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hello 2015

Happy New Year!

Hello, strangers. I’m really not quite sure where 2014 went. Is it really 2015?!
It’s been a great year.

Last year I wrote this:

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 haven’t met all of last year’s goals for 2014 (I prefer that word to resolutions), but I did manage to get a few out of the way.

1. Gain muscle and lift heavier.
While I don’t know how much muscle I gained (if any) because I failed to track that progress, 2014 has been a year of CrossFit gains. I’m lifting a little heavier than I did in 2013 and got a bunch of firsts.
No pull-up yet, but I’m probably proudest of learning to climb a rope.
rope climbAnd getting my wall handstand.
handstand handstand2I’ve been doing wall handstands anywhere I can get them in. Next up? A handstand push-up and maybe finally a pull-up!

2. Eat cleaner.
Nailed it. 2014 has been a great year for healthy recipe exploration. I’ve been headfirst in bread and sweets for the past month, but that’s what January is for right?
Some favorites from the year have been Moroccan chicken casserole, Paleo OMG’s shrimp and jalapeno biscuits and a small broccolini and bacon wrapped asparagus obsession.

3. Travel more. Save more $$$.
While these don’t seem like they go together very well, J and I have worked hard this year to build up a emergency fund. I’ve set up auto-drafts to savings directly from pay so I don’t even miss the money,and we throw everything extra in there as well. Saving money while traveling more has also led me to be extra crafty when trip planning. My love for Priceline’s Name Your Own Price and Southwest’s Rapid Rewards program continues to burn deep. Hyatt Gold Passport and Starwood’s SPG program are following closely behind. We’ve earned a few free hotel stays and three free plane tickets his year for shopping through their portals for everyday purchases. Everyone wins. But mostly we do.
Some highlights:
kansas citySkating at Crowne Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
fittweetPlanks with Hit the Road Jane at Fitness Magazine’s Meet and Tweet event in NYC
20140629_071517Just a photo op with Jeff Galloway before a run in Savannah. NBD.

So what’s in store for 2015?
For now, let’s say blog more, see more, do more. I guess time will tell.

fitbloggin 2014 recap

FitBlogginSavannah welcomed me with open arms last week and then I almost pooped my pants (Nathan AKA TheFFKid.com you’re in for a treat).
Maybe I should explain?
Last week I hopped in a car with three new blogger friends and made the eight-hour drive to Savannah for FitBloggin 2014. I loved everything about Savannah. People described it as a cleaner New Orleans (never been) but it seemed like a slightly bigger (and dirtier) St. Augustine to me. Still lovely.
FitBloggin3Our first stop was a ghost tour of Savannah’s historic downtown. Our tour guide (Brett maybe?) was a blast.
FitBloggin9From left: Kia’s husband, Melissa, Alyssa, not sure, me and Kia. Behind my head is a delightfully Brit who had a hysterical Ignite speech about tea.
I had a great weekend full of workouts…
Fitbloggin8 Credit WeBeatFatPhoto Credit: WeBeatFat.com FitBloggin1FitBloggin2And social time with lots of wonderful bloggers.
IMG_98055281978392Photo Credit: 300PoundsandRunning.com
I ran with Team Chocolate Milk and the legendary Jeff Galloway!
Fitbloggin Credit We Beat Fat AngelaPhoto Credit: WeBeatFat.com
FitBloggin5 FitBloggin6 FitBloggin7 It was a great time…
And then it came time for the food.
Always my favorite part. I made a reservation days in advance for the legendary Olde Pink House but couldn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to because of an earlier coffee chat session with Angela and Stacey. I think I’m the only one that got milk from behind the counter and it must have been bad because when I attempted to go to another session shortly after…I had to leave halfway to avoid becoming The Girl Who Shit Her Pants at Fitbloggin.
Sorry, TheChicLife. It really wasn’t you it was me.
But I made the best of it. After a couple hours in bed I was still able to make my late night reservation at the Olde Pink House. Stuck to something small to avoid further stomach upsets but the atmosphere of the place (complete with a tableside serenade) was worth the visit. FitBloggin4Drunks photobombed us.
I did miss out on a cupcake from Sweet Carolina Cupcakes and I’m pretty bummed about that but it only means I have to go back to Savannah to get it another time. Later I was tagged in a picture of a group enjoying red velvet cupcakes. Knife to the heart. FitBloggin10 That only means I have to visit Savannah again.
Until next time The Hostess City.
It’s been real.

P.S. WordPress is being glitchy and lot letting me add links. Anyone know how to fix it?

i’m at fitbloggin’

So I’ve arrived in Savannah for FitBloggin’ which I’m told is the be all and end all of fitness blogging conferences. It’s pretty fantastic.
fitbloggin
This year’s conference is held in gorgeous Savannah. We’re right on the bay and this is as close to the ocean as I’ll probably get in a while.
savannah view
Beautiful, right? You don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Thanks to my roomie Melissa for texting that picture to me and letting me know what I was missing on my eight-hour trek from Fort Campbell.
FitBloggin’ bills itself as two days of education, friendship, networking and fun for fitness bloggers. So far so good.
I didn’t get in in time to check in so I’ll be doing that in the morning just before the conference officially starts. Keep an eye out for tweets, updates and pictures throughout the day.
Until tomorrow!
Margarita