2013 Resolutions

As I did for 2012, I’m splitting these into fitness and life goals. Ten in each area. Looking forward to seeing how much I can accomplish in 2013!

Fitness

  • Heal my moderately-injured body as quickly as possible. Avoid more injuries.
  • Work out 5x/week at CFNE.
  • Do Crossfit classes at least 1x/week when doing Oly training.
  • Compete in an Olympic weightlifting meet and hit PRs on both my lifts.
  • Snatch 145#.
  • Deadlift 2x+ bodyweight.
  • Run more, row less.
  • Do the Crossfit workout called Murph (run 1 mile, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats, run 1 mile).
  • Ski at least 10 days in 2013.
  • Go to the women’s ski/snowboard event at Loon Mtn. in March.

Life

  • Read 50 books.
  • Finish one knitting project currently on needles. Start and finish one more.
  • Say “yes” to social outings more often. (It worked last year, so I’m doing it again.)
  • Drink at least 50 new and unique beers.
  • Set up a media system in the house.
  • Paint the living room, kitchen, and bedroom ceilings.
  • Cook dinner 1x/week (currently Amy does almost all the cooking and I’d like to pull my weight more in this area.)
  • Keep a daily gratitude journal.
  • Floss daily. I did AWESOME on this for most of 2012 and want to continue. (Until 2012, I hated flossing.)
  • Turn off my phone after 10pm. (This will be the hardest one for me.)

Looking forward to seeing other people’s resolutions for the coming year.

Looking Back at 2012

My accomplished resolutions for 2012 were:

  • Make it to CFNE minimum of 3x/week, no matter how crazy the other parts of my life are.
  • Find my double-unders again
  • Avoid the avoidable injuries, and treat the unavoidable ones
  • Bring mindfulness to my Crossfit practice (some days, the PR is in the attempt, not in the results)
  • Maintain a healthy sense of humor and of the absurd
  • Keep work and life in balance
  • Be more social – go out with friends more often.

I’m most proud of being more social this year. I’m a total homebody, so that resolution was really important for my mental well-being this year. My other huge accomplishment was switching up  my Crossfit training to focus exclusively on Olympic weightlifting. It helped me achieve the mindfulness goal, the showing-up goal, and the avoid/treat the injuries goal. Amazing what that’s done for me. Love it!

Ones I didn’t accomplish included:

  • Eat Paleo 90% of the time and make the 10% non-Paleo REALLY worthwhile. – HA.
  • Snatch 135# (my biggest goal in terms of fitness) – Close, got to #130!
  • Run a 7:30 mile (and run at least 1 road race, either a 5k or 10k) – set aside
  • Row a sub-8:00 2K – set aside
  • Visit my massage therapist 6 times – got there 3 times
  • Continue reading like a fiend (this year I hit 66…) – AWFUL. Only read 30 books this year.
  • Knit a few items and GIVE THEM AWAY – No FOs this year. Whoops!

I think I can see a few areas for continued improvement this coming year!

2012 Resolutions

I’ve been silent here on the blog – I think Twitter killed it. That, and a lack of time outside of work to sit in front of the computer. Oh, and getting an iPhone. That’ll suck up your time, I tell you (hello Instagram and Tiny Wings!)

At any rate, I’ve decided to make some resolutions for the new year and thought I’d post them here for all to see (accountability!) They are totally related to my health/fitness. As it turns out, when I’m not healthy or taking care of my body, I’m unhappy. I like being happy. So without further ado, in 2012 I will:

  • Make it to CFNE minimum of 3x/week, no matter how crazy the other parts of my life are.
  • Eat Paleo 90% of the time and make the 10% non-Paleo REALLY worthwhile.
  • Snatch 135# (my biggest goal in terms of fitness)
  • Run a 7:30 mile (and run at least 1 road race, either a 5k or 10k)
  • Row a sub-8:00 2K
  • Find my double-unders again (%$!^%#&# DUs – had them, lost them, found them, lost them, and will find them again!)
  • Avoid the avoidable injuries, and treat the unavoidable ones (even if it means stopping mid-WOD – and oh, what a metaphor for life this particular goal is…)
  • Bring mindfulness to my Crossfit practice (some days, the PR is in the attempt, not in the results)

I’ll also add in:

  • Maintain a healthy sense of humor and of the absurd
  • Keep work and life in balance
  • Visit my massage therapist 6 times
  • Continue reading like a fiend (this year I hit 66…)
  • Knit a few items and GIVE THEM AWAY (I have a problem with that second part)
  • Be more social – go out with friends more often.

That should do. We’ll see how I do. I’m looking forward to this year like you can’t believe – it’s GOT to be better than 2011!

