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!


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?



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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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