A Leap Year Sort of Post

I went back and looked at what I did for the last leap year and you know what? I did very little. For our last leap year, we had discovered an under-flooring leak in our rental house, which meant there was mold growing there as well, which means we were temporarily evicted. And while that happened, I had a flat tire. It was a bad day in general.

But this post is not like that! Because I realized that I had good news to share about February, and all of it has to do with my ACCOMPLISHING SOME GOALS. That happens about as frequently as leap year!

SO LET’S CELEBRATE, YOU WANNA?

I went a WHOLE MONTH without doing “work” laundry because I saw that Jessica was doing a campaign that she called “Wear Yo Shit” and I LOVED THE IDEA. Um, I don’t think her campaign went so far as to avoid laundry, but if I wash my clothes and put them away, I cannot remember if I wore them or not. So this way, I wore COMPLETELY new outfits to work for 28 days straight. Also? I realized that I have a lot of clothes I will NEVER wear. So I plan to do a big purge before I do this laundry and start over for March. (For the record, she looked SO MUCH CUTER than I ever did during this campaign. My plan is to do this for another month/season and then I can start looking as cute as she does.)(Also for the record, things that DID get washed: denim, pajamas, unmentionables, workout gear. Cause .. eww.)

I really never mentioned this because .. I feel like I am the queen of starting and never finishing. And I thought if I never mentioned it and I failed? No harm done and I wouldn’t have to write one of those all-t0o-frequent “Look at how I sucked THIS time” posts. But .. I did this! It’s called Fab Ab February, and I did it! I did it all! Like, I did ONE HUNDRED SIT-UPS this morning and TWENTY FIVE PUSHUPS. Admittedly, I sometimes did my rest day on Saturday because I have long runs that day, and it made more sense to do my ab stuff on Sunday. Also, full disclosure: I didn’t do the plank after the second week because it made my bad knee HURT. I think I got up to a 45 second plank before I was worried about injuring that knee again. BUT STILL. I don’t have a six pack or anything, but I can DEFINITELY tell a difference in my waistline. I plan to devise my own schedule for March and keep up with it.

(Full Disclosure: That’s not me in that picture.) I started the No Boundaries Running Program in early February and was terrified to go. Like, sweaty-palms-nervous. Debated not going at all. I thought for sure that I would regret spending that money because I’d suck and be mortified and I’d never go again.

Not only have I gone every week, I’ve gotten up early on Saturdays to do a VOLUNTARY LONG RUN. Let me say that again, in italics: I’ve gotten up early every Saturday to do a long run. Ideally, we’re supposed to get three runs in every week, but with Bryan heavily involved in a school show right now, it’s not feasible for me. But I’ve run twice every week. EVERY WEEK. And? AND? I love it. LOVE IT.

The difference is the people. Running with people – which was a huge fear of mine initially – is now WHY I go. No Boundaries has great coaches and mentors there with you every step of the way. And it’s FUN. They’re teaching me the right way to run. I’m learning that everyone has a second wind, but you have to keep going past your first wind to get there. It’s .. it’s just awesome. I love it.

SO. All in all, February has been kind of a banner month for me. I’m really proud of myself for sticking with things for 29 days. Most likely, if it had been the full 30, I would’ve failed miserably. But now I’ve got a good foundation to keep me going for the next month. And if I keep adding a goal every month?

BY CHRISTMAS, I SHALL RULE ALL THAT THE LIGHT TOUCHES.

 

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5 Responses to A Leap Year Sort of Post

  1. Jesabes February 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    Wow, good job! You had a way more productive February than I did (well, except for laundry. Maybe I can pretend I participated in a “do laundry every day in February challenge,” because I did.)

  2. Jessica February 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    This is wonderful! I think I’m going to steal that Fab Ab February schedule from you because I’ve got a new pair of pants I want to look really good in later in March. Keep up the good work!

  3. PinkieBling February 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    I adore you, and I’m proud of you, and that last line cracked me the hell up. Well done, all around! 🙂

  4. Zoot February 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    I could maybe go 15 days without washing clothes. MAYBE. I don’t think I have enough bottoms of outfits to go more than that.

    Running with people is the key to me too! My last FF class started a FB group and we set up “group” runs a few times a week. Sometimes 2 people show up, sometimes enough that, like last night, we were able to actually split up int 3 groups and do 3 different distances/paces. And THEN everyone went to dinner together! (Not me b/c of aforementioned show). I love my running group.

  5. sarah March 1, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Oooh, I love the WYS plan! I need to extend this idea to my drawers as well as my closet…socks, underwear…lots of stuff needs to GO AWAY. Thanks for sharing!

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