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November Goals

As I’m still battling…whatever it is that I am battling..cold? I kept my health goals kind of…err.. minimal. Assuming the doctor can tell me more about what’s wrong at tomorrow’s appointment, I may revise them…but I’ve been on my butt for 3 weeks, so it’ll be a slow return anyway. 😉

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November Goals

Blog Goals

– Finish redesign of the new Kelly Be Well site and import both health and cooking blogs

  • I began my re-design with some help in October and I’m hoping to be done with the “moving pains” before December!

 

Life Goals

Get Better!!!

  • Obviously, this is paramount. I’ve had this weird trouble-breathing-inflammation-issue for 3 weeks now

– Sit & relax by 8:30 p.m. every night

  • I succeeded at the 9 p.m. goal I set in October, but could use a little more downtime in the evening, so I am upping it to 8:30

– Computer off by 9:30 p.m.

  • I need work on this one. Since I joined twitter for the new blog site, I find myself on my computer way too late every night. I need to unplug.

– Get Christmas cards addressed

  • I know…this sounds like a ridiculous goal for November, right? But I work for government, and we get 4 paid holidays in November. I always try to use one of those holidays to get my cards addressed because otherwise – it doesn’t happen!

 

Money Goals

– Set aside money for life insurance and car insurance; both which are due in December

  • This was an October goal that didn’t go well — determined to get these two big ticket items out of the way before Christmas shopping/paying for gifts begins

 

Health Goals

Get Better!!

  • I know, this is listed twice…but it’s pretty important 🙂

– Once better, work at incorporating intervals to build back up from my 3 week hiatus

  • I like intervals, but I always put off doing them. I don’t know why. Lazy I guess.

– Try some bodyrock workouts

  • It’s all bodyweight, which is different than what I normally do, but I’m pretty bored with my routine, so it looks like it might be fun to try some 🙂

 

Food Goals

– Continue avoiding the 2pm candy monster

  • I did well with this in October and would like to continue not raiding the candy dish 🙂

– Find a sweet, healthy snack for evening

  • More often than not I want something sweet at night….and while I am generally successful at ignoring this want, I need a Plan B for those days I must have something 😉

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Wikipedia’s Definition of Bronchiolitis: Bronchiolitis is inflammation of the bronchioles, the smallest air passages of the lungs. This inflammation is usually caused by viruses.

Kelly’s Definiton of Bronchiolitis: FREAKING CRAP IT’S HARD TO BREATHE. Why is walking from the couch to the kitchen suddenly HARD?  And…oh yeah…look at that….not being able to breathe makes my anxiety trigger-happy. NIIIICE. 😦

Yeah, so….I had a cold…the same cold my whole office had. Now we all have this mess. It FEELS like bronchitis, but because it’s viral, the only thing the doctor can give you is an inhaler. Which doesn’t particularly help all that much (at least in my case).

The funniest part is if you google this condition, it insists that it usually only occurs in children. SMALL children – 3-6 months of age – and yet a whole office of women between 23 – 60 years of age have it. 🙂

Naturally, since it’s hard to breathe, I haven’t been particularly active. I did work out last week 4 days, but it ended up making me feel worse. I’ve had this for about 10 days now, so hopefully the internet is right and around 14 days I will start to feel better.

God I hope so. Walking up and down one flight of stairs shouldn’t make me feel like I just completed HIIT. 🙂

The good news is, Holly did everything she could to make me feel better. See?

 

Workin’ hard. Crazy dog. (Don’t mind my sheet-covered couch…pup sheds more than her bodyweight in spring/fall)

October Goals Review:

Following Janetha and Susan’s advice, I set some goals for October. Here’s how they went:

Blog Goals

  • Post at least 1x/week on the fitness blog I was doing well with this until the plague hit.
  • Post at least 2x/week on the food blog Doing well here! I’ve been averaging 1 menu and 1 new dish per week
  • Look into combining my food and fitness blogs into one blog This one is actually in motion — I found a woman who is a SAHM and does some bloggy schtuff on the side, so I’m working with her. SO EXCITED!

