Mount Everest and other realistic goals

If you had asked me last week, I really thought I was closer to 20 than to 30. I have been happily ensconced in m imaginary “early-to-mid-twenties” delusion for some time. That is, until I met a client in my office this week who was 20 years old. She was born in 1992. Well it only took me a moment to realize that I am in fact much MUCH closer to 30.

Ouch. So, inspired by that, and by Speed Skating Mom’s first-ever skating meet and Tech Mommy’s amazing commitment to a half marathon, I too am going to scale great mountains and take on the world.

Except… I’ve got the not-so-little thing called a GIANT PREGNANT BELLY keeping me from truly training.

I’m kind of an all-or-nothing athlete. If I don’t have a concrete goal to work toward (like a finish line), I don’t stick with any kind of plan. Unless I can see my personal bests are improving, or my distances getting longer, I don’t stick with an exercise routine. Unfortunately, pregnancy kind of does the reverse – the minutes add on, and the distances get shorter. So I’m discouraged, even though I know there’s no way I could keep taking 3 min/week off my 1000m swim time.

Contradictions. I AM FULL OF THEM.

So no, I won’t be taking on the world this month. I did take Sylvia skating for the first time though!

In hindsight, teaching a toddler to skate is not the easiest activity in the world. Made less-so again by wearing speed skates at 5 months pregnant. But, I am nothing if not determined (most of the time). And my toddler, she was going to SKATE, damn it, and she was going to enjoy it.

 (She did both, of course.)

So my realistic fitness goals for the next six months or so are

1. Easy, healthy delivery (“easy” is a relative term, ok? So don’t go jumping all over me for that one.)

2. Look awesome for Maid-of-Honour duties at Claire’s wedding.

Get back to me in 6 months for an update on my mountain – it probably won’t be a speed skating meet or a half marathon, but I’ll have something in mind.


10 responses to “Mount Everest and other realistic goals

  1. maijasmommymoments

    Love your goals and if anyone can do it you can!

    • Haha, thanks Maija – kind of ironic seeing as I am right now reading your Halloween Treats post over at YMC, and hoping I can get my hands on some candy corn tomorrow! 🙂

  2. I realize how old I am when I have to think and do some mental math to remember…yikes.

    Whatever your mountain ends up being, you’ll rock it! And we should confer when you start planning it – how amazing would it be to meet up somewhere for a race or a hike or a ski trip…?!

  3. Any goal is a good goal and those are two good ones right there. 🙂

  4. I remember how defeated I felt I realized I was pregnant half way through my pregnancy and had to stop due to doctors orders (I was high risk). As soon as Azalee was born, I wanted to get running again, but was encouraged to let my body rest and heal. It took me 4 months to feel strong enough to run and I conquered the 5k and am working on my half marathon.

    You will reach your goals. You will! Just give yourself some time to rest and enjoy this pregnancy and your new babe. It’ll happen when you’re ready. I’m excited for you!

  5. … I keep telling Kim we should meet up in Wisconsin one winter and do “book across the bay”

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