It was about this exact time of year last year when I found out I was picked in the lottery I entered to run the NYC Half-Marathon. When the reality hit me that I voluntarily signed up to run 13.1 miles, which would take me hours, that's when the idea to create a "To Do" list emerged.
So, yes I did run that 1/2 marathon, the day after St. Patrick's Day (One day I will join my Irish hubby and celebrate, this past March was not the year, lol). And... I kicked ass!!! I finished that race in 2 hours and wait for it... 22 lousy seconds!!! UGH!!! I didn't know. My watch, the last leg where they posted meters instead of miles.... I was confused. Had I known I was SO SO close to that 2 hour mark, I think I could have pushed it to finish under 2 hours, like 1:59:59. LOL One thing I do know, I will never run the NYC Half again. I know I will want to beat that time. But that is a time I am already very proud of and yes, I'll admit, I am not sure if I can beat it. So I am going to take it happily and walk away.
P.S. My goal is to run atleast one half marathon a year. I am aiming to get into the Brooklyn Half this year!
My number two just recently arrived to my in a little black book. 😏 A boudoir session seemed like a necessity to capture me in my last few months in my 30s. I had always wanted to do it and it was so much fun! My photographer was awesome (and a high school friend). I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. I actually took it at the end of June... I didn't have a summer glow and I wasn't in the best shape. (I kinda took a 3 month vacation from consistently working out after that half marathon, lol). But, that was my moment and I am so happy for taking that plunge, in a completely different way than Number 1.
|I loved adding accessories! So much fun!!|
P.S. I plan on doing another session in a couple of years. I so want my forty something body to kick my 39 year old body's booty!
I had a really, really hard time coming up with a third item. But I felt like there needed to be atleast 3 things. I didn't want to jump out of a plane, no desire. I already have tattoos. So.... I decided to take on an 80 day workout program, The 80 Day Obsession. I started the day after my son's birthday, September 9 and figured I would end at the end of November. Well... I didn't take into consideration that its actually 80 days of working out and that one day off a week wasn't counted into that number. So instead of already being done with the program, I will finish it Saturday, the day before my birthday. I couldn't have planned it any better, or worse. Fortunately, I have been healthy for 80+ days and didn't miss a single workout. The only thing I did was replace a cardio workout with a run a bunch of times to help me train for a few 5Ks I ran during this time.
How do I feel? I LOVE this program honestly. After just a couple of weeks, that layer of fat that I felt I was surrounded in seemed to dissipate. I am leaner and stronger! I took the diet part in the first month seriously and it went down hill from there, oops. BUT, working out everyday is no longer a chore I dread. Its' become part of my nightly routine. So next week, I plan on continuing to exercise. If I take too much time off, it will be just like starting all over again and I don't want that. I am going to relax with some yoga for a week or two and then move on to a more intense program.
In case you are wondering, I workout from home and use Beachbody On Demand. I love Autumn Calabrese. I thought I'd hate her and her rock hard ab body, but I don't. She makes the workouts enjoyable.
So, there you have it. My Big Three! It was nothing crazy. Maybe a bit lame to some. But all 3 pushed me outside of my comfort zone and towards something that I have never done, but wanted. I feel healthy and accomplished. And I am building upon all three in this upcoming year in my new decade.
What about you? Have you ever had a bucket list of any kind? I'd love to hear, please share!!!