Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 is going to be a healthy year

In 2001 I graduated from High School (dating myself much?)
In 2004 I got married.
In 2006 I graduated from college.
In 2010 I graduated from law school.
In 2012 I got a law job/career that I wanted.

So in 2013 I'm going to get my health in order.
I have conquered school and career (okay I at least have a career, conquer may not be the right word).
Now it is time to conquer my health.
Unlike school and work, I can't get a certificate, degree or paycheck to show that I'm on the right track with my diabetes, but I can get an A1C test result.

This year one of my top priorities is to focus on my health.
I am going to exercise, eat right, test my blood sugar and improve my A1C. My goal is 6.9.
In order to do this, with the help of my husband I've mapped out an exercise routine.
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I am going to do strength training with dumbbells focusing on my arms.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays I am going to do exercise routines that focus on my abs and my core.

Additionally I will be participating in Bikram Yoga (Hot Yoga) because I bought a two month unlimited pass through Groupon,

I will be participating in a Half Marathon Training program through my local Fleet Feet store and exercising at my local 24 Hour Fit. Also one of my law school buddies wants to run weekly with me, and she is in much better shape than me so I'm sure runs with her will kick my butt!

We have beautiful trails along the American River that are perfect for
running, walking and biking.

To improve my food intake my husband and I have decided to eat out a LOT less. This is mainly to save money for many trips and activities we have planned this year, but it should have the added affect of me eating better.

I know this sounds like a lot of build up and something I could easily give up within a few weeks, but I hope plans we've already made will keep me on track with my fitness goals.

I'm already registered in Sacramento's Shamrock Half Marathon in March. And one of my husband's Christmas gifts to me was to pay for the registration for the Disneyland Half Marathon for me which is labor day weekend. I also hope to participate in the Elk Grove Half Marathon in April, Bay To Breakers Half Marathon in San Francisco in May (my birthday weekend actually!) and Nike's Women Half Marathon in San Francisco in October. Oh and don't forget the little runs. LSNC's Valentine Run in February, The Escape from Preston Castle run in September, The American Diabetes Association run in September, and the JDRF run in October.

And for the icing on the cake to keep me on track for my fitness goals: my friends and I are playing a Biggest Loser competition game where the person who loses the highest % of body weight wins a money prize. We have till April for the final weigh in. The possibility of winning that money inspires me to work out and eat right because I could REALLY use that money for all the trips my husband and I have planned this summer.

I've already worked out two days now (and it's only the first!) The other day I did my arm weight training routine and tonight I exercised to a Billy Blanks ab boot camp DVD.

Wish me luck to a healthy new year!

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