It’s been a whirlwind of a year so far – and now that we’re halfway through it, here I am again! Things got a little out of control since moving north and having to deal with ACTUAL winters again, ugh. But now it’s beautiful, beach weather here and, lucky for me, my husband mounted a bunch of fans all over the garage.
So in the last few months we’ve gone through a lot of changes in our household, outside of the big move, and I think we’re finally seeing the calm after the storm.
So – what have I been up to the last 6-ishy months?
I started a new job! Super randomly came across a job posting in our local newspaper (how old school of me) applied on Thursday, interviewed Friday, started Monday, boss left me for a week…. I basically do event planning across 4 markets with something going on almost every week. It’s a really small office so we’re really busy all the time – which is nice because the day’s pass quickly. Not so nice for keeping up with the blog since the last thing I want to do after a long day is log onto my computer.
Now that I’ve joined my husband in the 30’s club – he felt he could share with me how old and stiff his joints feel at the start of a winter workout. We’re kindred now that we’re in the same decade again.
With that confession came the real reason behind it – he wanted to purchase more gym equipment. (Insert eye roll and smirk here). He got a little spoiled using the ergometer at my parents house when we first got up north and really wanted one for himself. But have you ever shopped for an erg? Man are they expensive! And for me, I get flashbacks of high school crew, staring at the white wall of the cafeteria, erging my heart out. Why someone would spend SO much money on such a torturous machine is a bit beyond me… I digress. They are a great piece of equipment – I get that. I just, I can’t, not quite yet. Maybe just a little…
Today’s the day – another decade begins! 30 doesn’t scare me. And I’m so fortunate to have so many amazing people up and down the east coast that love me. It took me 30 years to accumulate all these amazing people and memories and experiences, I can’t wait to see what the next 30 brings!
I created this blog to capture my journey, mainly my fitness journey, but that must include the rest of my life too. Fitness is a large part of who I am – from working as a trainer to training as an athlete -it’s almost always on my mind. I can’t ever fully separate myself from it so either my decisions affect my fitness or my fitness affects my decisions – its all connected! And at this time – we made a huge decision that flips our whole world.
I did it! I accomplished the goal I set for myself in March – to get the Spartan Trifecta in 2016. Sprint, Super, Beast. Done.
It’s been a week since the Spartan Beast race and I still don’t really know what to say about it. It was grueling, long, exhausting, taxing, muddy, chilly, exciting, sweaty, competitive, strong, totally worth it.
Early New Year’s Resolution: to not neglect my blog! I really enjoy sharing with those of you who are reading and hope I can bring you even more helpful info, interesting articles and workout inspiration…. I’ll get a jump on my 2017 resolution and start bringing those things to you NOW!
First things first:
I want to share this vegan (don’t let that stop you from reading!) fall recipe I’ve been obsessing over. This recipe is super easy, delicious, and can be adapted to your taste buds pretty easily. Seriously, I’ve made it like 4 times in 2 weeks. And now my mouth is watering so I might have to make it again today. This recipe comes courtesy of ‘Veggie Inspired Journey‘ blog.
Over the weekend – I flew up to Philly to support my mom in her first Spartan race! Being up there for less than 48 hours was worth it to be with her as she finished.
My mom needed a new goal. Telling herself to “get in shape” wasn’t cutting it. She needed a bigger reason, something to push for, an end goal… Hearing our race stories, she decided that would be her new goal – to finish a sprint. So she signed us up and got out to the garage to train.
OK – I need to have a serious heart to heart with myself.
I did the Spartan Super in early August. I am very proud of the work I put into my training for it and my outcome at the race. I let myself slack a little bit the rest of the month. Not a lot, but enough. The biggest race in the series is coming up in LESS THAN 2 MONTHS. Time to get back in the game!
Now that I’ve gotten that out there, and reread it out loud so I fully comprehend, it’s time to put the game face on. With August being such a crazy month, I haven’t worked out as hard as I was in the early summer months. And that’s ok. Sometimes you just need to take a little break. But now I know I need to gear up or I’m going to regret it come late October.
August was such a busy month for us – I was traveling somewhere every weekend which meant week days were full of prepping and packing.
We headed back to New Jersey (twice in 1 month for me!) for a beautiful wedding. Loaded our 3 dogs for a 12 hour ride – but the weekend was definitely worth it.
The bride is a forever family friend and someone who I grew up looking up to. Since she’s about 5 years older than me, I always thought of her as a sister figure when I was younger, but as we grew we became friends and have travelled as far away as the Czech Republic together. So yeah – I had to be there when she married the guy who put a smile on her face that hasn’t faded since day 1. Seriously though – these 2 are all smiles all the time together.
(And the rehearsal dinner was on the Atlantic City Steel Pier and they were giving us helicopter rides soooo we had to take advantage of that. How cool!)
Oh and – I started a new job! This is my final week shadowing and if all has gone well (which I’m feeling pretty confident in) I’ll be a trainer at a private/semi-private training studio.
I’m pretty excited about it. Classes max out at 4 people so it’s a very hands on approach to working out. And I can basically make any workouts I want – as long as my clients are happy!
And my last update is that I am studying for the NASM personal trainer certification. After quite a bit of research I landed on NASM being the best choice for me. It’s well respected, I couldn’t find any negative feedback, and I think it will give me a really solid background. I’m excited to learn more, apply it and be legit!
What’s new with you? Any fun workouts or classes you tried in August? Anything exciting coming up this fall?
After an awesome bachelorette weekend in Savannah celebrating my beautiful friend and neighbor – I was ready to do something fun yet hard for my workout Monday morning. Surfset!
I can guarantee most people do not have a Surfset board of their own. That’s OK. This workout is still tough on the floor but even better if you have a BOSU ball or bladder to use with some of the exercises.