post-holiday happenings

hello, hello lovelies!

for anyone celebrating holidays this week, i hope you had a wonderful one!

we spent some time with the fam and i got to see my beautiful baby nephew. he’s getting so big!

i took advantage of my extra time off these past couple of days to kind of go over my goals. i have a very (very) rough draft idea of things i’d like to accomplish and i almost have an idea of when i’d like to accomplish them by. the problem is, i am hesitant to write them down and commit. i’ve always been a little flakey when it came to goals. there were millions of them i’d like to do, but rarely took the steps needed to get to there. 

i’ve realized that, while i’m at no shortage of goals and aspirations, i definitely am at a shortage of ways to get there and stay motivated. especially for those long-term goals.

here are some big goals of mine:

open a yoga studio

visit all 50 states

ski in switzerland

take a trip to london

run a marathon

write a book

continue to experiment with holistic health and healing modalities

these, of course, are just a glance and not in any particular order. however, most of them can be broken down into steps to make reaching each of these goals do-able. so while i’m still in the process of putting my goals in month and year order, i’ve also started to break them down into manageable steps. and the two steps i’ve taken so far are going to get me closer to optimum health and a marathon. a couple of days ago i began a 21-day vegan kick-start program. i don’t know if i’ll continue after the 21 days or if i’ll completely transition to the lifestyle, but for now, this process will get me closer to my goal of complete health. as i used to share with you over at Anxiety to Zen, food played a big role in my recovery and healing. i was constantly eating spicy foods or caffeinated foods that caused anxious symptoms like stomach-aches or pounding heart. through diet modification i was able to really help myself overcome a lot of issues. and the second thing i’ve done is researched a half marathon to do by the end of this year. i have a base of 3 miles right now and would adore running some 10ks this summer with the ultimate goal of a half in december. i found one i’d like to do and will share details as the time gets closer, but what better way to train for a marathon than train for smaller distances and work your way up?  so the first step was finding a half that i’d have sufficient time to train for because i’m not a naturally gifted runner. i turn a sexy shade of red and huff and puff my way through my mileage. but every step i take is one step closer to my goal. and hey, no one said i had to look like a beauty queen at the finish line. i just have to make it TO the finish line.

i’m happy to say my official half marathon training began yesterday with a 3 mile loop and some interval work at the end. and today is the 3rd day of being a vegan vixen 🙂

and i must say… i have more energy and i’m feeling pretty good.

and i’ve totally been eating like a queen

homemade vegan rice pudding

PB Cup smoothie

homemade vegan chocolate mousse with strawberries

and for when i want to have a little fun

spicy buffalo wings and blue cheese- all vegan!

we have a vegan italian restaurant by us where i can stock up on all my little guilty pleasures- like these and pizza!

i must say, so far so good!

i’m learning to take each day at a time and stay present in the little steps that work me towards my big goals. making them more manageable makes them seem more obtainable and it feels good to know i’m sticking to something.

i’m also treating my goals like i treat my practice. one day at a time. i may fall off the wagon or miss a day of training or forget a step needed to get ahead, but it’s all ok. it’s not always just about the finish, it’s gotta be about the journey as well.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. for the love of YOGA
    Apr 28, 2011 @ 09:02:56

    Great post I am enjoying hearing about inspiring time on the vegan bandwagon! i’ve never gone full vegan (butter and greek yogurt… plus honey, burt’s bees chapstick, i know my list is extensive, i’ll contain myself)… i just wanna say i’m inspired by you! it’s fabulous.. and the goals you’re working towards = awesomeness (even if they are just thoughts, not bad thoughts to have!!)


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