Life Goals

  • Stop taking BCP (seriously terrified about this!!!) This one didn’t happen. Hubs is receiving a 20% cut in pay at work (!@#$), so I didn’t go off the pill. I figure now would NOT be a good time to accidentally get pregnant. Hubs is looking for a new job (but you know what the market is like out there. UGH) and we’re going to re-evaluate soon. It’s funny..I wasn’t really sure I was looking forward to having a baby, but now that it’s been taken away from me, I’m like WTF?! 🙂
  • Start charting This didn’t happen since I didn’t stop taking the pill.
  • Make it a priority to be sitting down/relaxing by 9pm every night (earlier is better, but 9pm is a must!) I am doing really frickin’ well with this, but I wonder how much of it is because I’m too sick to do anything else.

Money Goals

  • Get back to saving monthly Yeah…this…didn’t happen so much. The wedding the beginning of October kind of crushed this goal.
  • Bank my car payment amount (I paid my car off in September, and will be looking to replace it in January, so I want to ‘bank’ my car payment amount until then!) Doing well with this! And I’m glad, since my car just depreciated a little bit again. I’m chomping at the bit to replace it, but I am holding out for the deals to start on the 2011’s.
  • Get life insurance and car insurance money together in Oct (due in Dec) These didn’t happen. At all. Ugh. That wedding really wiped me out.

Work Out Goals

  • Work on cardio endurance. More HIIT, more strength training circuits to increase stamina Didn’t happen. I’ve been down for the count with this bronchio issue for most of October, and it’s hard to do HIIT or circuits when you’re having difficulty breathing.
  • Yoga (minimum 2x a week)…focus on lengthening and stretching my incredibly cramped-up muscles Doing well with this, all things expected. It’s hard to stay in downward dog when your chest is constricted. 🙂
  • Focus on strengthening/stretching my hip flexors/glutes to work on my piriformis pain/knotted muscle I did really well with this the beginning of the month, but have slacked off with my illness. 😦

Food Goals

  • Stop the afternoon candy dish attack. Seriously. I’m not even hungry, I just like how the sugar makes me feel. I’m willing to admit it. Success on this goal! I am doing much better at not attacking the candy dish…I didn’t have any the last 2 weeks, and I have a ton of Halloween candy in my house I haven’t touched. Woohoo!
  • Limit desserts. No, you don’t need it every.single.night Doing well here too. On nights that I think I’ll go apeshit if I don’t have something to eat, I have a small mug of cereal+milk, and that’s helped immensely.

 

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October Goals

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I don’t have a particularly good track record with goal setting. When I started on this healthy living journey, I guess my goal was my wedding. I was in-between dress sizes when I purchased my wedding gown, and went with the smaller size. It was a good thing I did, as I ended up having the smaller-sized gown taken in at my last fitting, because I’d been successful at dropping about 30 pounds in the year prior to the big day.

But since then, my fitness and foods haven’t been particularly goal-oriented. At least not to the point where I’d been writing them down.

I started lifting heavy, but I did it because I wanted to be stronger, and I didn’t set a specific goal.

I started running (and then, subsequently, quit running after a bout with piriformis syndrome that was unresolved by physical therapy) because it looked like a quick and efficient cardio workout – and I’ve never been much of a “cardio queen” 🙂

I changed my eating habits, but it was more in response to being tired of my IBS symptoms and feeling sick constantly, than any specific goal-set.

But through it all I never set goals. At least, I never thought about them as goals.

When I started this blog, I was full of vim, vigor, and an abundance of free time, as we were just coming off the holiday season, AND we were buried in about 2.5 feet of snow. Goals sounded like a fantastic idea!

But know what? I haven’t done a single one. Not one. And what’s worse, looking back on them, I don’t have much desire to do any of them….well, except maybe try spinning. 🙂

And then here recently, Susan focused on goal setting. And every month I read Susan’s goals with excitement anyway. I LOVE reading other people’s goals! And then Janetha posted her monthly goals. And I thought…well…maybe I can do goal-setting, but maybe I need a shorter time frame. Shorter than a year. J

I am, after all, an instant-gratification kind of gal 🙂

So…baby steps. We’re starting with October. Monthly goals. I picked my categories rather randomly…basically setting the goals and then dumping them into “categories”

I’m already 5 days in to October, so it’s time to get crackin’!

