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Happy New Year!


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I am a little late in getting this posted…I have been dealing with some sick toddlers who were kind enough to share their cold with me…so the past week has been lots of cuddles, naps and fluids! I finally was feeling a bit better on Saturday and went a little overboard. Went to the gym, a birthday party and lots of errands. Also did my food prep for the week. That pretty much wore me out and I was exhausted most of Sunday. So more rest for me. And a baby shower and some babysitting. I am not really that good at resting…I guess I should add that to my list of goals for this coming year…

Speaking of goals, I have a few in mind. I have never really one to make ‘resolutions’ exactly. I know that I always had some areas I want to work on each year, but for many many years it was always to lose more weight, be in better shape, eat less junk….etc etc…As I though about my goals for this year, I really wanted to focus less on the areas I usually focus on, and set my goals as something more tangible! Right now I have a few health/fitness goals in mind, and other goals that are related to non-health/fitness areas of my life.


Here are my health/fitness goals for 2014

  1. Run 33 races
    This year I will be turning 33. I was inspired by my second elf from the Elf4Health challenge as she completed 30 races in 2013 for her 30th birthday! The more I thought about what she did, the more inspired I became! So THANK you Lauren for your inspiration!
    I am already signed up for a few races. It is going to be a mix of official races and virtual races! I know that with my sometimes crazy schedule this will be the best for me. I want to make at 20 of them official races! I will be doing 5ks, 10ks, and at least one half. I would really like to do 4 half marathons, so I am looking into that right now. It is hard to plan some of the races past April since I don’t know my entire schedule for the year yet. I will post my race plans as soon as the become official! One race that I am REALLY excited (and REALLY nervous) about is the DC Cherry Blossom 10 miler. I was really surprised to get an email saying that I was picked for the lottery!

  2. Improve my speed and endurance with running
    I have never been a fast runner. I have my moments sometimes when I run faster than a 10 min mile pace…but it only lasts for 30-60 seconds. I am working on getting my workout plan together to improve on my speed and my endurance.

  3. To become a Les Mills Body Pump instructor
    I have had this desire for the last 9 months or so. I have really enjoyed the classes I have taken over the past year. My instructor has been telling me since day 1 that I need to get certified. So lets make this the year!

  4. Learn more about nutrition and what MY body needs
    Over the past few years I feel I have learned more about the types of foods that are better for the body, and I feel I eat clean and healthy 80% of the time. There are times when I have struggled with certain foods, or seeing other ‘healthy’ people and what they eat, and I have realized that it might not be the best for ME just because someone else might eat it. So more self discovery, and not feeling guilty or bad about taking care of myself better.

  5. Sleep more
    It is not a surprise that this is an area in which I KNOW I need to work on. I have struggled on and off with insomnia for YEARS. Over this past year it has been more of a challenge for me to get the proper amount of sleep that I need. I really don’t even think I know what that is. I am setting myself boundaries with TV watching, phone usage, computer time, and focusing on getting myself to bed. I am really hoping that more regular sleep is only going to help me in ALL the other areas in my life that I want to improve on!

  6. New recipes
    I want to try at least 2 new recipes a month and also post 1 recipe a week on here.

  7. The Blog
    Hello, I need to be more consistent! I want to post 2-3 times a week on top of a new recipe that I have created or have tried.
    I also want to have more guests on my blog. I love hearing what other people have to share about. (So if you have a topic you want to share about, let me know!)
    Learn MORE about how my blog even works and the tools that are available to me! (Any experts out there???)

  8. Learn how to do my hair
    This might sound a little silly, but I am a 32 yr old who doesn’t exactly know what to do with a curling iron! My hair is SUPER long, and if it isn’t straightened, in a messy bun or a braid I am at a loss. I have tried you-tube and Pinterest, but I need to try again and really get serious about it. I don’t need to do my hair every day, but once a week I would love to know what to do with it!

  9. Write more letters
    I love a good text or phone call, but I really miss the days of letter writing! I grew up writing letters to relatives and some pen-pals.

