Checking in on My 2018 Goals — One Month Down!

5ZNPrTjOSi1wq6jg3DAAt the beginning of the year, I set out a few goals for 2018.  Here I’ll provide a little update on how I am doing, now that we are one month in.  Note that because it wasn’t one of my official 2018 goals, I’ll write about my experience attempting Whole30 in a separate post.  So the goals…

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Starting (Vegetarian) Whole30! Plus, an RP vs. Whole30 Comparison

IMG_0322On New Year’s Day, my husband and I were driving to the ski slopes and he said “I think I’m going to do an experiment with my diet every month.”  “What do you mean?” I asked.  And he said, “Like, one month do paleo, one month do something else… I’d do Whole30 but it is so cliche.”  “I’d do Whole30 with you,” I gamely said.  And that was that.  We are four days in.  How is it going?

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New Year, New Goals: Looking to 2018

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Like a lot of people, each year, I set out some goals.  Sometimes I achieve them — like last year, when my goal was to BQ — and sometimes I don’t.  But writing them down is the first step.  For reference, here are my goals from 2016 and from 2017.

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what I want out of my running going forward, what I want out of my body, what I want out of my life.  Should I try to beat my BQ time from Phoenix?  Should I run an epic 50 miler, or even a 100 miler?  Should I try to shed 20 lbs and see what my body can do when I’m more runner-size?  Should I just give up and get pregnant and resign myself to a life where my body is no longer my own and I am no longer in control and I am no longer the most important person?   With these questions in mind, I’ve mapped out my 2018 goals…

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How I Get More “Nutritious Movement” in My Life

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“The notion that we must work intensely (read: do a lot of exercise) to stay healthy inside our zoo-like environment is not necessarily invalid, but it implies that there is nothing we can do about our captivity or that we’ve agreed to staying in our cage of comforts.”

Katy Bowman, Move Your DNA

When I read this quote about two years ago, it hit me like a ton of bricks.  In so many ways I felt that I was trapped in a cage, slowly dying in the captivity of the city and the concrete and my job and my routine.  “I didn’t agree to this!” I yelled.  I wanted to be wild(er).  This quote, and many other ideas put forth by Katy Bowman in her podcast Katy Says, set a lot of changes in motion (*pun*) for me, ultimately leading me on a search for “more” outside my cage… Long story short, I quit my law firm job and now I live in Boulder.  But I’ve made other changes too…

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Weekend Adventure Recaps: Skyline Traverse, Bierstadt Summit, Snowy Grays and Torreys Summits, Boulder Trail Runners Church Run

IMG_1396I am finally getting back into a groove after my move to Colorado and weeks of home improvement tasks.   I even when to Orangetheory this week for the first time in way too long.  It was tough — way tougher than when I was going regularly — but it was so, so good to be back.  Definitely planning to go more often, especially as we have these rainy and colder days of fall.  Maybe I’ll even do Hell Week this year… Anyway, the purpose of this post is to recap some (but not all!) of the fun running and hiking adventures I’ve had over the past several weeks: (1) completing the Boulder Skyline Traverse (previously mentioned  here); (2) summitting Mt. Bierstadt (our 2nd 14er); (3) summitting Grays and Torreys Peaks (our 3rd and 4th 14ers); and (4) joining the Boulder Trail Runners for one of their infamous Sunday “Church” runs.  Also don’t forget you can stay up to date on these adventures and much more on Instagram.  Let’s dig in…

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New Home Projects Update #1

IMG_1498About a month ago we bought a house here in Boulder, Colorado.  There are a lot of things I really like about the house, including the space (4 bedrooms!) and the backyard and that it’s in Boulder.  But I didn’t love all of previous owners’ design choices, so I quickly set to work towards making the place ours.  We still have a long way to go, including knocking down a wall, removing popcorn ceilings (and related asbestos and/or lead!), and doing a total remodel on the master bathroom.  We also haven’t begun to decorate the master bedroom.   There are also some improvements we want to make so that the home is more efficient and better insulated.  And we want to paint the outside.  And we want to add solar panels.  And… Anyway, first things first…

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