Happy New Year!

by Melissa on January 2, 2013

Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe I’m actually writing a blog post for the first time since December 12th, and I had left off there thinking I would slow it down for the holidays. Instead, I spent 95% of the last three weeks pretty stinkin’ sick. It started off with that nasty stomach virus my girls had, then a mild case of the flu hit me, and then it came back 4 days later with a vengeance. Not cool. I’ve been slowly recouping, getting the house disinfected (my husband had the flu as well and my youngest is fighting the end of it now), and being terribly jealous of everyone’s energy and motivation for what the new year will bring. (I guess this is me warning you that you might suddenly see the energy come flying out a couple of weeks late. Haha.)

I was lucky enough that the break in bouts of the flu came right on Christmas day and the first three days my husband had it. Christmas was wonderful, and Santa surprised me with a new Nikon speedlight for my camera, so I’ve been doing a little playing around randomly when I’ve felt decent. Hopefully, that’ll be another wonderful tool for me to use while getting moving on my photography business. I did hit a major goal with that – I started off with 62 fans on November 16th, and by Christmas, my lofty goal of 500 was met! I’m pretty proud of that! The girls had a wonderful Christmas, and this year was full of magic once again. There’s truly nothing like living in the moment during Christmas and seeing the magic and hearing the music through them. Maddie (my youngest) was quite the caroler this year. Plenty of people in the grocery stores were entertained. Here’s a shot of the girls in their new ballet outfits…they’re too gorgeous not to share.

Hannah & Maddie Christmas 12_01 (FB)

Despite the illnesses and lack of energy, I’ve still sat down and thought about the things I’d like to accomplish this year, and don’t think for one second that being as sick as I have been did not affect my thought process. I quieted way down with everything before Thanksgiving, and with the indulgences of the holidays, the go-go-go-go-go of travel, having visitors, and preparing everything, and lack of commitment to regular exercise, I have a hunch on why I couldn’t kick this quicker. I can tell you, though, I’m so incredibly weak right now, and I’m not a fan. So, today, and for the next week, I’ll be spending time walking on the treadmill and doing some light yoga along with regular physical activity. Hopefully, in the next week, I’ll see some major improvements. Side note: I only lost 3 pounds this month…and I’m glad it wasn’t more. I hopped on the scale this morning, saw that, and felt relieved. I was worried I would have lost more with being sick, which is never fun when you know to expect to see the scale skyrocket when you start eating normally again. I tried very hard to continue to eat despite how awful I felt.

On to this year. As many of my closest friends/readers know, there are plans for baby #3 this year, and before I get too far into a pregnancy, I would like to establish a solid running schedule that I can keep while I’m pregnant. After being so sick, it’s going to take a little while to get back to a point where I’m comfortable starting a half marathon training plan, so my focus, for at least the first part of the year, is to just run, simply with the intent to become a stronger runner. I’m still researching races, of course. I’ll talk more about that some other time. Hehe.

More importantly, though, is my focus on nutrition – not simply my own diet, but my career focus. I was going to go for my ACE personal training certification (having already received one from NASM), but I’ve changed my mind and I’m going for the new Nutrition certification offered by my school along with NASM’s Fitness Nutrition Specialist certification for which I’ve already got materials. I’m pretty excited about all of this, because over the past year I’ve gained so much knowledge about what powers our bodies and what destroys them.

Nutrition Books

For personal goals, however, I have one. To focus on whole foods. It’s simple, but it’s also incredibly hard to do when you’re always on the go, when time is such a big part of it, and when you’re changing the bad habits you’ve had nearly your entire life. I’ve already made big changes in the way I see food and the types of foods I eat, but I’m aiming to simplify.

This year, I’ll make even greater strides than I did in 2012 – I can feel it in my bones. I used to think that success could happen quickly if you really put your mind to it. That you could set lofty goals when it came to your health and achieve them simply by being committed, but I’ve learned that I achieve the most when I take it day-by-day, focusing on small, achievable, SMART goals that become the steps toward a much larger goal. I have learned not to set New Year’s resolutions and not to hoist myself into major changes and two-a-days, just to find myself burnt out a month or two later. This year, I don’t have resolutions, and I’m sorry if that disappoints any of you…but I made the commitment to myself last year to approach my goals the best that I can – even when proof of what I thought would work shows me otherwise. Change can only happen when you change, and sometimes that means admitting that your present way of thinking is what needs to change. That was one of the biggest lessons I learned last year. Sometimes you just have to toss aside everything you think you know.

Here’s to a fabulous 2013. I’ve missed you all!

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