Friday's Letters {November 30, 2012} and Friday's Fitness

dear readers: I love linking up each week for Friday's Letters and Fitness Fridays.  To avoid post overload, I decided to group both into one post.  I hope you enjoy!

dear kevin: Last night was so much fun!  Good food, good music, great company. :) You make me laugh.  Constantly.  And this past year? The best.  Ever.  I love you! dear boys:  There are only 26 days until Christmas!  We are going to have so much fun and you two make the holidays so much better!  I love you to the hot planet and back! dear christmas cards: It doesn't look like you're going to be mailing yourself.  I guess I'll have to work on you.... dear She Reads Truth: Thank you for today's post.  I needed it.  dear pvbody: I am looking forward to your box coming to my house!  I even made my husband watch your sample box video last night.  I think he thought I was crazy.  ;) dear FedEx, UPS, USPS, and Santa Claus: I like getting home to packages from you, but it does make me a little worried when I can see them on my front porch from the street.  Could you maybe try to hide them behind the trees beside our door or even behind the columns?  We don't want anything to go missing you know.  dear the people who see me everyday: I promise that I have more than one coat.  A lot more than one. It's just that I really love my Tiffany Blue pea coat that I got at Banana Republic like 10 years ago.  It looks like new and people ask me almost everyday where I got it.  I just like being bright and cheery (and warm!).  dear husband: I'm jealous that you are off work today and get to pick up the little ones and even have school lunch with one.  I know my three favorite guys will have a great day though!  dear pinterest: You give me so many good ideas! We're going to be spending lots of time together this month.  dear readers: I'm so glad y'all keep coming back!  I'm having so much fun getting to know you all!  And if you like it, I'm thinking about doing a giveaway of some of my favorite things when I get 100 followers.  What do you think?  Are you in?  dear twitter: I'm sorry I have spoken ill of you before.  Truth is, you're actually fun and I've been enjoying hanging out with you the past two days.  I'm going to try not to quit you again.  Follow me here.  @learningthings1

I'm linking up with my friend Jen for Fitness Fridays.

Normally, I do a weekly breakdown of my exercise and eating, but today, I'm going to do my month in review.

I think I've written before how I keep track of my workouts.  I know it may seem a little OCD to do it this way, but I track my runs (mileage and time) and other workouts in my Erin Condren Calendar, in an Excel spreadsheet I've made (if you're interested in an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of your goals, runs, and other workouts, shoot me an e-mail at  I'll be happy to share!), and through the FitLinxx system at my gym.  

I know you're thinking I'm crazy, but I do it all these ways for these reasons:  
1.  I like to see the pink (yes, I track my workouts in pink) written in my calendar because it makes me feel good when I see that most days have some pink on them!
2. I can keep a rolling tally of my mileage in my Excel file and it's easier to look at it than add up my miles on my paper calendar to ensure I meet my monthly goal of 50.
3. My gym gives points for weight lifted and cardio workouts completed and just face it, I like getting t-shirts which are the result of hitting new levels.

November was a good month.  Despite not running as much as I normally do (Hello Thanksgiving and nagging cold!), I still managed to get in 51 miles.  Most of that was due to two longer runs of 7 and 8 miles which also happened to mean I set and broke a personal record of longest runs completed.  I ran 8 miles in 60 minutes flat two Saturdays ago.

I also did 17 other workouts.  These workouts include weight workouts at the gym and the new workout I've started doing with sit ups, pull ups, and push ups at home.  The graphic below shows a breakdown of my weight workouts at the gym by the muscle group and reps.  As you can see, I spend over half my time working my lower body (aka glutes... these exercises are working, too, let me tell you!) and abs.  

I can really tell a big difference in my body since I've started doing the sit ups, pull ups, push ups routine.  My arms look more defined and I can really tell a difference in my abs.

My December Goals:
3 gym workouts each week
2 other workouts each week (this would be sit ups, push ups, pull ups)
Run everyday even if it's only 1 mile
Run 10 miles - I've told myself if I can run 10 miles by Christmas, I'm going to sign up for a half marathon.  

Do you give yourself fitness goals each month?

Coming Next Week
My Christmas Wish List of Things I Want to Do
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas and a DIY Wreaths (Pinterest)
My Favorite Things
Plus more!

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