As we get ready to ring in a New Year, there are many things that I have to thankful for in the past year.
- My wonderful family both blood and chosen. They have been my rock in so many ways.
- My wonderful friends that I have met and reconnected with over the past year.
- Taking a trip of a lifetime in April to the Grand Canyon and Whitewater Rafting down the Colorado River and then hiking out the Bright Angel Trail.
- Maintaining my weight loss for the past year, give and take 10 lbs.
- Seeing my son adjust to his mother’s crazy ideals and moving away from what he knew and his friends to a bigger school.
- Doing my one and only Tri in August and then doing my first ever half marathon in a little over 3 hours.
- Working towards my degree in Nursing and hoping to move towards my Masters degree.
- So many more things.
Goals for 2018
- To maintain my weight better and to find my groove in cooking healthy meals for both of us to eat.
- Focus on my last 2 classes for my BSN.
- Start back training in a fun and healthy manner.
- Have fun this summer with races and spending time with my son and friends.
- Going to focus on swimming and riding this winter.
- Learn to be in aero on the bike and once weather is better getting out and riding in aero.
- More open water swims
These are just a few short goals that I want to work towards for 2018.
I am off to a good start.. slow but made my goal of 30 minutes. Need to work on speed and endurance.
Have a wonderful and safe New Year!
I have been non-stop since my last post. It feels like it has been over a month since I wrote, but in truth it has only been a few weeks.
I celebrated my 48th birthday on the 3rd, then had to write my final paper for my Nursing Research class that was due on the 13th (got it done before then and turned in), now trying to get things ready for Christmas.
Joshua and I are heading down to Florida to spend Christmas with my Dad and brother. This will be the first time back to Florida since we moved to Illinois in 2014. I have worked by butt off getting my PTO time saved up to be able to take 6 days off.
Now on to training and eating. I HAVE BEEN BAD!!!!!!
My training has taken a huge back seat to life and so has my eating. My weight had gotten back up to 165 and I just felt like crap. First of all, I have been so upset with myself that I allow myself to slip back into old unhealthy eating habits when I get stressed. Will have to work on finding better ways when school starts back up in January.
I have gone back to just drinking my protein drinks and water. I have slipped up twice and had my mortal enemy of peanut M&Ms. I just have to refocus and remember why I did this in the first place.
I have been trying to find a support group that isn’t over an hour away. I will keep looking.
Back to the training…. Joshua has swimming lessons every Thursday night and there just happens to be a Masters Swim Class at the same time. So, we both get to swim on Thursday nights. Plus he does so much better when I am not watching. I am so proud of him and how far he has come in his swimming.
Now on to bigger news…….
They have opened up applications for their “Equally Inspiring Athlete” for women to be coached for three months for free. They continue to want to increase the number of women in the sport. I was very lucky in 2015 that I applied and was accepted. Sadly it didn’t last long as I got injured and couldn’t continue. This was right before my weight loss surgery. So, I was encouraged to apply again and I did.