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December’s Goals

Thirty-one days left in 2017.

Time to start thinking about next year’s goals and getting my bullet journal ready for next year.  Can’t believe there’s only 31 days left.

I didn’t complete any Day Zero goals last month.  I did add a few, but that will be in next month’s post.

Non-Day Zero things from last month:

  • Miles reached: 1048.22.  260.78 miles to Rauros!
  • Weight lost: 4.0.  I’m so close!
  • Books read: 23 books.  Posting monthly wrap-up video here.
  • Blog Posts: 7
  • Vlog Posts:  11
  • Complete a first draft during National Novel Writer’s MonthFinished on 11/21/17.
  • Complete five of the eight Hogwarts Running Club Virtual Races.
  • Complete eight challenges in November’s Read-A-ThinPosting wrap-up video here.
  • Host Thanksgiving.  It was awesome but exhausting.

December’s goals are just adding onto or finishing some of November’s goals, like editing my novel and such.

  • Reach 1150+ miles.
  • Lose at least 5 more lbs.
  • 10 blog posts.
  • 20 books.
  • 10 vlogs.
  • Start saving up for Boston!
  • Start saving for honeymoon cruise.
  • Sign up for Run the Edge 2018.
  • Host Christmas.
  • Complete Bookish’s December Readathon.
  • Complete two more virtual HRC races.
  • Come up with 2018 goals.
  • Edit my NaNoWriMo book.

A lot of these are fairly simple and some will take time to do, but they are all doable.

Happy last month of the year!

Listening to:  me typing and Milo playing with things

Reading:  Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel and Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

Quote of the Day: “We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.” ― Katharine Hepburn

 

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November’s Goals

Happy All Soul’s Day!

Today, for some of us, is the start of a new year.  For others, it’s just another day closer to the holiday season.  For some of us still, today starts National Novel Writer’s Month, of which I am participating in.  I’m also in the camp that uses today as the start to a new year, a new beginning and the opportunity to let go of everything negative that has happened in the last 10 months and start over.

Last month, yesterday especially, I have been very negative.  I didn’t even do October goals last month because I was just not with it.  Today, I am with it because, like I said, I am choosing to let go of everything negative and focus my energies on something else.  Negative things will happen, but today is mine.

Enough rambling.

The Day Zero Goals I completed last month were:

  • Disney’s Food and Wine Festival. Ray and I went at the beginning of October.  We made it all the way around and I was mostly sober.  I was walking back to where she was sitting one time with plates from two countries.  If you have ever been able to go on vacation with the person you are spending the rest of your life with, you’ll understand the feeling you get when you turn the corner and they are looking at you with love in their eyes, even when what you are doing isn’t something they would have done themselves.  Best feeling in the world.  Also, FB showed pictures from three years ago this week, from the last time I went.  I look so different from those pictures.
  • Read 100 books. I actually started this up again since I’m at 110 books right now with two more I’m currently reading.

Non-Day Zero things from last month:

  • Miles reached: 924.97.  384.03 miles to Rauros!
  • Weight lost:  6.6
  • Books read:  13
  • Blog Posts: 3
  • Vlog Posts:  10
  • Complete King Crab Challenge on 10/21/17

November’s goals are fairly straight forward:  lots of writing, vlog, reading, and working (mostly in that order).

That seems like a lot, and honestly, it is.  But there isn’t anything on here that I would take off.  It’s all important to me so I’m going to do it.

Wish me luck!

Listening to:  Staind via Amazon Music

Reading:  Winter by Marissa Meyer and Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

Quote of the Day:  “People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit.  Most men succeed because they are determined to.” – George Allen, Sr.

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Running

Saturday, I finished the Baltimore Running Festival with a half-marathon, which means that my race season is done for the year… almost.  Saturday was just finishing up all my non-virtual running/walking. Five medals, 36.2 miles, over 11 hours on race courses…  Holy crap is all I can say.

