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And suddenly it’s February! When did that happen? No seriously. Okay well, maybe I know where it went. January kind of flew by in a whirlwind of all kinds of crazy things that had very little to do with fitness and a lot to do with getting healthy.

Yes, there is a difference between the two.

And now, it’s February, and with that comes a new month with new challenges and a bunch of new things and I’m feeling pretty optimistic and positive because of it.

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Earlier this morning, I weighed myself. I try to be very careful when it comes to weighing myself because I have a tendency to become very obsessed with the number I see on the scale. But I knew since I was basically starting my fitness journey all over again, knowing what my weight was at the start of it is the only way to judge improvements. And once I got on the scale I got frustrated and disappointed.

I saw what the scale said at the doctor’s office two Thursdays ago, and then again last Tuesday but I didn’t realize how close that number was to the actual number. Major bummer, Batman. BUT – I refuse to dwell on it negatively. Becuase a start is a start and this is my new start.

And the best way to measure your progress is to know where you are starting from.

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It's a food thing

Everyone who is obsessed with fitness will tell you that abs aren’t made in the gym, they are made in the kitchen. Well, I’m not looking for 6 pack abs at this point in my life, but I do want to drop some weight and in order to do that, I need to clean up my diet. Which, for me, is easier said than done.

2015 was the kind of year that I just said “screw it” and ate, drank, and noshed to my hearts content with very little concern about my health and weight. I was stress eating, eating out a lot, drinking far too much soda and alcohol, and just basically wallowing in a massive pile of self-pity and ice cream.

Was it a bad move? Absolutely. Do I regret it? Not in the least.

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Hello, 2016 (1)

While the new year started 10 days ago, I feel like I’ve been going a mile a minute. On the first of the year, Dreamboat’s parents came down from South Carolina and whisked us away to a cruise vacation as our Christmas present from them. Then, as we got back from the trip, I got hit with the worst allergy reaction (and the quickest, if I’m really honest) and have been laid up with sinus hell. (I’m on a combination of Claritin, Flonase, Saline solution, and hot green tea.) I’m also still nursing a banged up tail bone from a major fall I took on New Years Day thanks to being stupid and wearing flip flops. That pair has since been thrown out.

The in-laws left today, and instead of taking a few hours to be lazy, Dreamboat and I jumped into the kitchen and did a major purge. We cleaned out the fridge, the freezer, the pantry… we have four bags of trash to go out. Then we tackled our bedroom closet. We have a giant pile of stuff to go to Goodwill and another bag of trash. He ran off to Belk to buy some work pants and I sat down and did some work for my job here at home.

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Hello, 2016

If you are a regular here, then you know that 2015 was kind of horrendous for me. Between injuries, losing my car, losing my job, dealing with marital issues, family drama, the ugliness of my depression flaring up and everything else that comes with it…. 2015 was by far the worst year ever.

And I could sit here and rehash all of that, but I’m finding that I just don’t want to. There are far to many good things that are now happening in my world that should be the main focus of my life. I have a kick ass job that I love, I have a new car that I adore, I have a better relationship with my husband that is getting better every day, and while I still hurt from time to time, I’m learning how to do things better so to keep injuries at bay and love the physical things that I am doing. I’m being more realistic with myself, both emotionally and physically, so that I can set myself up for success instead of failure… and I am surrounded by people who are willing to support me in this new adventure.

That being said, I have some high hopes for 2016. It’s already starting out with a bang: I have a cruise vacation with my in laws starting on Monday. It is our Christmas gift from them. I plan on running on the trip, once my tail bone is less sore (Oh, I didn’t tell you. I totally wiped out and landed hard on my tail bone. It HURTS.) Once we get back, it’s go time. I have a lot of races on the planner and hope to be able to participate in all that I can. I’m also going to be doing other fitness challenges along the way as well.

I’m excited to see how things go this year. I’m filled with hope and excitement, determination and focus.

Tell me, what are some of your goals? I’ll share mine when I finish the list! :)

Short Hiatus

Hello, readers. I shared this on my Facebook Page, but will let you know here as well.

I’m going to take a short hiatus for the rest of this year and will be back after the first of the year. I’ve had a lot of family stuff come up in the past week, and I need some time to spend with them.

My husband was in the hospital, then my Father In Law was in the hospital for surgery, and then my Grandfather died… all within 5 days.

For those of you who will ask me, Dreamboat is fine. He had a food obstruction that caused a 4 CM tear in his esophagus and now we are playing the soft food/liquid diet for a few months until it’s healed. My FIL was in the hospital for surgery due to prostate cancer (that I just found out about) and my Grandfather died on Wednesday, December 9th. It was my father’s father, and those of you who are avid readers know the health drama series that is my father. I spent the evening with him last night and it was tough. (I still think he needs to go to the doctor)

Needless to say, I need to focus on my family right now, but I will still be posting on the Facebook Page and the Instagram page, so feel free to head over to either one and chat with me there.

My goal is to have a revamped and refocused blog launched just after the new year, and hope that you will stick around to join me. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Love, Jamie

Hello, December…

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And in a blink of an eye, it’s suddenly December. Radios are filled with Christmas carols, shoppers are out and about scouring the stores for the perfect gift for their loved ones, twinkling lights are strung up on rooftops, and it’s still in the high 70s in Florida.

Despite everything, I’m really excited about December.

It’s usually my favorite month: The temps are finally dropping and that means cooler running, the holidays usually mean happier people, and I’m a big holiday freak. Granted, we aren’t exactly doing anything for the holidays this year except for sleeping in and spending time with each other – a rarity right now – but I’m excited nonetheless.

And after two slow but successful races at the end of November – I’m feeling more positive and motivated than ever.

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