Category Archives: Yearly Reflections

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.

farewell 2013: picture heavy recap

Happy 2014!
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.
grad8airassault1We moved to Fort Campbell, settled in and made new friends.
20131108_195016Each 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!
fitblog1 fitblog2labloglablog5Denver/Boulder for the Fitness and Health Social Media Conference
fitsocialMany, many trips to Nashville
nashville6 aaMemphis
20130616_113412IMG_1163St. Louis
chicago2 illinois
Bowling Green for the Corvette museum tour (no pictures!)
atlanta10 atlanta13 atlantaI’ve worked hard to complete last year’s goal of finishing 13 races in 2013.
cmr1 ragnarblog10And hit a new PR at every distance.
26:06 5K
uglysweater159:55 10K
IMG_13682:08 Half Marathon
nashhalf2It’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.

What are your 2014 goals?

happy december

Happy December!
It’s a good thing I didn’t shoot for participating in NaBloPoMo because I would have failed miserably. November was full of races, fun, family, A NEW JOB!, and not enough time to blog about all. Tis the season, after all.
My parents left early yesterday morning after a week-long visit to Kentenessee. Apparently it was cold or something because they didn’t want to leave the house unless they had to.
18degWe went to dinner at a couple local restaurants, celebrated Thanksgiving Cuban-Rican style , watched lots of movies and shopped until we dropped on Black Friday. It was a great week full of the first snowfall my family has ever seen and lots of family time. I’ve been missing that a lot since we moved up here.
Now it’s back to reality.
I started writing for a local newspaper a couple weeks ago and that’s going to be taking up a lot of gym time. That doesn’t mean I won’t get it in. It just means I have to get it in at different times. My biggest pet peeve is when people say they don’t have time to work out because it’s not true. It’s all about your priorities and finding the time to get that workout in. It’s definitely possible.
I have quite a few priorities on the list for December because well, I love lists and I’ve got a ton to get done before the new year.decembergoals

  • Keep up with my fitness goals. I don’t want to start the new year with regret so my number one goal for the month is to maintain, if not lose. I don’t want to deprive myself but I also know I don’t need to eat an entire cheesecake in one sitting.
  • I need to get back on the 3x a week blog post schedule. I miss this outlet. True story. It’s a lot easier to sit on the couch and watch a movie than use my brain after it’s been working hard all day.
  • Drink more water.
  • Finish a round of T25.
  • CrossFit more.
  • Go iceskating.
  • Get a tree from a chop-your-own Christmas tree farm.

I can’t believe we’re one month away from the end of the year. It seems like this year has gone by so much faster. I guess that’s what happens when you’re busy graduating, PCSing, settling in and discovering your new home.

What are your goals for December?