October Goals

Blog Goals

  • Post at least 1x/week on the fitness blog I’ve neglected this. I’ve discovered I hate blogging my eats, so that probably won’t happen….but I love blogging my workouts. There will be more of this. Not sure what else…
  • Post at least 2x/week on the food blog I already post 1x a week religiously, as I post my weekly dinner menu. But I’d really like to focus on getting new recipes I try (we average 1 new recipe a week, unless we’re out of town) on the blog more efficiently…I end up with a pile of recipes and no recollection of what I wanted to tell readers about it!
  • Look into combining my food and fitness blogs into one blog I’d love to do this for an affordable amount of money, but I don’t know any HTML…kind of skurred about branching away from the easy/standard WordPress. But I’d love to have one single blog address, for all my blogging adventures. I’d also love a new design that will better incorporate food, fitness, and life in general. Anybody have any recommendations for me? 🙂

Life Goals

  • Stop taking BCP (seriously terrified about this!!!) This will probably be addressed on Kelly B Well… I am scared to death to see what happens when I stop taking it, the withdrawl, the side effects… I’ve been on it for 10 years, and originally went on it to deal with out-of-this-world menstrual symptoms. I’m terrified they’ll be back in full force!
  • Start charting This goes hand-in-hand with the above. I’ll be charting, (using Taking Charge of Your Fertility as my guide) to understand my cycles, as well as to potentially use this as my only means birth control method in later years (NOT right now though). It will also (hopefully) set me up to get pregnant when we’re ready, with minimal fuss. I hope. 🙂
  • Make it a priority to be sitting down/relaxing by 9pm every night (earlier is better, but 9pm is a must!) I am seriously bad at winding down. All evening I think of things that need done, etc. But then I can’t sleep! I need that wind-down time. No computer, just relaxation. Either TV and book. And I’m making it a priority because it has certainly suffered as of late (as has my sleep!).

Money Goals

  • Get back to saving monthly I got away from this with a budget overhaul a few months ago, and paying off some debts, but I want to get back at it. A minimum of $100 monthly into my own personal savings.
  • Bank my car payment amount (I paid my car off in September, and will be looking to replace it in January, so I want to ‘bank’ my car payment amount until then!) I’m hoping to bank my car payment each month. I was paying $350 on my car, so that’s an additional $1,050 towards a new car in January. Definitely worth it!
  • Get life insurance and car insurance money together in Oct (due in Dec) I’d like to get these two items paid (money set aside) in October so I can focus November on Christmas gifts, and hopefully be AHEAD by the time December arrives. 🙂

Work Out Goals

  • Work on cardio endurance. More HIIT, more strength training circuits to increase stamina My cardio stamina SUCKS. Without even realizing it, I’ve become one of those moderate-paced-workout-every-single-time-for-30-minutes type people. Not good. I need more cardio, if for no other reason than my endurance is bad and I seriously feel it when I push myself.
  • Yoga (minimum 2x a week)…focus on lengthening and stretching my incredibly cramped-up muscles My hamstrings and hip flexors are notoriously tight (helloooooo desk job!) and if I don’t stretch and lengthen them regularly, I get knotted up and it makes things like deadlifts and cardio painful. So gentle, stretching yoga is the focus here, with at least 1 of my sessions being a “yoga for runners” type session which will focus on the areas I get tight in.
  • Focus on strengthening/stretching my hip flexors/glutes to work on my piriformis pain/knotted muscle Similar to above. I’ve not done any of my hip strengthening/glute moves in ages. My butt is flat and muscle-less, and my hip hurts accordingly. 🙂 I keep hoping if I focus on it, I can get it strong and then (maybe?!) try running again?! That would be a long-term goal, though 🙂

