It's been sometime since I have been able to sit down and write. I ended my last semester with A's in both my classes, and getting ready to start a new semester. However, this semester I decided to slow down a little and only take one class. I am hoping that this time around I will be able to make an A, and get back into the exercise (in particular running) groove. A friend of mine and I decided to get back on our 1x a month 5k. We are supposed to do one on the 25th, which is coming up, and I have yet to start running. I have been using my stationary bike/elliptical trainer at home though, but I know it not enough! Unfortunately, not to far from me a woman was stabbed to death at a park where many runners, walkers, bikers often go. She was young (I think 24), and studying to become a Physician's Assistant. She had come home for the holidays to visit family, and of course turns out that many of my friends and family knew here. I myself often went there to find peace in the outdoors, and enjoy a nice run, walk or bike ride. However, after this incident the whole running community has been shaken up. I in particular have been really shaken up, since I often went by myself. I had pretty much stopped going after one time I saw a unusual looking male walking opposite the direction I was running. After that incident, I decided that I needed to be prepared to defend myself. Well, because of work and school I never had a chance to look into this the way I had intended. Now, since the woman's death, I have decided to take action. I am attending several self defense classes. I am hoping this will make me feel safe again, but I have also decided that I need to probably start running on a treadmill until I can get over this fear. I do not want this fear to impact my love for running and walking.
I am also hoping that I will have more time to cook my own foods, and monitor my food intake! Those of you with thyroid issues know that exercise and proper nutrition is key to feeling good. Recently, I have been hearing so much about nutrition and eating properly. It seems the trend is to eat my vegetables and fruits, cut back on processed foods, and even dairy. Last weekend I made a Vegetable Kale Soup. It was delicious, while this is not the exact recipe I did here is one that you can try. It looks pretty similar except I used red beans, and black beans and used vegetable broth instead of cubes so I didn't need to add water. I have mentioned Kale before in previous posts, and it's benefits. It is bitter but, once mixed in the soup it was delicious, I know my dad loved it and so did I.
While it is a New Year, and I most people make resolutions, I decided since I didn't really accomplish many of my goals that why not just continue on my journey. Why add more to my plate, when I have yet to accomplish everything I have set forth to do?? I think that if and when I accomplish my goals it will be more rewarding then letting go of the goals I have set forth, because then I can say I finally accomplished my goals. I think I said this last year to ha ha , but hey who ever said anything about setting a time let on tough goals. One thing at a time right?!
Did any of you set any new goals??