We are smack in the middle of November 2013 and holy smokes this year has flown by for me.  I was looking back this morning at where I started and what my ultimate goal was for 2013 for my health and fitness journey, and while through the summer it was tough, I find myself today quite happy with my progress for 2013.

Day 1 of 2013When I started 2013, I began on January 1 with the Whole30 food reset for myself.  I completed the 30 days and followed all the rules.  Ultimately, I lost about 10 pounds, but I also lost inches.  I found myself trying new foods and flavor combinations that I would have never ventured out to try before and I also found a new love for things that have natural sweeteners.  The photos on the right are how I began 2013 and I’m so happy I haven’t looked back!

Finishing PensacolaI committed to my journey in running more than anything this year and I am excited to be fulfilling my dreams of distance racing which will have me completing 10 half marathons by the end of 2013 and in training for  my first Full Marathon in 2014.

Strong Is BeautifulI’ve committed myself to being kinder emotionally to myself and realizing that bigger is not necessarily a bad thing.  I have maintained my weight loss from January and my legs are stronger and more powerful every week.  Some people concentrate on being skinny, but for me just being healthy enough to get out and accomplish my goals of staying fit are enough for me.  Recently, in the news, there was a huge stink about thigh touching, but for me my touching thighs are what keeps me going.  Curvy is beautiful and I’ll own every ounce of my leg thickness!

FitBloggin FunI continue to dream big and be involved as much as I can to bring realistic opportunities to help all shapes, sizes and backgrounds realize that we can be healthy and have fun doing it.  I jump for joy internally, but jumping for joy seeing and reading that followers are also going after their dreams makes every singe second of this thing we call blogging worth it!

Girls on the Run Fundraiser RunEveryone starts at some place on their journey, they set goals and they go after them, most of the time with all their heart and then along the way they lose sight of what they wanted or get wrapped up with the fact that maybe they fell off the wagon along the way.  What we do at those points in our saddest and darkest hour will either make or break us.  So if you find yourself today, 48 days from a new beginning and year, don’t hesitate or wait!  Go ahead and make changes today and if you fall, brush yourself off and know that you are not alone and none of us are not perfect, for tomorrow is a new day and if you can dream it, YOU CAN DO IT!

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