What a year its been! I feel like I've taken life by the horns this year. I finally took control, stopped complaining, stopped making excuses and just got stuff done. Not that i've been perfect, far from it, but I feel like I made big progress. I'm so proud of myself for being able to say that! The last few years on my birthday I've looked back at my goals with a lot of disappointment, I always felt like I failed. NOT THIS TIME!
A few things I accomplished since this time last year:
-I have lost about 26 pounds.
-I competed in 2 triathlons, besting my previous personal best by about 25 minutes.
-I ran several 5k's without walking.
-I bought a road bike and have peddled it approximately 350 miles in the last 4 months.
-I swam approximately 70 miles.
Obviously those are all from one area of my life, but I feel like taking control of my body, and learning to take care of myself has made me a better person all around. I'm being a better mother, a better wife and a better me. I'm still far from perfection, but I'm happy to be happy and moving forward finally. Ryan and I also made huge improvements to how we track our finances, that has helped us tremendously. We also started a new thing to help us keep our house in better order, and that is helping me a ton too.
I've really been looking forward to turning 30. I feel like its a new beginning. A new decade! I'm looking forward to experiencing my family in this next stage of our lives. My kids are getting older and more independent. I love seeing them grow into their personalities, I can't wait to see how they keep evolving. In just a short few years all of my kids will be in school and I'll have some spare time, imagine that! I'm also looking forward to what I can become. I've experienced just a taste of what i'm capable of and I love it! I want to keep pushing myself to be better and stronger. I have big goals for the future and I'm seriously looking forward to knocking them down one at a time. No more fear! No more doubting myself! Bring it on 30's, i'm ready for you!
Some goals for the coming year:
-Compete in 2-3 more triathlons and improve my times.
-Run a couple more 5k's.
-Run a 10k.
-Feel like a runner! :)
-Create my best body.
-Find my spiritual center.
-Revel in the joy of life and motherhood.
Just for some photo proof of my progress, here are a few pictures taken last Summer:
And recent photos:
(Pictures courtesy of my awesome friend Amy Beardshall! More to come!)