An unnatural-born runner, a pretty regular yoga doer and a lover of cookies and other sweet treats, Times digital producer Laura Lane writes about her fitness journey. Questions, training tips or race suggestions? Throw her a line on email or Twitter.

Fully training for my first half

Laura Lane gives a thumbs up as she nears the finish line at the Munster Rotary Run Around 5K and 10K race in 2015.

Seeing as how I've been the queen at slacking off when it comes to updating this here blog, I'm sure all my loyal readers (hi, mom) have been wondering what I've been up to as far as fitness is concerned.

Here's a quick look:

I've recently started attending chain sitters anonymous meetings again. A few coworkers and I gather for our daily meetings on the half hour every hour while we're at the office to walk up and down the stairs at least five times in a row. We're combating our addiction to chain sitting one step at a time.

I've been running regular-ish. I'm kind of really enjoying this whole run whenever I feel like it business. On the days I don't necessarily feel like running, I've been riding the stationary bike in my gym instead. What's nice about that is I can kill time by reading a magazine or book (shout out to my coworker Crista for the stack of magazines I've been working my way through). Honestly, though, I've been generally opting to go for a run outside unless the weather is particularly nasty. And, yes. I consider the cold and windy weather on Monday as particularly nasty. And, yes. Come January I'll consider that to be a heatwave. 

I've been doing yoga. This is a big deal for me. Since I'm not a member of a yoga studio and don't pay for a subscription for classes online, I'm left on my own to do yoga. Most days it's nice because I can let my body move into whatever pose feels right. Some days it's a struggle due to my mind wandering. But here's to hoping my focus will grow sharper if I keep it up.

I've joined yet another bowling league, and I'm still as bad at it as I was before. I joined the Blackhawks league at Lan-Oak Lanes in Lansing as a teammate with my boyfriend's brother, sister-in-law and aunt (Lou is bowling on a separate league with friends). Good thing they all love me in spite of how not great I am when it comes to bowling. At one point last week, I said, "I'm going to bowl strikes from here on out!" I swiftly followed that up with four back-to-back gutterballs. Mind you, it was the first week of the league. I was due for a gutterball or 17. At least I provide my teammates with endless entertainment. Plus, regardless of how well I do, I still get to go to a Blackhawks game with the league at the end of the season.

I'm working hard at cleaning up my diet. This is a big one for me. I can workout as frequently and hard as I want, but it'll only truly benefit my body if I'm pairing it with a healthy diet. After several months of bridal showers, bachelorette parties, weddings, baby showers and vacations, to say my diet wasn't great would be a mega understatement. It's been a struggle still with all the Halloween goodies still floating around the office. Truth: I crave sugar about 93 percent of the day. I'm so grateful Lou is a healthy eater, because we really do eat healthy at home. One big way I've been curbing my sweets addiction is to take a few gulps of water when I'm craving sugar. I read somewhere once that when you're craving sugar, oftentimes you're simply thirsty. I don't know how true that statement is, but at least it's keeping me hydrated. Anyway, I've been using MyFitnessPal, with my food diary completely open for my friends on there to see, for two weeks now in an attempt to hold myself accountable. 

I've been making an effort to be in bed before 10 p.m. I'm a night owl by nature. But the fact that I'm up for work at 4:30 a.m. doesn't play well with my night owl tendencies. Being in bed by 10 p.m. is a struggle some days, but I'm out as soon as my head hits the pillow. So it's definitely worth it.

I've been toying with which races I want to run next. I'm already registered for a Thanksgiving morning run in Orland Park. It takes place pretty much outside my front door, so I couldn't resist. As for next year, I'm thinking I'll register for the Soldier Field 10 Mile and the Chicago Half Marathon, but I haven't fully committed to anything yet.

It's nice working towards something. But it's also nice to have a moment of rest and the freedom to choose what you want to do. I'll be living up these next few months as I get my fitness back on track before I start training for yet another race.

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