Happy 2011 everyone! My first day of the new year was awesome! It started a bit slow. I let the husband sleep in while little man and I got some work done. Well I got some work done he played with our new iPad. He’s obsessed with it. It’s kind of funny. I can’t wait to write a post about it on my other blog.

Anyway, once this husband got up I made a big breakfast on a new electric skillet I got for christmas. I had a Fast Food Style Egg Sandwich made with 2 eggs and a banana on the side. It was a great pre-race meal.

Today is my traditional Resolution Run. I’ve run it in 2009 and 2010 all thanks to Carrie who unfortunately couldn’t make it today. She’s starting the New Year sick. :( No fun.

When I got her text I almost backed out. I just didn’t think it was a good idea heading into the city 6 months pregnant to run 3 miles alone. The husband agreed and decided we would make it a family affair. I was ecstatic and put on the running gear.


Picture courtesy of Little Guy. :)

The Husband and Little guy haven’t come to a race in a long time. I had a pretty aggressive schedule with my 2010 racing goals and I didn’t think it was fair to have them come along for each race. Plus, I started to like going alone. It was my thing and I felt empowered heading out on my own.

The Resolution Run is in Patterson Park in Baltimore so while I ran Little Guy would play in the park. At least that was the plan…

Around the mile mark I passed the playground and he decided to join me. I thought he was just going to stroll along for a few feet but he trucked it for about a mile!

I would point him to short cuts as we approached curves and he cut across a field but boy did he do AWESOME! Just after the 2 mile mark he was losing energy fast. We caught up with Daddy who guided him to the finish line through a short cut and I continued on.

I had smile ear to ear. I was nervous about this run. I haven’t run at all since running the Jingle Bell 5k on December 18th. Actually I haven’t workout out at all. The holidays were just too much with the travel and preparation.

Running felt fabulous. MORE than fabulous, just simply AMAZING! I ran the 5k in 41:42 and that was slowing down for the 5 year old. I think I could have done it in about 35 if I wasn’t stopping now and then for him but it didn’t really matter. The time is irrelevant. We got out on a GORGEOUS January day–the first day of the year–and had fun.

After the run we went to the Claddagh Pub for lunch. It was great! I should have took pictures. I got this tasty salad with feta and pecans, had a few of the husbands fries and then we split a brownie sundae.

When we got home it was Rose Bowl and Christmas Clean up. I can’t handle the tree and decorations up for too long after the holiday. It just depresses me. With it gone, tomorrow I can clean and get myself ready the week.

Part of the cleanup is the packing of my new ornament. I can’t believe how many people asked what I got this year. If you don’t know what I’m talking about click here to read my original A Couples History in Ornaments where I explain a little tradition the husband and I have. This year his addition was perfect yet again…

If you can’t read it, it says, "Tiny Little package, Great big love."

Just thinking about this and Evan makes me smile. :)

So the first day of the New Year was a complete success. I just got done munching on some cheese and crackers and I’m thinking of breaking into the sorbet later. I’m trying hard, REAL hard not to focus on my body or food. There have been a few tinges of "Old Roni" sneaking in with negative body thoughts and the "I might as well…" attitude but I’m fighting them off. I have 3 more months left in this pregnancy and I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing. Overall I feel fabulous. Plus I will have my body back to myself before I know it.

I did get a huge boost of motivation when I went to synch my run on the Nike+. I logged in and was presented with a summery of my running for 2010…

Considering my running tapered off severely these last few months I was impressed by my own stats. Is that bad? lol Seeing them made me realize how active I have really become. Sometimes I forget. I still don’t associate myself as a runner or even just as an active person. I know, it’s ridiculous.

Anyway, you may have noticed I haven’t set any goals this year. Maybe it’s the pregnancy but I’m just not into it at the moment. I figure have 3 months to decide on what I want them to be. Then I’ll update my Goals Page. Setting realistic fitness goals has been serving me well for quite some time now. Does anyone remember my Resolutions vs. Goals post New Years Day 2008? Long gone are my unrealistic resolutions now I focus on what I want to accomplish. Kara said it best on twitter today…

For this year’s health resolution focus about what you want to do, not what you want to lose!

I LOVE that.

I hope you had a fabulous first day of the year. Any 2011 plans you are willing to share? I’ve love to hear them! I get totally inspired by other peoples enthusiasm and goal setting. Motivation is totally contagious!

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  • http://www.build-muscle-and-burn-fat.com Ben (Build Muscle and Burn Fat)

    Awesome way to start the new year, with the full support and company of the family!

    And no, there is nothing wrong with being impressed with your stats… sometimes I am the only one who is impressed with mine!

    That tweet is awesome as well, and 100% correct. Always focus on the positive – what will you gain, never what you will lose (even if it is fat, or weight, or you car keys).

    Here’s to a great, productive, AWESOME 2011!

