Friday, September 6, 2013

Setting the stage for success

Hi all! Just a brief check-in this week, but there are some exciting things on the horizon!

My goal-oriented September has started strong. After a trip to the North woods over Labor Day weekend -- in which blueberry pancakes and white toast were allowed to creep into my diet, but eggs and bacon were prioritized (mmm, bacon) -- I am off to a great start!

I'm tracking all of my spending so far, and I started measuring my food intake with my new kitchen scale and I also took some measurements with both measuring tape and calipers; even though it might not be the most accurate method out there, I can at least check back each month and see which way the numbers are headed. To top it off, I took some "before" pics too!

I'm definitely finding that it's easier to stay motivated when my goals seem "doable." All I have to do is write everything down; no changes yet! And I have easily visible rewards on the way: a "green" month in my Mint finance calendar (no scary red "overspent" categories!) and those workout shorts for my success in the kitchen. I can hardly wait!

I'm still overwhelmed with my work commute and various obligations (some chosen, some not), but I've got an exciting event this weekend and plan on spending Sunday prioritizing "me" and getting some house chores and meal planning accomplished.

For this week, I also have a bonus goal: really push hydration to prepare for my weekend endeavor. I even made myself a reminder note at work:

What is this adventure, you ask? Well, along with a large group of friends and friends-of-friends and about a gazillion strangers... I'm doing the Tough Mudder on Saturday!

For those of you who aren't familiar, the Tough Mudder is a 12 mile obstacle course that calls itself "probably the toughest event on the planet." It's designed to encourage teamwork and camaraderie while forcing gently encouraging you to face your fears and have a great time. (Awhile ago, I wrote about a few different obstacle courses over here, if you're interested in more background information!) I'm totally terrified and psyched at the same time. It should be a blast!

As nervous as I am about it, it's pretty exciting -- I would never have dreamed of doing something like this a few short years ago. I know I'll struggle both mentally and physically with a lot of the obstacles, but I'll have a team of tough companions with me, and we'll all get through it together. As an introverted gal only 5'3" tall, when I face down those obstacles, I'll try to keep the inspirational words of Shakespeare in mind: "Though she be but little, she is fierce!"

Or as one of my favorite authors, Jim Butcher, puts it in The Dresden Files"Tiny, but fierce!"

Wish me luck!



  1. I am glad your month is off to such a great start! I use MFP too, I'll have to look for you. I got my mom on it and she's always like "You haven't posted your dinner yet..." (but that's just moms, right? Or is it just mine?!) Good luck with Tough Mudder! It looks like fun but at the stage I'm at now I would probably die. But you will do great, I'm sure!

    1. Cool! I have no idea how the social part of MFP works, but I'm "SnowfoxBandit." I'll look for you!

      I am TERRIFIED for Tough Mudder but I bet it will be fun! I'd like to have a bit more physical prowess than I currently do (I've never run more than 2 miles, and it's going to be 11.8 total), but hey, that's what my teammates are for! :)

  2. Dude! You are rocking it! ALSO, I want to hear all about your Tough Mudder! I'll be mentally playing the drums of war as you charge down the course!

    1. THANK YOU! I will need all the war drums I can get to keep me going after about mile two. :D