- The Tough Mudder Michigan
- The Color Me Rad 5k
- The Totally Gay 5k
- A naked 5k
- The Grand Rapids Mud Run 5k
- The Warrior Dash Michigan II 5k
- 144 miles of running on trails and roads
- 179 miles of biking
- 51 miles of walking
- 10 weight lifting workouts
- 11 games of dodgeball
- 20 volleyball matches
- 1 swim workout
- 1 snowshoeing outing
- 2 trampoline workouts
- Kayaking in Florida
- several matches of tennis
- several rounds of Frisbee golf
- several evenings going out to dance
With the setup of our active media room, the hubby and I have been moving a lot more in the last month. For Christmas, we added a stationary bike that we can both ride (instead of just my bike on a trainer, which was too small for the hubby), and we're considering finding a second cheap treadmill. Watching movies and playing old X-Box games have made exercising for an hour or two so easy!
I even tried the My Fitness Pal app for my iPhone for a week before the holidays. I have always been curious about how many calories I eat in a day, so I decided to track my food for a week and see where I came out. I feel like I have a ballpark idea now despite a lot of likely calorie count inaccuracies. But I did not continue using the app after that week, as I did not like the mindset it put me in. I started to think things like, "I shouldn't eat this" or "I should stop eating for the day so I can come under my calorie goal" even though it was not my intention to lose weight. I love food and the freedom to eat anything reasonable in moderation, and I much prefer to exercise to maintain my health and fitness than to obsess over numbers. I have never weighed myself much. I try to eat well and stay active. If I feel good, my doctor is happy, and I like how I look, then everything is as it should be. I did like the app in general, and I understand why some of my friends find it useful as a guide. I'm just a happier person without obsessing over eating.
For 2014, I have not made any big race plans yet. I expect that the hubby and I will do a few color and/or mud runs. The big event that I'm considering is the M-22 Challenge in northern Michigan in June. It is a run/bike/kayak race, which I think sounds like a blast - like a triathlon but without the swimming!
I'm excited for the new year ahead... For new adventures and active fun as always! Happy New Year 2014!