It has been a very long while since I’ve even logged into blogger to begin thinking about writing a post, but as this year is coming to an end, I’ve realized that I do miss it and do want to keep it up. Taking a mini and unscheduled break from blogging was quite nice, and it helped me take some of the pressure off that I put on myself–blogging for me had somehow become about writing because I was supposed to and thinking of things to write about just to get a post up instead of writing because I felt inspired or genuinely had something to share. I will continue blogging more in 2015 with thoughts on fitness, life, and style. It will be more balanced as I again find more balance.
In reflection, 2014 was quite the year for me. I grew in a lot of ways and learned a lot about myself in training for and completing my first full Ironman distance triathlon; I also had three good months of reflection post-race to really focus on what is important to me.
After the race I did partially train until the beginning of November for Rev3 Florida where I raced the Olympic distance triathlon and got second in my age group and sixth female overall. It was a great way to cap off the year of triathlon for me. After that, all bets were off. I did some nothing, a little running, some workout DVDing, and a lot of trying to think about what I like to do.
I have since found more interest in things that I used to enjoy and didn’t get to do much this year (Ironman training does not allow for life balance). I have started hanging out with Tim a lot more, I’ve spent more time reading, we’ve gone out to eat more, and I’ve had time to enjoy being with friends. I have started reading life and style blogs again while also trying to figure out what new goal I’m going to put in front of myself in the workout world. 2015 will be the year of working out by doing the things I like to do; that will entail (of course) swimming, biking, and running, but it will also entail classes and group fitness and sometimes just missing a workout because I won’t have the same tunnel vision on one goal. If anything, my one goal right now is to drop a little weight and better manage my eating habits.
But, to recap the last few months I’ve been missing from the blogging world, here’s what I’ve been up to:
I was named to the Challenge Triathlon Age Group Team!
I’ll be picking my 2015 Challenge races soon and would love to meet up at one of them. If you want to do a Challenge race and want to get 10% off, email me and I’ll share a code with you!
I’ve been cooking once again and really enjoying it!
I’m working on cleaning up our eating, but the holidays proved so hard!
Tim and I visited my family in Chattanooga for Christmas.
It’s always so nice to go home, but to be there when my sister and her boyfriend and Tim were also there made it even better.
I got my hair cut short.
I have always had a hard time with my hair because it’s so thin and breaks off, so when I went to go get my hair cut (something I do very rarely because I hate dealing with it), I just decided to have Amber cut it off. I love the outcome, and I’ve decided that one of my only stated goals for 2015 is going to be to do my hair everyday. I normally wear it up and not fixed nicely 95% of the time and hate how it looks.
We’ve watched movies, tried new restaurants, hung out with friends. I’ve read a book or two and spent a lot of time working. My job changed this year, and I’m really finding my way in it. I love that it’s different every single day that I go to work. I hate when things stay the same.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with your family and loved ones and are ready for the new year! I cannot believe how quickly this year passed!