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20 DAYS!

Nichol is enjoying not having to do anything but run miles and work. Here she is to tell you about them.

Hi friends. I’m down to my last 20 days of mile-a-day. It is going to be such a relief to have this monster of a goal behind me. I think it may have been infinitely more awesome if I didn’t also have to go to class and intern for the last four months of the year. That was so rough.

I also made a goal to run one mile each day until the end of the year, with my last few class/interning days as walking exceptions. I got sick one day. And the two others? I was hanging with my family and relaxing.

This goal has become such a burden and I have really been struggling with getting to the end. People have pointed out that I could just be done. Which is true. But I’ve already come so far, I would be so mad at myself for stopping now. So mad.

It’s my own brain, you know? I put so much pressure on myself. I’m definitely taking a different approach next year. I already have goals for 2013, things I want to accomplish, but I will be saving those for the coming weeks.

Here’s a teaser though: I will remain on a regular exercise routine. I will still eat healthy. I will not beat myself up about things that I eat or things that I do or don’t do.

Right now, I’m busy catching up on sleep, cleaning my house, and making sure I get in that mile.

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End of the Road! (for four weeks)

Nichol is pretty tired, but she’s going to throw down some words anyway. She does not guarantee they make sense.

Hi guys!

I am going to make this short and sweet. I’m on my last week of exhaustion, so you will be getting bright-eyed, bushy-tailed Nichol for the next four posts.

Today marks my last walking mile day of the year. I have been okay at completing one running mile from the first of December. I had an extra walking day, but I was having quality family time.

So I’ll be back next Wednesday, full of energy, well-rested, and oozing miles run. Hope you are having a fantastic week!

Side note: Congratulations to my sister Lisa and her girlfriend fiancée Amanda who got engaged this weekend. Love you both so much!

Lost My Focus

Wednesday is here again! And so is Nichol!

The original goal of this year long project was to run one mile everyday.

Somehow, that original goal morphed into something else and I abandoned it for different forms of exercise. That’s not a bad thing, but it’s not great.

I’m pretty sure it happened when I began to get bored and tired. And now I’m starting to become resentful, which I definitely don’t want to happen. So I’ve gone back to the basics.

By the time you read this, I will have 34 days of miles left. And that’s what I am going to do. Back to the original plan of running one mile every day. With four exceptions (my last four class nights of the semester), which makes it essentially 30 days of genuine mile a day.

I’m going to get bored again, but I’ll take bored of exercise over resentful of exercise any day.

I’m still definitely looking forward to not having an obligation to fulfill and start working out again for the pure joy of physical exertion.

That being said, I am also a person who likes to have goals to achieve and I’m already planning my attack for the next year. We can get into that the week before the new year, but as for right now? I’m going to eat some mozzarella balls that I bought at Sprouts because they are insane, in a totally good way.

Oops…. I did it again

This is Wednesday right? Nichol is scheduled to work…let’s see if she shows up.

I’m here! Which is opposite of last week but my excuse is totally valid. I was playing Xbox!

That was a joke.

I was crazy sick. Which is also not an excuse because I got sick around 2:30 Wednesday morning and I usually write this between Sunday and Tuesday, but let’s just go with it, okay?

This semester is winding down and I could not be happier. It has been so difficult to make sure I get a decent workout in everyday, but some days (like 12 hour intern days or 14 hour school days) it sucks. A lot.

I will be officially done by the 1st if December and then I can kill the rest of this year, which is exciting. I re-started Couch to 5K, but I just can’t commit and finish. I’m so tired!

The plan is to alternate one mile runs and strength training a la P90X until the 31st. Then January starts, pressure is off, and I can have a normal routine that fits into my schedule and is no longer an obligation or a chore. I am ready to start enjoying my workouts again.

Off to put the finishing touches on my last paper of the semester and enjoy four days of relaxation.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Nichol’s Manifesto

Nichol is here and ready to say some stuff.

This is not so much a manifesto, but a rant. Plus, I’m not quite sure what a manifesto should consist of and I don’t really feel like figuring it out.

The bottom line is that I am going to write a book. I’m going to call it “DUH.”

It’s going to have 5 chapters and it’s all about getting skinny.

Chapter One: Eat a lot of Healthy Things.

Chapter Two: Exercise Regularly

Chapter Three: Don’t Eat (a lot) of Bad Things

Chapter Four: Drink a lot of Water, Drink Other Stuff Sparingly, Don’t Drink Soda

Chapter Five: Throw Away your Atkins/Mediterranean/Assorted Other Fad Ways to Eat Books and Follow My Rules

In conclusion: it now feels like common sense to me. Although for a long time I wasn’t using that common sense. But I feel like this is important for people to know. (Exceptions made for people who have to eat a certain diet for physical reasons.)

That being said. Now that I’m getting to the end of the semester, I am getting LAZY! I need some motivation. Does anyone have any I can borrow?

Or at least be willing to overlook my lazy walking and lack of running until November 29th-ish?

Happy Halloween!

Nichol is taking the easy way out today. It’s a holiday. And she has to work an overnight shift so she’s cranky and tired.

Happy Halloween peeps! I hope you had a good/scary night and you passed out all of your candy so there is none leftover.

I’m a little frazzled due to it being crunch time for class projects and trying to fit all my internship hours in so I’m just dropping by to say hi and tell you to come back next Wednesday when I rant and rave about eating habits and all the books people suggest we read. It’s my manifesto.

Fun 5K!

Nichol is here to share some more random thoughts.

I did the Neon Splash Dash 5K on Saturday night. It’s sort of similar to the Color Run I did last year but instead of powder, it’s liquid! Instead of running around Tempe Town Lake, we ran around Firebird Lake! Instead of daytime, it was nighttime!

It was so fun. We got all colored up and then drank beers (oops) and danced like crazy people until 10 p.m. Party animals!

I had a great time and got a lot of good exercise. Which hopefully offset the beer that I drank.

But most importantly, I realized when I got home that night that it’s important to get out and socialize more. Aside from exercise, hanging out with some girls that I really like spending time with was really good for my mood. I was exhausted the next day while interning for 12 hours, but it was worth it.

So friends, my new goal is to be more social. I have to make sure I’m taking time to leave the house and have fun. It’s hard, especially when I’m tired all the time and have papers to write, but I was so happy and I want to stay happy.

That’s been the point of this whole year is healthy living. Happiness and changed for the better.

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