Things that are 2017 Goals!

Friday, December 30

Oh my! I seriously haven't even thought about my upcoming goals for the year.  But felt I still needed to create a list and share it. I did put some thought into my goals, so they aren't just written up on a whim. 

I'll be honest, I didn't have goals for 2016. The only ones that I had were run Dopey and go through IVF, which I did in the first month. I hadn't made goals beyond that, because I didn't know what the outcome of our IVF cycle would be.

I'm reminded of the goals that I made in 2015, and the results are listed in bold:

"-Having a better and more meaningful relationship with Chase - this is an ongoing thing that I'm always striving to do.
-Being OKAY with me asking Chase for help around the house - I did get better at this, and it's taken a lot of humility on my part to as for help.
-Running my first Marathon (still need to find a good one for this year! - any ideas?) - Ran my first one in September of 2015 and #2 in January of 2016.
-Strength training on my own and in a class at the rec center - After my knee injury back at the end of May I started going a lot, and I started noticing more definition in my arms and legs. I loved it, and will continue to do it as long as I can.
-Eat better - eat more clean stuff - more fruits and veggies - Earlier this year Chase and I decided that we really really needed to get our of debt, and with that we reduced our budget down to $100 a month. Because our budget is so low for food (and we aren't eating out) we have been eating a lot more crabby food (top raman, mac and cheese, tuna fish sandwich, hot dogs, etc). I've been trying when I can to incorporate more veggies, so that it's not as bad.
-Be in the here and now - not on my phone so often - I'm still working on this more, I had a few weeks where I was not on Facebook, and Instagram much/at all.
-Strive to be more spiritual - work on reading my scriptures and reading more General Conference talks - I started with 5 minutes of scripture reading each morning, and that has helped, but its still a work in progress."

Here are my goals this year:

-Read my Scriptures/Conference talks for at least 5 minutes a day.
-Attend the temple (with or without Chase) at least 10 times.
-Fulfill my Visiting Teaching each month (something I constantly struggle with).

-Sign up for 1-marathon, 1-half marathon, 1-10k and 1-5k to complete by the end of 2017.
-Stick with strength training/Barre at least 3 times a week.
-Do some sort of cardio activity at least 3 times a week.

-Do an activity/Date night we both enjoy once a month.
-Being okay with asking for help from Chase (this is an ongoing one that I need to continue to do).
-Have a better and more meaningful relationship with Chase (this is ongoing).

-Read/Listen to 5 books.
-Be in the present and stop focusing on the "what if's" and the future.
-Write in my journal at least once per month.

I need to constantly remind myself that I'm not going to beat myself up if I fail to achieve my goals for the year. If I'm at least somewhat consistent then that was a better effort than failing in the first month like so many of us do.

P.S. Shirt sale ends December 31!!
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Things that are The Unexpected

Monday, December 26

After 2,737 days of waiting, praying, crying and anticipating...

Expected arrival is: June 20, 2017

Things that are My Year in Running 2016

Friday, December 16

Though my mileage has been down significantly this year I have learned much more by not running than actually running.

I'm linking up with Courtney over at Eat Pray Run DC. Here's my year in running:

Best race experience: It would have to be running the Donald Half Marathon in Orlando, FL while running the Dopey Challenge of 48.6 miles in 4 days. It was January 9, which also happens to be my birthday. Even though my time was horrible it was the memories that I created with my wonderful running friends that I will cherish more.

Best run: After undergoing a failed In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) round in January, I didn't do a ton of running. While I wasn't running as much, it allowed my body to heal from the fertility meds as well as an injury I had on the back of my knee. With my mileage being on the low end I was able to have a successful 5k race on July 4, with a pretty good time of 30:24.

Best new piece of running gear: I didn't get any new running gear this year. Not even new running socks. Hopefully next year I can get an new pair of shoes and maybe a new watch.

Best running advice you've received this year: While I was running the Mickey Marathon, it was hard to go from running to stopping and back and forth (lots of character pictures). I kept what Courtney (Eat Pray Run DC) said last year "run the mile you're in" in my head during that race. I had never heard the quote before, but that seemed to help on those last few miles of running the marathon.

Most Inspirational Runner: Heather, who I follow on Instagram (@Triandrungirl). After several difficult marathons she finally got her BQ, and also became an Ironman in the same year. She has been such an inspiration to me this year, even though this has been a very less active year for me.

Favorite Picture from a Run or Race This Year:
This one is bright and early birthday morning (Jan 9) for our Donald Half Marathon. I was super excited and ready to run a half. I don't think I have ever felt more prepared to not care about a time, than that day. I was there to have fun, and it was a ton of fun.

I know this isn't a picture of me, but it is of my two good running friends, Shelly and Celise. We were all supposed to run Dumbo Double Dare Challenge and get our coast to coast medals. We were all sure that I would be about 8 months pregnant and running that much probably wasn't the best idea. So I didn't sign up. After two failed IVF cycles, they thought no better way to cheer me up, than to get me to California and run the Disneyland Half Marathon with them. Since they were doing the Challenge (including the 10k), I was off walking around Downtown Disney waiting for them to pass by. I saw them and teared up. They were wearing (even though they told me they would be wearing "forget the glass slippers" outfit) my Running with Infertility shirts, and had dedicated that run to me and Chase and all that we had been through. To me that was the best thing anyone had ever done for me. That is why I'm including it in one of my favorite pictures. It serves as a reminder of all the heartbreak, loss, and good runs that I have had this year.

