January 3, 2012

Workouts: December

My December workout chart is ... interesting.

On the one hand, I biked a lot, logged the most running miles per-month so far (63.83 miles - including my first [and second!] double-digit run), and finally used the Wii Fit again for the first time in what seems like forever. On the other hand, though, I had almost as many rest days as I did back in August when I moved to California. Overall, I'm torn. Pleased with the workouts, but disappointed in my eating when I was back in Connecticut.

I don't know why I am always surprised when being home overwhelms me - for some reason, I always want to think that this time I'll be stronger, this time it will be manageable, even though I know better than to expect perfection. It was better than Christmases past, but still a lot to handle, and I returned to the West Coast in my now-uncomfortably-snug winter coat, dreaming of routines and vegetables and lots and lots of water.


It's hard, in the aftermath of a trip back east, to see the big picture of my year and all its successes. Right now, I'm coming down off of a nearly two week relapse into old habits. I ran in Connecticut, but not enough. If there's one lesson I've learned the hard way this year, it's that you can't out-exercise poor eating.

All in all, I ran 451.99 miles and biked 1949.3 miles this year. I'm very happy - I met my 345-in-2011 goal, and I've fallen in love with biking. My goal for 2012, then, may be a little surprising - I want to log 2012 running/biking miles ... far less than I did this past year. I'll be doing a full 2012 goals post some time in the next couple of days, but basically, I am trying to live by the mantra "do less, better." There was a great post on Scoutie Girl on it a few weeks ago, and I'm in love with the idea. It's perfect for me right now. Don't try to master everything - think smaller, and focus your energies appropriately.

The past few days, I've been mulling over one of my all-time favorite Oprah quotes:
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
Such perfection. I had a lot of plans for 2011, and where I stand now, both literally and figuratively, is a place I certainly did not foresee a year ago.

As a teacher, I get a new year every few months or so - the beginning of the academic semesters - and I tend to set goals based on that calendar, rather than the traditional one. Still, right now I am feeling motivated and ready for the next 12 months. After a few hectic days of traveling, I'm still working on catching up on blog reading (about 350 down, 500+ to go), but so far, I've read dozens of lists - goals, resolutions, whatever you want to call them. They're so inspirational, and right now, that is exactly what I need.

What about you? What is your favorite NSV from 2011? What are you looking forward to in 2012?

16 comments:

Mom on a mission said...

My NSV for 2011 was having a complete stranger come up to me and tell me how pretty I am...I know that's vain, but it made me feel so good!!

SG said...

i love that picture. you have accomplished so much. you make me believe its actually possible for me too.

Meghan said...

Getting under 200 pounds by my
26th birthday!!

Miss April said...

You are so amazing. Those numbers rock my socks off! Wow, I'm pretty inspired by you - as usual. I think I will start tracking workout numbers by month/year. Seems to be a good trend across blogland.

He Took MY Last Name said...

My fav NSV of 2011 was conceiving! Unexpectedly, of course, but exciting nonetheless.

My goal for 2012? 12 date nights with just my husband :)

Caron said...

I want to focus on exercise this year. I need to move more and be consistent. I will never commit to two hour gym sessions but I have tons of room for improvement. :)

texancountess said...

My favorite NSV for 2011 was feeling confident enough to rock my bikinis in public. It was a huge step for me and I love that I went for it.

For 2012, I'm just ready to be moved. I'm so stressed about all our paperwork coming through in time. We're supposed to be in Turkey by 31 January and we still don't have the paper's we need to get everything done.

After that, I want to keep the balance that I've found this last year and find more confidence in who I am.

Ann said...

Mary - you have been one of my favorite (and most inspirational) bloggers from 2011, and I can't wait to see what 2012 will bring!! Sending LOTS of love from Minnesota!

Tim said...

I've never heard that quote before by Oprah but I love it! In fact I know someone who could really do with seeing that quote, after she had a tough year and isn't looking forward to 2012, so I will email it to her in a minute! :)

You've had a year you'll never forget. I'm so pleased to have followed your journey and i'm excited to see how you do in 2012.

Good luck and thanks for all the support you've shown me through 2011. I appreciate it sooo much :)

marisol said...

Great quote. i agree with short term goals. They are easier to manage and achieve.

My favorite NSV for 2011 is going from a tight size 28 jeans size to 22. I haven't seen that size in about 10 years or so. NSV wise, in 2012 I want to get into the teens.

chubbymumnomore said...

You have achieved so much and I am looking foward to seeing what you achieve this year while I am reading.

tz said...

what a great post...I was looking at your progress tab and you are amazing and inspirational, thanks for sharing your story.

Virtual Paul said...

I like your mantra of "do less, better". I want to incorporate that into my new year. Thanks.

Leigh C. said...

Wow! You biked from where I live (Southern Ontario) to about South Carolina! Good stuff:)

Bluezy said...

Stopped playing Farmville was a NSV and shortly after I started diet blogging.

Amy said...

I like the idea of do less, better. I'm kind of thinking that for 2012 I just want to do it all. Take every opportunity, but also just think simplicity. I'm tired of strict goals that I never meet! I just want to be simple and say be healthy!