Food Goals

  • Stop the afternoon candy dish attack. Seriously. I’m not even hungry, I just like how the sugar makes me feel. I’m willing to admit it. My name is Kelly, and my sweet tooth controls me. Add in the massive quantities of Halloween candy…I am seriously losing this battle. So no more candy dish. It isn’t a response to hunger, it’s a response to boredom. But I do struggle with it anyway!
  • Limit desserts. No, you don’t need it every.single.night We’ve had an awful lot of treats in our house with hubby’s birthday, and a make-your-own-sundae party for him (toppings and ice cream, oh my!) and it’s hard to not have a little bit every night. But it needs to stop as well. A little bit is fine, but not the quantities I’ve been consuming, and not every night!

So there it isOctobers goals!

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Okay, it’s kind of inappropriate, but it’s hilarious nonetheless 🙂

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Vacation

Hubs and I went on our first vacation since our honeymoon in 2007, in early September. It was a glorious work-free week in the Outer Banks. I loved every non-gym-workout day of it.

Work Stress

When I came back from said vacation, my work world had erupted. Or at least it feels that way. And it hasn’t stopped!

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Busy Social Calendar

Hubs and I are normally pretty much homebodies, but lately…vacation, get-togethers with friends, hubs white-water rafting, hubs birthday, best friend’s wedding, and more! We’ve been on the run for 8 weeks now! This upcoming weekend is our last event until Thanksgiving…thank goodness! 🙂


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Junk Food

Yeah. Food? Not so good. More junk, and WAY more sugar than I should. The scale (and my jeans) are showing it. Cake, ice cream, more cake, apple dumplings, truffles…oy vey.

(Okay, maybe not as bad as this…but you get the idea!)

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And finally….

Bad Workouts

I am seriously in a workout rut. I find myself not making time for my cardio sessions, and continuing with my weights (but I’m stuck here too), but I’m not stretching like I should, or doing enough yoga, which means my left hip is acting up…even though I’m not running.

Something has to change. I’m not sure what to do. I always feel like there isn’t enough time to do them all, but I worry that skipping one of them will result in problems (like missing the yoga, and now my hamstrings are approximately the length of a paperclip).

My cardio endurance is down, and I feel like crap, mentally and physically. I’ve been in the hamster wheel too long, and need to make more of a conscious effort to up the ante and get back into the game.

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Susan and Janetha have both posted about goals/goal setting recently…and I think it’s what I need. Yes, we’re 4ish days into the month, but I’m still going to put some goals out there for October.

Stay tuned!

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It’s June already! How’d that happen?? LOL

Breakfast – 8:30 a.m.

Unpictured, because you’ve seen my Red Berry cereal, milk, and banana a thousand times. I’d originally planned a smoothie for breakfast today, but it just didn’t sound good this morning…so this was plan B.

Snack – 10:45 a.m.

Half a snack bag of puffins. I don’t know that I was hungry, just…snacky.

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Lunch – 12:00 p.m.

Tuna salad (1 small can tuna, celery, onion, salt/pepper, greek yogurt) with whole wheat crackers and side salad (lettuce, tomato, cucumber, pepper, broccoli, cauliflower) and red wine vinaigrette

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Snack 1 – 2:00 p.m.

Unpictured string cheese. I’m starving and daydreaming of chocolate (if we’re being honest) but I know it’s b/c I need more protein today. GAH! Once you’ve had it, you realize how you miss it. LOL

Snack 23:45 p.m.

Natural PB schmeared on a Kashi granola bar (peanut flavored, ironically enough).

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Exercise

Still working on the same full-body circuit. Kind of makes for boring posting, I guess. But I’m working on increasing my strength on this particular program for now, rather than doing different moves all the time. I needed a little mindless consistency here and there. 🙂

15 minute warm-up on the stair mill (pre-set intervals at level 10)

Full body circuit, 3 times through. I’m working on a Google Document to track my weights increases, but the link above shows you the basic layout of the workout.

Gentle stretching when it was all said and done – I need to re-incorporate serious stretching. My hamstrings and hips are all tightened up again. It’s all that desk-job-ness.

