Monday, October 22, 2012

My 20(in)12 Bucket List Update

So, today's post is a bit different than my typical "Music Monday" post... not because I am running out of workout songs to recommend - trust me, that will ever happen :) - but I've experienced many new adventures lately that I thought I'd share.

One of my favorite motivating workout songs, from my Music Monday #4 playlist
...I couldn't have a Monday post be totally song-free :)
First, a brief overview of how I tick... I love a challenge, especially when it comes to doing new things.  I tend to put myself in situations that take me out of my comfort zone and I'm finding that the more fears I face and achievements I accomplish, the more I want to try something else.  I was never a thrill-seeker or adrenaline-junkie as a kid so this is definitely new territory for me.

I'm also a bit competitive... primarily with myself although I do get motivated by other people's successes too.  I'm all about healthy competition but try to remind myself to focus on "running my own race" so to speak.

I've referred to my 20(in)12 list a few times in this blog... it's my bucket list of (mostly) fitness goals for 2012 (20 goals in 12 months) that I set for myself and they all fall into one of the following categories:
  1. always wanted to try it but still hadn't
  2. takes me out of my comfort zone to face a fear
  3. takes me out of my comfort zone to test my mental/physical strength
  4. improves upon a previously achieved goal 
The goals may be different but they all have one thing in common... embarking on new, challenging journeys... even if a lot of them, admittedly, start out with self-doubt. Although, as John Wayne once said, "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway."

This past week has been one of the most adventurous of 2012 for me... a lot of firsts, a lot of facing my fears and a teeny bit of travelling... 

As I mentioned last week, I went ziplining for the 1st time!  Ok, so I do NOT like heights... weird, because the Ferris Wheel used to be my fave carnival ride... (Yep, told you I wasn't a crazy kid)... but the fear subsided a little bit more w/ each run. 

Also mentioned last week was my 1st visit to Woodstock, VT last weekend... we got in a workout at the adorable little town fitness center (even though it had shake weights mixed in with dumbbells.  Yes, SHAKE WEIGHTS.), took a tour of the town, had drinks at the Woodstock Inn & Resort (SO nice!) and had a yummy dinner at this great Caribbean place, Melaza.    Can't wait to return in the winter and hit the nearby slopes!

My amazing banana leaf-wrapped grouper with sweet plantain risotto & pineapple mint papaya salsa from Melaza. 

One of this past weekend's activities involved another trip... this time to Salem, MA - home of the infamous Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 and a huge tourist destination this time of year.  I was born and raised in Massachusetts but this was my 1st time being there during Halloween season!

Riding carnival rides like we're 13...
Halloween isn't generally a holiday I look forward to but there's something fun about seeing people walking down the street all dressed up in costume like it's just another day.  I got a psychic reading, took my life in my hands had a blast on carnival rides and even bumped into a former co-worker (and my Boston Marathon running partner!)...  fun times!

And of course we popped in and out of a few bars to indulge in cinnamon-rimmed pumpkin martinis ("ghoulishly" shaken, according to the menu) while enjoying a little people-watching.  

FYI, Halloween time in Salem, MA = AMAZING people-watching.

I wore a tutu for the Komen Race for the Cure 5K Walk on Saturday...  our team was called Tutus for Tatas! It wasn't my 1st 5K Walk but  it was absolutely the first time I've worn a tutu in public since the age of 5.  

Yesterday I ran a 5K with a few of my work buddies.  The weather was FREEZING to start out but luckily we had a gorgeous fall day.  I still haven't reached my 20(in)12 goal of beating my 5K PR but I'm working on it! (picture courtesy of Caroline)

After the race, I continued my quest to become friends with heights again by taking a flying trapeze class...

The spotter almost had to push me off the ledge my first  swing, I was SO scared!

getting my aerial acrobatics on...
Holy crap was this scary.  The instructors had us doing a few tricks... flipping upside down in a knee hang from the bar (and letting go!), catching the arms of a fellow trapezer ... as well as back flipping in a tuck position to dismount! Well, my ears heard "back tuck" but my body kept executing a back layout to a belly flop. Awkward.  Thank gawd the Trapeze School wasn't located inside a busy Jordan's Furniture store with tons of strangers watching.  Oh, wait... Yes.  Yes, that's exactly where it was.

Woot, woot... I survived!

This quote was hanging at the top of the flying trapeze platform.  It 100% sums up my 20(in)12 outlook.

Anddd... my cutie-pie twin nieces turn 8 months today!!  I know this isn't so much a 1st for me, obv, but I AM a 1st-time auntie... Plus any excuse I have to show off pics of my nieces, I'll take it :)

And here's my my updated 20(in)12 list... Still a few more to check off but pretty confident I'll get my 20 in :)
  1. Go indoor rock climbing
  2. Go snowboarding and perfect the art of not falling while exiting the chair lift
  3. Take a hip-hop dance class
  4. Compete in the OCB Spirit of America Bikini Competition
  5. Go zip-lining
  6. Perform 10 bodyweight chin-ups
  7. Become affiliated with professional organizations that will increase my networking capabilities
  8. Go on a destination bike ride
  9. Take a flying trapeze class
  10. Hike a mountain - going the 1st weekend in November!
  11. Go sailing
  12. Compete in an obstacle/adventure course race - doing the Fenway Spartan Race on 11/18/12!
  13. Master a handstand pushup - working on it!
  14. Go mountain biking
  15. Obtain a new certification related to fitness
  16. Beat my 5K race pace (7:41... very ambitious for me!)
  17. Go skydiving
  18. Schedule a fun, professional, fitness photo shoot
  19. Deadlift 2x's my bodyweight
  20. Squat 1x my bodyweight
  21. Plan a NYE skiing/snowboarding weekend trip  - in the works!
  22. Go kayaking
  23. Get my right split back - almost there!
  24. Participate in a sprint triathlon
  25. Use my passport (obtained in 2009 and still stamp-free!) - possibly after Christmas!
  26. Start my blog :)
  27. Take a trampoline class - Groupon bought!
  28. Run the Falmouth Road Race - 3rd time trying to get in was the charm!
  29. Take a strongman workshop to learn more about the sport - in the works!

What's something you're looking forward to doing for the first time before the end of the year??

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