Race Experience You would repeat in a heartbeat: Running The Dopey Challenge. There were 4 of us in our group and we had the best of times. Yes, it was crowded, but I believe Disney knows how to put on good races. If I had the money ($560) to sign up for it, I would do it again.

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would it be?: "Expensive." I spent a lot of money on races (Dopey mainly) and fertility treatments. If I had to choose another phrase it would be "a year of learning." I learned a lot about what my body is capable of and can see that I can progress.

P.S. Sale going on in the Shop through December 31. Go check it out!
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I'm Two! Happy Blogiversary!

Tuesday, December 6

I'm amazed that this year has already passed. There has been so much goodness, learning and so much sorrow and heartache this year. We've gone through 2 IVF cycles, I ran my second marathon, gone on a lot of hikes, ran two half marathons for the year, and saved up $14,000 in 4 months.

Here are the posts that were read the most this past year of blogging:

Things that are Starting In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Things that are Supplements/Medications Taken Before IVF Cycle

Things that are Starting IVF: Bring on the Injections

Things that are Starting IVF: Egg Retrieval

Things that are Starting IVF: Embryo Transfer

Things That Got Me Into Running

Things That are Starting IVF: Having Strength to Move Forward

Things that are Trials and "Why did this happen to me?"

Things that are Our IVF Journey Take Two

Things that are National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW): April 24-30

Things that are MY Infertilty Journey

Things that are A Fertility Fundraiser

Things that are Paying for IVF Number Two With Cash

Things that are Cheap Meals

Things that are IVF Take 2: Injections, & Egg Retrieval

Things that are Disheartening Doctor News

I also opened up a shirt shop (will add more shirts as time passes) here on my site and have a cute infertility shirt in there: "Keep Calm and Pineapple On."

Chase and I have been so blessed to be able to share our infertility journey with you. While at times, it has not been easy I have felt so strongly to share our story. I felt that those already battling infertility needed somewhere they could turn to and read about others struggles, and that is what this year has been. A year of sharing our heartache, so that others may be lifted and blessed.

Thank you all for sharing in our journey!

 Don't forget "Keep Calm and Pineapple On" shirt is on sale for $17 with free shipping all through December.

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Things that are Hiking in Utah: Squak Peak

Friday, December 2

The day after getting our negative beta I felt so alone in our house. We had kept it a secret from everyone and honestly wanted it to be kept private until we had grieved.

I hadn't been able to be active for over a month and it was literally driving me nuts. Since I've always been so active it was hard for me to not do anything for that period of time. I told Chase I wanted to do something with him and not sit around all day. So I mentioned a hike - since it was just a little too hot to go out running. I had seen a friends' Instagram post on hiking squaw peak and how she had done it in just a few hours. I started looking up the way on how to hike up there and which way would be the fastest. I convinced Chase to hike it with me.

I found it was about 7 miles round trip. I thought that would be a fun "little" hike. We packed a few water bottles and some snacks and headed out.

There are a few ways of getting to the actual part where you hike to Squaw Peak Summit. You can drive to Squaw Peak campground and hike to the fork in the trail. Or you can drive to Rock Canyon and hike to the same fork in the trail. Either way will get you up to Squaw Peak Summit. Hiking from the campground adds on a few extra miles. So we opted for the Rock Canyon route.

The trail starts out as a paved path, but then gradually turns to a rocky, gravel path (hence the name of the canyon). The first two miles I wasn't feeling the greatest. I felt weak and lightheaded. Having not exercised heavily for a few months really cause my body to overheat. I also felt like I was over doing it. Eating some snacks and resting for the first couple of miles helped. We also tried to get my temperature down, cause it felt like I wasn't sweating. Which wasn't good - we used these cooling towels that we got from the Dopey Challenge in Florida, and they seemed to work.

We reached the fork in the trail and then Chase said we would reach a part of the trail where it was 1 mile uphill. We walked about a half mile, and then it was all uphill. It was seriously hard - I don't think I've hiked that steep before. We reached a field area and thought we were almost there, unfortunately that was not the case.

Cute little caterpillar
We hiked another mile and we found a geocache and got a cool monster truck toy from it. We always try and find geocaches while we travel, and it's always something to look forward to.

We finally made it to the top. I touched the flag pole just to prove that I hiked to the top of that tough mountain.
Beautiful Timpanogos
Backside of Rock Canyon

We got a great panoramic shot of Utah Valley a lot higher than hiking the "Y."

The return trip was steep down. It went a lot faster down as opposed to up. On the steep part down my it-bands and inner knees were burning. Once we reached the fork in the path, they didn't hurt as bad (as the incline wasn't as steep).

It was so nice to accomplish something so hard after hearing such bad news the previous day.
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