Back to the Beginning

Is it me, or does it feel like most people around you balk at the idea of New Year’s Resolutions like it’s some type of punch line from a bad joke?  Promises you make to yourself that you never end up keeping?

Well, I’m not in that camp.  I like opportunities for reflection and renewal, and for me, that started around Christmas.  I’ve made myself acknowledge what I’ve loved about me in 2014, and what I haven’t.  And I’ve worked through ideas and plans to increase what I love in 2015 and less of what I don’t.

Before I get into WHAT I hope to accomplish, I do want to tell you a story.  Back in November of 2009 I started this blog.  It was a private blog at first where I was documenting my new found desire to be a runner (hence the title).  I had run a few 5K’s, 8K’s, and even a couple of 1/2 marathons.  Then on New Year’s Eve, my husband asked me (after several drinks) – when was I going to run a full?  I declared that in the new year of 2010, I would do it!  I immediately went online to find a fall marathon – picked Chicago – and promptly emailed my family in WI to tell them I was coming, I was running, and they better be there to cheer me on.

And I don’t remember sending it.

So, I started getting replies saying Woo Hoo and all that, and I realized “holy crap…now I actually need to run the darn thing!”.

So, I made my blog public and used it as a mechanism to stay accountable to my goal of running the 2010 Chicago Marathon.  And you know what – I crossed that finish line.  Throughout the years, my blog has evolved to be part fitness, part diary, and a lot about food.

And as I’m kicking off 2015, I’ve decided that I need help being held accountable for things.  And as this year is beginning, I’m also taking RunCrissieRun back to it’s beginnings – as a way for me to say out loud and proud what I want to do in 2015.  Because the truth is – I need the help.  Your help.  I’ve kept so many of my past goals a secret, so failing is much easier.  I want 2015 to be the year that I end the BS, know what I mean?

The blog will still have much of what it’s always had, but I will be adding a summary of how I’m tracking with my goals.  Because the thought of writing “screwed up another week” is just not something I think I can stomach.

Okay, so I’m going to fall into that punchline category now.  I was to be healthier.  I want to lose weight.  I want to be an athlete. And I want to feel comfortable in my own skin.  There.  I said it.  Out loud!

I have developed some very bad habits in 2014 (and earlier, truth be told).  Having a glass or two of wine after work every single day has become a habit.  A bad habit.  My processed food intake has increased dramatically (Wheat Thins and hummus for dinner, anyone?), and my physical fitness has dropped significantly.  I go too long between meals and eat way more than I should or need to.  I’ve used a ton of excuses that have perpetuated all of these (busy schedule at work, lots of travel, full time mom, little personal time, RA and injuries/pain)….and I’m sure the list could go on and on.  But you know what?  Lots of people are busy.  Lot’s of people have issues.  It’s just a bunch of excuses right?

So, there ya go.  Laid out in all it’s pathetic glory.  And it’s okay.  It feels good to come clean.  It’s where I go from here that matters the most.

2015 Goals

  • get to a healthy weight.  I’m guesstimating that’s about 40 lbs
  • eliminate processed foods and stick to whole foods and whole grains
  • truly go gluten-free.  I know gluten aggravates my RA and digestive system.  I went GF for 3 months after my initial RA diagnosis and felt great.  But bread and pasta are easy, and I was way into easy.  This one – will be hard.
  • eat regularly.  No skipping meals, no binge eating to make up for it later.
  • eat out less
  • no more exercise excuses.  Do what I love and do it a lot.  I’m sort of starting from scratch on running (my running fitness got to about 2-3 miles at a stretch, and no better).  Ramping up with a 10K app, and will be using that to get me running regularly again.  That will get me to the Shamrock in March, and then I can keep on going!
  • meal plan, shop, and prep.  Every week.  Think ahead when I know I’m traveling (and I have a few trips this year already on the books) – be prepared to eat healthy on the road.
  • blog consistently.  I totally fell off the radar for weeks at a time last year.  this blog keeps me sane, and I like being sane 🙂
  • enjoy a glass of wine once in a while – special occasions, a nice dinner on the weekend, catching up with a girlfriend, etc.  But not every day.  That’s a bad habit that has got to go!
  • meditate daily.  I’ve started and stopped this, but feel great when I do it.  And I know the benefits are huge!
  • reach out when I need help.  Help with sticking to my goals, help around the house, help managing my busy life.
  • slow down when I can.  I can’t always – life really is busy – but I bring some of that down on myself.

I think that’s quite enough!  There are a lot of little goals that will go into these (like redesigning the blog!), but overall, this is what I want in 2015 that I have failed at in 2014.  I want to be clear – 2014 was a great year in a LOT of ways.  But I let my own health and fitness slip a lot in order to gain other things, and that can’t be okay.  Balance is key.  And I know I can find it.

I’ll be updating things in the following locations is you want to expand our dialogue:

  • Instagram RunCrissieRun
  • Twitter @RunCrissieRun
  • Facebook Page RunCrissieRun
  • MyFitnessPal RunCrissieRun
  • Strava Crissie Reichert

I’ll use the hashtag #healthy2015 too!

So follow along if you want, smack me if I screw up, share your own stories and let me encourage you too!  Let’s make 2015 a kick ass year.


Much love,


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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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