Sur Marathon is on April 30th. Working backwards, that means I need to hit a 20+ miler either on April 2nd or April 9th. I’ll opt to go back to back and do both weekends at >20 miles at a slow pace.
Weekly Ice Bath: FAIL (0/4 weeks)
I haven’t been able to get out and use the ice bath over the past month… and really need to!
Weight Loss: FAIL (-2lbs)
Slow and steady, but slower than I thought. I’m maintaining the habits of working out every day, but stress eating a little bit too much. I’m still about 6lbs away from where I want to be.
I have standards that are really rooted from my boxing days – when I was in my 20’s and had a super fast metabolism. So even though this goal is marked as a “fail”, I also understand that maybe the end result is rooted in unrealistic expectations.
What I’m happy about is the process – one which has seen me run every day, train a little harder, and eat healthy.
Intermittent Fasting: 16 Hrs/Day PASS (28/28 days)
This can show that IF isn’t the sole answer to losing weight! I’m a big believer in intermittent fasting, which can help prevent insulin resistance, trigger autophagy, and allow the body some time to reset.
But I’m not over-the-top with IF benefits. It can certainly aid weight loss, but isn’t the only factor. I’ve been able to continue intermittent fasting and feel great doing so, but have stayed stable with my weight.
Read 1 book per week: FAIL (1 books in January)
I read How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes. It has a number of good reminders when conversing with people that you are meeting for the first time.
One of the memorable takeaways was in how to talk to people at a work conference for an industry you know nothing about (i.e. imagine your spouse is in a completely different career field than you), which she calls “jobbeldygook“. She gives some good tips on how to navigate those situations, which may involve some prep even beforehand.
Daily Red Light Therapy: PASS (20/31 days)
I use the @joovsocial every morning to get exposure to red light and near-infrared light for recovery, inflammation support, improved blood flow, and enhanced skin health and healing. It’s a good time for me to stretch or focus on my breathe as I ease my way into the day.
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