Dairy and I haven’t had such a good relationship since I finished my Whole 30 last week. My beloved Starbucks skinny vanilla latte has started to cause backflips in my stomach. So when I heard a new icecream shop opened in Clarksville, I wasn’t all that excited until I found out they had coconut milk! What? Yes. First we got a Whole Foods style grocery store called Tree of Life, then a grain-free, soy-free, dairy-free bakery called Nerdy Birdy Cookie Company and now an icecream shop that has not only coconut milk but almond as well? Yes, please Clarksville. You’re growing on me.
I’d heard great things so a friend and I went to check it out Sunday and were not disappointed. Look at this happy, friendly staff. Freeze Pleeze makes everything from scratch. You choose a dairy, coconut or almond base, then sweetener and flavoring. You can choose from suggestions like rose pistachio or Rocky Road or stick to vanilla or plain fruit. They freeze it with liquid nitrogen as you watch. This is the magic happening: My friend got Rocky Road and gave it a thumbs up. And I got vanilla coconut milk with pineapple. Highly recommend.
Freeze Pleeze is located in the Two Rivers Shopping Plaza in between Hooters and Bargain Hunt/Harbor Freight. Check them out Tuesday or Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays from Noon to 11 p.m. and Sundays from Noon to 8 p.m. at 700 N. Riverside Drive, Clarksville.
I still can’t believe it’s a new year.
When the clock struck midnight it really hit me. My life is completely different now than it was a year ago. Sure, the people in it are constant. I’m still married (awesome), have an anxious dog Rico (crazy) and write a lot but there’s plenty that’s completely different.
In the course of the past year we’ve moved 759 miles from home. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but since then we’ve started new jobs and pretty much changed everything about our day-to-day lives.
I miss Orlando every day. I miss running the loop around Lake Eola and having everything I needed in the Waterford Lakes Town Center. I miss my friends, annual passes to Universal, Sweet! by Good Golly Miss Holly, my immediate and extended family (especially my sister and cousins) and warmth.
Right now, I definitely miss the warmth.
Through all that I’m still incredibly grateful for the opportunity to travel.
J graduated from basic and Air Assault. We moved to Fort Campbell, settled in and made new friends. Each day brings the chance to discover something new. Weekends bring day trips to places we would have needed to fly to from Florida. There’s so much good here if one takes the time to look. Just like with any new surroundings optimism is key.
If I was to give 2013 a nickname I’d call it the year of travel. I always hope every year brings more travel than the last, but I think we’ve more than nailed that resolution.
In the past year I’ve made it to:
Los Angeles for FitBlogLA and to see my high school BFF and Tony Horton! Denver/Boulder for the Fitness and Health Social Media Conference Many, many trips to Nashville Memphis St. Louis Chicago/Illinois
Bowling Green for the Corvette museum tour (no pictures!)
Atlanta I’ve worked hard to complete last year’s goal of finishing 13 races in 2013. And hit a new PR at every distance.
26:06 5K 59:55 10K 2:08 Half Marathon It’s been a good year but I’ve still got work to do. If the new year means anything it’s the opportunity to continue to better yourself and that’s exactly what I intend on doing.
In 2014 I’d like to gain muscle and lift heavier, eat cleaner, work on a personal training certification, save more money and pretty much most of the common “resolutions” people have. If I get to travel more that’s definitely an added bonus. I don’t resolve to do any of these things but muscle gain and financial peace are definitely my goals for the year. I like that word better anyway.
I did an easy breezy four-miler today with a friend. It went quickly as the miles always do when they’re passed with good conversation, but our run got me thinking about how lucky I am to have found my “place” in this new community I’ve been transplanted into. It’s plenty hard to make new friends after a regular move but sometimes it’s even harder as a military spouse.
While the average family may move every seven years they don’t move as far as we do or anywhere near as often. I’m looking at 3 to 4 years tops here at Fort Campbell before it’s time to make new friends elsewhere. Some of those friends will move before me, some will move after me but we will all move at some point.
So my issue has been this: How do you find the “right” friends? The ones that get you, share (some of) your beliefs, values and lifestyle choices? In my case, how do you find fit-minded friends?I consider myself an open-minded person. I’d say there’s a lot that I can tolerate, but letting yourself go and not having the drive to pick yourself back up again is not one of those things. I’ve been there before and I’ve overcome it so it’s really hard for me to relate to not wanting to better yourself each and every day. Baby steps. That’s all it takes in my book.
Finding a community of like-minded people has been a blessing for me. I love having people I can share fitness tips, tricks and stories with. People that I can run, CrossFit and try out new classes (like hot yoga) with. That’s what keeps me going each day.
Exercise and healthy living has become such a huge, scratch that, integral part of my life that it’s the first thing I thought about when planning our move. You know, besides the address of the closest Starbucks and Target. We’ve all got our vices, right?
I started with looking up the closest CrossFit box and then sought out local running clubs. There is one 25 minutes outside of post in Clarksville, but I found it kind of crazy that there wasn’t an existing running club on post so I started one. It’s not booming yet but the women I’ve met make it worth going three times a week. That’s success to me.
If I was any good at competitive sports that would probably be a route I would take through the MWR but that boat has long since sailed and I kind of have this thing for running anyway.
Win some. Lose some.
It’s these communities that have made the past six months here a time to learn and grow instead of a time to dwell on the past.
That’s all I can recommend.
1. Start with Google + whatever you’re interested + your new location.
2. Seek out a gym, CrossFit box, yoga studio or attend group fitness classes. Get involved with recreational sports leagues. Join a running club. Do whatever floats your boat and gets you active and the active friends will follow.
3. Make it a point to introduce yourself to one new person at every class or gym you try out in a new area. Talk to people even if you have to force it and aren’t used to telling everyone your life story like me.
Finding your place and finding friends that are “in” to fitness is possible you just might have to look a little harder in the military community. Some of your friend dates might are guaranteed to be a bust but you’ll find some good ones eventually. I’m not looking forward to saying goodbye to the friends I have made but I’m making it a point to enjoy my time with them whenever I can and that’s all I can expect.