pre-resolution report

We woke up to snow this morning. I decided we’d run tomorrow when the streets are clearer. So I spent several hours this morning, while Nathan slept, with a book, coffee, a lit Christmas tree, and falling snow. It was just a great morning.

I’m EATING UP The Desire Map. I’m feeling conflicted between savoring it and finishing it before the new year, though. She’s got me doing some work. And I’m being surprised at what’s coming out.

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Yes. Struggling between savoring and wanting to have it done and beautiful and printables all over everywhere.

Sigh.

I’ve also been really really busy. Between training groups that start January 1 and the #GrowWings challenge, I’m swamped. But I’m also incredibly thankful and fulfilled. I know that I have to hustle to make this happen. That I’m going to be really busy while I build. And I hope that one day this will be what I do. For a living. And nothing else. And it doesn’t feel like work at all, so that helps a lot.

I still have my goals and I think I’m settled on them. This time isn’t on the printable (which is gorgeous!), so I just have a handy-dandy spreadsheet.

For this being a pre-challenge time, I’m pretty proud of myself.

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Not perfect by any means, but I’m getting somewhere. I feel like I’m easing into this challenge. Like I’m getting ready to take off my training wheels and let it fly. I’m excited.

So much excitement! I feel like I’m just oozing it right now. This is a great time to be me. I truly hope you can say the same.

Speaking of “right now,” registration for the GrowWings challenge closes tonight. Well, actually when I wake up in the morning and take the page down. If you were thinking about joining in, the time is now! More info (to save you a click if you’re considering)…

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We’ll start 2013 building healthy habits and setting meaningful and intentional goals for 2013. This will be a highly reflective and introspective process for figuring out what you want to be in 2013 and they motivation behind making changes.

The Committed Challenge for January will help us start 2013 with focus on creating healthy habits while allowing time for purposeful goal setting. We will set four habits – one each in food, fitness, spirit, and space. You will also receive 10 goal-setting newsletters over the month to help set the tone for creating meaningful goals for 2013. Also included will be another wonderful printable designed by Cassie Johnston of Back to Her Roots.

You have two options for joining this challenge:

For $50, you will receive

  • Newsletters and printable.

For $100, you will receive

  • Newsletters and printable
  • accountability coaching from me 3-4 times a week
  • group support in a private facebook group for participants only
  • entry into random drawing for prize that I am still confirming ($30 value)

Click here to register!

looking ahead

I am so excited about the new year, friends. 2013 is going to be such a great year.

I thought I’d share a few ways I am celebrating.

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I’m working through Susannah Conway’s Unravelling the Year Ahead. I’m loving it. Such a great tool for recognizing where I have been and where I want to go. It is really good stuff.

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I’m also spending time with Danielle Laporte’s Desire Map. I’m doing the fun work of boiling down my desired feelings. I’m totally loving it, but it is a labor-intensive process.

I’m working through my pre-GrowWings goals too. I’m planning on getting my laundry under control this evening so I can keep up with it. But I’m rocking my devotionals, food, and running plan. Two days down, the rest of my life to go. I’m excited to have some momentum going as I go into 2013.

So how are you spending the last few days of 2012? Are you feeling recharged? Refocused?

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Just a reminder – registration for GrowWings ends tomorrow evening! There are options for printable/newsletter only and for coaching by me! Click over to Committed Coaching for details!

#growwings – space

Oh, friends. You should see my spare bedroom.

No, I’m not going to photograph it because it is just ridiculous.

Clean Clothes Mountain is out of control. Laundry goes like this: pull out of dryer. Leave in laundry room floor. When laundry room door will no longer open, move pile of clothes to spare bedroom bed. Wash. Dry. Floor. Bed. Repeat.

There are running tanks on the bed, friends. TANKS. It has been that long since I have properly put away all of my clothes. I’m not sure where my beloved lululemon pants are. God forbid I need a pair of socks.

I hate clean clothes mountain. So that is where my space goal will focus: upstairs. (It was “kitchen” in my original picture, but I changed my mind.)

