The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
I missed the last Bout of Books and I was so disappointed because until then I’d done every one! So this time I’m taking back the power and jumping in. If you have ever read any of these posts before you know I usually take on books that are big and long and crazy. To find out what I’ve read on past readathons you can see my bookshelves on Goodreads. This time though I’m making some rules for myself. I will only read fiction (because I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction lately) and also I’m only going to read freebies. I have a lot of freebies on my Kindle that I downloaded and never touched so I’m going to knock some of those out next week.
If you’d like to follow along, I’ll probably keep my updates to Twitter and Goodreads but there will also be one wrap up post here (probably).
Whooohooo I did my second 5K over the weekend and it felt AMAZING!
I walked almost the whole thing but that doesn’t matter because I did it. I was originally supposed to do the half marathon but didn’t have the time to commit to training so instead of giving up I adjusted and signed up for the 5K. I’m so glad I did – this was SOOOO needed in my life right now. Charles has even decided to run my next one with me. We’re going to do The Rave Run in April.
After I ran my first 5K in 2010 I wrote about it over at Run with Us and I wrote a sort of silly list of things I’d learned. Ok so it was a super honest list which is probably why it’s funny. While I was doing this 5K I was writing another in my head, mostly because I had fun with it last time.
Things I learned from my second 5K:
- Cheaters suck – but when you see them cutting out half the race the thought will cross your mind. Luckily though you’re not a douche bag so you will stick it out.
- The hill sucks as much the second 5K as it did the first… ok maybe more.
- Having a 7 year old blow past you up that stupid hill on the way back in (so the second time you’ve done this hill) will be a big blow to your ego… just accept it.
- Passing people does not get old, it is always nice – even if they pass you later.
- It’s amazing how much more successful you are when you pace yourself.
- It doesn’t matter if your last, or what your time is.
- Even though it doesn’t matter you’ll be very happy when you are far from last and that your time was not awful considering you didn’t train.
I think that is all for now. Mostly eww at people for cheating. How dumb is that?!
So far in 2013 I’ve focused a lot on business changes, I’ve worked on hitting some big goals, put into place some things that need to happen for me to hit those goals and it’s been fantastic.
I’ve also done a little work on me, I actually worked with a Wardrobe Strategist, Nicole, from The Wardrobe Code and it’s been fantastic. I went into that thinking I’d really come to terms with my weight and in a lot of ways I have. I will never be a size 2, mostly because I don’t believe my body is made to be, but also because I don’t want to work that hard. I love food and I don’t have 6 hours a day to spend in a gym. It’s really not a look thing for me at this point, but I worry about my health. My mom is diabetic, she had gestational diabetes with me and then was firmly into Type 2 diabetes when she turned about 45. I also have a lot of heart issues on my father’s side of the family. Basically I’m already on a genetic track to have some potentially serious health issues when I’m older… do I need to add my weight to that? Also my knee has been bothering me lately, and I wonder if it’s because of my weight.
Since I’ve gone back to eating meat I’ve gained about 40 lbs, putting me right back where I always seem to land, the weight I was after Colin was born. That’s right after all of the work I’ve put in (on and off of course) over the last 4 years I’m right back where I started. Granted I’ve had some hiccups, 2 pregnancies, 2 miscarriages, and my fair share of depression. I think I’m at a point where I need to put up or shut up. Accept my fate or change it. I don’t have a lot of time to work out, between the business and the family my life is pretty packed. I’m going to have to deal with that, my trusty calendar and a fair share of getting up earlier is going to have to happen. On the flip side of that my diet isn’t doing me any favors.
So it’s time for me to get serious, I haven’t decided what I’m going to do, I really don’t think a diet is going to be my best option. Whenever I’ve lost a lot of weight before it’s simply been by tracking what I ate and holding myself accountable (and my Saturday cheat day) so I think I should stick with what has worked.
In one week I’ll be 28 years old. If I don’t do it now, it won’t happen before I’ m 30… and if it doesn’t happen before I’m 30 why should I think it will change before I’m 40? It’s never easier to change habits then right now, if I wait I just keep cementing bad habits.
Oh and yes I’ll be working on the design for this blog soon enough, really I swear.
So I’ve been ridiculously busy re-branding my biz and well enjoying the holiday. Also I had to move things over with my hosting company so we’re redoing this site. Stick with me because it will be pretty soon, and I have a goal of posting more in 2013.
This will be year of big business growth and personal growth so follow along and try and keep up .