Creating a Healthy Living Mission Statement

I want to give a special welcome to all the new readers visiting today through the “Grow Your Blog” blog hop! Thanks for stopping by!

When I created this blog, Girl Seeking Healthy, it was because I was frustrated. I was not new to the blogging world, but I was having a hard time finding my niche. I liked to write about parenting, the books I read, fitness and running–so what was I supposed to call myself? After a lot of thought, I decided that what I really wanted to write about was something I knew I–and a lot of other people–struggled with: leading a happy, healthy, well-balanced life.

It’s not easy. We’re all busy–we’ve got kids, jobs, hobbies, passions, and races to train for. And even though I actively think about (and write about!) searching for that balance every day, I still struggle with it. So I decided to create a healthy living mission statement for myself, outlining exactly what it was I was trying to accomplish. My three big things:

  • Family (and for me, this means my immediate family plus those friends who have come into my life and might as well be family)
  • Finding more time for fitness in my life
  • Writing and reading

I felt a little silly and cheesy writing my mission statement, but I’m pretty pleased with it. I think it’s going to help me focus in on what I’m really working toward and serve as a visual reminder when I’m started to feel overwhelmed. I’ll be able to look at it and ask myself: is how I’m spending my time helping me move towards what I really want in life?

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What would you include in your healthy living mission statement?

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I Need a Plan.

So far in my fitness this fall (and this year, really), I’ve been really focused on strength and cross training. And it’s paid off–I’ve lost weight, my clothes fit better, and I have more energy and feel better overall.

But my running shoes are gathering dust.

My deal with myself was that I’d sign up for a race if I could get myself regularly running again after dealing with my injury back in January. Well, it’s almost November and I’ve run…no races. Not a single one. So I think I might be going about it the wrong way. I think it’s time to be honest with myself and say this:

I’ve never actually RUN a race. I start out with a comfortable-for-me run/walk/run pace…which eventually becomes a walk. I’m consistently under trained, unprepared and under enthused. But despite all those things, I love race days. I love the energy and the friendships I’ve made and laying out the flat Allyson the night before and posting it to instagram. I love the fun clothes from Athleta and finding the right shoe and the energy gels and all the STUFF that comes with the running culture. But it’s time to face reality, folks: I’ve been running for almost four years and I still don’t know how to do it.

So I’m starting over. And I need a plan.

When I first started the sport, I began it solely to run a Princess Half Marathon. I chose a Jeff Galloway program because that’s what the runDisney website suggested. I sort of trained. I finished the race on a wing and a prayer. Then I had done a half marathon, so I felt silly going back and doing shorter races, when in reality, that’s what I should have started with. My first PHM was my second race ever. Talk about jumping in with both feet, right?

I’m rethinking my entire approach to running. You know how you always say, “I wish I’d known then what I know now?” Well, I can go into my second running life with all that knowledge from the mistakes I made the first time around. All the information I’ve garnered from other bloggers, runners, and a gazillion Pinterest pins. I can pick a training plan that is actually right for me (although I suspect that the Galloway method is the one I’ll end up with). I can learn how to run a mile, and then another, and then another, until I’m actually successful at a 5k…and not just surviving the miles because I have to get through them to move on to the next step in my half marathon training plan.

I think it’s time to pick a race 8 or 12 weeks out, pick a plan and start from the very beginning. A complete running reset. I feel sort of silly starting back at page one (not even page one…more like the prologue) but I think it’s what I need. Because I mis this:

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If you were starting over, what plan would you use? What do you know now that you wished you knew then?

Today I’m linking up with Patty, Erica and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run. Check them out!

You are not a dog.

I am not a dog. So why am I rewarding myself with food?

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This has been one of the hardest healthy-living changes for me to make, and I don’t think I’m alone. It seems like no matter how hard I work at the gym or how healthy I eat, when something good happens, I want to reward myself with food.

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Tina Fey gets me.

Talk about one step forward, two steps back. I come up with all sorts of excuses for why rewarding myself with a cupcake or a cookie or that mini can of pepsi is okay. It’s just this once. I deserve it. I worked hard. 

Then I tell myself, very firmly: that’s right. I do deserve a treat. One that won’t kill me slowly.

I know it’s all about moderation. But food treats can be a slippery slope for me. On leads to two, two leads to three, three leads to…where did that dozen doughnuts go?!?

So I’ve made a list and I’m printing it out and putting it on my fridge.

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What do you reward yourself with–that isn’t food–when you hit a goal?

ToTR: Running is Really a Balancing Act

This week’s Tuesday on the Run was pretty perfect for me: balancing running/training with work, life and family.

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I was actually planning on writing a post about time management and balance soon…only I couldn’t find the time. There are some days when my head hits the pillow and I’m stunned at how much I DIDN’T get done. I’ve been trying really hard to get a grasp on my time and energy management, and some days are better than others.

Honestly, the time commitment is one of the biggest reasons I haven’t jumped back into long distance running now that I have my foot injury under control. As a homeschooling, stay-at-home writer mom with a husband who owns a business, I don’t get a lot of free/fun time…and I just wasn’t ready to make the commitment to use that free time to consistently do long runs. I’m even finding it hard to train for a 5k and make it to the gym regularly. It’s gotten to the point where I’m almost ready to take the jogging stroller out to get my runs in, despite the fact my son is closing in on 50 pounds (will that make it count as strength training?!?)

So how did I find balance? I made the choice to keep my runs short and my training casual. I know that’s not an option for a lot of you, but for me it worked out better than not running at all. For those of you out there who do manage to do it all–and get massive miles in on the weekend–I’d love to know the number one thing you do to make it all happen.  

This post is part of Tuesdays on the Run, a weekly link up with My No Guilt Life, Run the Great Wide Somewhere and MCM Mama Runs. Go check them out!