Last week was a tough one. As I mentioned previously, work has been totally crazy lately because we have a conference coming up at the end of this month, and I’ve been working my butt off every day since being back from the holidays. I”ve also been going pretty hard outside of work and not sleeping enough on the weekends, and I think it finally caught up with me.
This past Wednesday, my throat started feeling a bit sore, and then Thursday I woke up with the most severe pain I’ve had in a long time. (Definitely worse than the minor surgery I had!) My throat was so sore that I couldn’t speak, swallow, or eat and I was on the verge of tears from pain, so I went to Urgent Care and literally cried when they did a throat swab. Cried! Me! It was nuts. Urgent Care was… how do I put this lightly… useless? They told me my throat wasn’t red or irritated, sent me home and told me to drink tea.
So Friday I made an appointment with my PCP because I barely slept that night from being in so much pain and it was just as bad if not worse than the day before. When I saw my doctor, she couldn’t believe how swollen my neck/lymph nodes were and took one look at my throat and said it was extremely red and irritated and that I definitely had strep. So, long story short, I went on antibiotics and steroids to help with the swelling, and woke up feeling a bit better Saturday, and even better yesterday. Today I woke up and could swallow without pain for the first time in days! It’s crazy because I’ve never thought of sore throats as being that bad, but strep throat SUCKS.
I think that might have been my body’s way of telling me to slow down, because I feel like I was go-go-going for all of January and not taking much time to relax and take a step back. The reason I’m telling you all this is because that’s feeding heavily into the goals for this month, so here we go.
1.) Work up to running 10 miles.
I feel like I can’t get a break when it comes to training for this half coming up in March! First, I had that surgery that put me out of commission for 10 days, then I got two good runs in (3 and 4 miles) and was hit with strep. The longest I’ve run so far in this training cycle is 8 miles, but that’s now been over 2 weeks ago, so I want to ease back into long distance. I’d like to do 8, 9, and 10 miles for long runs this month to see how my body handles it.
2.) Go on a cash-only spending policy.
One of my big goals for 2013 is to get my spending under control, and I feel like swiping plastic is not helping me with that at all. For the whole month of February, my goal is to withdraw cash each Friday to get me through groceries, gas, and all my spending money (dinners, drinks, going out, etc) and stick to just that. When it’s out, it’s out.
3.) Limit meals out to twice a week maximum.
This will help with my cut down on spending goal and getting my eating under control because I do so much better when I’m prepping meals at home. I haven’t gone off the deep end with this or anything, I just feel like I’ve been eating out/ordering in more than I’d like to.
4.) Weigh in at least three Tuesdays this month.
I have been slacking off about weighing in and haven’t weighed in since the first week in January. My Weight Watchers meetings have been a lot bigger this month so that has been part of it, but in reality I can weigh in before anyone else gets there so I just have to get back into the routine. Because I’m on steroids right now, my weight should be up a few pounds tomorrow so I’m not going to officially weigh in, but I imagine it’ll go right back down when I’m done with them because I’ve been tracking religiously while being sick.
5.) Keep up with studying Spanish.
Since I am going to Peru in June/July of this year (!!!) I really want to learn some Spanish so I don’t look like too much of an idiot. I was originally thinking of enrolling in a class, but I missed the deadlines for the one that works best with my schedule, so I did the next best thing and downloaded an app for my iPad. The app has words and phrases in flashcard form that you do each day, and it’s pretty awesome. I’ve been doing it for a little over a week and have learned a lot already, but it’s something I want to commit to doing daily (with an exception here or there). I know repetition is key for getting my head around the language, and if I complete the program I have they say I’ll be able to get around the country no problem. Also, it really feels great to be learning something just for me and not work related at all!
6.) Read at least two books.
In January I read Room, which I hiiiiiighly recommend if you haven’t read it yet. For February I ended up reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets cover to cover this weekend while I was sick between naps, because I’ve decided to re-read the Harry Potter series and watch all the movies this year. Since that one is already checked off, getting through at least one more this month should be no problem. Always taking recommendations on this one!
7.) Keep the TV of at least two nights during the week.
I’ve gotten into the habit of watching a lot of shows that I like (hello Top Chef, Biggest Loser, Homeland, Californication, Girls, and Grey’s Anatomy), but sometimes it keeps me up later than I should be and it also means I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like to. So, at least two days during the week, my goal is to just read and not put the TV on at all.
So I think 7 goals is plenty for one month! Of course I also want to keep up with healthy eating/tracking, documenting my workouts and meals, and kicking butt at my job (especially seeing as the conference is at the end of the month!), but these are the big things I want to focus on outside of all that. I’m excited to share my progress!