Way to keep yourself accountable… makes me think I should go back and look at my goals and see how I’ve done!
Thanks! YES go do it! And make some new ones while you’re at it. :)vinyasatovino answered your question: October + November Goals
I won’t be doing too shabbily after I finally run. Argh. You seem to be doing pretty well with stressful projects and all! Can you eat froyo?
Good, go run! Yeah, it’s not as terrible as I thought it would be. And NOPE, not even froyo. I keep passing by the coconut milk ice cream at the grocery store to see if its on sale, but I think I still consider that to be cheating and never get any. I have tried freezing my own greek yogurt protein mixes though, but haven’t been able to wait long enough for it to turn into real frozen yogurt haha.
So I haven’t posted about my goals in a really long time, but I haven’t forgotten them. I’ve had them in the back of my mind, and I’m still working away at em.
I found October was kind of a slippery slope for my progress, and I haven’t even worked out in like a week, and have been eating like shit. About time to revisit the goals.
Last time I checked in with these was September 4th:
- Run the half marathon under 2:30:00
Accomplished! I ran it in 2:06:01.9!
- Eat my macros
Nope, during September I really struggled with eating my macros. Most days I would top out at 700 or 800 calories a day due to poor meal planning at school, and a lack of good food available on campus.
- Don’t eat gluten
I definitely wasn’t gluten free for September. I paid for it, and I think I ranted a few times about it with my bad experiences.
- Stay on top of homework
Accomplished! I have yet to hand in an assignment late or incomplete.
- 50 pushups in 2 sets
- one pullup
- 7 minutes of planks
These three kind of all got abandoned when I finally got back into the gym…
- get acquainted with the weights at the gym
because this was accomplished!
- 14% body fat by Dec 31.
Well, I paid for a body composition, and have yet to actually have it done, which I’m pretty pissed about. I’ve talked to a bunch of people about how to schedule it, and there’s a guy who is supposed to email me about getting it done, but he hasn’t. I’m thinking I’m going to buy myself some calipers and start doing it myself anyways. I’d really like to have an idea of how far I am with this, although I can tell the progress I’ve made by my measurements, it’s not exact enough for my liking.
- run a 5k or 10k race
realistically, not going to happen until 2012, because I’m getting into skating which is less endurance, more explosive power, and training for the two doesn’t really go well together.
- run a half marathon
- SPEEDSKATE AGAIN!
Accomplished! And so happy I did! I absolutely love skating.
- Don’t eat ANY ice cream (what a stupid, stupid bet)
So far, accomplished! I’m at the point where I don’t even really want ice cream anymore like I used to. The bet was also called off, but I still want to challenge myself to do it.
- pass all my courses at school
So far accomplished! Actually, I don’t even have any midterm marks back (one of my profs doesn’t even believe in grading our works, so we have our drawings returned but don’t know the marks we got from them?!) but I’ve been keeping up with my work, so
- take sports photos for the school newspaper. Paid, or not.
Not accomplished, I’ve been crazy busy working on school and doing skating, and haven’t had time to get involved with the paper. I did however, get the opportunity to shoot for my brother’s hockey team, and still do have the opportunity to shoot more if I can get away for the weekends for the rest of the year.
- don’t procrastinate and fall behind on homework
Accomplished! Kind of.. there have been a couple of all nighters, but nothing has actually gone down to the wire. It’s definitely an improvement from last year!
- make the decision for Calgary or Europe and start application process
Not yet… I have gone to the first meeting for exchanges, and now I’m thinking that I don’t need to transfer right away. Calgary will be there when I graduate. As for Europe? I’m not sure if that’s where I’m deciding to go on exchange. My dad has suggested studying in BC which would also be amazing, I’m looking at places in the States and on other continents. I’m gonna go into the interviews with an open mind, and probably take what they recommend for me. I’m thinking Norway or somewhere with a larger speed skating community would also be cool, but bloody cold.
- learn how to fucking snowboard!! (This has been on my list since 2008)
Not yet, it hasn’t even started snowing here. But I can’t fucking wait.
SO, things I’m going to do in November!
- Get calipers and ankle weights. Calipers to measure bodyfat, ankle weights to skate in, and then remove when I go to race. And hopefully they help me go faster.
- Ace all my final projects! Yep, my semester is finished by the end of November. I don’t have exams for my studio courses after that, but that means November is gonna be extra stressful, especially since all three projects are due within three days.
- Start recording my race distance times and improving on them.
- Start the application process for going on exchange!
- Squat at least 200lbs. YUP. Happening.
- Keep not eating ice cream!
-Take more photos. I’ve been busy drawing and stuff, and haven’t had much time to do my own shooting on my digitals. I’m gonna start carrying at least one camera with me and capture what I find interesting. Most of it’ll probably go on my other blog.
-Don’t eat gluten except on Wednesdays. Actually, hash out a solid eating schedule/plan and stick to it. No more of this feast or famine shit.
That’s about it! Despite feeling crappy lately, turns out I’m not doing too terribly on my goals after all! How about you?
So I’ve had this message sitting in my inbox for a long time now, and I haven’t really been sure how to answer it. Most of me wants to say OF COURSE, but there’s always a voice in the back of my head saying, are you kidding?! That’s crazy, you’ve just started.
First one: YES, to skate in the Olympics is a huge dream of mine. It was a dream of mine when I figure skated, and it’s still a dream now that I speed skate. Am I anywhere close to being good enough? Not yet I’m not, but I’ve heard I look good on the ice so far and I can only get better.
Second ridiculous life goal probably depends on the first one; I wanna be in ESPN’s Body Issue. For real. Seeing the photos taken for this year’s issue made me want that so so so bad. Not only does the publication showcase so many body types, they’re all amazing at what they do and I admire that. As an athlete and photographer, I absolutely love the magazine, and hell yeah I wanna be in it someday!
Which kind of brings me to my third ridiculous life goal: shooting an Olympics. When I’m done with skating, I don’t want to just forget about it and move on. I want to stay involved with sports, and I want to keep photographing them. I attend the Digital Video and Imaging Show every spring in Mississauga; I go to almost all the lectures and listen to the photographers tell the stories of how they got their shot, and the exciting events of the day. I saw Richard Lautens present about his experience shooting the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and instantly knew that was something I want the opportunity to do one day.
So that’s it, I want to do some crazy things; I might fail epically, but I’m gonna try my hardest. Let’s see what happens, shall we?
Omfg I’m never taking a break from skating again. Can I do that?! Yesyesyesyesyesesyespleeease.
Lately, life has been kicking my ass. And I’ve been letting it. I was getting ready to go to school this morning, generally unenthused about it, when I stopped and thought about how I’ve been feeling. Why do I have such a shitty attitude?! These things shouldn’t matter THAT MUCH. Yes, I have a project that can be a complete failure, and about 4 others coming up. But instead of stressing about it, I just gotta DO IT. It may go well, it may go horrible. But this one part of one grade is not going to make or break my semester. My poor cat? Yes, he’s old. He’s dying. There’s nothing I can really do about it except keep him as comfortable as I can. I haven’t worked out or been skating in a while (didn’t make it to practice last night) but some things have to go on the back burner when shit goes wrong. Priorities. I’d say gym and skating are potentially higher priorities than school for me, but sometimes that’s gotta switch.
So today I’m going to print what I can before class, I’ll go to class and take notes this week, de-stress at pilates for a while, and then shoot my next video project. I’ll kick life’s ass right back.