2013: The Year in Review

This year has been quite the year.  I’m sure many of you are currently surrounded by your family and friends reflecting on this crazy year.  So, I thought it would be fun to break down my year for you guys too.

I honestly wasn’t sure if I was gonna survive 2013 when January hit.  Suddenly I was enmeshed in the world of Emerson College Varsity Softball and I had never been more scared in my whole life.  I was coming onto a team that I didn’t know, with girls I didn’t know, and a sport that I loved but I knew that I wasn’t brilliant at.  But, by May I had fallen for them.  By the end of our season I had discovered that my team was the best thing that ever happened to me.

It was girls on my team that made me think about the decision to become a vegetarian and to get seriously fit, which I did.  After our spring break trip to Florida I committed myself to working out everyday and eating cleanly.  I lost weight and I felt great.  I looked great and I was much happier in my skin.

Once summer hit, I was in for a whirlwind of unhappiness because I had to be away from my team and all the friends and structure that college gave me.  I slipped back into my old ways of choosing food when I was bored instead of doing something more productive with my time.  By the end of the summer I was depressed and had gained quite a bit of weight.

But then there was September, glorious, wonderful, magical September, which meant going back to school and being surrounded by everything and everyone I loved.  It is between September and now, December 31st, 2013, that the largest changes in my life occurred.

In that four month span I found myself.  I found what I loved and I did it everyday.  I found the people who made me smile and I made them a fixture in my life.  I fell in love.  I fell in love with myself and with my body for the first time in 19 years.  That is the most beautiful thing that happened to me in 2013.

I have worked so hard to get the body I have.  In those four months I lost 17 pounds and I’m not sure what Christmas Break may have set me back, but I am insanely proud of those pounds that I lost.  Losing that weight helped me find myself, it helped me find my love of health and fitness, and my desire to share it with the world.

2013 is the year that I became myself, so honestly, it’s a little sad to see it end.  I loved myself and my life and the people in it more than I have ever loved.  I made great friendships and continued to develop stronger ones as well.  I dedicated my life to health and fitness, and, I started this blog.  This year I got to be a part of all of your lives and that is so beautiful.

This year I saw acts of determination and hard work pay off.  I saw my body transform.  I saw the Emerson Men’s Basketball team beat the number one ranked school in the division.  I saw an entire city pull together when terror struck it, and I am proud to call myself a Bostonian.  I saw beauty, and magic, and love.  I saw the most beautiful and most terrible parts of myself in 2013.

When I look back at what this year gave to me, tears come to my eyes.  In 2013 I created some of the best friendships of my life, I lived in the best city in the world, I found the things I loved and I dedicated myself to them.  And I fell in love.  2013 was pretty special and it is hard for me to let it go.  It was the year that I was happiest in, the year that I felt most alive in, the year that I became myself in, so yes, I will miss it.  But, if that is what I found in 2013 I cannot wait to see what 2014 brings to me, the me that loves myself and my life and the world in which I live.  Cheers to 2014, may it bring me as much happiness and love as 2013 did.

Abs Abs Abs and Five Minute Arms Recap

So I tried out the Abs Abs Abs workout I posted last week and I loved it!  I did it this morning and it was great!  It worked so many different areas but I can really feel it in my abs.  Lots of tightness now, so I’m hoping for soreness tomorrow.  The moves were easy enough and fun to do too!  I’d recommend this workout!

Five Minute Arms was five minutes of my arms burning with pain, it was great!  The moves were simple but really worked my arms, it was the perfect combination.  I felt sore the next day and would certainly recommend that you give this workout a try.

Monday Motivation

Amen.

I had a very off weekend when it came to clean eating and so I was never more thrilled then when I woke up this morning and it was Monday.  Monday means the start of a new week, the start of something new and wonderful.  On Monday the opportunities are endless.  It is the beginning of a week and the beginning of a vast set of choices that I get to make.  I love Mondays.

Welcome to Monday Motivation everyone and may I just say that today was one of the best workout Mondays of my life.  I had an absolutely exhilarating cardio interval workout followed by the Abs Abs Abs workout I introduced to you guys last week. It was wonderful.  I was dripping in sweat and having so much fun.

Today I remembered why I do this.  Yes, I want flat abs.  Yes, I want to be healthy.  Yes, I want to be in the best shape of my life.  But I do this because I love it.  I love how it feels when I’m pushing myself hard and I’m breathing hard and I’m covered in sweat.  That is bliss to me.  I love that.

So at the end of the day, at the end of this Monday, I realized that I love fitness because it makes me happy.  Today, I fell in love with fitness all over again, and that made for the best Monday Motivation I could ask for.

Have a great week everyone!  Take advantage of every opportunity you can!

No One Is Perfect

You missed a workout.  It’s ok.  You ate an entire pint of ice cream.  It’s ok.  You ran one mile instead of your intended five.  It’s ok.

It’s ok not to be perfect.  I feel like a lot of days I blog about how much I love my body and how great my workout was or how wonderful I feel when I take good care of my body, but sometimes I think I overlook the ability to tell you about my failures.  I am not perfect, and it’s ok.

Yesterday I ate half a loaf of this delicious blueberry bread that my dad was given for Christmas.  Then I ate a good amount of Godiva dark chocolate truffles and mac and cheese for dinner.  So yesterday was an off day for me.  But it’s ok, I’m not perfect and I don’t have to be all the time.  Sometimes I get so needy for a snack that I eat an entire box of cereal.  So take solace in the fact that it happens, to all of us.

It’s ok to have off days.  It’s ok to fall of your clean eating plan or your exercise regimen because we are human and we make mistakes.  None of us are perfect so it’s ok to have a bad day or make a bad choice.

It’s ok not to be perfect.  I’m not, you’re not, no one is.  Don’t beat yourself up because you made a mistake, because no one is perfect, and that is ok, it’s perfectly ok not to be perfect.

Don’t Stop

Don’t forget; you will get there, it will be worth it, and you can do it.  Do not let today’s struggles define you, let them help you create the beauty in your life.  One day you will look back and the struggle will have been worth it and you will be happier then you ever thought you could be.

Don’t stop.  You can do it.

5 Minute Arms

5 Minute Arms

I found this arms workout on Shape Magazine online and I can’t wait to try it.  I always struggle with arms because if I don’t see results right away I quit or slack off the intensity.  I’m hoping that this workout will help me get through an arms workout with fun and with the prospect of results.

Look for my thoughts on it soon!  I’ll be trying it out tomorrow!