Monday, August 23, 2010

6 months since my birthday - update.

Wow time is flying by so fast! 6 months ago on my 33rd birthday I made several goals for myself, some of which I have easily attained, and others...not so much. Here's the update:

Goal 1: Run 2 5K's and think about a half marathon.
I am doing FANTASTIC with this goal. I haven't run the 5Ks yet but I am signed up for 2--one in October and the Santa Run in December--so I've been seriously training with great results. Running in general is a fairly new thing for me - I randomly decided I wanted to do the Santa Run 3 years ago, which was the first time in my whole life I'd ever run outside of a high school gym class. Thanks to Jr. and the ensuing pregnancy/post-partum/little baby madness I'd hardly run at all the past year until a couple months ago. For the past 6 weeks I've been faithfully getting up at 5am at least 3-4 times a week and hitting the road - no treadmill, no skipping weeks. I still wouldn't consider myself a "runner," I have yet to be able to run a whole 5K without walking thanks to all the hills around my house, but it's a start, right?

Goal 2: Lose pregnancy weight.
Again, lots of success here. I'm only a few pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight with the baby's first birthday right around the corner. I've visited this issue before so I won't rehash it, but I can honestly say that I am very happy with where I'm at physically and how I got there (i.e. normal diet and exercise stuff instead of starving myself and stressing out about it).

Goal 3: Get away for a weekend without the kids.
Yeah, right. I'm pretty sure our little blogger meet-up in October will be my first time away from the kids. A night away with BOTH of us? I don't see it happening any time soon but we'll see.

Goal 4: Decide what, if anything, I want to do with my career.
Honestly things have only gotten more confusing since February as far as that goes. I've been mulling over so many things in my mind and I don't have a really clear idea of what I want to happen. I really thought that at this point (6+ years out of vet school) I would be well on my way to owning my own practice or becoming a specialist. Neither of those things seems to be on the horizon, and I'm not quite sure how to make them happen. Do I go back to school? Do we move back to Colorado and think about opening a practice? Do I stay where I'm at for a few more years until the kids are older? What to do, what to do...maybe by my 34th birthday some kind of plan will be in place.

Goal 5: Debt free.
Still working on it. Due to the recession and its huge impact on Las Vegas, TH and I have both had to take fairly significant pay reductions this year with more on the horizon. Although we haven't accrued more debt necessarily, we've definitely had to slow down on paying down the credit cards and such. I could write a whole post on what it's like to make "good money" but still be essentially broke, but I don't feel like being depressed today. Another topic for another time.

Goal 6: Eat a pomegranate.
Hahahahaha. Hells no. I bought one, sat and stared at it for awhile, opened it, almost barfed looking at all those seeds, and shelved that goal for awhile. Couldn't bring myself to do it. I'll try again in a few months. Or never.

Hopefully when I revisit this again in 6 months when 34 is on the clock I'll have some 5Ks under my belt, I'll be fitter/thinner, debt-free, with complete clarity about where my life is going. Only time will tell...


LauraC said...

yeah those are some pretty small goals. HA!

Awesome how much progress you've made.

Joanna said...

Sounds to me like you are doing really well to me. Getting up to run at 5 am is something most people would never be able to do, so that already puts you ahead.

The economy sucks. I feel like it's put us in a holding pattern with no end in sight.

I finally tried a pomegranate this year and was pretty much not impressed. It wasn't bad or anything, and the crunch was kind of nice, but I'd rather eat raspberries.