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Hello 2017

Hello 2017

It’s  a new year. Finally. There’s something so refreshing about feeling like you get a do-over. Like, 2016 while it had a lot of rough moments, a lot of pivotal things happened that were life-changing. I landed a new job that I absolutely love. That in itself is so rewarding. I remember that while we rung in 2016, I told myself that I need to focus on getting a new job. The old gig was getting to be so toxic in every aspect of my life and that is no bueno. If you think about it, you spend most of your time wherever you work. Accepting that new job in March was the best thing I did for not only my mental health, but for my relationship and well-being. But really, did anyone else feel like Ronda Rousey at the end of this match by the end of 2016?

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What a great lead-in to recapping my NYE. I started off the day with an amazing boxing class. It’s one of the many reasons why I look forward to my Saturday mornings. While I didn’t pull a Rousey and actually kept my fists up, I went to pivot and as I did, I rolled the shit out of my ankle. I didn’t think it was that bad at first since the pain eventually subsided, but as the day went on and we were out to dinner and listening to some great live music…my foot was THROBBING. I was near tears. So the the night went from this…

to this…

I felt like my whole foot was being squeezed in a vice. It sucked. Way to get one last “fuck you” in 2016. Well-played. Now I can’t even run in this unseasonably warm weather to top it all off. Luckily I did take advantage of it while I could. I just can’t wait until the bruising wears off. Hopefully faster than Mariah Carey’s career after her NYE performance.

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But SO 2017, how about it? Does anyone make New Year resolutions anymore? I read a great article about why this columnist didn’t like resolutions and I can’t help but totally agree. Sure, starting a new year marks a new beginning, and maybe a new you…but does it really have to be the only time when change can happen? If you want to lose weight, be more financially responsible, purge all of this clothes that you’re not wearing in your closet, or improve your life in any way, why wait until December 31st to make that happen? So while we’re all inundated with the Weight Watchers and Match.com commercials, just know that if you recognize that a change needs to be made in your life, there’s no other time than the present to make that happen! Think of it as giving yourself a headstart on everyone else. 😉

Others are against resolutions because they think it’s just setting themselves up to fail. Well that just sounds a little too negative. Make realistic goals for yourself that you know you can achieve if you put some effort in. I.e. cut out eating pizza for breakfast to cut out some cals, save some more money by cutting out some Starbucks visits and making your own coffee at home, donate one bag of clothes each week to Good Will. See? Small changes. They’re easier to digest and less overwhelming. The key is to stay focused. Here is a list of things/goals I have for myself in 2017:

  • Tone up and add more muscle to the bod.
  • Prioritize what I need versus what I want. (I tend to confuse the two a lot.) Do I NEED that $100 sweater? Probably not.
  • Chop my credit card debt in half. This is totally doable as long as I keep myself in check with list item #2.
  • Remove toxic people from my life. (This is always on my list and will remain that way.) I mean, why continue to have them in your life if they’re doing nothing but causing you or others pain/stress? No thank you. Bye, Felicia.
  • Care less about what others think, and focus on YOU.
  • Stress less. Last year was very stressful due to family health concerns. I need to make it a priority to stress less and find ways to lower it. Stress can do some awful things to you and impact your relationships if you allow it. Identifying those things that make you de-stress is key.
  • Renovate. I’d love to make some renovations to the house this year and make this place a little more “us.” Since there was so much we HAD to do before we moved in, it didn’t leave a lot of room for us to make any cosmetic changes.
  • Travel somewhere new. Usually we go on vacation with the hubs’ family to the same place every summer. I would love to go somewhere new in addition to that. There’s plenty of the world I still need to see!!
  • Always keep in mind how blessed I am. This is important. I think a lot of us take what we have for granted. Whenever I’m having a bad day, I remind myself that someone is always there for me, I have a wonderful roof on my head, I have food in the fridge, I love my job, and my family and friends are a great support system when I need them.
  • Reach my reading challenge goal on GoodReads. I unfortunately didn’t even come close to my goal last year, when I usually do. I feel like reading allows me to be a better writer and gets the creative juices flowing. All good things!
  • And finally, START my first book. This is huge. This is the one big thing that is really intimidating to me, but I’ve pushed it aside for so long…I need to start.

