I Tried Something New! 1/25

(I hope Jaime Oliver doesn’t mind me using his “I tried something new” sticker. Maybe I’ll have to come up with something else.)

My mom and I tried something new– cross country skiing! Mom got a pair of skis for her birthday, and have gracious friends who let me borrow their stuff! (Thank you!)

Look at us go!

We’re still smiling. (That’s always a good sign.)



#9: “I tried something new!”

I couldn’t think of a name for Goal #9. I think it depends on how you look at it.

On one hand, it could be my cop-out goal; the brilliant idea that I had when I could only come up with 29 things to do.

On the other hand, you could think of it as being my wildcard goal; the one that doesn’t lock me into 30 specific things, but allows for some spontaneity.

Either way, here it is (and forgive me because the wording is crap): #9: Try 25 new things.

A lot of my 30 Before 30 list is about IMPROVING skills I already have, or becoming more involved in things I already do. These things will take time, and practice. In my cop-out wildcard goal, I only need to get a taste of something to be able to count it as “tried.”

So, for example (and this is a lame example), I don’t wear earrings that dangle. In fact, I have worn the same earrings for the last five years, at least. SO, one day I decide to start wearing fashionable earrings. I get a “I tried something new” point. Even if I only wear them for a day.

I’m open to suggestions.


New Year, Old Me

Is anyone else sick of the “New Year, New You” advertising that happens this time of year?

I understand that the commercials who want to make me “new” just want me to drop a few pounds or buy a new pair of shoes–both of which I could probably afford to do–but why do they insist on using the “new you” language? And, why does that approach work on us? And, what would I really lose if I got rid of the old me?

Think about it for a second. What would you lose if you traded in your “old self” for a new you? Relationships? Experiences? Wisdom?

It’s almost painful to think about, isn’t it?

Not to mention, they’re setting everyone up for disappointment when December 31, 2011 rolls around and we realize that there isn’t anything new about us. Surely I’m not the only person who has thought this on New Year’s Eve: Here I am, again. Same haircut. Same clothes. Same interests. Same attitude. Same ability to inhale cheese dip at unnatural speeds. Same old– but newly cranky– me.

Yesterday, my pastor told a story about a man who– inspired by a sermon given by Martin Luther– told Luther that he wanted to serve God. The man asked if he should join a monastery and become a priest or if he should go to seminary and become a pastor. Luther responded by asking the man what he did for a living. The man said he was a shoemaker. Luther told him that to serve God all he had to do was to simply make better shoes.

Hopefully in the new year, I can learn to “make better shoes” and appreciate it.

Happy 2011, all!


#7: Run a Half Marathon

I think my high school gym teacher just died laughing.

And, a few of you might remember my rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” as the rain came down over our dreaded, graded (and, thankfully, cancelled) mile run.

Now, I’d like to see what I can do now that I’m not being forced to run. (Funny how that works.)

Spurred on by a good friend who wanted to give it a go, I completed the Couch to 5K training program and ran my first 5K over the summer. (You can download a Couch to 5K app that you play over your running music that tells you how long to run, and keeps track of your progress. It was perfect for me because I have no idea how to write a training plan, and it made it much more difficult for me to avoid running. Plus, it really eased me into the distance, which was important because I had never run even a mile until this year.)

Naturally, my next step will be to run a 10K, and this is how I plan on doing it.

1. Download and start the Bridge to 10K training program.

2. Regularly attend Spinning classes at the local YMCA.

3. Keep track of my eating. I will use an app on my android called myfitnesspal. It subtracts what I have eaten from the number of calories I should be consuming in a day. This may seem obsessive, but I can promise that this is only to give me a better picture of my eating, because I am really good at mindlessly putting food in my mouth for reasons other than hunger.

4. Try yoga. A few months ago, I stopped running because of stress-related health issues, and I’m hoping yoga will be a good way for me to find a little calm.

5. No matter what, find a way to be active 5 days out of the week.

6. Find and register for a 10K, soon.

Since it’s the first week of 2011, I’m sure some of you have just set some fitness goals/resolutions for the new year, and I’m curious to hear how you plan on sticking with them. What are your goals, and how do you keep yourself motivated throughout the year?

(Oh yeah, just for fun, I will be running The Warrior Dash with my boyfriend and a few of our friends. Check it out. You get a Viking Helmet.)

Ready, set, go!