1. Laundry will be put away as it comes out of the dryer. One load at a time is totally manageable. Even if that means bringing it downstairs and folding it while we watch tv.

2. I will make the bed every day. It takes three minutes. And it makes getting in bed easier (because it has to be made before I get in it and it is ridiculous to make the bed right before I get in it). That’s it.

Natural consequences:

Having a neater space will make me more productive. I mean, how often do I do one small cleaning project and stop there? I’ll gather momentum from the laundry. Not dreading laundry will keep me from procrastinating other things as well. Order begats order. And I’m choosing to start with Clean Clothes Mountain.

Alright. There you go. Food. Fitness. Spirit. Space.

Next: soft-opening. Trial run until the challenge starts. Let’s do this!

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Shameless plug, and more info about the grow wings challenge:

The Committed Challenge for January will help us start 2013 with focus on creating healthy habits while allowing time for purposeful goal setting. We will set four habits – one each in food, fitness, spirit, and space. You will also receive 10 goal-setting newsletters over the month to help set the tone for creating meaningful goals for 2013. Also included will be another wonderful printable designed by Cassie Johnston of Back to Her Roots. Registration is open through December 29.

You have two options for joining this challenge:

For $50, you will receive

  • Newsletters and printable.

For $100, you will receive

  • Newsletters and printable
  • accountability coaching from me 3-4 times a week
  • group support in a private facebook group for participants only
  • entry into random drawing for prize that I am still confirming ($30 value)

Click on over to read what participants had to say about the December #happyHEALTHYholidays challenge.

You can sign up for GrowWings here. Feel free to email me at Krissie@committedcoaching.com with any questions!

#growwings – spirit

I don’t think it is a secret that I am really really busy.

Prior to blogging through this challenge (even setting it up!), I had been neglecting this space. It wasn’t because I was resistant or because I had nothing to say. It was just because I am so incredibly swamped. Between building this challenge, developing individual training plans, and trying to prepare for spring race training, I don’t even know what end is up. (I love all of this, though. It doesn’t really even feel like work.) Add that to my full-time job, trying to be a good wife, trying to feed us healthy, and marathon training? It looks pretty overwhelming. Right now, I’m doing pretty well.

But I don’t know how long that will last. I wake up in the middle of the night thinking of things I need to do. I have at least 6 different lists going right now (in my Erin Condren notebook and planner with my Staedtler pens, thank you very much). I have a lot of balls in the air. Lots. I love them all. They are pretty. I have put them all there. But I need to prevent them from falling.

My answer: get quiet.

I’m choosing to devote time immediately upon getting up and immediately before going to bed. Just a few minutes on either side. Just enough to get me ready for the day ahead and just enough to get me wound down enough to not be fidgety throughout the night.

My supporting cast:

1. The Message // Remix: Solo. I bought this devotional years ago. And I loved it. Until I got busy. So I’m pulling it back out. And I’m working through it. I also really like it because it is numerical but not dated, so I don’t have to play catch-up if I miss a few days.

2. For Christmas, Erin got me a copy of Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much. I can take the hint.

3. The Desire Map. Danielle Laporte’s previous book, the Fire Starter Sessions, is what focused me on my business. And I’m really excited to see what the Desire Map holds for me. I’m waiting for the hard copy to come in and then it is ON.

Natural consequences:

With quiet comes peace. With quiet comes quiet. That’s all.

Food. Fitness. Spirit. Next up: space.

(You can find more info about the grow wings challenge here.)

#growwings – fitness

I’m running a marathon, friends. In just a smidge more than 2 months. I look at my training plan and get really really nervous. I just can’t believe that I have a 20-miler in a month. Between recovering from my injury and a few cranky stomach days and the holidays, I’ve been slacking. And this isn’t good. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve gotten my long runs in. I’m still running at least 80% of my suggested mileage. I just need to get back to the days where I didn’t even entertain the idea of not following my training plan.

My plan for fitness is simple: follow my training plan.

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Not cutting any runs short. Not skipping runs. Not skipping cross-training. Just doing it.

