Celebrate! February

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January disappeared into an abyss that was the tollway. So much driving. So much exhaustion. So little it felt like I was even accomplishing. But then I was able to see the results of helping people with food. With running. With educating. I was offered my first real RD job. I somehow finally crushed my big, scary sub-2 running goal. I gave myself so much grace. Slowing down doesn’t mean giving up. It doesn’t mean failing. It allows patience. Growth. Rest. We all need to remember to breathe.


January in Review:

  1. Write a business plan (3. Grow) // ALMOST done! Fine tuning all the ideas in my head has proven more difficult than I expected.
  2. Plan 10th anniversary/post-internship vacation trip (4. Schedule rest) // On hold. This was the first to get a pause. Trip is still happening. Planning has time.
  3. Host the first of monthly supper clubs (1. Plan) // So. Much. Joy. Excited for February’s dinner!
  4. Cut out sugar (5. Prepare) // A handful of stress-induced cheating, but mostly successful. Was actually easier than expected after the holidays.
  5. Attempt a sub-2:00 hr half at 3M (again!) (6. Push) // Not only succeeded, but completely crushed this goal, even after a rough training week prior.

February Goals:

  1. Run a 4:30 marathon (6. Push) // Austin is coming up on Valentine’s Day!
  2. Give myself grace to let things go (4. Schedule Rest) // Goals are great, but being realistic with expectations through the long travel days means accepting it won’t all happen.
  3. Cook through my CSA (8. Share It) // Along with long commutes, the cooking has disappeared, and food is sadly wilting in my crisper. Time to batch cook it all up for healthy meals this month. No more Whole Foods takeout!
  4. Give up sugar and alcohol through Lent (Prepare it) // Sugar last month was a good start, adding the alcohol through February and into March. Debating kicking the caffeine habit too, so should be an interesting few months!

Here’s to a Grace-Filled February!

Smarter & Stronger: 2016 Race Goals

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Last year was the first year where I took a “season” of training and then a period of rest. And my body definitely appreciated it. Living in Texas, it is convenient to train through the fall, winter, and spring, and use the hot summer months for rest and indoor strength and cross training work. This year, I am focusing on goals within each season, so that I can be better prepared for race time, and better utilize the off-season and actually rest appropriately.


2016 Goal #7 is to get stronger and faster. Push my body and brain to continue to improve and grow and build. And through that to cultivate gratitude that I have legs that can carry me, lungs to push me, and a mind that will get me to my goals. We aren’t guaranteed these things, especially as we age, so this year I am going work on being grateful for what I do have and not compare myself to those who are faster, or leaner, or better than me. Running is a race against my self. Year over year. No one else.

Goal: Run a sub-2:00 half.

Action: 3M is up first, but if this doesn’t happen, I will work again for this in the fall (probably Decker).

Goal: Run a marathon PR.

Action: Training for my A goal of a 4:30 race, but anything better than my 4:55 personal best is doable now.

Goal: Strength train 3 days a week during off-season.

Action: Body pump, circuit training, and yoga will be my primary avenues, and the goal is to take a nice long off-season from May through August this year.

Goal: Maintain 6 mile base // Log 2016 miles.

Action: Running every day is not something I feel my body is up for this year, but I am planning on sticking with it for fun, especially through May, to maintain an easy 6 mile base level of running fitness. 5.5 miles per day on average will end up at 2016 miles for the year.

Anyone else have big fitness goals in 2016? Make a plan, and get it done. You are stronger than you think!

Celebrate! 2016 Goals

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New year, new goals, new start. I love, love, love blank slates, fresh starts, white pages. So much possibility ahead. In preparing for what I wanted 2016 to look like, the two things that stood out to me were to Celebrate Others and Cultivate Gratitude. This is my second year using Lara Casey’s Powersheets for goal setting, and all of this year’s goals are focused around Celebrating and Cultivating. I’ve written them here to tie into the focus of Neat & Nutritious, but they are also geared toward the direction life is taking me this year. Some are vague, but I plan to go into more detail as I work and focus on each goal in later months.



Celebrate others. In the first half of my internship I have learned more than anything how to read people, listen to people, learn from people. As an introvert, talking takes so much energy. Interacting with others is draining. It’s easy to stay at home. But people have such interesting stories. They have hurts, needs, joys, strengths. 2016 is about celebrating the good, supporting in the bad. Being present. Less of me. More life.

Cultivate gratitude. When we focus on the good, the bad is less daunting. Gratitude turns the focus off of me and onto others. It says goodbye to comparison, hello to joy. By celebrating we can also cultivate. In our focus on gratitude, we can rejoice with others.

2016 Goals:

  1. Neat: Plan for it // Cultivate intentional relationships. Celebrate others through time.
  2. Nutritious: Learn from it // Finish internship strong. Cultivate gratitude for what is being poured into me.
  3. Nutritious: Grow it // Plan for RD career. Celebrate life through food.
  4. Neat: Schedule rest. Recharge and focus. Cultivate gratitude for what I’ve been given.
  5. Nutritious: Prepare it // Cultivate a healthy mind and body. Celebrate others with my best self.
  6. Neat: Push it // Get stronger and faster. Cultivate daily gratitude.
  7. Neat: Capture it // Learn photography. Capture moments. Celebrate what matters.
  8. Nutritious: Share it // Build this space. Celebrate simplicity, nutrition, life.

January Goals:

  1. Write a business plan (3. Grow)
  2. Plan 10th anniversary/post-internship vacation trip (4. Schedule rest)
  3. Host the first of monthly supper clubs (1. Plan)
  4. Cut out sugar (5. Prepare)
  5. Attempt a sub-2:00 hr half at 3M (again!) (6. Push)

Here’s to a year full of celebrating what matters most!