Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?


The beginning of summer has been crazy busy, and it’s not even June yet. I’ve spent every day possible with a least some reading research and book chapters for the thesis. I’m almost getting to the point of doing some serious writing.

I also need to mention the amazing and happy celebration of Stephanie and JD last weekend. I had a blast; learned that Danny Boy could really bust a move; I got to see one of my best friends (Stephanie) marry an amazing guy and look very beautiful and elegant in a fancy wedding dress.

The craziness of a full fledged wedding is still scary. I still prefer my skydive wedding idea. No dresses; No bridesmaids; No churches or religious framing; ¬†There will still be cake, don’t worry.

But back to reality. I’m super thankful to be there for the beautiful wedding and see their happiness continue to grow and evolve.

I’m still both running and strength training, but I’ve found it hard to maintain a strict schedule or track goals like I wanted. I need to just take things day by day and keep my motivation in the right place.

There’s so much to do with my summer. I even get a week off of work. While I’d love to go international, one week just isn’t enough. Maybe something more local? Any suggestions?

~Col

PS- Kudos to anyone who gets the reference in the title.

What’s New


Every week, I have new things that I find interesting and want to share. Here are a few of them:

Under Armour’s What’s Beautiful Competition

I have been a member of plenty of social media and fitness type sites… sparkpeople, runkeeper, dailymile, livestrong, fitnesspal, and plenty of others. So why sign up for Under Armour’s What’s Beautiful? Well for starter’s, it’s about redefining women’s health and fitness. It’s about strength and not jean sizes.

As an English major, I appreciate a campaign to redefine certain aspects of our culture. Health and Fitness isn’t about looking like the model on the magazine cover. It should be about treating your body right and living a happy and clean life. Join and follow me!

Weight of the Nation

This documentary will be airing in a few days, and I am wondering if I can get a free trial of HBO for the next week. I’m interested in seeing it but waiting for it on netflix will probably take longer than it does for me to forget I wanted to see it. Anyone out there have HBO and can invite me over?

Success

Simply put, I think this week deserves a lot of focus on our successes. It’s something I rarely do. This semester I finished my last elective course with an A-. Danny Boy completed his first semester in College and worked¬† his little butt off. My friend Stina conquered her first Marathon and made it look like a jog in the park (a 26.2 mile park). Everyone in my life who goes after what they want is an inspiration to me and a great apart of why I have been successful.

I am certainly not done. I have a whole life ahead of me to work hard but that doesn’t mean celebrating our happiness has to wait til the end.

~Col

Burger Rewards


I always forget that when I set goals to also plan a reward for myself. Not because I am against rewards. I completely forgot until today, already two days into my new 5 Week Goals Challenge.

So what made me remember? Stina over at Running in Chuck’s messaged me to brag (graciously, of course) about her first time visiting Kuma’s Corner today. Don’t get me wrong, she earned it. She completed her first marathon this past Saturday and owned the hell outta it.

Kuma’s Corner. I think I told Danny Boy about this magical place in our first week of dating. I explained to him that he would love it, and I haven’t ever actually been there. I even recorded a show on tv that featured it. We’ve made numerous plans to visit. Yet, something always gets in the way.

Can I just say this really fast? I love a good burger. I don’t want to eat your crappy Big Mac’s or Whoppers or your lame fast food burgers. When I get a burger, it better have the best quality meat, melted toppings, fresh cooked mushrooms and plenty of flavor.

So, I popped over to my google calender and set a date. On June 15th, I will be going to Kuma’s Corner in celebration of meeting all my goals in the 5 week challenge. Some goals I know I can get more than 100% complete. So I figured I’m allowed to average them out.

Now that I have this goal in mind, I can really Focus on the challenges. Honestly, when I feel the weight of temptation interfering with my motivation, I can pop over to the Menu and contemplate which burger I’ll order on June 15th. Even 5 weeks of consideration, I still won’t be able to decide on me.

So that’s the final decision. June 15th. Kuma’s Corner. Delicious Burgers. Celebrating staying on track and tackling life’s obstacles!

Already I am hungry. Danny Boy, you better help keep me on track. You get to go to Kuma’s Corner too and we may have to move up the date to an earlier time.

Getting on my Goalie Pads


So, the hawks aren’t exactly in the playoffs anymore. It’s a bummer really, but I came up with the title of this post previous to their elimination, so I’m keeping it. It’s clever and makes goal setting sound fun and exciting like playoff hockey.

Here’s the deal, the school semester is done with. It’s the beginning of May, and it’s crunch time. Metaphorically speaking, of course. I don’t have anything to actually crunch or step on. This summer will forever be remembered by me as the summer of the Master’s Thesis.

Between now and August 1, 2012, I want to write my entire first draft. That’s 40-50 pages and a whole lot more reading to do. I’ve gathered more research then I’ve read and reviewed. My Google calender currently looks like a person who only has three months to live and needs to get so much done on a daily basis.

So to keep myself on track, I have a lovely spreadsheet that I borrowed and butchered from Stina at Running in Chucks. I say that I butchered it because I took a 45 day challenge and made it a Five Week Challenge. Don’t ask questions, it was just easier for my brain to think in terms of weeks rather than days.

Here is a weekly breakdown of my Summer til the beginning of August

Running 2x week (3.5-4 Miles)

Strength Training 1-2x week

Meditate 3x week

Work 4x week (10 hours a day)

Thesis work 15-20 hours a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays)

There are more goals than that, but those are the big guys–the must be accomplished ones. Somehow this leaves Saturdays as a free day. Does this mean I can be social one day a week? Maybe. Does this mean, I’m going to want to lay on the couch and do nothing? Most likely, I’ll be cleaning and doing laundry.

~COL