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!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Erica { EricaDHouse.com } January 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Oh my goodness your girls are gorgeous! Not surprising seeing their Mommy ;)
I’m sorry your Holiday’s started off with you feeling icky but you seem to be in good spirits now and have an incredible plan for 2013! I’m dying to get the Fitness Nutrition Cert also as soon as things slow down a bit in my life (like that will ever happen)


Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie January 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Your girls are adorable!! When I have kids one day I’ll be happy with whatever I get but I would really like two girls. :D


Ericka @ The Sweet Life January 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Knew I hadn’t seen your posts in awhile, didn’t know it had been that long! Welcome back and being sick isucks. You never appreciate your health until it’s gone. But I’m glad you are getting back to normal. Your girls ARE so beautiful!


Stacy L. January 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Your girls are incredibly adorable! What nice shots. And I love that your focus for 2013 is to incorporate more whole foods, as opposed to “inhibiting” ingredients like sugar, meat, dairy, whatever. The focus should always be adding value, not subtracting.


Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's January 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Gorgeous pic, I am glad you are feeling better and that you are back!


jobo January 2, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Missed you! But knew you were down for the count with illness (sucktastic!! I had the flu too and now M has it – ugh!) and the holidays and never a need to apologize. And um, that is a GORG pic of the girls, you have such a beautiful family and a great eye for the camera!!! I love love love your goals, run with intent and to gain strength – YES!!! no need to jump right into some training plan for a race, just run for you and for strength, love love love that. I am doing the very same thing (as soon as my knee improves!). XOXO!


Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean January 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm

i’ve been thinking of you!!!! ps…so excited about baby#3 :)


Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 2, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I’ve been wondering where you’ve been! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the flu plague leaves your family soon. We had that hit 2 years ago. That’s the worse thing ever!

Good luck to you in all your endeavors in 2013! I know you’ll achieve so much!


Christine @ Love, Life, Surf January 2, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I’m glad that you are starting to feel better. We’ve been on and off sick during the holidays too and it’s no no fun! Your girls are beautiful.

I’m really excited for you and that you are going to dive deeper into nutrition. I think that makes so much sense to pair fitness/personal training with nutrition. Nutrition is one piece of the puzzle that I want to learn a bit more about and really focus on. I’m also really proud of you that you decided not to make resolutions – and recognizing the need to change the way in which you approach your goals. I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for you!!! Happy New Year my friend!


Amanda @ Run Principessa January 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Such pretty girls! I’m so sorry you were ALL feeling awful, but maybe you get to leave it in 2012? I’ll be crossing appendages for ya. :) I’m glad you got a blog break and I hope the beginning of 2013 treats you nicely!


misszippy January 3, 2013 at 9:37 am

Sorry you have been so sick! Sounds awful.

Good for you going for the new certification. Sounds like a great one.

Finally, the picture is great–so adorable those two!


Jess January 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Welcome back my beautiful friend. SO sorry you’ve been so sick, that sounds totally brutal and miserable :( Buuut I’m loving where your head is at for 2013, I can’t wait to hear more :) xoxo


ilene January 4, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I hope you are on the mend! We have been sick here too – like you guys, super, crazy sick! I am finally coming around after 2 weeks – but unlike you I have NOT been able to focus properly on my goals for the year without my energy. Thanks for the huge helping of inspiration – and I can’t wait to see how 2013 unfolds for you! xo


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