One Year Ago

It’s the new year, and with recent events I’ve been prone to a little reflection.

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Everyone say hi to my mom!

2013 was an incredible, amazing year. I didn’t lose any poundage, but I did gain so much knowledge about myself. How to eat food as fuel, what my body is capable of, the importance of paying attention to my activity levels.

Talk about one heck of a year. I mean last night alone, I ran 4.5 miles. Four and a half miles. I’ve gone from a size fourteen to a ten and gained so much confidence and comfort in my own skin. If I look happier  in the most recent picture, it’s because I am so much happier now that I’m healthy. I’ve refocused my life on what is important. Spending time with my family, friends and on myself have helped me adjust to a new city and a new life and allowed me to focus on my career without getting lost in it.

Okay enough reflection. 2013 was awesome, and here is how I am going to make 2014 even better.

  • Run in 2 half marathons. I’m already signed up for one (duh, it’s all I talk about), but I want to schedule another one for the fall. I’m thinking either the Air Force Half Marathon in Dayton in September, or the Columbus Half Marathon in October. My co-conspirator Allison has already approved this idea.
  • Run in a total of 6 races 10K or longer. Right now my running comfort zone sits between 3 and 5 miles, so I want to push myself this year and run in four 10Ks in addition to the two halfs. I’m already signed up for the DFW Polar Dash at the end of this month, and I’m going to register for the Austin Statesman Capitol 10,000 in April. Anyone know any other good 10Ks in the area, let me know!!
  • Try something new. I’m thinking Krav Maga. Maybe Bar Method. Who knows? It could be anything, and that’s the beauty of  it.

So there it is! My list for 2014. Here’s to another great year full of new adventures and learning experiences along the way.

New Year’s Resolutions 2013

Okay. Last year I made some new year’s resolutions. And I don’t think I did too hot on them. Whoops.

But the wonderful thing about a new year, is you get a new chance to fail at new resolutions.

Fireworks by Richard J. Carson

  1. Cook more. Eat out less. This will help my waistline, my cooking skills and my pocket book.
  2. Cut back on caffeine. I know. I know. I say this every year. Do I get points for determination?
  3. Pray more. This has nothing to do with getting healthier, unless you count the health of my spirit. In 2013 I will start going to mass every Sunday, pray more often and read my bible more
  4. Start paying back my savings account/put money away for a new car/something awesome. Let’s set this at a concrete goal of $3,000 added to my savings account by Christmastime 2013. That would pay back what I spent moving in July.
  5. With that in mind, I want to make a serious dent in my student loan debt in 2013. I know I can’t pay it all back, as it is almost as much as my yearly salary. (Private university. Ouch.) But I want to make progress. I paid back about $7,000 in 2013. Let’s see if I can do better in 2013.
  6. Rededicate myself to the Weight Watchers plan. I’ve kind of unofficially fallen off the wagon. And while I track my food on some days, I don’t weigh myself as often as I should or take full advantage of the program. By the end of 2013 I hope to have not only reached my goal weight (150lbs) but to have passed it.
  7. Let the people in my life know how much I appreciate them. I am sarcastic, cynical and slightly argumentative by nature. I love being right. But I love my friends and family more. And I’ve come to a slow realization that I might not be putting that across in the way I interact with them. Here is my last and most important resolution. I resolve, in 2013, to love more. Love myself enough to grow as a person, and love others enough to treat them with the respect and care they deserve.

And yes, I do have several smaller, more materialistic goals for the year. If you want, they are listed below.

  • Successfully relaunch the University of Dayton Alumni Association – Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter and attend the ALC in Dayton in September.
  • Get a raise at my current job.
  • Move into a different apartment. One on the second floor and with more storage space, please.
  • Join either PRSA or Social Media Club.
  • Attend at least one industry conference.

Nerdy, right?

What are your new year’s resolutions?