  10. Get my card company on Etsy
    I need to learn more about Etsy and get my product out there 🙂

  11. Read more
    I would like to get through one book a month.  I had this goal last year and it was a bit of a failure.  So I want to try again!
  12. Become an even better and more supportive wife to my dashing husband
    We have had some chats about what we would like to accomplish as a couple and I am excited for this year together!

There are a few other goals that I have in mind, but I need to work through some of the details before I share them!

What are some of your goals for this next year??



Motivation Monday!

Happy Monday all!  It has been a little quiet over on this end.  I have been really busy with work and am finally getting a chance to sit down and share an amazing story with you all!!  My friend Becky is an inspiration and motivation to me, and a reminder to never give up on any dreams, especially when they have to do with your health!
I went to high school with Becky, but we didn’t really connect till a few years ago (thank you Facebook).  I am so glad we did connect! She is a wonderful girl who has worked REALLY hard to get where she is!  I am so proud of you Becky 🙂

Here is her story followed by a few pictures!

“I should preface this with the fact that all my life I had been a little bit chubby. However, it never stopped me from being active. My parents had me in all sorts of activities–dance, ice skating, swimming, intramural sports and marching band. I always enjoyed a little activity. I actually stayed with ice skating and swimming for quite some time–spending about 8 years on the ice and 4 in the pool (and it was quite busy when Swim season overlapped with ice skating season). I never let the fact that I was always heavier than the other people get in my way or bother me. And the people I was skating or swimming with never really minded that I was heavier either.

Something changed when I hit college. I was nowhere near the activity level that I was at in my pre-university days, but I certainly was not sedentary. I loved to take walks and had 2 jobs–one those jobs kept me on my feet the whole time. I ate a fairly healthy diet, but knew it could have been better. After college, I started running thinking well I hate running, but it might help. The pounds wouldn’t budge. No matter how much I restricted food intake and increased exercise would the pounds come off.

I decided I’d run my first half marathon in 2009. I teamed up with Team in Training which is an offshoot of the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. I was getting really frustrated because I was running about 20 or so miles per week, eating a lean/clean diet but still as heavy as I was before I started training. I still ran and finished that first half marathon, but couldn’t help but be a little jealous of my training buddies who were sporting more trim bodies. I KNEW something was wrong. I later found out my thyroid had shut down. It certainly explained why I was feeling SO miserable and not able to lose weight despite my best efforts.

Since that diagnosis, I have lost about 97 pounds, run 2 more half marathons and started working at fitness facilities in addition to my full time job. I am certified to teach SilverSneakers, which is a fitness program geared towards the elderly to help them keep and/or get back strength and fitness for daily life activities. I am also certified to teach Les Mills Sh’bam (dance based cardio) and as of yesterday (4/26/13), I am now certified to teach Les Mills CXWorx (30 minute core conditioning). I am gearing up to train for Les Mills BodyAttack, which is 55 minutes of high intensity/interval/sports inspired cardio and also planning my next half marathon (perhaps the Hershey Half since this is chocolate runner girl’s blog..wouldn’t that be appropriate?). When I’m not teaching, I enjoy a few miles here and there and also take BodyPump, BodyStep and RPM through Les Mills as well. They are great additions if you’re looking for cross training activities while gearing up for a distance running event.

I’ve always had a passion for sports, fitness and exercise. Heck, my major was Kinesiology at Penn State. I’ve always wanted to share my love of fitness and nutrition with others. I am hoping to take my American College of Sports Medicine exam for Health and Fitness expert. I would love to pursue a career in health coaching or corporate wellness coordination. I want people to know that everything is possible.”

Becky at her heaviest
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Mile 10 in the first Half Marathon she ever ran in Jan 2009–the Disney World Half Marathon.Beckydisneymarathon 044
Her last half marathon which was December 2011 in Miami Beach (for her birthday–race day was on her birthday).
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Becky in action while taking BodyAttack
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A gym candid..one of the more recent photos of Becky.
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WAY TO GO BECKY!!!!!

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~ Chocolate Runner~