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My Real Deal Resolutions

I’m a little late on the get-go with New Year’s Resolutions, which is kind of a fail since one is “be more punctual.” But I’m here now!


We all know it’s that time of year when the country decides it’s the right time to exercise more, eat healthy, lose weight, etc etc. Why are so many resolutions fitness-centric?

Anyway, I am torn on resolutions. Half of me is totally on that bandwagon, but half of me is Captain Skeptic and thinks resolutions are a waste of breath because, really, who follows them? Which is why I’ve probably never declared any real serious promises on January 1st.

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But this year, I’m going to give it a shot because what can it hurt? Now, we all know the ways to make resolutions succeed: make it specific, make yourself accountable (usually via social media), don’t do anything huge and honestly unattainable. The basics.

Still, I’m a dreamer and an optimistic (ignorance is bliss) so I created a list of five resolutions for the new year. And herrrrre they are!

The WanderlustRunner’s New Year’s Resolutions

1. Complete 5 30-Day Challenges.

For instance, I’m currently doing this 30-Day plank challenge. I want to do 4 more this year, just to keep things fresh and exciting.


Thanks to one of the fellow runners I stalk follow on Instagram for posting this!

2. Run 1000 miles.

As you know, 2014 wasn’t exactly my peak year for running. I got through marathon training and loved the Knoxville Marathon, but after that between colitis flares and wedding planning, my running kind of fell of the deep end. So this year I want to bring it back! And looking at my training calendar for Hatfield McCoy Marathon that shouldn’t be a problem. Let’s hope.


3. Have a sit down dinner once a week.

When Dave and I moved in together, we used to sit at our tiny dining room table for dinner. But then we started sitting on the couch more and more and ate while we watched TV. By the time we get home, make dinner, and get to eat, our night seems almost over so we always just wanted to relax and eat while watching Big Bang Theory or something, then just snuggle all night.

This year, I’d like to try to eat at the table once a week to talk (although we do talk almost the entire way through the shows we’re “watching”) and to just change up the nightly pattern.

4. Be more punctual.

I’m always right on time bordering on late. Sometimes I’m just late, no question. I’d like to get better at this. I NEED to get better at this.

5. Gain confidence.

I worry. A lot. I worry about driving. I worry about work. I worry about running. I worry about my colitis. I worry about what my coworkers think of me. I worry if my friends actually like me.

I need to cut that out. Seriously. I am tired of worrying!

(Although, not worrying about driving might be hard since I hate it….especially in the winter!!)

Want it

Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions? What are yours?

Welcome to 2015!

Did everyone have a great new year? We had a little shindig at our house…


…and, of course, had pork n sauerkraut on New Year’s Day.


On Friday, I got to take my new Garmin Forerunner 220 on its first run! It was short and sweet and Dave came along. So much fun!


Saturday, Dave and I ran a local Wellness Dash. It was freezing rain and nasty all morning, but luckily it stopped by noon when the race was. I came in the first female finisher!

I also won the crazy hat contest, which means a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods! Winning!!


Monday I ran on the treadmill at work with my FR220. It was a little more generous with the mileage than the treadmill, but pretty close. I’ll take it. And may I add that it’s my 5th run in a row without any colitis issues! HURRAY! Gosh, I hope this streak continues.

Yesterday was a lazy day. I got into work late because of weather and traffic (like WAY late), so I skipped my lunch/gym break. Boo.

Today, no lunch break again because I left early for a doctor’s appointment, so when I came home I did two yoga videos from Amazon. Nothing too tough, but it felt really good. I haven’t done yoga in sooooo long, it was great to stretch it out. I need to get back into it!


Then some tomato soup and grilled cheese for dinner. I’ve been on a crazy soup kick lately.


And coffee. All the warm beverages!


Now, I’m flashing back to my teenage years and watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch on Hulu.

How about you? How’s your first week of 2015 been? Have you made any resolutions?

Check back with me tomorrow to see what mine are!!