So much to do, so little time

I’m only 8 days into The Do-Over Project and I’ve already screwed up! At least that’s what I would have said 9 days ago. But one of my goals, as you will see shortly, is to do something differently every day.

So, today, when I didn’t get up early and do my run and work out like I said I was going to, I flogged myself instantly! “You see?!” I said to myself, “You can’t even commit to something for 8 days, without screwing it up”. In the past, after a couple of these failures, I’d give up and BE a failure.

But then I said to myself, “No, you didn’t get up as you promised yourself you would, but that gives us a thing to do differently, as per our other goal of doing things differently!” I stopped the flogging.

Later in the day, I did my work out. It’s amazing what happens when you GET OFF YOUR BACK!! When you stop flogging yourself and give yourself a chance, you might actually succeed! This might be just crazy enough to work! Besides, I committed to giving myself 365 days to change my life. I can’t possibly fail for 365 days! At some point, there’s got to be some success! I still have 357 days.

As promised, I wrote out my goals. They aren’t written in stone. They may shift or change completely. Some aren’t quite specific enough yet. I need some more time with them. But here’s a rough draft and I think I did a pretty good job of making them S.M.A.R.T. goals, which is what experts recommend for succeeded at your goals. S.M.A.R.T. = Specific, Measureable, Attainable/Realistic, Time-based.

I’ve grouped my goals  into the various areas of my life, but many cross goal lines (excuse the pun–I HOPE they cross goal lines!). For example, I like to run, but it isn’t just exercise to me. It’s a time to release tension, think through issues, be creative, breathe deeply, burn calories and so much more.


  • Get knee fixed (as a fitness instructor/personal trainer I can use what I know about sports injuries to fix what I THINK is a small meniscus tear). If I can’t fix it by Feb 7, I’ll see my doctor and get some physio. It impacts my running so I better get it fixed!
  • Sign up for Ottawa Race Weekend 10 km (Saturday, May 27, 2017) DONE
  • Start training first week of February
  • Complete Ottawa Race 10km in____:____
  • Sign up for MEC Race Series
  • Go to each MEC RACE:
    • Saturday, February 11, 2017
    • Sunday, April 16, 2017
    • Sunday, June 18, 2017
    • Sunday, July 9, 2017
    • Sunday, August 6, 2017
    • Sunday, October 29, 2017
  • Sign up for Army 1/2 marathon or 10km (Sunday, September 17)
  • Sign up for Fall Colours 10km (Sunday, October 8)
  • Workout: GOAL (need one). We have a gym in our home and I general work out after I run on the tread mill (in winter) or outside (in summer)
  • Rock climbing:
    • I was indoor rock climbing up until December 2016 so I will start again on Sunday, February 5.
    • A GOAL. I have a fear of heights so just getting to the  gym has always been a goal, but perhaps I need to up the ante. An outdoor climbing trip?


  • 5 lbs off by February 10
  • Another 5 lbs off by February 28
  • Weigh 135 lbs by Ottawa Race Weekend (Saturday, May 27)
  • Answer this: What can I do differently to attain this GOAL?


  • I’m a pretty healthy eater, but I got off track this past Christmas. Too many sweets and other things that don’t feel good in my body. So, go back to my normal eating habits, which mean
  • Little or no white bread (I have Irritable bowel Syndrome so bread doesn’t do well in my tummy)
  • Few or no sweets (with the exception of Stevia in my coffee, which I drink 2 cups per day of, so I’m happy with coffee intake. Sweets + bread is a real no-no for me ie cinnamon buns, pie, cake, all the good stuff!)
  • Limit alcohol (which I do anyway) but maintain
  • Go back to mainly protein and vegetables, which makes me feel good


Continue habit of:

  • Vitamin C
  • Omega 3-6-9
  • add: Magnesium (500 mg?)
  • Start pro/prebiotics (10 million) DONE

Other Health

  • Continue Neurofeedback once/week, but begin training other areas of the brain
  • DON’T cancel my cardiologist specialist. I had a bit of a scare a couple of weeks into January where I thought I was having a heart attack. I went to the hospital and they found nothing. Healthy as a horse! As a precaution, I have a cardiologist appointment. I want to cancel it, because I feel I’m wasting the doctor’s time. I think there are people who need it far worse than I do, BUT I need to just suck it up and go!
  • I am determined to balance my gut this year! I have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and I’m going to find a way to balance it so there’s less bloating, less gas (!), fewer cancelled runs because of tummy troubles.
    •           I’m starting a pro/prebiotic DONE
    •           Nutritionist?
    •           Other?

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