When I got in this morning and had started updating the Run the Year log and my Walk to Mordor Challenge, I am close to 900 miles.  So within the last 296 days, I have walked almost 900 miles.  As someone who was at 352 at the beginning of the year, as someone who had never done more than a 5k and who maybe averaged 500 miles walked in a year, to me, that is amazing.

Again, to me, this is awesome.

So what’s next?

October is the Time-Turner event with Hogwarts Running Club (HRC).  These are virtual races with each race being attached to different partners.  For example, one of the biggest races this year was an Unmasked 10 Miler and the partner was To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), which helps open the doors to talk about suicide.  Because I didn’t get the medals throughout the year, I have until December 31st to get the 71.8 intentional miles.  Thank goodness for a GPS watch.

Add these miles to the Idle Ironman Triathlon going on at the Y next month and another Racery event with HRC.

I think a friend used the word “masochist” when it comes to me trying to outdo myself.  Of course that was after my race when I was driving home, sore and barely able to walk much further than from the car to the house.  Although I guess I have to say he isn’t much off.  The more I do this year means the less (or more) I know I CAN do and that’s the reason for doing so much.

Two more months to go til 2018!

Listening to:  The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Reading:  The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and A Beautiful, Terrible Thing by Jen Waite.  I’ve seen The Pillars of the Earth miniseries, but A Beautiful, Terrible Thing reads like something I could have easily written since I have been in similar situations.  It’s a great read though.

Quote of the Day:  “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

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September Goals

Holy crap, it’s September 1st!

August was a mess.  We focused on getting the house, so I’ve ignored just about everything else other than reading and working.  It’s was an awkward sort of month and I didn’t do any bullet journaling for two weeks, which has helped with the stress levels but also helped me lose track of where I should be.

August happenings:

  • Miles reached: 729.91 (190.09 miles to Lothlorien.)
  • Weight lost: Unknown.  I didn’t weigh in this morning.
  • Books read: 9
  • Blog Posts: 3
  • Vlog Posts:  7
  • Participated in Read-a-Thin and Tome Topple.
  • Close on our house.

September’s goals are fairly straight forward, although there will be a lot of travel and more work going on.

  • Reach 850+ miles.
  • Lose at least 10 lbs.
  • 12 blog posts.
  • Finish reading 8 to 10 more books.
  • Spend 2 hours 3x a week this month writing.
  • Build emergency fund back up.
  • Upload 14 vlogs.
  • Buy Yule Ball tickets for December 15th.
  • Unpack and organize our new house.
  • Figure out new degree program and sign up for school.

That’s it for right now.  I’m helping Ray with a few things for her school stuff so I’m going to get back to doing that.

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

Listening to:  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Reading:  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Quote of the Day: “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” ― Randy Pausch

 

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July Goals

Happy July?

June dragged by, I think because the Universe knew I was procrastinating on just about everything.  Either way, I did get some things done last month and even one thing I wasn’t sure I was going to start but did anyways.

I completed two 1001 day goals:

  • Get my passport!
  • Go to a drag show (Baltimore Pride)

I also started one non-1001 days goal I thought was pretty neat.

June happenings:

  • Miles reached: 556.96 (Left Rivendell for Lothlorien…357.33 miles to go.)
  • Weight lost: 6.8 lbs (Down to 274.8 from 281.6 on 6/1).  I really hit a plateau this month but down is down I guess
  • Books read: 12
  • Blog Posts: 7
  • Got Passport in mail!
  • Went to Baltimore Pride
  • Vlog Posts:  6
  • Register for Sister Space in Havre de Grace, MD.

July’s goals are fairly straight forward.

  • Reach 650+ miles.  Half training started again for October
  • Lose at least 15 lbs.
  • 12 blog posts.
  • Finish reading five more books.
  • Work on “Aftershock” for Camp NaNoWriMo.
  • Build emergency fund back up.
  • Go camping July 1 and 2.
  • Upload 14 vlogs.
  • Sign up/Upgrade Baltimore Half to Baltimoron (5k plus Half).
  • Buy Yule Ball tickets for December 15th.
  • Close on house.  *Fingers Crossed*

It’s going to be another exciting month with plenty to look forward to!

