December Kickoff

Welcome to December

I could not be happier that today is December 1st.  I love the first of the month in any time frame, but December carries with it a heightened sense of family, joy, contentment, and enthusiasm.  It could be that December includes Christmas, my birthday, and a reduced number of work days ::cough, cough 13 cough, cough::.  Focusing on what is most important about December 1st, the kickstart of a new month, I want to establish my Currently and monthly goals.

Goals

  1. Stay a week ahead on my SNHU classes.  There are 10 modules per term and I’ve been able to maintain a 1-module lead.
  2. Run four days a week.  I have two half marathons this month: the Divas Half and Jacksonville Beach Half MarathonScreen Shot 2014-12-01 at 8.02.09 AM
  3. Gratitude is the Attitude!  I want to make sure that I take the inspiration that I’ve been given by the special friends and family in my life that have shown me how to be kind, considerate, and grateful no matter what obstacles are placed before them and incorporate that in my life.  I know that I’m not unique in my tendencies to focus on the empty part of the class, but that doesn’t mean that I have to stay that way.  I will make this goal measurable by writing down three things that make me happy every day in my Bullet Journal.

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loving my Thanksgiving holiday weekend with my extended family. #VeevaLV

studying nouns, verbs, descriptors, determiners, and Structuralism

enjoying the calm before the storm that is going back to work tomorrow

preparing mentally for my long run of 11 miles this morning.

wondering if I should run outside or hit up the treadmill for said 11 miles.

laughing because I always seem to need more things when I get an email that has the word “Sale” in the title.

reading a heavy selection from this pile (still):

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listening to the “Straight Talk with Ross Mathews” and “Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin” podcasts

thinking I’m adding more “-ing” to my December Currently to delay those 11 miles…

feeling like it’s time to get up off the couch!

See ya soon!!!

Happy Tuesday!  Before I begin today’s post I want to send my sincerest appreciation and shout out to all the members of the military.  Happy Veterans Day.

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Kickstarting the day at the gym is the best medicine for feeling a little frumpish.  I started with an easy run of 3 miles on the treadmill and then complete two rounds of the “Muffin Top Melter” workout.

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It really made me sweat and I was glistening with achievement and a desire for food!!!

Breakfast

While I was eating breakfast at the Metro Diner with my family yesterday, I received a phone call from my admissions counselor at Southern New Hampshire University. (GO PENMAN!)

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Alyssa informed me that my FAFSA issues were resolved and I would be officially enrolled in my first two courses by the end of the morning!!!  I am so grateful for her diligent work on ensuring that I would be taken care of before the beginning of the new term, which is Monday the 17th, ya’ll!  Shout out to the Admissions Dept at SNHU – you guys rock!

Later in the day, I received my login information for SNHU’s Blackboard program and downloaded the syllabi for ENG 550 and LIT 500.

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It looks like I will be doing a lot of reading, a lot of writing, but I am extremely excited about getting start in just a few short days.

Pile on the Miles 2014

You may have noticed that I’ve taken on more of a running perspective on this ol’ blog of mine.  It reminds me of olden days when I was primarily talking about oatmeal toppings and treadmill miles.  Well this year, I am going to be participating in Run, Eat, Repeat’s Pile on the Miles 2014 challenge.

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Here are Monica’s guidelines for Pile on the Miles:

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You can sign up here: Run, Eat, Repeat & Pile on the Miles 2014

So what is my November goal?  I am setting my sights on hitting the century mark, 100 miles of running.  Right now, I am at 75 miles, but keep in mind that I will have the St. Augustine Half Marathon on the 16th and will continue to train for the Divas Half on December 7th.

I’m also looking for an exercise challenge for November because I really am enjoying the Burpees and Squats Challenge.  I will probably add those reps into the Toned Arms Challenge I came across Diary of a Fit Mommy’s challenge:

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Even though it’s only a 14 day challenge, I will be able to extend it out.

What are you planning on challenging yourself with in November?