Life Resolutions 2011: Necessary Evils

I have two Life Resolutions for 2011. One brings nothing but sugar & spice while the other brings on the hurt.

I’ve been going hard at the gym for the past two months. In fact, I think I’ve packed on at least four pounds of solid muscle. This would be great, if it weren’t for the awkward layer of “softness” that keeps it somewhat covered. You know that stage of pregnancy where your bump is bumpy but you just look chubby? Yeah, that’s how I feel about my muscles right now. I realize I just likened my muscles to the gift of new life…but you gotta appreciate the reference.

When I finally realized this was happening, something broke inside me. And that something was the sheer hatred I have for straight-up cardio. You see, I love playing sports, going to make-you-wanna-vomit fitness classes, and sweating through my shirt while lifting weights, but to think of actually spending more than twenty minutes on a treadmill makes my eyes roll back into my head. And yet, after realizing that all my hard work in the gym was being hidden because of my cardio avoidance, I think I finally found the motivation to conquer my distaste for the treadmill and distance running.

Enter, Life Resolutions 2011:

# 1: Complete my first Half Marathon.

Oy. I think I could actually feel the pain in just typing that out. But thanks to my triathlete hubby and Runners World, I have a training schedule to follow and I found another great iPhone app to motivate me; RunKeeper acts as a GPS to track your route, pace and accomplishments (it’s also FREE for the month of January so go get it at the app store now!). In addition, I have a specific race in mind and a plan of attack for my pathetic knees — physio, brace, ice, aspirin, rinse & repeat.

Yes, I'll take one of her body, please.

I titled this post “Necessary Evils” because training to run long distances is exactly that. I don’t actually like running when no one is chasing me but I absolutely need to add more cardio if I want to achieve my goals.

The other part to the necessity of this evil is Resolution # 2.

# 2: Publish my first book.

If it was a mystery novel or a how-to guide, I might be okay. But the only book I am even close to qualified to write is a cook book.  And not just any cook book…a baking cook book. Now you understand why I need to learn how to love running.

That said, I’m delighted that my blogger friend, Cheri from Kitchen Simplicity, has already begun my recipe testing and photography. I’ve written a query letter and started my official book proposal in hopes that a publisher or agent will pick me up but even if that doesn’t happen, my goal is to self-publish the book before the end of 2011.

And with ambitious goals like that, I’m wrapping up my Life Resolutions at those two.

If you have any questions, you can find me on the treadmill testing my latest chocolate torte recipe and trying not to fall off the stupid thing.

3 thoughts on “Life Resolutions 2011: Necessary Evils

  1. Liz says:

    Tash, you should try Jillian Michaels Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism and/or Biggest Loser Cardio Max. If you don’t like just running/treadmilling they are great cardio workouts. Oh and we have just discoverered Bob Harper’s Inside Out Method – he has an hour cardio dvd that might help too. I know just what you are saying about the fat layer around the belly…..but that cardio does the trick! Let me know if you try out the dvds.

    • Natasha says:

      Thanks Aunt Liz! I’ll take a look for those and see if I can manage to find time to do them…my problem is that it’s easier to get out of the house for a run or to the gym than it is to pop a DVD in and have the rugrats bugging me. But I’ll just banish them to their room to play while I do it and see how that goes!

  2. Jaimie says:

    Oh my gosh-I had no idea you were so serious about baking and so cool to put yourself out there to write a cookbook! You’re a rock star 😉

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