1h15m @ the gym (hotter than Hades again today, which seriously slows down my workout AND increases my rest time) = 600 calories burned. Crazy!

Headed home and chugged 8 oz. of this deliciousness:

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Watered my garden (everything is surviving/growing, except no sign of my carrots. Hmm…) and walked the Holly Doggle.

Dinner

Spicy honey chicken and foil packet potatoes (both grilled by Dave), steamed broccoli. I suppose I could’ve had him grill the broccoli too, but I didn’t want to blow his mind. Hehe

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Dessert

One of my chocolate chip cookies I baked yesterday. Nom.

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Six-Month Review of Goals

I’m not gonna lie – I’m sucking at my New Years goals. Time to buckle down or re-evaluate I guess!

  • Try 30 days with no white sugar: Considering I had a chocolate chip cookie for dessert, I’m guessing I’m not doing well on this one. 🙂
  • Try 30 days with no white flour: See said cookie, again. LOL I’ve limited how much of it I’m eating (side from gorging myself on pasta salad for Memorial Day) but I still haven’t cut it completely. A big reason is I hate the prospect of making separate meals for Dave and I. And he won’t eat any whole grain pastas I’ve tried to pass off on him. Well, aside from Smart Taste. Which is still white flour.
  • Start a health blog to better keep track of my workouts, healthy eats, and other items that don’t really belong on my cooking blog:  This part is working. I need to find time to make an exercise page, though.
  • Strive for 1-2 vegetarian lunches per week: Hm. I’d say not doing well here. I’ve tried to eat more protein each day, and I just have trouble finding vegetarian protein sources I enjoy. I eat beans occasionally, but can’t stomach the texture of tofu…what else is there?
  • Include at least one fish and/or vegetarian dinner in each week’s meal plan: We’ve been doing really well with the fish aspect – not so good with the vegetarian. Again, because I’m not sure what to make that will still give me awesome protein, and, because Dave will veto a lack of meat, and I don’t want to make 2 meals.
  • Expand my use of the gym — try yoga and spinning classes at the YMCA: I haven’t done either of these. Sad. They changed the schedule for yoga to a night I’m unavailable. BUT, they opened a yoga studio down the street from the gym that I could logistically use. You can pay by class, so there’s no excuse there. I’m just shy about trying new things. Spinning also hasn’t happened. Why? I’ve no idea. LOL Shy again I guess! I’ve actually never BEEN on a spin bike, so that might be it as well. Oh, and the classes fill up days in advance, so no luck getting a small class. heh
  • Continue to work on strengthening/stretching my hip flexors, lower back, and core: I did really well with this initially, but in the last month or so I’ve stopped almost entirely. Back in the saddle.
  • Use C25K to get back into running again: Not doing this…I don’t think running is going to be for me. I just have too much trouble with my hip, and without abandoning all my other fitness pursuits and focusing solely on my running and my hip, I don’t know if it’s feasible. I’m just not ready to give up my lifting for that, yet.

So as you can see – not doing well. LOL Any advice on the items above? I’m considering I need new goals….

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02.18.10 – Review of Goals

I thought I’d do a quick review of the goals I posted in early January, to see how I’m doing, and hold myself accountable.

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  • Try 30 days with no white sugar: I haven’t done this yet. Why? Because my birthday is in February, as well as Valentine’s Day, and I’m simply not that masochistic.
  • Try 30 days with no white flour: Same as above
  • Start a health blog to better keep track of my workouts, healthy eats, and other items that don’t really belong on my cooking blog:  I’m doing that one! 🙂
  • Strive for 1-2 vegetarian lunches per week: I’ve fallen off the wagon on this one. I’m struggling with vegetarian meals that make me feel full. Thoughts?
  • Include at least one fish and/or vegetarian dinner in each week’s meal plan: I’m doing really well on the fish aspect – we have it at least once per week. But I am struggling to find vegetarian dinners that my husband will eat, AND that we’re both satisfied with. Thoughts here? My only success to date has been lasagna/ravioli type dishes. He insists beans don’t make a quesadilla/taco/burrito/etc, so that’s out….
  • Expand my use of the gym — try yoga and spinning classes at the YMCA: I haven’t done either of these. They moved my yoga class to a time that doesn’t work with my schedule, BUT, there’s a new yoga studio opening up nearby, and I could pay by the class. AND they have a class on Monday, right after work. So I may try that. Spinning….honestly I think I’m terrified of spinning. It seems like such a group of regulars. 😦
  • Continue to work on strengthening/stretching my hip flexors, lower back, and core: I’m doing this, but right now I’m letting my hips rest. I’d been working them hard – all the time – and I think I was undoing my good efforts, so to speak.
  • Use C25K to get back into running again: This will depend on the health of my hip, as I said in January. I am keeping it available for mid march/early april, when the weather is a bit nicer and I can do it outside.

