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Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Year in the Making

1 year. 12 months. 52 weeks. 365 days. 8,765 hours. 525,600 minutes. No matter what way you measure it, it will never compare to the measurement of how much my life has changed over this last year. 

A year ago today I had my first training session with my personal trainer. This was the day that set everything in motion for the last year. And I thank God every day that I got my butt in that gym, got over my fear and embarrassment and opened myself up to someone who could help me. 

It's crazy to think that the only reason that I even went to him in the first place was because I had won four free sessions. And I'm glad that I won those. They changed my life. He has helped change my life. 

Over the last year I have put in a lot of hours at the gym and a ton of hard work, sweat, tears and given up a lot of things that I loved. Cake, cookies, ya know, the good stuff! But I wouldn't trade any of it. Every part of this past year has gotten me to where I am today. And where I am today is the best place I have ever been. 

My Before and After
I love the life that I lead now. And I can't imagine living any other type of lifestyle. And to think about all of the cool things that I have done over the past year that I would have never even attempted before, well it just makes me smile. And it makes me really damn proud of myself and everything I have accomplished. 

Things I have done or accomplished over the last year include:

-Losing a total of 67 lbs
-Down to 18% body fat which is considered to be an "Athlete's" body 
-Ran my first 5k
-Ran in the Big Dog Brag and Dirty Dash mud obstacle courses
-Ran and completed my first Tough Mudder!!!!!!!!
-Became the person I always knew I could and wanted to be

It has been a hell of a year. So many people have helped and supported me along the way and I appreciate it so much. But a special thank you goes out to my Husband for supporting me through all of this and being okay with me spending our money on training. Also, my family and friends (that includes all of you!) who have shown unconditional love and support. And last, thank you to my trainer. I could have never done this without you. You freaking rock at what you do and I appreciate all the help you have given me. And I am glad that I can not only call you my trainer, but a friend. 

Like I said at the beginning of this post, you can measure a year in months, weeks, days, hours and seconds. But I could never measure how much this past year has changed my life and how much it will affect the rest of my life going forward. 


Friday, October 31, 2014

Five on Friday

Happy Friday! And Happy Halloween!! Let's jump into some Five on Friday. 

1-Happy Birthday to my MIL! I hope it is a great Birthday and I am sure you are excited to have all of your family around for it this year. Hope it is the best one yet!

2-Congratulations to my Brother-In-Law and soon to be Sister-In-Law! They are getting married tomorrow and I am very excited for them! We wish you guys all the best and know that your wedding will be beautiful.

3-Taylor Swift, you have done it again. Your new CD is freaking amazeballs! I can't stop listening to it! Slightly obsessed actually. 

4-KB, thanks for an awesome date the other night. Our night consisted of buying the new Taylor Swift CD (the original reason for our date to begin with, duh!) shoe shopping and a delicious dinner at Olive Garden. I had a lot of fun and can't wait to hang out again soon!

5-Happy Halloween! Hope everyone has a great and very safe night!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

No Excuses

Ever have one of those huge moments of realization and clarity? Yeah, I had one of those yesterday. I already knew this but it really hit me yesterday that I am not the same person I was at this time last year. 

What prompted this? After being up since 5 am and spending 13+ hours in a car driving to Missouri, my ass still went to the little gym here at our hotel and put in a kick ass hour long workout at 10 o' clock at night! A year ago I would have looked at someone like myself and thought they were nuts. Now? I thrive off of it! I am that crazy person that works out on Vacation and makes sure that no matter what is thrown at me, I get my workout in. That is something that I am damn proud of! 

I can never use the excuse that I don't have time for a workout again. And I am absolutely okay with that. I love the new person I have become and the attitude and mentality that I have. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

PHR Exam

I've been meaning to write about this for a while now, but just haven't been able to find the time. This past September I started taking a class on Wednesday nights from 6 to 9 pm to help me get prepared for the PHR Exam that I am taking in December. For those that don't know what that is, PHR stands for Professional in Human Resources. 

I took over some of the HR responsibilities at my work a few years ago and after some discussion, my Boss decided that it would probably be a good idea for me to get certified in the HR field. Not sure if I have ever mentioned this but my College degree is in Accounting and my normal day to day job is in Accounting, so this whole HR thing has definitely been interesting over the last few years. It's a whole world on its own and navigating it isn't always easy. 

These are the study materials they handed out the first day of class! Yikes!
So far the classes haven't been too bad. There is a ton of extra reading and studying outside of class though. I sometimes get overwhelmed with how much there is, but I suck it up and get through it anyways. This whole process has definitely reminded me of when I was in College. I forgot how much I dislike reading for things like this, haha! 

I only have three more weeks of classes left. And I am actually going to miss one of them(tonight's class), so technically two weeks. But I have a ton of reading to do just for those two classes. Ugh. I just keep telling myself that it will all be worth it in the end when I pass my test. Not to mention I am actually learning a lot and can already see how I can start applying it. 

Overall I think taking this class is for the best. It will help advance my career and give me a better understanding of what I should be doing on a day to day basis in regards to all of the HR stuff that comes my way at work. I just can't wait for it to all be done with though. I take my exam on December 5th and will know immediately whether I pass or fail. Gotta love the technology we have now that can give you your results instantly. 

Well, wish me luck everyone! I still have lots of studying to do, but that test will be here before I know it! 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Off to Missouri

Happy Friday! Confused by that statement? Ha! Today is my Friday and it is only Tuesday. Yesssssss!!!!