My supportive cast:

1. My Paper Source calendar. This thing taunts me at my desk every day. I love using my little stamp to confirm that my workout was completed.

2. My buddies. I need to make sure that every run is planned with someone, and that I don’t let us talk ourselves out of a run. (Unless the winds are blowing my grill around like they were last night. That was excusable.)

3. My Skoras. I just love these shoes. They brought me out of injury. They are just my friends. That’s all I have to say about that.

The natural consequence:

I will become a more efficient runner if I run more. I will have a more pleasing experience at the marathon if I am better trained. The closer I follow my training plan, the better runner I will be. Plain and simple.

Food? Check. Fitness? Check. Next up: spirit.

(You can find more info about the grow wings challenge here.)

#growwings – food

Let’s talk about food

So I know what works for me.

He has a fantastic southern accent. Tattoos. And I hear his voice in my head when I do yoga.

He also wants me to have no carbs after lunch, restrict my calories, eat a significant amount of dairy and drink a ton of water.

Hello, Bob Harper.

I remember when his book first came out and the internets were all a flutter, myself included. I lived and breathed this book for a few months and I lost a significant amount of weight. The first few days were torture (goodbye, sugar! So long, post-dinner snacks!), but then I evened out and felt great.

That’s right. Not only did I lose weight, but I felt great.

And, right now? I’m not doing either. Quite the opposite actually. I know I’ve put weight on (I don’t want to know how much – I’m guessing 10-12 pounds). And I definitely don’t feel great. My (ahem) digestion is cranky. I can tell a difference in my complexion. My body is just physically not happy. Sugary treats. Eating too much. Cereal before bed. This has to stop, friends. It just has to stop.

I’m working on Danielle Laporte’s Desire Map and one of her main points is to focus on how you want to feel. I’ve been working to hone down my list of desired feelings, and there are a few that just keep coming up over and over and over. I want to feel powerful. Part of that is physical strength. I feel powerful when I am running. But it doesn’t end there. As much as I don’t want to admit it (because it somehow feels shallow), part of feeling powerful for me is feeling sexy. I want to not only be strong in ability but also strong and toned in appearance. Shallow, maybe. But I’m done trying to deny how I want to feel. I’m hoping that by being truthful and transparent in my desired feelings, I’ll be more focused to get there.

So now let’s talk about my supporting cast for this goal:

1. The book. I am going to skim through it again this weekend. I am going to follow the eating plans week-by-week, just like I did the first time. I’m going to eat and drink Bob Harper.

2. Menu and grocery list. When I bought this cute little planner, I didn’t know what I was going to do with it. But now I know. I tend to have menus all over the house, but I will keep them here. I’m excited to have one place to keep menus to look back on during those weeks where nothing sounds good.

3. Trader Joes. I just love Trader Joes. The fish. The single-serving bags of nuts. The square string cheese. Never knowing exactly what produce I’ll come home with. Trader Joes is just my buddy. I love it there. I’ll shop there exclusively because it makes me happy.

The natural consequence of following this plan:

I will be thinner. I will be easier to propel in space as I run. I will feel more good will toward myself in the mirror.

So there’s food. Up next: fitness.

(You can find more info about the grow wings challenge here.)

January Challenge: Grow Wings

I have decided to participate more fully in my coaching challenge this month, so I will be sharing my process with you. So here we go.

I feel like my healthy habits have really fallen apart the last few weeks. And I feel pretty hypocritical, since I’m coaching others to meet their goals. But it is all part of the process of change, isn’t it?

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So there you go. My skeleton goals for January. I’ll tell you more about them over the next week or so. I’m really really excited to have a plan. I feel like so much of my struggle lately has been my lack of a plan or uncontrolled deviation from what had become routine.

The Grow Wings challenge doesn’t start until January 1, but I’m planning a soft challenge of sorts for myself. I’m not waiting until January 1. It’ll start as soon as I get home and then I may refine my goals for the actual challenge.

If you want details on how to join us, click over to my coaching website.