Hey peoples! Long time no write…. I know have been the worlds biggest slacker, and non-blog writer. To say that 2018 has been a year to remember it has been a year to remember.
I came in this year on an amazing high. 2017 was a great year, I hit numerous running milestones, my weight loss was going great! I was even losing or maintaining through the holiday season. My little side hustle was going great, I had people interested and wanting to join in and learn how to feel amazing. It was a great year.
Now let’s get to 2018….. started the year with a foot injury. I am sure it was from over use in 2017, too much of a good thing can still be a bad thing. Technically I think my foot issue started in 2017 and I pushed through my last few miles just because I am a little crazy like that; but for the sake of this blog let’s blame it on 2018. I went to my amazing chiropractor and friend Dr. Gina and she was doing stellar work on my foot/ankle. I was starting to feel a little more like myself. I was still taking it easy with my running, and had already decided to scale back some on the mileage. Alright – so y’all know how much I hate lifting weights – its probably my least favorite thing to do – and I don’t want to hear from all you heavy lifters how its so great for me, yadda, yadda, yadda – I know all of this – I just don’t enjoy it. In an attempt to be more consistent with lifting weights – because as much as I hate it; I have great results when I am lifting consistently. I drop the most weight when I have a serious lifting routine in place – so because I know all of this and I know that my body responds to weight training very well; I decided to sign up for a weight training class at my gym – shout out to UFC Gym Lansdale ; my home away from home. So I was going to weights at 5 am and the one morning we were doing squats and even though it was my warm up set – I barely had any weights on there; I felt a pop in my back. Yep… talk about pain. Since I am no stranger to back pain and previously made the mistake of pushing through – I immediately stopped what I was doing, and took a little walk around to see if that would help. Walking did not help; I was still in a ton of pain. I tried body weight exercises, like squats and lunges – just to see if it would give me a little relief…. nope nothing. I went home, heat, advil and jumped back in the bed. This was the start of a bad few months. Eventually went to the chiropractor and she was able to give me some relief, and I have been getting fascia release and muscle work done – its helped but I am not back to 100% yet and this injury happened all the way back in February. So yeah my running was really derailed and I have to say even though I’ve known for some time now that I wasn’t going to hit my running goal of 1000 miles for the year – it still hurts me to say that out loud.
Let’s move on….. then my Uncle James passed away. He had been on a decline but I didn’t think that he was near death. His death hit me hard. I’ve had 2 consistent male figures in my life – that I know I could call on (prior to my husband) – my Uncle James was one and my Uncle Jimmie is the other. My Uncle James treated me like his own daughter. I was his daughter until they had a daughter of their own and even then I was still his daughter – so yeah his death took me by surprise and it really hurt. You forget how precious and how short life is. How unexpected death is. Even trying to talk about it now – several months after the fact is making me tear up. I loved him and I know that he loved me.
Next up on this stellar year – my husband’s position was eliminated and we were unsure of what he was going to do. He always makes sure that we are well provided for but that uncertainty was a lot. Because of the uncertainty with his employment – that meant we couldn’t take any vacations, I couldn’t go to the big convention that my side hustle has every August – so just more stress added on to an already stressful year. Because God always makes a way – my husband did secure another position with another company; so thank goodness for a little less stress in that area.
I’ve run the Philly Rock and Roll half marathon for the last 4 years or so – well because of the back injury I did not run this year. I was devastated. I knew that my back wouldn’t get me through 13 miles of walking and most definitely not 13 miles of running. So yep – more stress, more disappointment.
I don’t know about y’all but stress, disappointment and anxiety are the perfect cocktail for me to gain weight. So even with my super foods plan, I’ve had way too many adult beverages, way too many cheat nights, and not enough sleep. So yeah I’ve gained some weight this year. Gaining weight while promoting your health business is kinda like an oxymoron. What people don’t see or understand without talking to me is that even though I gained some weight this year – its not like it would’ve been in years past. I let life’s circumstances throw me off my square as my dad would say but listen I’ve had stressful years that have been way worse than this one in terms of weight gain and overall lack of focus on health. So while I had a little hiccup and took a few steps back; I am not down and out. I am not giving up and I know that refocusing is exactly what I need to do.
My decision to refocus comes at the perfect time – I am doing the #Last90Days with Rachel Hollis and I know its going to help me. One of things that is a part of the Last 90 Days is the 5 to Thrive (see list below). These have been great; however I am fighting a terrible cold and the very 1st one on the list is almost impossible. I am going to keep working a little more everyday. To help keep myself on track and moving forward – I am going to blog at least once a week. Its so therapeutic to write out what is going on and I enjoy it but like so many other things I let it go because I just couldn’t make time for it. I am going to change that – there is no reason why I can’t take time once a week to make a post; even if its just a workout update; its not like I am being graded like a school paper or something.
Anyway – thanks for taking this ride through the beginning of 2018 with me. I plan on knocking the rest of this year out of the park!
5 to Thrive By Rachel Hollis
- Wake up 1 hour earlier & do something with that hour for yourself
- Workout 7 days a week
- Drink half your body weight in water
- Give up 1 category of food that you know shouldn’t have
- No cheat days
- Do it for 30 days
- If you cheat you have to start the timer over
- Write 10 things that you are grateful for – write them at the end of the day