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My Favorite Things

I was thinking of posting some goals for 2012 but then I remember how I did that before and it didn’t turn out so well. Saying my goals out loud pretty much puts the nail in the coffin for those goals and I don’t do resolutions. I’m a believer in making change happen no matter what time of year it is. So let’s just say I do have fitness and eating goals that are already in motion and hopefully I don’t crap them up like usual.

Instead, I’ll talk about some of my favorite things from the past year. 🙂

1. Running the Gasparilla Half Marathon. I felt like crap through this whole race, but it was so well run, the weather was perfect, and the course was beautiful. It’s my favorite half marathon of the 10 I’ve run.

2.  Running the Sarasota Half Marathon. I lived in Bradenton for 20 years, so this race was like going back home. And I proved that you can PR (2:02:41) even when you have to poop real bad the last 5 miles.

3.  Working hard for months and getting down to 17.5% body fat from 23%. I was really proud of that, but then I screwed it up with a downward spiral of cupcakes and beer (not at the same time). Now I’m not sure I want to know what my body fat  is, but I’m finding out next week anyway.

4.  An impromptu cruise to the Bahamas. This trip was booked 3 days before we were due to leave. It was a lot of fun and so nice to get away for just a few days. We did some kayaking and I got to parasail for the first time after a questionable cab ride in Nassau.

5.  Joining my first running group, meeting some awesome people in that group, and training to run a marathon. Then running my first marathon in Savannah. Not a great experience for me, but I finished and that’s what counts. I’m probably most proud of finishing this race. It was hard. It sucked. And I wanted to quit.

Plus, for the first time ever it was cold enough during a race to get those awesome warming covers afterwards. I was so excited for one of those. What are they called anyway?

6.  A short vacation in Vegas with a little half marathon tacked on for good measure. I had a ton of fun in Vegas and this was the first race my hubs ever came to. It may be the last since I was so sick he pretty much had to carry me back to the hotel afterwards.

7.  Running my second marathon and realizing that a race can finally be good. Really, really good.

I’m looking forward to a lot of things next year. Hopefully a vacation with the hubs to a yet-to-be-determined destination (San Fran, Vancouver, and Juneau are at the top of my list), visiting my family in San Diego, and running 3 half marathons by March that I hope to rock the pants off of. Those halves will be wearing NO pants after I’m done with them.

What was your favorite thing about 2011?

What are you looking forward to the most in 2012?


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The Holiday Post

I was in such a bad mood yesterday. Everything was upsetting me and nothing was making me feel better. My Christmas shopping isn’t done, I hate my hair, I don’t get to see my family for the holidays, and when I stepped on the scale, I got the high score.


Just when I was starting to feel a little better later in the day, this happened.


I didn’t even know nail polish bottles could break without some major effort. That happened after a 2 inch fall from my hand to the floor. Polish got all over my bathroom floor, cabinets, and me. Freakin’ awesome.

Anyway, since the holiday season should be filled with cheer and all I’m doing is whining about my first world problems, I thought I would list a few things that make me happy about the holidays in an effort to stop being such a whiney baby.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Probably my favorite Christmas movie of all time. I swear I laugh every time I see Clark running up the stairs with the squirrel on his back. And apparently you can buy that squirrel.

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Egg Nog

People seem to either love or hate egg nog. I love it. Especially on top of vanilla ice cream. I love it even more now that I found this when searching for pictures of egg nog.


Everything is closed Christmas Day

I always have to be doing something or running errands. It’s annoying. When I’m watching TV, I can’t even make it through a commercial without feeling the need to get up and clean or go somewhere. So I love that Christmas forces me to do nothing and relax. And I love going to the movies on Christmas Day.

Cold Weather

I love the cold. Not that I would know anything about that since it was 85 degrees in Orlando yesterday and my 8 mile run this morning was done in shorts and a tank top. Lame. I am in serious need of a cold front.

Boots and Scarves

It’s a scientific fact that I look better in boots and scarves than in any other article of clothing. Something about the fat calf to double chin coverage ratio that really works for me. Plus, if you wear a scarf just right, you only have to style the top half of your hair.

So tell me, what’s your favorite thing about the holiday season?

Do you and your significant other set a limit on how much money you spend or have a limit on the number of gifts you buy for each other?


I hope you all have a really safe and happy holiday. 🙂


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