Tomorrow morning we are leaving at O' Dark Thirty and heading off to Springfield, MO for my Brother-In-Law's wedding. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone and visiting with my Nephews, and of course the Wedding and a little bit of pampering the day before, but I am not looking forward to the 13-14 hour car ride that it is going to take to get there. Yuck!

Luckily I have plenty of stuff to keep me busy. Reading, studying, my phone, the oh so beautiful scenery that will be Kansas. Yeah, good stuff!  And I have already packed probably way too many snacks. Hey, you have to have some options. Right?! 

And I did find out yesterday that the hotel we are staying at has a small gym! Yessss!!!!! I can still get my workouts in. I might have to get up early to get them in, but I don't mind. It's crazy how much your priorities change sometimes. This is essentially a mini vacation and I am worried about getting a workout in. Oh man. I am definitely not the person I was a year ago, haha! But I am damn proud of that! 

I am working on scheduling some posts for the rest of the week so that I hopefully have something for everyone to read while I am away. I make no promises for a post for each day though. 

Okay lovelies, I hope you have a great rest of your week. And don't be too jealous that today is my Friday. I mean I do have to sit in a car tomorrow for 13+ hours. No one wants to do that. 

Have a great week!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekend Recap

Good Morning! It's Monday, which I would normally hate, but today is technically my Thursday, so no complaints from me today! Here's what went down in my neck of the woods this weekend. 

Friday night I headed straight from work to my SIL's house so that we could get started on our costumes for the 5k we were running the next day. We didn't do anything to extravagant. We just made a tutu and wrist bands and hair bows and head bands. It took longer than I expected, but part of that was due to us taking a break to go get my Niece's Halloween costumes. And holy crap! I didn't realize how expensive Halloween costumes were. I almost never buy one anymore, so it was kind of a shock to see that one costume was $35 or more. Yikes!

I ended up not getting home til about 11 or so and immediately went to bed. I knew that I had to be up early in order to finish the last few pieces of our costumes and not to mention the 5k was at 9:30. So yeah, I was going to be up early. 

Saturday morning I was up at 5:30. I got my breakfast and then got started on the last few pieces of our costumes. Once I finished with those I got myself ready and then headed out to go pick up my SIL, my Nieces and my little Nephew. We left their house around 8:30 and headed up to Palmer Lake to participate in the Creepy Crawl 5k. 

We had a blast. My Nieces got to wear their costumes which they were over the moon about. My official time was 31:53. I was a little bummed because I wanted to be under 30 minutes, but unfortunately it didn't happen. But I have something to shoot for when I run the Turkey Trot next month on Thanksgiving day. I still didn't do too bad though. I was 11th out of 27 in my age division and I was 180 overall out of 480 something participants. Not too shabby if you ask me.

After the 5k was over there was a 1 mile kids fun run. So my Nieces and my SIL went ahead and ran that while I took my Nephew and walked it. We had him in the chest carrier and running with him in that is impossible, so I took my time and just walked it with him. 

After all the 5k festivities, I dropped my family back off at their place and then headed home. On my way I grabbed some lunch for the Hubs and myself and then went home and scarfed that down. I was starving. We didn't have any plans for the rest of the day, so we sat down on the couch and watched TV for the rest of the afternoon. I also took a good hour long nap on the couch only to be woken up by a certain puppy jumping on me and licking my face. If he wasn't so cute, I would have been mad, but he's adorable, so yeah.

After my awesome nap, I ran to the grocery store and did a little shopping for the week and then headed home to make dinner. I did nothing the rest of the night. It was awesome. I needed a little bit of down time, so it was perfect.

Sunday I was up early so that I could check my Fantasy Football line-up. When you have Calvin Johnson on your roster and there is a possibility that he isn't going to play and their game happens to be in London and starting at 7:30 am,  you have to make it a priority to check his status. Glad I did. He ended up not playing again, so I am definitely glad I checked it.

I spent the rest of my morning watching football and getting some reading done for my classes. Around 12:30 I loaded up the puppy and we headed out to go hiking for a little bit. We hiked for about an hour and then headed back home.

Shortly after getting home the Hubs and I headed up to Denver. We had a few stores we needed to go to and I also had to pick my friends up from the airport. So we went to our stores and got our errands done, grabbed some dinner and then headed to the airport.

We didn't get home until after 9:30, so it made for a long day, but we did get a few things done that we have been meaning to do up in Denver, so it all worked out.

How about you guys? How was your weekend?


Friday, October 24, 2014

Five on Friday

Happy Friday everyone! This week flew by and I am very thankful for that. How about some Five on Friday?

1-I apparently didn't get the memo about not coming to work today. I pulled into the parking lot right at 8 and there was almost no one here. WTH?! Oh well! I guess I will sit here and slave the day away, haha! Just kidding!

2-Broncos played a hell of a game last night! And it wasn't a bad night for my Fantasy team either considering I have Emmanuel Sanders on it and he scored 3 touchdowns. That's right! 3! 

3-My SIL and I are running in the Creepy Crawl 5k tomorrow. I'm pretty excited about it. And I am excited to make our costumes tonight! A tutu is in my future!

4-It's hard to believe but it has almost been a year since I started working with my personal trainer. I went back and found the posts from when I started working with him last year and it is pretty cool to see how far I have come in just under a year. I don't think I fully realized what I was capable of at that point last year. So to look back at it now and to say "I finally did it!" feels pretty amazing! And I am so thankful that I have such a great trainer who saw what I was capable of when I couldn't. You can read those posts from last year here, here and here

5-Thank goodness it is Friday!! 

Have a good weekend!