So after being gone for so long from the site, I thought it would be good to write a blog to catch folks up on what I've been doing since September.
Overall, not a whole lot, as far as my healthy lifestyle goes. I still take my lunch to work most days, but I haven't been really overly concerned with avoiding eating out or getting in my fitness minutes or anything. I think I just was in a bit of a funk. And I'm not even going to berate myself for the weight gain because of it. It's life, and it's okay... I was getting far too fixated on the scale and results anyway. I'd lost my focus on just being a stronger, fitter, healthier me. So hopefully I can keep that as my focus now.
Personally, we've had ups and downs over the last few months. One major "up" is my new job! For over two years now, I've been wanting to get into the trust department with my bank. My patience and perseverance have finally paid off, and as of December 9, I'm working downtown and supporting one of the trust officers. So far, I'm really enjoying the position, and I look forward to the new opportunities and professional growth available in it.
One of the major "downs" was the death of Steve's grandmother. She was 97 years old, so she'd lived a full life, but it was still a sad loss. Luckily, we were able to make it out to see her shortly before her death, and Steve was able to say good-bye. He also was able to make it to the funeral and see some of the family he hasn't seen in years. So some good came of it.
A few other things that happened while I was on my hiatus:
Steve and I attempted to climb our first 14er - Mt. Elbert. We made it to about 13,200 feet before the weather made us turn back. We also learned that climbing up was within our capabilities, but going down was just too rough on Steve's knees. So it's unlikely that we'll be doing much more mountain climbing in that manner.
Steve had surgery to fix an old surgical wound that was continually reopening. The doctor did a great job and all is well in that area.
We got the red Nova running, although it still needs a good bit of work before it's really drive-able.
We had a lovely Thanksgiving with our friends. We definitely ate way too much, but it was all so wonderful!
Our friend Mikey, who'd been crashing on our couch since mid-July, finally found a place where he could have a room of his own. While we love him, it was great to get our living room back!
Our Christmas was wonderful, and Steve REALLY outdid himself on my gifts. He purchased a red Keurig (one cup coffee maker) and got his friend to make him some black spot stickers to turn it into a LADYBUG Keurig! It's the best gift EVER! He's such a wonderful guy!
I'm really looking forward to the new year and all that it will bring. I'm planning on running in several races again this year - definitely want to run in the Running o' the Green Lucky 7K in March again; also can't wait to do the Spartan Sprint at Fort Carson again in May. I'll be looking for other fun runs to participate in as well. I probably won't do any more color runs, because I really didn't enjoy those last year, but I might do a few more night time runs, like the Rave Run or Firefly Run. We'll see what other fun things I can find to keep me going.
I'm going to start back at my boot camp this coming week (if my back will allow it). Since I work downtown now, I plan to walk/run to boot camp and then probably take the light rail home (or be picked up by my sweetie). As the weather allows, I will also start running more in my neighborhood. I also hope to keep up with my yoga practice as it really helps to center me.
One of the biggest challenges that I will have to overcome in this new job is the presence of lots of temptations! In my previous position, I worked mostly alone in a basement. Now that I work with lots of other people, there will be lots of temptations to snack on the various foods that colleagues put in the kitchen to share. I've already been struggling with that in my first couple of weeks. I'm pretty sure between that stuff and all the holiday foods that I've gained like 10 pounds! So I'll have to get back in the mindset to avoid those yummy tempting things!
Anyway, I hope that everyone has enjoyed the holidays and is looking forward to a new year!