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Life’s To Do List

Posted Apr 26 2010 6:51am

Good morning and happy Monday! :mrgreen:

First things first: BREAKFAST!

Breakfast was split into two parts this morning. When I woke up, I made a piece of whole wheat toast and topped it with Teddie peanut butter and a few raisins.


This combo is so delicious! It’s also great for hunger control .


I also had a glass of iced coffee with vanilla soy milk.


Then, I headed to the gym, where I did 45-minutes on the elliptical. I alternated the resistance between 5 – 12 and kept my strides per minute between 140-160. It wasn’t the hardest workout I’ve ever had, but I was a sweaty mess by the end!

My second breakfast was sliced apple and Greek yogurt with cinnamon for dipping.


Apple + cinnamon yogurt = apple pie! Delish!

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So, I have a little story for you guys this morning. Don’t worry the big announcement is coming soon! ;-)

When I graduated college and moved to Boston, I had a really tough time. I didn’t have a full-time job, I gained 20+ pounds, and my boyfriend of 1.5 years broke up with me. Obviously, I was not a happy camper.

I felt so lost during this time. In college (and even high school), I always had a plan and direction, which kept me on track with achieving my goals. This was the first time ever that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.

If you’re a long-time reader of CNC, you know that I’m not the type of person who sits back and just complains about life. Of course, I feel sorry for myself for a little bit, but don’t let it last for long. I get it together and DO something about it.

So, in the Fall of 2002, I stopped sulking and gave myself some direction by created this Life’s To Do List:

Life’s To Do List

  1. Own a dog
  2. Drive across the country
  3. Ride in a gondola in Venice
  4. Gamble in Vegas (April 2008)
  5. Run a marathon
  6. Learn to make really great chili
  7. Make a wish on a shooting star
  8. Take a wine tasting class
  9. Go on a tropical vacation (July 2008)
  10. Drive Route 66
  11. Take mom on a sweet vacation
  12. Visit California wine country (January 2007)
  13. See the Grand Canyon
  14. Go to Mardi Gras (March 2004)
  15. Register as an organ donor
  16. See Niagara Falls
  17. Visit the Eiffel Tower (June 2006)
  18. Live in a city besides Boston
  19. Brew my own beer (2007)
  20. See the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January 2007)
  21. Ski the Swiss Alps
  22. Ride the NYC subway
  23. Plant a tree
  24. Visit a psychic (August 2003)
  25. Fall in love and get married (July 2008)
  26. Be a mom
  27. Become debt free (November 2005)
  28. Attend at least one major sporting event (i.e. Super Bowl, Olympics, World Series)
  29. Be a member of a TV audience (February 2010)
  30. Visit Ground Zero
  31. Be in Times Square on New Years Eve
  32. Swim in the ocean at night
  33. Go skinny dipping
  34. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  35. Create my own work of art (October 2006)
  36. Sleep under the stars
  37. Go upside-down on a roller coaster
  38. Fly First Class
  39. Shake hands with a celebrity
  40. Ride in a hot air balloon
  41. Have dinner at the Top of the Hub
  42. See an active volcano (July 2004)
  43. Try snow-shoeing
  44. Try snowboarding
  45. Own a house
  46. Play 18 holes of golf
  47. Find a job I love (October 2009)
  48. Grow a vegetable garden
  49. Visit Nantucket
  50. Earn a Master’s degree (December 2005)
  51. See the Mona Lisa in person (May 2006)
  52. Sing karaoke on stage
  53. Learn to knit
  54. See Michael Jackson in concert
  55. See Madonna in concert
  56. Spend a summer on “vacation”
  57. Visit the White House
  58. Have a beer at Oktoberfest in Germany
  59. Create my Family Tree
  60. Go white water rafting
  61. Sit on the Green Monster at Fenway
  62. Ride a cable car in San Francisco
  63. See the Full House houses (December 2009)
  64. Visit Hawaii
  65. See a Broadway Show on Broadway
  66. Vote in a Presidential election
  67. Go on a whale watch
  68. Build a house with Habitat for Humanity
  69. Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge
  70. Go to the top of the Space Needle (July 2006)
  71. Go to the top of the Empire State Building
  72. Visit the first Starbucks (July 2006)
  73. Go on a pub crawl
  74. Learn to make sushi
  75. Stay awake for 24 hours in a row
  76. Go on a cruise
  77. See the Hollywood sign (January 2007)
  78. See Mount Rushmore
  79. Visit Graceland
  80. Experience a Key West sunset
  81. Visit at least 3 different continents
  82. Stomp grapes in a vineyard
  83. Ride the Swan Boats in the Boston Public Gardens
  84. Meet Ellen DeGeneres

As you can see, I’ve crossed-off a number of items that I have accomplished since the Fall of 2002. I started adding the month and year that I completed some of these things, but others I just crossed-off. Every few months, I add new things to the list. Meeting Ellen DeGeneres is my newest goal! ;-)

Anyway, the whole point of telling you guys all of this is that I am hopefully going to cross #5 off my list. (Feel free to scroll up and check what it is! ;-) )

Yep, that’s right! God willing, I AM GOING TO RUN A MARATHON!!!!! :mrgreen:

Ok, so you’re probably thinking that I am absolutely crazy. Well, I am. You know this! ;-) But, running a marathon is one of the top life goals.

As you know, I’ve had bursitis in my left hip for over a year now. (You can read the whole story  here .) In recent months, my hip has gotten better. I can run 3-5 miles without pain. However, when I get past 5 miles, I pay for it the next day. :-?  Bursitis is the worst injury. It gets in deep and it takes forever to heal. Of course, running a marathon has been out of the question… until now!

Recently, I’ve been in touch with an integrative health center, called OMBE , here in Boston. For the past few weeks, OMBE’s founder,  Jessica Molleur , and I have chatted quite a bit about my hip injury and long-term goal of running a marathon.

After discussing my sitation with her team at OMBE, Jessica has offered to help me chose an integrated treatment plan for my hip. OMBE offers a number of services from acupuncture to massage to naturopathy to yoga and pilates. Basically, I’m going to work with the team at OMBE to get myself in marathon shape!

My initial session is a complimentary evaluation, where the OMBE team will check me out and decide what is the best plan of attack for me. Then, keeping in mind all of their different services, the team will work together to form an integrated treatment plan. Pretty cool, right? It makes me think that physical therapy isn’t the only way to deal with an injury.

Of course, I’ll be blogging about my entire experience for the duration of my recovery. I figured you guys would like to learn more about an integrated approach to injuries, especially the runners. I know there’s a lot of you who are also plagued with reoccurring injuries. I feel you pain– literally!

My first appointment with OMBE is on Thursday, so stayed tuned for this journey! It’s no doubt going to be interesting!

What’s on your Life’s To Do List?

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