Listening to: Misery Business by Paramore

Reading:  The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Quote of the Day: “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” ― Henri Frederic Amiel

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Books, books, …

And more books.

So I was watching YouTube videos the other day because I was looking for something.  I follow the Super Carlin Brothers; they do a lot of Disney and Harry Potter videos.  One of the videos Jay did was in defense of Slytherin, which if I haven’t said it before, is my Hogwarts House.

YouTube recommended a video by A Clockwork Reader with five book recommendations with Slytherin characters.  She kept talking about BookTube.  I watched a few of her videos and wanted to find out more about BookTube and maybe even becoming one.

Yesterday, I started doing research on how to do a BookTube Channel and have been looking at other people’s BookTube channels.  So far, it’s been Emmmabooks, Little Book Owl, Peter Likes Books, PeruseProject, and ProblemsofaBookNerd.  I don’t know where to start but there were SO MANY books!

Speaking of books…

I’m still on the fence about which story I really need to focus on.  There’s no real reason for being on the fence and there’s really no reason for me not writing, outside of I have little to no motivation.  I started writing a travel story and I may switch up to making it a short story and moving past writing it.  There’s a beginning, a direction, and an ending.  Like other stories of mine, there is research involved and I keep making excuses to not write the story.  Procrastination is the name of my game right now.  I know I’m terrible.

Music has been pulling me in different directions too.  “Mad World” has me going in the direction of office worker looking for a way out.  “Monochromatic” by Mary Lambert had be thinking about an old story I had started about what at the time, was going to be a guy that was subdued in growing up.  He grows up in a house void of color, but there’s a girl who is bright but is sent away before his world go gray.  Listening to that song made me realize a few things about that story that makes me want to go back, change a few things, and finish it, even if it’s just a novella.

Anyways, hope you all have a great weekend.  We’re headed to Pride this weekend.

Listening to:  ProblemsofaBookNerd’s Another Big Unhaul

Reading: I’m in-between books right now but starting the Saga Series as soon as I get home tonight.

Quote of the day:  “There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.” ― Zayn Malik 

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Race Day #2

I did it!

Saturday, I completed my second major race, the Baltimore 10-Miler.  It was a beautiful course through Druid Hill Park and then through JHU out to Lake Montebello and back.  Ten miles of officers and people being supportive and plenty of Gatorade and water.  It was awesome… until it wasn’t anymore.  I got to the finish with a broken blister on my right heel again, two rolled ankles, and cramps so bad in both legs.  Oh and my mid-upper back on fire.  Reasons?  I didn’t really train for this one.

Bmore 10 Miler

I finished though… in under the time limit with almost a minute faster pace than the Frederick Half.

Bmore 10 Miler medal

There would have been no way I would have done either of these last year.

So what’s the difference?

Surgery.

In December 2016, I had weight loss surgery.  I was sitting at 396 at this time last year (right picture).  Right now, I’m at 280/281 (left pic).

Comparison

This was not the easy way out.  There is a lot of work that went into getting the surgery.  I started the process a year ago this month in fact.  Every day is a struggle to get through all the fluids and all the protein that I need to intake just to keep going.  Hence the walking more, the getting out more, the doing more things, etc.

Last year, Maryland’s King Crab Challenge was just a thought on a piece of paper of things I wanted to do.  Now, thanks to the surgery and the support I have, it’s a reality this year.  My feet aren’t thanking me for it yet, but my esteem is.

Now to get my legs elevated so my ankle and heel can heal.  19 weeks and 5 days until Baltimore Run Fest!

Have a great week everyone.

Listening to:  Hamilton

Reading:  The Shack by Wm. Paul Young

Quote of the Day:  “Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It’s a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.” ― Thomas Carlyle

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