Happy New Year, 2010 edition

How did I do on last year’s resolutions? If you’ll remember, they were to read at least 50 books, find at least 20 geocaches, score 2 points in hockey, bike more, and move/lift. Well, I read. Some. And then apparently stopped once August came rolling around. Fortunately I was able to read a few more books over vacation (thus far) and finished the year with 46 under my belt. As for geocaching – nope, not even close. I think I’m going to have to take caching off my resolution list, as it doesn’t seem like I’m doing it for fun, but rather out of obligation. In hockey, I had 6 goals and 19 assists – 2 of those assists in Nationals! – so I definitely accomplished that resolution. I biked some this year. It definitely helps to have a decent bike! And I more than “moved” because as you’ll recall, I joined CrossFit New England and have been kicking some serious butt.

This year’s numerical summary:

  • Books read: 46
  • States visited: 6 (NH, VT, ME, NY, MN, CO)
  • Countries visited: 1 (Mexico)
  • Hockey games played: 86 (being on 3 summer teams will do that…)
  • New gadgets: 1 (a Droid Eris)
  • Dogs: 2, still.

This coming year, I again have some modest resolutions.

  • Continue with Crossfit and achieve the goals I set there each month.
  • Knit more: 3 hats in January, finish the Janda sweater, Bruins gloves, and the fingerless gloves I started in Maine.
  • Keep my weight under my magical number all year long.
  • Play more games! Bananagrams is at the top of that list, for sure.
  • Read more books in 2010 than I read in 2009.
  • Learn to can fruits and veggies.
  • Travel to more places in 2010 than I did in 2009. (Already on the calendar: Mexico, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and potentially California for a work conference – would like to get to Florida and Michigan this year too.)

Should be easy to do, right? Well, check back NEXT January 1 (that’d be in 2011, y’all) and see how I do!

Happy New Year to you and yours in 2010.

Megan and Amy, New Year's 2010
Megan and Amy, New Year's 2010

One Month of CrossFit at CFNE

Two months ago, I made a public commitment to getting into shape, so that I’m stronger at 40 (10 May 2011) than I was at 20. One month ago, I joined CrossFit New England. After a month, it seems like a good time for a bit of reflection on this journey.

CrossFit New EnglandFirst things first: I have blisters and callouses on my hands! A lot of people might view this as a bad thing, something to be avoided. I view it as a return to a different time in my life, a time in my life when I played on monkey bars and jungle gyms, when I could climb trees and not feel it the next day. This, perhaps more than anything, tells me that what I’m doing is good.

Next: I have run a mile two times now. For those of you who know me in person, you will understand the significance of this. My motto for years has been: I will run when someone chases me. Well, the person who is chasing me happens to be (with apologies to Dickens) the Ghost of Megan Future and I’m gaining on her, slowly.

Also: I am close to being able to do a real pullup. My goal for the month is to be able to do one, although I’d be even happier if I could do 2 or 3 in a row. When I watch all the other folks at the gym doing pullups I get a little bit jealous, but that jealousy motivates me to keep on trying, keep on trying.

More: I had no idea I could push myself this hard. Turns out that despite what I believed for years about how I “do” fitness (i.e. solo, self-directed), I was wrong. The way I took to hockey should have clued me in, and if that didn’t, the fact that I started playing indoor soccer last winter should have. But apparently neither of those things registered, and the other day I had this moment of thinking, “Holy crap! I LIKE to work out in a group, to cheer for other people, and to have them cheer me on, push me, tell me I do just one more.” Go figure.

And: I couldn’t have done any of this in a non-CrossFit setting. I’ve worked out before and know that when I do, I get into certain routines. With a routine, it’s easy to remember what to do, to not have to think about it. Of course, routine is a real buzzkill and what’s more, it is boring (thus decreasing the likelihood that I’ll keep it up). What I like about CrossFit is that I don’t have to decide what my workout is. I show up, the workout is on the whiteboard. Some of them look killer (and are), while some look easy (lies and deception, every time I think that). But the fact is, it’s easy for me to remember what to do at CrossFit without a routine, simply because someone else is thinking about what we’re going to do each day on everyone else’s behalf. The prescribed workouts may seem limiting, but for me, they’re totally freeing.

Finally: CrossFit really is a supportive community. I’ve met a lot of new people, the sorts of people I don’t see in my everyday life. First off, there are a lot of guys who work out there. I don’t spend a lot of time with men, working at a women’s college with well over half the employees in my division being women. Second off, I suspect that a large number of the people who work out there don’t share my educational level, sexuality, political leanings, and/or worldview. And you know what? It doesn’t matter, because what we’re all doing there is getting stronger, faster, and fitter. That’s the thing that unites us. And in the meantime, I just might expand my horizons a bit.

So you may be wondering: Has Megan drunk the CrossFit Kool-Aid? Well, I have, but not all of it quite yet. I’m a skeptic by nature, and there are parts of the CF philosophy that I’m still struggling with, particularly those parts around fuel for the body. I feel a need to do more research, to find evidence and data that the way many CrossFitters eat is rational when some of it is counter to what I’ve learned in the past. And really, I can only make so many changes in my life at once. Adding in 4-5 trips to the gym each week (from ZERO) is a lot to get used to. Try me in another couple of months and maybe I’ll have found my evidence and data, changed some more things about my life. And maybe not. But in a couple of months, I can tell you, I will still be going to CFNE and loving the way I feel.