Goals Reviewed and Renewed

Running:
For 2014 my running mileage goal was 500. I thought I’d be limping into December, barely making my miles and yet, I far exceeded my own expectations, with a jaw dropping 706 miles!! Over double my miles from last year. Whoa! Where to go from here? I’m looking to back away from big miles in 2015, focusing on speed and strength work instead.

2015 mileage

Good thing Stroller Warriors® likes old school paper trackers, since my Nike+ App has had a lot of issues lately. I do love it for the fun photos I can create, but I need to find something else for accuracy and reliability. Maybe a Fitbit??

My other running goal was to run the Honolulu Marathon. This never happened. Instead I traded my bib for the Xterra Half Trail (1:03, blue tank) run at Kualua Ranch. Seems like a strange trade after already completing two halves for the year, but when I weighed the possibilities: running in a massive marathon anywhere vs an exclusive trail half;  knowing we won’t be on island in the Fall next year, I had to take the half. It was the best decision I made all year. I wasn’t mentally ready to tackle a full yet anyhow.

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The Hibiscus Half (First of the Tropical Triple Crown – where is my fourth medal people??!!). The lady in the background accurately capturing the inner enthusiasm we all shared.

Looks like I’ll be saving my full Marathon for Redding 2016! I might even be able to talk hubby into running it with me (hint, hint), since we’ll have several babysitters on standby. The only downfall is that I’m not sure I’ll ever be this “trained up” again for long distance running, but alas, not even worth discussing since there still is no sign of the North Shore Marathon happening in 2015; my only other chance for a marathon on Oahu.

Hickam Half Photo

Post Hickam Half; the photo that made us famous. Well, at least in the magazine.

Professional:
I haven’t taken my architecture exam and have not received my California license. Boo hoo!! I’d like to say I’ve been too busy, but with the boys at school, that excuse isn’t going to hold. Something about the test. Flying across the ocean to take the three hour test. Studying for the test….I can really procrastinate. But here it is, I have to take that test. Otherwise I am even more unmarketable as an architect. As it is, I am very stale as my AZ client called it, and haven’t been in an office full time since 2005. This is going to be painful I have a feeling. I know, I need to schedule it already!

xterra half

The Xterrra half. A great group of Mother Runners!! 

Financial:
Big changes are afoot at Casa de McNulty. We’re prepping for a major life shift and finances are going to be a major player. I found it so compelling the day after Christmas when Kendra posted she and hubby were 100% debt free. I have heard of Dave Ramsey and actually had the opportunity to take the very Financial Peace University course they took in North Carolina, but I wasn’t ready. I just wasn’t. And thankfully I haven’t NEEDED to be, until now. Our paycheck is going to significantly, like 60%, decrease next year, so now is the time more than ever to get a jump start on financial freedom! If only the market were such that we could sell our NC house, instead of wondering if our renters were going to pay the rent at some point each month; our current renters oy vey!

Back to goals! I ordered the Financial Peace University online and we’re all set to start with the new year rolling in! That is when the disks arrive to the island.

pig moneyMy sister sent these piggy banks for the boys for Christmas. I’m unsure who’s happier: Brendon or myself. We talked about the different categories, what they meant and why we are putting money in the different slots. He found a quarter on the floor yesterday and told me he was going to put it in the slot for “gifts for needy children” (donate) because it would be the right thing to do. Gifts are his Love Language hands down. He has such a giving heart.

We’re all on board with the financial changes coming in 2015.

Cauliflower as bread

Cauliflower tortillas

Cauliflower tortillas. They tasted pretty good and I would definitely make these again. Recipe found here.

Vance and I have ventured into the ketogenic diet as a means to attain physical goals and better health (Finally answered the “Why is my skin constantly breaking out?” question). As I’m sure for many, physical goals play into our mental health and daily productivity. While, we’re not torturing our boys with this dietary challenge, maybe it will help to redefine healthy food practices for them eventually as well. They can’t live on cheez-its and goldfish crackers the rest of their lives after all. Oh wait, they do eat Nutella; that has to be divinely sanctioned.

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I have had nightmares about the possibility of the commissary running out of food. Photo above, courtesy of Nicole, was the result of mass hysteria on the island with Hurricane Iselle headed our way.  No better time to back off the bread consumption.

I’ve never had a weight problem, nor been much of a snacker. I did gain TEN pounds in ONE week when I was on vacation once. That was terrible trying to put on jeans when I got home. I have been blessed with a small frame, which has always given me much latitude in the amount of food I can ingest.

Pizza trial one

Our first cauliflower crust pizza attempt. A LOT too cheesy for our tastes and very floppy. Courtesy of “Healthiest Pizza”.

It wasn’t until hubby and I started messing with our diet that I saw how much I had tied food to comfort and solace. Combine that with my children starting preschool and kindergarten. Whoa! I’ve never noticed myself running to food, but consume a package of Oreos or some tortillas (enchilada, arroz con leche…) and everything is right in the world. I was in a low place last week and all I could think about was food. It was very eye opening how mental eating really is. Between aggravation and some tears, I prayed a LOT and used that to soothe my soul. Not to mention my house was amazingly tidy and I finished up a few craft projects. I’m a doer and had to keep occupied.

pizza trial two

Second attempt. The taste is fantastic, but I’d like to figure out how to make the crust crispy on the bottom. Recipe found here. 

I finally unpackaged our Ninja and we set to work on our no bread revolution: Cauliflower Crust Pizza! If you know how much we like pizza, homemade pizza especially, your jaw is surely hanging open at this very moment. So far, we’ve made two different recipes of cauliflower crust pizza and cauliflower tortillas (everyone has their vice). As my sis and I discussed, there is not a non-bread substitute that tastes like bread, but we’re willing to modify our cravings in the name of healthy eating. And oh, let me tell you, it makes Carb Night that much more delicious.

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Brendon’s rock people creation and photograph. Love the creativity of children.