Follow my journey from being overweight and addicted to ice cream, to running marathon's!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Looking back and looking ahead

And just like that, 2017 is gone!
I only ran 7 half marathons, which isn’t many for me. My big thing for the year was hiking the Grand Canyon. The plan was to hike rim to rim to rim, but I passed out at mile 17, so we didn’t get to finish. But that was definitely the highlight of my year! The highlight being that I miraculously lived. 

In January my father-in-law passed away, so it’s been a year of learning to live a new normal without him. 
I had liposuction, and then liposuction revision 6 months later.
My precious niece finished her chemo and is cancer free as of this summer and forever!
I turned 40. Gulp. 
I got a new position at the bank where I work, which I love. It’s so nice to love my job!
I celebrated my 11th wedding anniversary. 
I had some impossible times as a wife and stepparent, that I thought were going to do me in and be the end of me.

But through it all, God has never left me alone. I couldn’t have survived without Him.

I still love running more than anything, but I definitely didn’t run as much as I have previous years. I didn’t keep track of my miles, but I know they were nowhere near 1000, which is always my goal.

Starting tomorrow I will be meeting with a personal trainer once a week for an hour. We’re going to do strength training, and I told him my goal is to lose 30 pounds and be in excellent shape. So he’s going to help me!
 I also want to become a faster runner. My times are pretty much the same as they were 5 years ago when I started running. That is not good! I know losing weight and really focusing on speed work will help. 

I already have 8 races planned so far for this year, including a local 5K race that I’m helping to put on.
 I would really like to do some different races this year. It seems like I always do the same ones over and over again, but this year I want to do new ones, and definitely more travel. 

Cheers to an amazing 2018!!


  1. I'm the same on doing the same races each time. I'm looking forward to trying a couple new ones this year. :) I'm interested in hearing about the 5K you're helping coordinate! Here's to a great 2018!!

  2. Where did you find a personal trainer? Ive been entertaining that idea myself

  3. This is an article with great content and is extremely useful for all of us. Thank you.




  4. Come to Vegas in Nov for Rock & Roll. :)

    You had quite a year in 2017. Definitely a highlight that you survived the Grand Canyon. ;)

    Happy New Year!!

  5. I like to read your blog post with great information. I get a good idea from this wonderful blog.
    ทางเข้า sbo
    ทางเข้า sbobet

  6. What a big year! And crazy scary Grand Canyon experience. I hope 2018 is.wonderful!

  7. نقدم لكم بعض الخدمات فى الاعمال المنزلية الممثله فى التنظيف الشامل للمنزل ومكافحة الحشرات وعزل الاسطح وكشف تسربات المياة ونقل الاثاث بكل انوعه كل ذلك يساعد فى الحصول علي مظهر رائع بواسطة افضل الفنيين والمتخصصين فى هذا المجال باستخدام احدث المعدات.
    شركة عزل اسطح بابها
    شركة كشف تسربات بابها
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بابها
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بابها
    شركة عزل اسطح بخميس مشيط
    شركة كشف تسربات بخميس مشيط
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بخميس مشيط
    شركة تنظيف منازل بالطائف
    شركة نقل عفش بالطائف

  8. هل تبحث عن شركة متخصصة فى خدمات التنظيف بالطائف بافضل المعدات والسوائل وثقة تمة فى العمل ودقة فى النتائج كل هذه المميزت توفرها شركة الخليج الشركة الافضل والامثل فى الخدمات المنزلية بالطائف وبما اننا الشركة الافضل والامثل بدون منافس سوف نسعى لتوفر افضل الخدمات باقل تكلفة وبقدر كبير من الاهتمام والدقة عزيزى اينما كنت فى اى منطقة ا وحى تابع لمدينة الطائف اتصل بنا وسوف نصلك فى الحال شركة الخليج للخدمات المنزلية شركة تنظيف منازل بالطائف
    شركة تنظيف فلل بالطائف
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بالطائف
    شركة تسليك مجارى بالطائف
    شركة رش مبيدات بالطائف
    شركة مكافحة نمل ابيض بالطائف
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالطائف
    شركة عزل اسطح بالطائف
    شركة عزل خزانات بالطائف

  9. This comment has been removed by the author.

  10. This comment has been removed by the author.

  11. You have made some really good points there. I checked on the internet to learn more about the issue and
    found most individuals will go along with your views on this site.

  12. The article is very good, I like it very much.Here I learned a lot, then I will pay more attention to you.I am impressed by the quality of information on this website .
    abcya | hooda math

  13. These Sort of Content Always Bother me what is right and what is important but you have point out important thing here
    ||happy wheels||@
    ||Fireboy and lavagirl game online at||
    ||total Jerkface happy wheels game||


  14. يسر شركة شام ان تقدم لعملائها في مدينة القطيف افضل الخدمات المنزليه واليوم سوف نقدم لكم خدمة تسليك المجاري بالقطيف وقد حرصنا علي ان تكون الخدمه التي نقدمها خدمه متميزه خدمه متوفر فيها جميع عناصر الاحترافيه والخبره ، وتندرج هذه الخدمه تحت مسمى
    شركة تسليك مجاري بالقطيف
    ومن عناصر التميز التي حرصنا علي توافرها في هذه الخدمه وجميع الخدمات التي نقدمها لعملائنا الكرام المصداقيه واحترام الاتفاقات والمواعيد والحرص والحرص علي الوصول بالخدمه المقدمه الي اعلي درجات الاتقان والجوده ، عزيزي العميل مع شركة شام انت دائما بأمان .


  15. Great post. I used to be checking constantly this blog and I'm inspired! Very useful info specifically the ultimate section :) I take care of such information much. I was seeking this certain info for a long time. Thanks and good luck. outlook login


Thank you for your comments! I reply to each one via email. Please make sure you are not a 'no reply' blogger!

Blogger Template Created by pipdig