Things have been a bit crazy here around the First Comes Health household. I’m very sorry I have been MIA. I have been hard at work on the book and I even managed to squeeze in a little trip to Canada. But I’m back now, and things are cranking right along. Expect to see me around here and Facebook again regularly.
Of course, no matter how busy we get, life continues to go on. October came and went, and nobody forgot to keep working on their 2012 goals! The year is winding down but the efforts haven’t waned at all. Let’s check in with everyone:
Non banded pullups: sorry to say but no real progress. :/
30-day Paleo Challenge: Accomplished. I am now working on losing 20lbs by the end of this project and am on Day 15 of my second Paleo Challenge. I feel great about this second challenge and am excited about the progress I have made so far. I am hoping to take a sizable chunk out of my 20lb goal.
RXd Crossfit workout: Accomplished. However since my first Rx’d WOD, I have had to come to grips with the fact that for the foreseeable future I will have to work around issues with my back and that is ok.
On October 21, I ran my 2nd marathon, the Columbus Marathon. It was an incredible experience. The weather was perfect (30s to start, 50s at finish) and the course was relatively flat (especially compared to Pittsburgh.) I managed to shave nearly 24 min off of my Pittsburgh marathon time, coming in with a new PR of 4:49:48. I am absolutely thrilled!
The plan for the rest of the fall and winter besides a few short races is to enjoy not training and run whatever distances I want whenever I want (and hopefully work on speed.) Training begins again in March for the Pittsburgh half marathon. I am not planning another full marathon until next fall.
I am at 1085 miles for the year, 215 mi to go!
October has been a much more successful month than my last few! Finally! Even though I haven’t been running as much as I’d like (North Carolina weather allowed for more running time, that’s for sure!), I joined my local CrossFit gym! I’m now attending WOD’s twice a week and getting serious about my fitness again. I miss running like I did when I was living in the South, though. So I may be focusing some efforts on finding a running group or at least buying some warm and cozy running clothes.
Is it too early to set a 2013 goal? I really want to run a race! A 5k or 10k may be in my future..
Now that I’m settled in my new place, eating well has been a lot easier. I’m still taking the easy way out (i.e. work cafeteria…) more often than I’d like, so I’m focusing November on NO cafeteria food!
Jill’s note: Sad to report that Diane has suffered another injury which is holding her back from finishing out the year. This is also her very busy time of year, professionally speaking, so she is going to take November and December to recuperate and be back in 2013 ready to go!
It has been a tough month, but I am continuing to try to maintain the commitments I set up for myself. My weight is up slightly, but I am trying to fight the urge to finish off the Halloween candy!! The Couch-to-5K program has proved a bit tougher than I anticipated — so I am repeating each week’s program for two weeks instead of trying to move ahead and get discouraged. My 62 year old joints are definitely fighting back, but I am committed to maintaining the activity that the program has brought back to my life. It hurts so good when I am done!!
Got a tip from my brother that I am incorporating into my routine — wall pushups! This should help my goal of toning my upper body. Will update you on this one next time!!
Still flossing! And, with the my daughter’s wedding approaching, I have lots more incentive to stop the nail biting, although football season makes this one a bit harder!! Old habits are tough!!
This has been an especially crazy month. I’ve managed to continue my exercise classes, but not as much as I’ve wanted to.
I’ve been able to go to my BodyPump class at least twice a week (sometimes three times a week), but I’m sad to say I haven’t been able to get to as many other classes as I planned on doing. I’ve had a bit of a hamstring problem that is being treated twice a week and then our local YMCA branches have been without power for the past week after Hurricane Sandy rolled through. I did make it to a BodyFlow (yoga) class during the month and enjoyed it very much.
I’m determined to get back on track with my other classes and mix in some cardio during November as basketball season approaches in December!
Jill C. (that’s me!)
I have BIG BIG news to share this month! I am sooooo proud to report that I am now doing un-banded pull-ups! Yippee! This was a big one for me. After I hurt my ankle and wasn’t able to do much working out, I recommitted myself to this. However, once I was back on my feet, it kind of fell by the wayside. I was so thrilled to be running and CrossFitting again that a pull-up was out of my thoughts. Last week, however, I finally did it. With some kipping help from my CrossFit coach, I managed to do about 20 un-banded pull-ups and even to string two together! WOOT!
Running continues to improve, and I am definitely gaining confidence.
Yoga – I’m returning next week! I don’t know why this fell off my radar. I love it so.
And there was October. Who is thinking ahead to next year? I’d love to have you join the group. Fresh faces, fresh goals, fresh year. Let’s do it together.
If you are interested in joining us now, it is never too late to set a goal and work towards it! Send me an email
with the thing(s) you’d like to tackle in what’s left of 2012 and you’ll join the ranks of these fine folks. That’s all it takes. It doesn’t matter WHEN you start pursuing your goals, it just matters that you DO start.