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Turning 50 goals revisited... with pigeon issues

Friday, July 20, 2012

So... it seems my 50th birthday is three weeks from today.

5 months or so ago I wrote a blog with 7 goals to meet by the time I turned 50. So, with 3 weeks left to meet them I might as well face them each individually.

1. Go bicycle camping somewhere outside of the county - so far this one hasn't been fulfilled. Man-of-my-dreams and I have done some bike camping but so far, we've stayed in the county. We are going on Sunday for a couple days but we can't really go too far because he's going to have to ride back on Sunday afternoon for rehearsal. I still plan to fulfill this goal this summer, but probably not before August 10.

2. Learn to wear just a little bit of makeup. This one comes and goes but I have been wearing a little lip something something and a bit of tinted moisturizer when I think of it. Maybe having a bit of color was more important in February than in July. I still wish I cared a little more than I do about such things. But fiddle dee dee... that'l have to wait until tomorrow.

3. Loosing 25 pounds - woops. I spent so much energy training for my triathlon, loosing weight just slipped my mind. On the day of my triathlon I weighed 193 pounds or 3 pounds MORE than when I sat these goals. I can forgive myself for moving past this goal while I was distracted by my triathlon, but I am not going to let myself off the hook. I have three weeks and am on day 4 of eating lovely and clean. I have been measuring and tracking and balancing protein and doing this thing right. My plan is to stay at this level of self-scrutiny until my birthday... except for my four days at women's camp of course. This is pretty rewarding as I am on day 4 and am reaping those immediate rewards of eating clean. I have lost 4 pounds... so I am actually one pound less than when I made my goals. I got 3 weeks... I can probably do 5 more pounds. If I keep up with all the measuring and recording it's inevitable.

4. Be at least "signed up for" some race where I'd wear a number. Check! Check! Check!
In April I was #169 in my first 5k!
On July 4 I was # 216 in my first mini sprint triathlon!
On July 14 I was #709 in my first sprint distance triathlon!
(and that's how you nail a goal)

5. Become a swimmer. Check.
I bought a suit that fits. Bought some goggles (which I adore). Took some lessons. And now I can swim 800 yards in a pool or a lake. I have shoulders for the first time in decades!

6. Incorporate a daily yoga practice back into my life.... this is the one I've been really focusing on since my big triathlon. With all the running and biking and swimming and squats and lunges, my legs have only been going back and forth or up and down. Nothing sideways or with my knees apart. My hips and legs have become so so so very tight. I am not sore but I have my father's Frankenstein gate because my legs are just curling up on themselves. I truly need to dance and stretch and melt.

Wednesday I started a Yoga Pilates Fusion class. I really liked it. I have been studying yoga on and off since the early 80's but always on a very spiritual level. I really liked this more physical approach for a change. It took nothing away from the spirituality of anyone's practice but It was very enlightening. The instructor had all sorts of insights on postures that I've done for years. Somehow she knew the Pigeon was my nemesis. But she just laid a heavy hand on my hip and pressed while I breathed it into the postures. I am just now getting back to the daily part. I show up in the postures and let what happens happen. Right now I'm just getting my poor stiff body aligned and making a intentional yet small entry into the postures. It's always about playing with the edge where ever that may be.

7. Find a spiritual group to practice with... a church, a coven, a study group, a drum circle. This one is still in "goal" state. The universe has introduced me to an amazing woman who happens to be the Pastor at the local Prebyterian Church. Who knows, she might beimportant in #7. I don't know yet. The Women's Camp I go to every year for the last decade plus is the weekend before my 50th birthday. Something tells me I will get a toe into this goal then. Until then my solitary practice has truly been oh so expanded by my new athleticism and my re-entry into my yoga practice.

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    hey, what a great list. I do my goals quarterly, and then I am surprised how many I actually get finished without thinking all that much about it.
    3185 days ago
    A great set of goals - and you are making progress just keeping them in the front of your brain! I have my father's gait too - I think something to do with my back.

    3187 days ago
    Your list of before 50 goals is many a splendid thing.
    I too think you spent a good whack of time training for the races, so whatever you can accomplish by Aug 10 IMO is cherry on top of the cake!
    I'm with you on #6 and keep forgetting to do my yoga. There are only so many hours in the day, but 20 mins each morning would help so much. Don't know why I can't remember to do my yoga. Stretch kitty stretch!
    Congrats on ditching 4 lbs by eating clean!
    3189 days ago
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    You sure have come a long way!!! I loved your blog.
    Keep on keeping on, you're doing great. You are going to ROCK being 50.
    3190 days ago
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