The last month has been crazy. Of course, it's been crazy for everyone. Besides Christmas, New Years, and a vacation, our household has been battling illness. We've all had some nasty cold. Maybe it was a variation of the flu. We got the flu shot, so maybe we got a mild version of it. That kept us down for over a week. I had a week where I could not work out at all, which never makes me happy. We've also been dealing with some stomach virus. I've had something twice! With all of that I haven't made much progress with any fitness goals, but I'm back at it. First up all of the new gear!
I got some new shoes! I love new shoes. These are New Balance Minimus shoes. I got them for my mile warm up before I do kettlebell, as well as wearing for kettlebell. I love them.
I haven't had any issues running in them. I don't think I'll ever be able to run long in them, since I have a lot of foot issues, but for a mile they are great.
I also got a new running watch!!
I had a Garmin 305, but the battery was giving out, just in time for Christmas! This is the Garmin Forerunner 610. I still need to set this watch up, but I have been using it and I like it. It's much smaller than the 305 and I love the blue and white. :)
I have a few goals for the new year. My kettlebell and running have been great, and I don't have a lot of goals with those, except to improve. I want to be able to do a 35lb TGU, and I would like to get my running back up and be able to do at least a 10 mile long run. But I also have 2 smaller goals. I want to be able to do a free standing handstand. I've been practicing yoga for over 5 years, but this has felt like an impossible goal. But now I want it. I also would love to be able to do a split. That goal is a bit silly. I never could do splits. Never. I've never been flexible. As of now I can rest on one yoga block, but I want to get to the floor. I stretch everyday after I workout, so I can work on this everyday.
I know these are not huge goals, but doing them will go a long way in making me feel like I've made some sort of progress in my fitness.
I'm also working on pull-ups. I don't know if I'll be able to do even 1 unassisted pull up this year, but it could be a goal. Right now I'm doing chin-ups with a green band. I only work on them 2x's a week, so I may need to increase how often I do that.
I'm doing a few challenges this month. One has to do the handstands. I plan to work on them for about 5 mins a day. The other is a plank challenge.
I don't know if I can make it to a 5 min plank, but right now I can do 1 min 25 sec. I will work on this.
I also am working on my mental health. My advancing age has been an onset of some unpleasant things, and it has been taking a mental toll on me. To help combat this I'm embarking on a 40 day Kundalini challenge. I have a membership to YogaGlo.com, and I've been trying some of the Kundalini yoga. The teacher on that site, Kia Miller, suggests doing a kriya for 40 days. That's the same kriya for 40 days. The idea is that it will create a pattern inside of you and impact you for your good. I am trying a 30 minute kriya for mental health. I have been enjoying it. Right now I have finished 4 days, so 36 to go! It's not hard, I just need to find the time, but I feel like this is important. More important than the planks or handstands. This is for me. This is about finding some sanity inside of me when every month I feel like I could fall apart.
I will try to post updates, mostly for myself. I need to see that I am doing something for me. I have some goals for my kids this semester as well, but this blog is about me, so I'll stick to that. :)