Monday, November 18, 2013

My November "Projects" and 2014 Competition Commitment

Why hello blog... long time no post! Believe me, not because I've been short on topics... but blog writing time had to be pushed aside for a little bit as work, and just life in general, kept me busier than ever.

Fall and Spring are my craziest seasons in my wellness manager job.  I'm coordinating a number of fun projects and programs, which is cool, but it definitely makes for long days.

Work stuff aside... some of the more fun, personal "projects" keeping me busy this month have included...

Spending time with my adorable twin nieces... now 20 months old and talking up a storm

FaceTiming on the laptop

Watching the Red Sox win the World Series... playoff season did not bode well for my 4:30am wake-up's but it was worth it!

Duck Boat Parade!




Even the duck boats grew beards

Taking my 1st trampoline fitness class... and literally having the most fun I've ever had in a group ex class

I felt like I was 13 again!

Becoming newly obsessed with healthy baking... and equally obsessed with substituting unlikely, healthier ingredients for unhealthy ingredients (such as replacing butter with avocado in chocolate chip cookies!).

Protein breakfast bars (pic taken just before it was cut into bars)

Chocolate chip avocado cookies... they were delish but working on making them even better

Continuing my streak of running a road race and attending a concert each month... the road races will get put on hold during the winter months though.

Toad the Wet Sprocket -- one of my FAVE '90's bands

Racing in my 2nd Fenway Park Spartan Race... and my team beating last year's time by 6+ minutes!  My race recap will be posted as soon as the official Spartan pictures are released!

Team Resinators, just before go-time :)
And finally, after much contemplation, starting to train for my 3rd bikini show in spring 2014... and feeling better than ever :)




I did not compete this year because my heart just wasn't in it.  For some reason, I lost the desire and passion that I had when competing in 2011 and 2012... so I decided to give it a break after my last show in April 2012 and try other fitness activities.

However, during the course of this year, thoughts of competing have been gradually creeping back into my mind...

...And I started to get curious... if this is really something I want... what can I do differently to MAINTAIN my healthier lifestyle even AFTER competing (something I've historically had trouble with) and not burn myself out again?

Even though I'm (obviously) getting older each year, I know that if I put forth a concerted effort to try my best and work hard at my fitness and nutrition, I will be even healthier by the time I turn 40 than I was at 20. However, as we all know, that is easier said then done.

Although I work in health and wellness for a living, nutrition is not my strong suit.  Therefore, I am thrilled to once again be training under the tutelage of my former coach, also a registered dietitian.  I really missed working with her and knew I wanted her guidance if I did decide to take this step.... because even coaches need coaches! :)


Throughout my training, I plan to post regular updates of my progress, including favorite strength and HIIT circuits, plus new healthy recipes that are keeping my taste buds happy.

I got sidetracked a bit last week with a NASTY sinus infection that kept me out of the gym for almost a week - I'm a big believer in listening to your body and my body was screaming at me to rest - but with my goal in mind, I'm well-rested and back on track this week!

What are some of YOUR upcoming health and fitness goals??  What helps keep you on track?
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