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Getting my fitness back on

3 Jan

With the Holidays and all of the sharing of New Year’s Resolutions, as well as over abundance of food and treats, I have been slowly reincorporating some fitness back into my life over the past month or so.

This past weekend, I went for my first run in a long time. My mom and I ventured down to the ice arena where you can do laps around the top. We walked a few miles and I decided to run 2.5. It felt great! I paid for it the next day though, my legs definitely felt it and were thanking me for working them again. But while I ran, I thought about all of my progress this past year and instead of thinking “you can go further, fight through it” I was thinking “this feels great, now that’s enough for now, you’ve come too far.”

I’m not planning to go full in again, but after the Dr. reassured me that my weight was healthy and exercising again was OK as long as I did it in moderation and made sure I was refueling properly. After this past year and my struggle with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea and now my choice to try fertility treatments this month, I want to make sure I don’t reverse any progress I have made.

I don’t have a fitness ‘plan’ in place because I am just trying to take it day by day and not get wrapped up into many goals or personal bests. I want to listen to my body. If I need a full out rest day because I am sore from the day before (or even the day before that) I don’t want to push it and will take that rest day to let my muscles recover and grow stronger. I would like to get a few days of 30 minutes of cardio in a week whether it’s on the elliptical, walking, or running a few laps around the ice arena. I also have been pulling out some Jillian videos to challenge my muscles again as well as Cassey’s Blogilates.

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Last night I did Level 2 of Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown. I reviewed Level 1 and I liked Level 2 even more. It is a nice balance between low-intensity strength moves, flexibility, and balance. Afterwards I wasn’t exhausted and drained, instead I felt reenergized and overall healthy.

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It’s all about balance in life. Balance is key. If there is one thing I have learned from the past 2 years is the importance of balance in all areas of life. Whether it’s fitness, nutrition, a career, school, etc.; balance will pull you through to be the best you can be overall.

I don’t plan on going out and working my fitness back to where it use to be. I don’t plan on losing even a single pound. I plan on eating what I want, getting my heart rate up to retain my health, and moving forward with 2013 with a great focus on balance in all areas of my life. This year, I don’t have a New Year’s Resolution except to be a normal, healthy person inside and out.

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The Holiday Update

2 Jan

I’ve totally been slacking when it comes to updating ya’ll on my Holiday break! So I hope a quick update (filled with a photo bomb!) is ok!!

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It was spent with lots of family and friends, opening lots of gifts, and making memories.

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For Christmas Eve, we opened gifts with my immediate family. This included David, my Mom, my Dad, my sister, brother-in-law and 2 nephews…it took us over 2.5 hours to unwrap all of the presents we had in front of us!

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IMG_9035One of Brody’s first gifts he opened was a puppet stuffed animal. He was happy…

IMG_9049I can’t wait to try a taste of this! Homemade Apple Pie is one of my favorites so anxious to see if this compares.

IMG_9067and even Gizmo was in the Christmas spirit!

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IMG_8787After opening presents, we went to church and then back to my parents for a few glasses of wine and some reminiscing. Christmas day morning, David and I woke up, got ready and took a tray of treats to our friend at the fire station so that they could have some Christmas goodies.

IMG_20121225_105602We also visited with my In-Laws for a bit…

IMG_20121221_202101After that, we went back to my parents for Christmas with my Aunt and Uncle. It was a very nice day. I’m not going to lie, the day came with some heartache as last Christmas I had so much hope we would be celebrating this year with a little one or at least one on the way, but I realized how much I would regret being down all Christmas this year and that being sad doesn’t change anything. I surrounded myself with my loved ones and everything was better!

This past Saturday we also had David’s side Christmas, which was full of playing cards, eating food, and watching a hockey game on TV that night.

For New Years Eve we had a small farewell 2012 party at our house. It was a lot of fun and felt very refreshing to welcome in a new year!

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We played catch phrase…
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And watched the hockey game on TV by the fire…too bad they lost! IMG_20130101_014943And now, I hope that this is true! I’ve always been a sucker for a good horoscope!

IMG_20121228_074430Happy Holiday’s everyone (even though they are very belated…) I hope everyone had a great time full of love and memories and welcomed 2013 in with open arms!

New Year, Fresh Start

31 Dec

With today being New Years Eve, I can’t help but look back on 2012 and think of the good and bad the past year brought to me. With so much personal struggle, there’s also a bittersweet side to things. I have grown more in 2012 than I think any other year in my past.

I am much stronger on the inside. I have gained patience and have had to look deep down for strength many days out of this year. But I got through it.

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I am more than ready to start a fresh new year. I have a good feeling about 2013!

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This New Year’s I want to celebrate the end of 2012 with renewed hope for 2013. This is our year. This year I will make it the best year yet no matter what struggles come our way. A year from now I want to look back at today and remember that whenever there’s a low point in a mountain, there’s only one way to go and that’s up!

“We will open the book. It’s pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” -Edith Lovejoy Pierce

So cheers to 2013! To fresh starts, new beginnings, and lots of happy moments to remember. A year for growing, moving on, and making the most of life…no matter what!

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I hope all of you have a fantastic New Year’s and are able to celebrate the good of 2012, say goodbye to the bad, and hello to the new.

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Cheers!