#Project18Round and Other New Years Resolutions

Much has happened since my last blog post and, even though I am still not quite ready to announce it to the world just yet, I thought I’d write an update anyway. Sorry to be one of those annoying people who post vague statuses but it is what it is at this point. Those closest to me know all about my actual personal life, and that’s all that really counts, right?!

Moving on. I’m not usually one to post my New Years resolutions for obvious reasons, but I figured the three people who actually read this blog either won’t remember what I say today or won’t care whether or not I follow through because they’ll love me (or just like me?!) either way.

I’m not sure how many of you know what 9 Round is, but it’s my gym of choice. Thanks to a good friend’s recommendation and continued motivation, I have grown a healthy love/hate relationship for it. For those who aren’t familiar, 9 Round is a fairly small boxing gym. The room consists of 9 “rounds” or stations, each lasting 3 minutes and each giving you a full body workout. A timer goes off when you have 30 seconds left in each round (the one yellow light that actually means speed up vs. the yellow light when you’re driving that is supposed to mean slow down, *cough* North Carolina drivers *cough*), and you get 30 seconds between rounds where the coaches yell out for you to do any type of cardio exercise they can think of on the fly during that time period—be it high knees, jumping jacks, planks, etc. Each day the workouts at each station are different, so you really have no idea what you’re going to get when you walk in (the worst days are when the weather is nice and they make us run around the building). The coaches are also there to show you the workouts if, like me, it’s been so long since you’ve been and you don’t remember what RK stands for—round kick for anyone wondering. One example of a station could be at a horizontal boxing bag hanging at about hip height where you are told to do 4 burpees to high knees, 10 jump squats, and 10 alternating lunges to shin kicks (and when they say shin kicks, they mean you kick the bag with your shin) over and over until the round ends. Sounds easy enough, but try doing that on Round 7 when you started at Round 9 (working your way around clockwise) that consisted of 20 Russian twists with a 15lb medicine ball, 10 leg lifts, and 10 in-and-outs with the medicine ball. It’s tough AF. In the summer, I drip sweat by about Round 3. I’m still not convinced they have air conditioning in that place.

Anyway, one complete workout is 9 rounds, and my number 1 goal this year is to be able to go around twice back-to-back. #Project18Rounds has officially begun, and I don’t care who knows it!

My second fitness goal involves the Fitbit I got for Christmas. Yes, I have finally drunk the Fitbit Koolaid. Only took me 7 years or so, but I’m here! My goal is to keep my average steps per day above 10,000. Which has proven quite difficult in the 18° weather we’ve been having. The wind tonight was especially brutal and we had to call it quits early. I was glad I got up this morning to get a head start because it felt much better then! I still had to prep meals for the rest of the week tonight, so I’m not concerned about getting all my steps in for today, though.

Health related goal is to eat better. I’m doing a modified Whole30 this month, and will probably try to stick with it throughout the year. And when I say modified, I mean that I will still be having my glass (or 3) of wine when I am stuck in the kitchen prepping meals. Because I absolutely HATE meal prepping and my wine is what gets me through it. Judge me if you must.

I’m also drinking coffee still (with half a packet of sugar). Sue me, but the rest of the rules still apply. Except for when restaurant week comes around the 3rd week of January. BUT, like I said, I’ll be extending this way past January, so I’m not too concerned about it.

Most of my goals are health related because I’ve really been slipping lately, and getting weight off has been extra hard the past couple of years. I have to actually stick with a plan for more than a week to see results. What the hell?!

#ThisIs30. I guess.

I do have some financial goals, but I am mostly keeping those to myself. I’d like to take a big trip toward the end of this year or next year, so I’ll be working toward that as much as possible.

I also quit my second job! Which probably seems contradictory to that financial goal, but my lease is ending soon and I’ll be moving farther away from that location. So, I figured I’d take a break and see how I get along without it for a few months. It was also really getting in the way of my sleeping and eating habits, so I didn’t feel like it was worth the sacrifice anymore. I can always pick something back up if I need it later on, but it’s been super nice having actual free time.

Now I get to spend more time keeping Warren out of my wine glasses on counters that are supposed to be out of his reach.

Until next time!

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