Just like that, in the blink of an eye, POOF, 2011 is half gone. I had set some goals for myself this year, so let’s just see how they’re coming along, shall we?
#1 – Be happy and reduce stress. I’ve done what I can, but honestly as long as I work for the USPS life is gonna suck just a little bit. They’re going to make damn sure of that.
#2 – Decrease meat and animal product consumption. I’ve done well in this area. I’m actually THISCLOSE to going full-on vegetarian. I’m even taking my own “phony burgers” (as my mom called them yesterday) to the family BBQ tomorrow! Aside from the couple of bites of chicken fingers I swiped from D’s plate last night (it doesn’t count if it comes from someone else’s plate, right?), the only meat I had at all last week was in the spaghetti I made last Sunday. And although I am not pursuing veganism, I have drastically cut down my consumption of milk. The taste of almond milk blows cow’s milk away.
#3 – Decrease unnecessary spending. I’ve done well here, too. More out of necessity than desire. It’s been a rough year financially, so I haven’t had the fun money to blow on unnecessary things. Even still, the only new clothing items I’ve bought have been the dress that I had to buy to wear to a wedding (I honestly had NOTHING in my closet that I could wear.) and work clothes. And I really don’t count the work clothes, because if I’m buying something that I WANT to buy, you can bet your ass it won’t have the postal logo anywhere on it.
#4 – Run 1,000 miles. Now where did I put that big red FAIL stamp… Not even close. I will surpass last year’s mileage of 710.3, but I will have to put that 1,000 off until 2012.
#5 – Do more cross- and strength-training. I’ve done BETTER here but still lots of room for improvement, especially with regards to strength training.
#6 – Work on speed in 5K and HM distances (sub-2:10 half). I’ll give myself a passing grade on this one. I haven’t been as faithful with a track regimen as I should be, and I plan to remedy that going into this training cycle. However, I did get myself below a 9:00 min/mile in the 5K (8:58 to be exact), and I’m halfway to my HM goal. When I set that goal, my PR was 2:21:13. It is now 2:15:28. I feel
confident hopeful that I’ll see that 2:0X:XX this fall.
So bring on the second half of 2011! Have a safe and Happy Fourth, everyone!