Happy One Year of the linkup! I'm so happy to see so many of you participating each and every month, and I love to check out all of your posts. I hope you all continue to join Kristen and me, because I love hearing what's going on in your lives!
Today I want to share an update on my resolutions, as well as some life updates!
Break 4 hours in the marathon. I haven't raced yet, but my training is going really well. The average pace for a 4 hour marathon is 9:09 per mile, and I've been training at 8:45 for my marathon pace runs. I think running consistently has really helped me make larger improvements than ever before, and I'm excited to keep going. I know I still have a long road ahead, but I'm feeling optimistic.
Buy lunch less than 2 times per month. This month I went out for lunch once, for my co-worker's birthday. I'm planning a new post on vegan lunch ideas so I'm trying out all kinds of fun and new combinations. I think that helps keep lunch fun and exciting so I don't even want to buy!
Learn a song on piano. I've been practicing a lot on the piano this month! I'm getting better at playing bass and treble clefs (left and right hand) at the same time, and can get through shorter songs without stopping. Now I want to start working on a more challenging piece.
No-buy until the marathon. I did pretty well with this in January. I did buy a new pair of running shoes and a mask for running in the cold. I'm hoping to do a real no-buy in February! The good thing is that I have been saving a dollar for every mile I do in my training, so I'm up to $113 so far.
Be more creative. This month I bought a cross stitch kit, and I have a few designs in mind to get started. Hopefully I'll finish one in February!
Disconnect daily. I've been doing really well with this one- I leave my cell phone in a basket by our front door as soon as I get home. I also try not to go on my laptop before dinner so that I can spend more quality time with Dan.
Save $$$!!! We did save some money this month, but we can always be better about it. I'm hoping next month to double the amount that we saved in February. I'm also planning on having a budget discussion with Dan some time in February, just to go through our expenses from last year and make real goals!
Start home brewing. We started our first batch of beer this month! We got a kit from Northern Brewer, and have been patiently waiting for it to ferment and turn into alcohol. I'll write up an entire post on the process since a lot of you were interested in home brewing. We're going to be bottling the beer this weekend, then we just have to wait another week for it to carbonate!
And now on to a few updates from January!
I finished Yoga Revolution! After 31 days of yoga (61 if you include the 30 days I also did in December), I did it! At times it was challenging and frustrating, and other times I found myself making huge improvements in my strength and became more flexible than I thought possible. I decided to take a day off yesterday, but I'm planning on continuing to do yoga (almost) every day while I marathon train!
This month I want to try a new class at the gym. Since I feel like I have to do yoga every single day, I feel free to try out a new workout. There are so many to choose from at my gym, but I'm thinking about trying out some kind of dance workout. Hopefully I'll be able to share what I tried next month!
I'm also committing myself to trying a float tank in February. I talked about this last Friday, and I decided that I just need to give it a go. I've been hearing about it EVERYWHERE lately, which I'm taking as a sign. Plus, I'm planning on doing this combined with a massage, which I think would qualify as a spa day to check off my 30x30 list.
That's all I've got for today- let me know what's new by linking up below!