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Goals for 2010

I kid, I kid. But I do love me some Calvin & Hobbes.

I do agree with Mere, though — I like the word “Goals” better than “Resolutions”

And by all means — don’t just make new goals on New Years! As you achieve goals you’ve set for yourself — make new ones! Keep moving forward!

And if you have goals you haven’t met — re-evaluate them. Are they possible? Are there things or people standing in your way of the goal? Can you do anything about those things or people standing in your way?

Alright — off the soapbox.

Below are my goals for 2010 — at least the initial set. I’ve come a long way in my fitness and eating goals, but I still have a lot of room to improve. These are the items I’ve chosen to work on:

  • Try 30 days with no white sugar: This is more just a scientific test on my body. While I try to limit white sugar intake, it seems like it’s all too easy to scarf down something full of sugar when I’m stressed out, tired, hungry, whatever. I’d like to try minimizing the amount of white sugar in my diet to see how it makes me feel. The biggest aspect of this challenge will probably be the “hidden sugar” in so many products. I imagine this will just make me eat cleaner, but we shall see.
  • Try 30 days with no white flour: I should note that this will not co-incide with the white sugar challenge…at least not initially. Based on my success rate of doing them independently, I may come back later and do them together. I don’t anticipate as much trouble with this challenge as the sugar challenge. As a result of IBS and other digestive problems over the years, I tend to already eat most grain items in whole form. However, I do still occasionally eat white flour items, and would like to see how it feels with it completely out of my system.
  • Start a health blog to better keep track of my workouts, healthy eats, and other items that don’t really belong on my cooking blog:  Heyyyyyy — check! I’m doing that right now! LOL
  • Strive for 1-2 vegetarian lunches per week: I am, admittedly a huge carnivore. I love meat. Especially poultry. But I acknowledge that vegetarian options can be healthy, delicious, filling, and full of protein as well, and would like to learn to incorporate more of that into my life. I’m beginning with lunch, which I completely control as I pack my own lunches for work.
  • Include at least one fish and/or vegetarian dinner in each week’s meal plan: My meal plan gets posted each Monday over on my cooking blog, and I’m going to strive to include more fish and vegetarian options for our dinners. I am concerned about vegetarian options, as DH is a huge meat eater. But I’m willing to try!
  • Expand my use of the gym — try yoga and spinning classes at the YMCA: I am a bit of a loner at the gym (DH goes with me, but we work out independently) and so I’ve been awfully shy all these years about going to classes. I don’t know anyone! And I know NOTHING about spinning! But I’m going to try to overcome that fear and try the class. As far as yoga goes, I’ve always done home practice, but I acknowledge how beneficial classes can be, and instructors that can assist you, so I want to try it out.
  • Continue to work on strengthening/stretching my hip flexors, lower back, and core: These were the instructions I was given at physical therapy when I was rehabbed for piriformis syndrome in early 2009. I want to be able to run again, and want to focus on doing the exercises and stretches I need to get back in the game.
  • Use C25K to get back into running again: This one will depend on the health of my hip. But I’m hoping with a structured plan and continuing to exercise and strengthen my hips, I can get back out on the running trail again.

There they are! That’s what I’ll be working on for the next few months — here’s to 2010!

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