Starting the new year off right

To kick off 2012 myself and a few of my local Tone It Up teammates decided to run the Charm City Run 5K. Great way to start on the healthy foot, right? We thought so. Quick and easy sign up then picked up our race gear last week. Sweet. First race bib of the year. :)

It was a beautiful New Year’s day here in Baltimore. And no, don’t worry, the race started at 2pm so if by some chance one of us were to have enjoyed NY Eve a little too much, we had time to get ready. Haha

We stretched, did a few calethstenics (we honestly had no idea how to say or spell that word btw), and set up with the surprisingly big group of runners.

BUZZ. And we’re off! It was a great run but tough…hills. Yea those hills were rough (especially after staying awake for a midnight and further celebration). BUT we all finished in a great time!


I was super excited to take like 10 seconds off my normal pace too! Woo hoo! One of these times we’re going to win, right Molly? ;)

Great run. Great way to start off 2012. I’m really looking forward to a happier and healthier year. <3

New Year’s Resolutions!

So it’s getting to be that time again…new year’s resolutions time! I’ve never really been one to make hard and fast goals. I typically just make general goals…to eat better, not go out to dinner as much, take a break when I get stressed, you know…things of that nature. This year, I’m going a different route. I’m making a few of these lofty goals, but I’m also making a few hard, measurable ones. We’ll see how this works out… :) 

So here we go…welcome to kate’s 2012 resolutions list (cue the fireworks & laser light show) 

  1. Try one new group fitness class every month and attend at least one meeting of it each week for that month.
    I’ve tried most of the classes at my gym once but the ones I haven’t immediately liked, I’ve only gone that one time. Making a commitment to try each class for at least a month gives me a better view of it. One try could throw me off – could be a bad day, off day for the instructor, etc. If I hate it, then I’ll at least know I really gave it a shot. If I love it, well…there’s a new class to add to my regimen :)  

  2. Eat better.
    Again, this is one of those lofty ones. But it’s important to put out there. Less sugars and salts (I have more of a problem with the latter). More water. Clean and green, like Karena and Katrina always say. :)   
  3. Write more thank you cards.
    The written thank you is such a lost art. Someone sent me a thank you last year and I was floored. Simple, easy and downright nice. I really think someone needs to bring it back. 

  4. Text/talk/call my best friends at least a few times a week.
    Yes, sometimes we get busy and don’t get a chance. It’s not like our friendship really suffers but at the same time, they are important to me. I want to make the effort to catch up, even if just briefly. :)
    (and yes, this photo is from my superhero themed birthday party. and yes, we consider ourselves adults. and no, if you’re not in this photo, it doesn’t mean you’re getting out of this one…cough. cough. alli. etc. 
  5. Set aside at least 10 minutes to check in with my Tone It Up community every day. 
    My TIU trainers and the women on this team are such a huge part of my life, but with a demanding job, then a change in jobs, a new kitten, remodeling a house, etc. I’ve started to fall short with my checkins and support. These people have been there for me through the thick and thin since I’ve known them and it’s time I step back up to the plate and do more of the same for them. :)

  6. Make at least one recipe out of every cookbook I own. 
    I. Love. Cookbooks. Like, a lot. I love the recipes in them. I love the look of them. I love the food photography in them. I love them. You get it. So, as you can imagine, I have a good amount of them. I’ve never counted but I have at least 2 1/2 shelves worth from our last apartment. Anyway, some of them I just have…I’ve never actually made any of the recipes in them! So I figure, why not use them for what they’re actually for. Tom is going to love this one. 
  7. Read at least one book every month. 
    With both my job and Tom’s jobs being online focused, I’ve come to do way too much staring at a computer screen. I love books when I actually read them, I just need to force myself to do so. I’ll be starting with the awesomely adorable Simon Pegg’s Nerd Do Well. :)
  8. Save money.  
    Yea so I’ve never really been good at this one. But it’s time to man up and stop buying unnecessary cookbooks (see resolution #6 haha) to forget about how much money goes towards taxes and bills. Yes, maybe one absolutely a-MAH-zing cookbook here and there, but this year there will be a lot more “transfer to savings” going on.
  9. Run the Maryland Double.
    The Maryland Double consists of two half-marathons: the Frederick Half Marathon and the Baltimore Half Marathon. As many of you know, I’m new to running. I run pretty regularly now (although the winter has got me in a slump because I hate treadmills) and I think 2012 should be the year I run my first half marathon. But why stop there (aka my best friend Emma is doing it, so I was peer-pressured into it); if I’m doing one, why not do both! So let the training begin… 
  10. Blog more.  
    I enjoy doing this here blogging stuff. 


So there you have it. Funny. When I started out, I didn’t realize there would be 10 but I figure that’s as good a number as any. So here I come 2012…get ready. 

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