    Ben (@benjamteal)

  • http://leaniepi.com Eileen

    I am so proud of you. Rather than obsessing over everything I didn’t do this year, how about I celebrate losing 30 lbs, having a wonderful amazing successful marriage, a great move and surviving having my tonsils taken out (no, seriously–big accomplishment)? There is so much good in my life. I can’t wait to start working out again. I can’t wait to put my new elliptical together, get on and go go go. Thank you for being my encouragement and reminder of all the good that I have done and how much farther I can go. I just wrote a blog entry about going green, and I want to post about eating healthier–including making your peppers for my husband tomorrow. Thank you Roni–you keep me going :)

  • http://sheddingmyfatsuitforever.blogspot.com Deb

    Wow, you look great. Possibly the fittest 6 months preggers mama I’ve ever seen! Way to start the year!

  • http://www.supersana.com Sana

    What a beautiful first day of the new year :)

  • Elaine

    I haven’t left a comment in awhile but I wanted to say this post was just great. Your outlook on life is so positive and refreshing – realistic about family, fun, fitness, and food…with emphasis on the good and realism about body image. What a great start to 2011!

  • Missy

    Roni… that’s awesome. Glad you decided to do the Resolution Run- I know you were wavering… I got goosebumps when I saw that Ryan joined you! So cute.

  • Natalie

    I’m so glad that you ran with your family and that you all had fun. I organised a 2 mike Christmas pudding waddle for my little running club, which happened this morning. Everyone brought along their families and dogs and we all had a blast! It was so much fun sharing the fun with my kids and hubby.
    You are looking amazing – your energy and positivity are fabulous – I think Evan is going to be a very chilled out baby! Happy new years wishes and much love being sent your way from England. X

  • Natalie

    Oh, and my goal is to get into shape physically and mentally for my personal trainer certification in March and then to maintain it!

  • Tanya

    Roni you look absolutely fabulous! I haven’t been here for a while just due to a busy schedule but my resolution was to come to you…because you truly keep me focused. I haven’t been obsessing over my weight and food this past year and I have done the best ever as far as health and physical fitness is concerned. I did start to waiver though in November and over the holidays with my eating. I am back to your recipes and have shared the link with many friends! Thank you Roni for your ongoing efforts to support us all! You are truly amazing and someone that I admire from a far! Thank you Roni and happy new year!

  • Lori

    I LOVE the ornaments! We try to get ones to match our family every year as well. It’s fun to remember. WTG on the run and having the fam there to support you. Once again you are totally inspiring me. I made many bad choices last week being snowed in the house but I am back on track and coming to your blog helps me to stay on track. A very blessed and healthy new year to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your life with us. The pic your little guy took is the first one that I think you actually look preggers. You will be one of those ladies that walks out of the hospital looking like she did before she was PG.

  • http://jeninreallife.com jen (@jeninRL)

    roni, you truly are an inspiration!! You look amazing and happy in ALL pics up there. Little man is getting so big and handsome!

    My first goal for the new year is to stay moving!! AND I am signing up for an 11K on April 3rd (an odd # for the april fool’s weekend) – I start “training” on Monday – 13 weeks! Perfect – 13 weeks to train for an 11K on April Fools….just odd enough for me!!

    Much Love, my friend!!

  • Rosemary

    Now how many activity points for 2010? LOL

  • Michelle

    Awww Roni, I see the baby bump! It’s definatly there now. I understand you fb post a week ago about all of a sudden feeling pregnant. You look fabulous! Great start to the new year. :-)

  • http://justanotherweigh.com jodi

    i haven’t had time to set any goals for 2011 being a new mother myself (deck is 11-weeks today)… i am about 30 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight and struggle w/looking at myself every day… i know i had a baby and all, but it’s still rather depressing to see how my body has changed, shifted, and gone to hell… it’s been almost impossible to get a moment to myself while being home, so exercise has been put on the back burner until i get back to work next week… i plan on starting WW again, but need to get work and daycare in order before i can start anything else… :(

    you are a constant inspiration and i thank you for that… :)

  • http://www.lazytrainer.blogspot.com Sharon

    Ahhhhhhh! Just reading your posts is so refreshing and invigorating. I so appreciate how you share your realistic struggles yet always manage to inspire and motivate. I’ve organized a family fitness challenge for us this year to mix a little friendly competition into (hopefully) plenty of encouragement and accountability from each other. Sure the satisfaction of reaching our goals will be plenty of reward, but it doesn’t hurt to create a little cash pot to sweeten the deal!

  • rollercoaster

    I’m so happy they went with you! How sweet and supportive. LOVE the ornament, really thoughtful… Way cool about the end of year stats, my husband is addicted to the Nike+ (which I purchased for him after reading about it on your blog!). I will have to see if he checked those at the end of 2010. You rock, thanks for being such a great inspiration!

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