Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My Goals

Courtney inspired me to post some goals that I'd like to see myself reach by the end of this year. I'm really good at having ideas or wanting to accomplish something but then it never actually happens. I just can't seem to find a way to make the idea become a concrete thing, or I get sidetracked by a hundred other things and never take the time to follow through. I really want to change that about myself and maybe listing some of them as goals right here for the world to see will hold me accountable.

Run a 5K

I have actually done this 3x's now and am planning to keep going. This has been a total God thing for me. I am learning so much about endurance, running the race and finishing strong even when I don't feel like I have anything left. It's actually scary sometimes, cause I just keep asking: "why am I learning this?" "Is there something coming that I'm gonna need this for?" I think it's tied into this whole adoption journey and the stress and bumps that come along with it.

I do want to get my time down though and that brings me to my next goal.

Run a 5k in 30 minutes or less.

My time in my first race was pretty good-mid 30's and since then it has been in the 40's. The second one was actually in the late 40's. ICK! I am hating that. I really want to get my time up to something more consistent and I want it to be less than 30. I have been at races and listened to the stats of others. There are women in their 40's who are getting better times than me! This makes me feel like a wimp, and I have never liked the idea that I am not as strong as someone else. Probably a complex developed from being small my whole life-but there it is, and I just don't think running three miles in over 40 minutes is very good. Gotta do better!

Eat healthy and more organic.

This is one that I share with Courtney. I really want us to eat better than we do and I would LOVE if we could eat organic. Unfortunately it is expensive to do this. We are on a tight food budget right now and eat a lot of pastas, chicken, and canned or frozen vegetables. We went to a friends house who had out some fresh fruit and the kids ate so much of it I was embarrassed. We just don't buy it much right now.

Another side to this is Rick's Rheumatoid Arthritis and Noah with his ADD. I firmly believe that a better diet and some natural products would be much more beneficial for both of them. I really want to find a way to improve our diets and see if it brings any benefit to them as well as the rest of us. We are growing some tomatoes, peppers, and herbs this year and maybe if they do well we will add more next year. It's a start.

Paint the boys' bedroom.

My poor boys have brown wood paneling in their bedroom and it is so dreary and dark in there. We have been talking about painting it since we moved in and have never done it. I am determined to finally get it done this summer. I just hate the thought of having to prime it and then paint it, plus I have never really painted a room in any house before so this is gonna be a new experience for me.

Any volunteers to come and help? Or ideas on how to streamline the process? :)


This is last on my list for now, but definitely not least in my mind. I want to get this little girl home with us as soon as possible. I am getting tired of waiting and hate to think of her there any extra days than she has to be. She is already 3 years old and every day brings her closer to 4 and the possibility of being transferred to an institution before we can get there for her. This is scary because once she's transferred there is no guarantee we will be able to adopt her from the institution. I really don't want to even think about that happening.


There are probably more that I'm not thinking of now. Maybe this will be a continual list that I update from time to time.


Anonymous said...

Great list..... and praying that precious girl gets home soon!

Melissa :) said...

Proud of you for having goals. I would love for us to eat organic too but just can't afford it. Praying for that baby to get home as soon as possible! :)

Alice said...

I love your goals! I was a runner until I suffered a back injury/surgery 2 yrs. ago. This week I ran(jogged)1-1/2 miles. I am so excited to start training again for a 5k. My best time, at the age of 39, was 28:47. For a long time I couldn't get under 30:00. First I increased my distance to 4-6 miles on most days. Then I started running fast for 2 min., slow for 2 min., fast for 2 min., etc. That is when my time started dropping. I hope that helps! Hopefully, I'll be running races again soon, too. At this point if I crawl in at 50:00 I'll be happy.:)