So, we were off on NY Eve afternoon in search of a Cat Eye Astrale 8 Cyclocomputer, which is basically an odometer with a rear wheel reader for cadence so it can log miles on the trainer. We do love our gadgets and I personally crave the data so I can see on paper (puter actually) where I am having gains or setbacks. The bike shop here in town was closed, so we ended up at Erik's Bike Shop in Madison, a nice place to visit and a decent price, but still the bulk of my business will continue to go to Michael's Cycles here in town - they are great to work with.
Today, being the first day of the new year, it was important to me to get off to a great start. Even though I haven't run in a few days, I took a run by myself around the neighborhood, my medium sized loop of a 5K and some change. It wasn't fast but I did it even though I didn't feel much like running today. Tonight, i also got on the trainer for a half hour (32 minutes), just to get a good bike start going too. It helped that The Biggest Loser was showing as a marathon today and after watching bits and pieces all day, I was motivated to do a little more work. It felt good and I am glad I did it.
As the year closes and the new one starts, it is a good time to reflect on the past and set new goals for the future.
My proudest achievements of the past year:
- Losing more than 50% of my body weight. This was last year's NY goal, and was absolutely achieved. Nuff said on that.
- Achieving my highest level of fitness since at least my teens, and probably more like ever.
- Having my second consecutive deficiency free annual State survey (third in my career) and a deficiency free JCAHO survey (second in my career) at work. For those not in the health industry, this is a HUGE statement of the quality of care we provide and a speaks volumes about the ability and training of my nursing staff and my leadership skills.
There are many moments that I am proud of in the past year, but these stick out in my mind as the top 3.
My Goals for the Coming year:
- Complete my first Duathlon and my first triathlon, then continue to do as many as physically and financially feasible
- Complete a 10K race or more
- Compete in at least 1 bike race
- Learn to Mountain Bike
- Graduate from Ball State with a BS in Nursing, thereby making me qualified for the job I have done for the past 10 years......................
- Continue to gradually lose weight into the 150 range or better, and maintain without significant gain
- Learn to run with my nutjob dog without injuring either of us ;-)
I will leave you with a couple pictures of my favorite baby, Isabel in the baby scrubs that were a shower gift from me. Michele brought her over Saturday and we played dress up with her for while.