Okay seriously y'all - I have not fallen off the face of the earth. One day, it's freezing out and the next it's April 11th.
So about that Monthly Challenge for March: I did it! My challenge to myself was to continue tracking my calories and to begin the Couch to 5k program. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm no runner. I have never enjoyed running, and can remember wayyyy back in elementary school that the day we had to run "The Mile" in PE was the worst day of the year for me, every year.
But I'm trying to change that. While I don't have aspirations to be a serious distance runner, a 5k seems doable. Plus, there are 5ks every weekend around here for a good cause, so it's a way I can contribute while doing something good for my body.
I can proudly say that I no longer dread getting on the treadmill and I've hit a major milestone: I can run a mile or more without stopping. I don't think I've been able to do that since those days in PE circa 1995.
As for my April challenge? Continue what I'm doing, for sure. But adding to that, I want to spend at least 30 minutes outside (consecutively) for at least 4 days a week. This is tough for me, because although I enjoy the outdoors, I work inside and just want to relax when I get home from work at the end of the day. And I much prefer the treadmill to the pavement (the combination of A/C and TV is hard to beat). But the weather is getting nicer - minus the thick layer of yellow pollen that is covering everything from my car to my patio furniture - it's getting dark later, and I have no good excuse NOT to get outside and enjoy God's earth! (Plus, I should enjoy it now before the summer heat comes to suffocate us and we all start complaining about how hot it is and how we can't wait for Fall.)