Sure I can go on forever about the goals I have set for myself, but this is a good list that will sum up my 2017. Do you have a list you’ve set for yourself? Whatever it may be, go for it. It’s never too late!

Cheers!

2016: The Year of Letting Go

2016: The Year of Letting Go

So as 2016 has officially started, I’ve decided to announce that this year will be the year to let go. You know, like Elsa said. Let it gooooo….let it goooo….But really. I’ve learned that holding onto things can be toxic for your mind and body. Letting go of the guilt, stress, pain or anger you have about a person or situation will only hurt YOU. I can’t tell you how many things I haven’t done simply because I was the one holding myself back. It’s easy to blame other people or make excuses, but this year I’m going to work toward not holding onto any negative experiences or people and to only feel those good vibes.

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This year, I’m letting ALL of that negativity shit go and let these upcoming goals HAPPEN. I’m really excited for this new start. So let’s see what kind of goals we have for this year!

First I decided that I have a goal to run 1,000 miles in 2016 because well you know…I’m one of THOSE runners who just can’t get enough. And you know there’s awesome swag. Got to have that swag. The 2016 Gold Challenge is great for all of you other runners out there who really want to amp up the miles this year! They also have another 100 Days of Miles challenge going. If you’re interested in signing up for this challenge with me, you can join here!

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Speaking of running…I do believe I mentioned not running another marathon this year…yeah well haha that didn’t last long. Training and running my first marathon last year was one of the hardest things I’ve done mentally and physically. I can’t wait to put my mind and body to the test AGAIN when I officially start training around June. If any other Midwest runners want to snag an awesome deal for a marathon, the PNC Milwaukee Running Festival Series is the way to go! You can register here. There’s also a 5k, 10k and half marathon distance options along with the full marathon. This is the second time this running series is going on and it’s getting some great reviews! Annnnd it’s a Boston Qualifier race soooo for all of you superhuman runners…take note.

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With having the first marathon under my belt, I have a better idea of things I should and shouldn’t do throughout training and on race day. This marathon will definitely be smaller than Chicago so it’ll be easier to prevent myself from starting out too fast. My #1 problem which caused me to hit my wall at mile 20 and injured my IT band big time. Ouch.

Although my IT band has been a whiny little bitch lately, I’ve been stretching it out and foam rolling like woah so it’ll be back to normal well before marathon training starts….and before my other half marathons I registered for this year. Bahaha. #Lifeofarunner. I started off the new year right and packed on some miles in my new InkNBurn tights and my amazeballs wireless earbuds. I have no idea how I lived without them for so long. I can’t wait until it heats up just a tiny bit…these morning runs are brutal…but will I ever give in to running on the dreadmill??? NEVAAAA!!!

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Once the new year hit, I also took advantage of getting some new workout gear. It’s my favorite time of year really since I can stock up on new running gear for a STEAL because of the infamous weight loss resolutions everyone seems to have. I swear by Old Navy’s active wear. Their running tights, tops and sports bras are amazing quality and the prices are A LOT easier on the eyes and the bank than Nike or UA gear. If you need some new gear, I highly suggest you check out those sales! You know…before I buy it all up.

One of hardest challenges for a runner is facing an injury. I’ve had some IT band issues lately and because another marathon is on my calendar I can’t fuck up allowing myself to heal properly. I’ve even set my alarm to get up and do stretches targeting that area and have sworn off running *GASP* for the week and sub it out for cross training to strengthen these damn hips! Lesson learned once again, don’t skip out on stretches or cross training between long distance runs, biotch!  Although dealing with an injury totally blows, I’m hoping it’s short lived and I have an amazing support group to get me through it. Not only being part of the RunJunkEes® Run Club but being honored as an ambassador for the group has been amazing. Check us out if you want to join in on the fun here! It’s a great place to get motivated and connect with other runners from all over!

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Aside from my fitness and running goals, I’m also playing around with ideas for my first book. It’s a goal of mine that I’ve had ever since college. It’s time to at least start working on making it a reality. I mean…if Kim Kardashian can have a fucking book of selfies published…that means I can get published too right?…Either way, these goals are so big for me it’s scary.

Cheers!

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