Monday, August 22, 2016

Inspired by #TheGoal30

Well I have two unfinished blog posts that I'm having trouble writing, but I just read about #TheGoal30 "challenge" and I'm feeling inspired.  The challenge, in a nutshell, is to create 30 small achievable goals and, in whatever order works for you, go about achieving them in the next month. Things you WANT to do, but have NOT been doing.  That's it. Reading through other people's lists was quite inspiring and I ended up making one of my own.  I have already decided there's no 30-day deadline on this for me.  (#wycwyc)

Here, in no particular order, are my mini-goals:
  1. Bring lunch to work (AND EAT IT) every day for a week.
  2. Log > 10,000 steps ON A WEEKDAY.
  3. Go to a group fitness class.
  4. Go for a solo bike ride (The Hubs doesn't really want to go anyway and that's OK).
  5. Log all meals for a day.  CONSCIOUSLY.  MINDFULLY.
  6. Finish one day with total carbs intake within goal.  
  7. Make a green smoothie.
  8. Go one full week without fast-food breakfast.  (yes, this is a thing.)
  9. Blog about the 261 Fearless Coach training / Club leader retreat - it was AMAZING and so worth sharing!
  10. Hang things to replace the holes mom left on the living room and hallway walls.
  11. Use those dumbbells while watching TV.
  12. Make a healthy choice while eating out.
  13. Hit the gym in the MORNING before work.
  14. Write letters to each of the kids (nieces / nephews).
  15. Get out of bed without hitting SNOOZE.
  16. Drink 8 cups of H2O at work.
  17. Use those little sword-thingys and floss on the drive home from work.
  18. Meet the Garmin step goal 3 days IN A ROW.
  19. Write thank you notes to dog-sitters.
  20. Use the Zombies, Run! app that you downloaded 2 months ago.  It seems like fun.
  21. Meal prep something on Sunday to use during the week (and then USE IT).
  22. Schedule a walk date.
  23. Finish the blog post about Esprit de SHE.  It was fantastic!  I am a Triathlete!
  24. Use the rowing machine at the gym.  Row a 5k?  I do not know if this is a lofty goal.
  25. Shut down phones at 8pm one evening.  (this I DO know: it IS a lofty goal.)
  26. Call my brother.
  27. Hit the gym in the morning on a weekend.
  28. Go rock climbing!
  29. Take the dogs to the dog park.  Little Dude needs socialization before he starts getting weird.
  30. Log > 15,000 steps in a day.
  31. Revamp my Workout playlist.
  32. Meet the Garmin step goal 4 days in one week.
  33. Make that "Singalong Song" playlist you've been thinking about.
  34. Spend 10 minutes training Little Dude.
  35. Call my other brother.
  36. Try a new, carb-conscious recipe.
  37. Write a "random act of kindness" thank you note - to someone who made me feel special for ANY reason.
  38. "Close the Kitchen" on a weeknight (dishes done, everything away, counters clean, coffee ready for the morning).
  39. Hit the gym for a strength training workout twice in the same week.
  40. Read for 10 minutes before bed.
  41. Play Mario on the Wii for a whole hour and just enjoy it.
  42. Get a manicure.
  43. Do physical therapy exercises for my neck and hips.
Yes, that's right, I was OVER-inspired and ended up with a list of over 40 mini-goals for the #TheGoal30 "Challenge".  (Are you really surprised??)  Again, I'm not holding myself to the 30 days limit. 

This is not the first time I've tackled that phone thing.
I won't promise to update the list here, but I will try to.  Updates more likely to be found on Instagram and / or Facebook and / or Twitter.  Let me know there, how your own challenge is going!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Carla Continues to Inspire Blog Posts

I just read this great post from Carla and had to respond.  (Am I the Chris Hardwick of #wycwyc blogs?  Join us next week for Talking WickWick..."

Initially, I wanted to "introduce" a few of my favorite people.  I commented:

I have often introduced my BFF as "This is Rob Lo (no not THAT Rob Lowe, it's spelled differently).  We've known each other since  the 6th grade and he knows where ALL the bodies are buried.  He helped me bury some of them so don't let him hear you've crossed me because he's always got my back."  It's a joke, goes over great at cocktail parties.  But to borrow a phrase, it's more Truth Said In Jest. 
My friend Jill is simply The Best Person That I Know. 
Any my friend Heather: "she used to be my husband's best friend, but I borrowed her and never gave her back.  She is The Calm in ANY Sea of Chaos."

Then I began to think of how I introduce myself.  I was asked recently to write "a short bio" of myself for the #261Fearless Train the Trainer conference (coming up THIS WEEKEND!).  This was laughable - if you ever read this blog, you know I don't really DO "short" in my writing.  In person I can manage it, but hand me a blank page and tell me to write something, I'm going to go all Super Accountant and use precision language where possible and elaborate to provide as much clarity as I can to eliminate possibility of misunderstanding.

Here is the "short bio" I ended up with:

First off, the name:  It’s “Kinnear” – we take credit for ALL the consonants in this family. 
Here’s what you REALLY need to know about me:
I am an accountant, controller, former CPA, wife, step-mom, birth-mom, rescue-mom, enthusiastic volunteer, feminist, runner, walker, (swimmer? biker? triathlon-er?) blogger, #wycwyc-er (pronounced “wick-wicker”), baker and generally an awful cook.  
My Philosophy: I believe in the Power of Positive Peer Pressure.  I believe that once I identify something as a FEAR of mine, I am required to challenge it.  That’s how I ended up running 4 half-marathons in a year, and how I ended up registered for my first triathlon this year.  My application to become a #261Fearless Ambassador got me thinking and brought me to writing a Fitness Manifesto of sorts:  “It’s YOUR Life.  Live it.  Run it.” 
As for running:My dogs are the best possible training buddies, but the grrrlz in my running club are a close second.  I have been running, racing, and walking for fun and exercise since about 2008.  I am not fast but I am ENTHUSIASTIC!  Until this year, I generally participated in at least one race each month, mostly 5ks but some 4-5 mile distances and some 10ks.  In 2013/2014, I ran 4 half-marathons in 13 months, still my longest-ever run.  This year, I signed up for my first triathlon (and by the time we get to our training, I should have finished it), and reduced my racing schedule to accommodate more well-rounded training. 
Also:  I am over-the-moon excited to be part of the #261Fearless family and starting a club in our area!
(And I don’t know what “short” means when you ask for a “short bio”.  So I’m going to stop writing now, and you can use all or some of this, whatever parts you need!)

I guess that really covers what is important to me, what I'm passionate about, and what I want others to care about, about me.

And YES, I DID complete that triathlon last weekend!  Special Preview of my next post:
I'm somewhere in there in a green swim cap.