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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.

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?

new season, new beginnings

20 situps
20 air squats
20 slam balls
10 minute cap, burpees until finish (5 completed)

2 mile run (20:34, 10:17 pace)

3.1 mile team run/walk (about 45 minutes)


Since moving to Fort Campbell I’ve kind of fallen off the wagon. Shocker.
I’d like to reason and say my diet hasn’t been too awful and to be fair it was worse pre-“lifestyle change”. You know, back when I drank Diet Coke like it was going out of style and survived on sodium-heavy Lean Cuisines and 100-calorie packs of Oreos. Back when CrossFit wasn’t even a thing and I couldn’t run a mile without stopping. You know, those days.
Let’s be clear. I never want to be back there and I’m disappointed in myself.
My pants are tighter.
The scale doesn’t lie.
It’s time to fix this now.
Fifteen pounds gained since my wedding day. Nine of which were gained in the past four months here at Campbell.
Being the foodies we are, J and I have sampled a lot of the “local” cuisine. I say that loosely given that most of the local cuisine here is for some reason ethnic food. No complaints on my part but that’s strange, right? Never seen so many Korean restaurants in my life outside of 33rd Street in Manhattan.
Anyway, a little basmati at the MOST. AMAZING. Indian restaurant ever, strawberry cupcakes from a local bakery that taste like God-sent ice cream and sushi rice. Lots and lots of it. Occasionally deep fried. Gah.
In between all of that we’ve stll been eating clean at home but the eating free for all while out has to end now. Back to almond meal, no processed food and out with the grains because IT’S GOOD FOR ME DAMN IT!
I need more 80/20 and less 50/50. 50/50 makes you not fit in your pants and that’s no fun for anyone.
So, the plan?
Wednesday’s cool morning run (spoiler: I started half mary training again) sparked the beginning of a new beginning.
It starts again now.
Nothing keeps me on track like a training plan and a new goal to work toward so I’ve officially started training for the Nashville Half Marathon on Nov. 9.
halfmaryI’ve already been running three times a week for a few months now so the training shouldn’t be too awful. Famous last words? I’ll let you know how I feel after that first double digit miler.
I’ve cut the crap out of the fridge and I’m down five pounds this week. I’d say that’s progress.

Any encouraging words of advice? What do you do when you slip? Are you training for any fall races? Tell me about them in the comments.