Need or Want? (and a winner)

today's quote

"Think about what will improve your quality of life. Swimming lessons? Organic food? Fancy face cream? Whatever it is, invest in that!"

There is a game I play with myself that a coworker taught me when I was saving to buy my house. It's called need or want. Every time I wanted to buy something, I was supposed to say to myself, "Do I really need this or do I just want it?" Sometimes there would be things I would say need to (new running shoes, jeans that fit, relaxing vacation), and want to (relaxing vacation, new coach purse, drinks & a nice dinner out). I also think there is a category in between. Sometimes there are want items we need to help us sustain a healthier lifestyle. We don't necessarily need to buy organic foods, but to me it's important to avoid the added hormones & processing. I don't need to spend money on race entries, but I want to so I have motivation to work hard. 

In my opinion, the wants that makes a healthier, happier you, are really needs. It's important to invest in our bodies, take care of ourselves, and put a little extra in when it counts. Maybe your investment is dedication, time, or money. Whatever  it is, take the initiative to make it happen.

What are your wants that are really needs?

I have been exhausted this week, Kevin literally had to kick me out of the bed this morning so I could get a quick run and some strength training in. I skipped yesterdays pool session, but got my trainer ride in. My plan is for bed in the next 20-30 min to make it an easier morning tomorrow for a swim.

I can't believe that the Cherry Blossom 10 miler is almost here!
Maybe its because I haven't been 'training' specifically for this race. I just kind of kept up my mileage after the half marathons with 8.5 mile long runs, so I'm sure I'll be fine. I obviously paid extra to have a finishing medal, I have to add to my wall of bling!

I need an updated shot with my latest medals!
I'm not sure what I'll wear to the race yet. I'll pick out some options, then maybe have you guys help me. I leave saturday morning with my brother out of Boston, so we'll get there around 10:30am with plenty of time to get to packet pick up!

Is anyone else running the Cherry Blossom?

Now the moment you've all been waiting for.... The Moving Comfort Giveaway winner!!!

Let me start off by saying we had over 280 entries, and I gained a ton of you as new followers, which is all wicked exciting. Thank you all for following, reading my ramblings, and supporting me in my journey. I hope all of you new followers stick around to see what is on my agenda next!

winner is... Deanne from I'm not a Runner! (but she really is)
Shoot me an email Deanne at sgrigely at and I'll get you set up with your new bra!

Off to bed, goodnight!


Terri said...

Congratulations to the winner!

Holly said...

I'm running too! They are calling for lows around 48 and a high of 59 on Sunday!! Perfect running weather! Of course this could change as we are supposed to get snow tomorrow I think. I am about 3 hours south of DC so the weather is usually the same. I'm running in calf sleeves, shorts, my hydration pack and a tank. I would rather be hot than cold and I get dehydrated easily! Good Luck!

Carly said...

Needs and wants can be really hard to balance. I think new workout clothes are something that I usually don't need more of, but it motivates me to workout more.

Wells L said...

I tried to get "C" and I into the race- we weren't selected. Totally jealous you're going. I used to live out near there - good times. Hope the weather is nice for the race!!! Get some rest - be sure to drink enough water throughout the day - that can help your energy level.

Steph said...

I love that thought that things that are for our health are really "needs", not "wants".

Going to spread that message...

Anonymous said...

I feel like I need organic food because I feel unwell after eating a lot of processed stuff. Also, I consider my face regimen a need because otherwise I get awful, painful acne.

Allison said...

Congrats to the winner!!!

Mary-Michael said...

Great post. It's making me think twice about happy hours....definitely a WANT (and an unhealthy one at that.)

I'm running the Cherry Blossom as well! I'm hoping the weather is nice so I can get some good pics of the Cherry Blossoms and monuments during the run. I also hope the tee-shirt and finisher's medals are nice. Maybe I'll see you there! My girlfriends and I will be in pink sparkle skirts. :)

Anonymous said...

I agree with you. As long as the wants don't take food away from your children (if you have some) or basic necessities like clothes, you should get the wants which make your life better and happier. (For me: enter the Garmin 405. LOL!)