Happy New Year!

Here are some of my goals for 2016. I cannot wait to get back into action. I am counting down the days. I am looking forward to healing and getting back on the pavement and in the gym.

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Happy New Year! I wish you well!  Chase down your goals like they owe you money!!

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Happy New Year! My 2015 Mantra

My 2015 Mantra is said best by Jenny Giblin:

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I intend to do all of thesethings and more. My first day started off well with a trip to the beach. It was a day well spents. Looking forward to many more days like that one.

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Happy New Year All! May your 2015 be one of the best years of your life.  It will definitely be one of mine!

Do you have a 2015 mantra? If so, what is it?

Just BE

As 2015 approaches, I think about all of the things that happened throughout the year.  2014 has been a year of accomplishments for me and I am going to continue along this path in 2015.  As I reflected on the past year I have realized who and what I have become. I am stronger than I ever thought I was.  I am strength training, gaining weight and have run a marathon.  I have learned how to BE.
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My Transformation Journey

As I look through old pictures, I see how far I have come. My journey is not about weight loss. My journey is about gaining weight and muscle the healthy way.
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I have always been thin, but I wan not always healthy. I would eat whatever I wanted and have no worries about gaining weight. I would eat junk and processed foods.
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I was not happy with the way I looked or felt. I knew something had to change. I hired a personal trainer who is also a nutritionist. We put a plan together and changes started happening. I felt better and stronger.

I started seeing results and it made me want more. I have been going to the gym 4 times a week for strength training. I love what I see when I look in the mirror and I feel confident. A feeling a rarely felt. My strength training had helped me mentally and physically.
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I am proud of my journey and they person I am becoming. I will continue to be a work in progress, my healthy living journey will never end.
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What journey are you on? Are you seeing the changes you want to see?

I’ve got New Ink!

With my first marathon a little over a month away,  I decided to get my tattoo early to use it as motivation while running the race.  I wanted to choose something that was meaningful and encouraging. Something that would symbolize what and how I feel in a daily basis. I found the perfect tattoo for me.

It is the Adrinka Symbol.

DWENNIMMEN – symbol of humility together with strength.  (Ram Horns)

The ram will fight fiercely against an adversary, but it also submits humbly to slaughter, emphasizing that even the strong need to be humble. The readiness to learn and to develop wisdom are signaled with this sign.

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I love my tattoo artist Laura Staker.  She’s amazing!  If you are looking to get inked go see her at Agaru Tattoo. I have 2 tattoos and they both mean something to me and symbolize someone or something important in my life. Check out my other tattoo! Every time I look at either of my tattoos, I smile because they are reminders of who I am and how far I’ve come.

 

Self-Appreciation

Today I looked in the mirror and realized how far I’ve come. For the first time, in a REALLY long time I  saw things that I like and dare I say it, LOVE about myself. I appreciate that.
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I took a long hard look at myself. I normally point out my flaws but I realized that they are a part of who I am and I should embrace it. I finally have learned to love my flaws. I appreciate that.

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I have been on a journey and I love where it’s taking me. I have started lifting and it had not only made my physically stronger but also mentally stronger. I appreciate that!
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It had taken me a long time to appreciate me. I am stronger than I think I am, worth more than I give myself value for, and deserve more than I have been giving myself. Learning this has made me a better person. I appreciate that.
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My body has not always looked like I wanted it to look,  has not always performed like I wanted it to perform, has not always been healthy when I wanted it to be healthy, but I STILL appreciate it. Learning to appreciate yourself is not easy. Look yourself in the mirror and find what you appreciate about YOU and celebrate it. You deserve it!

What do you appreciate about yourself?

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My Beautiful 5

This post is inspired by one of my favorite bloggers Hollie from FueledbyLOLZ. In her post she mentioned that people on Facebook were tagging one another with 5 beautiful photos of themselves.

This is hard for me but I want to continuously go outside of my comfort zone and love myself more each day (without sounding and being narcissistic).  It has been a journey and I am accepting myself more daily.  I am and will continue to be a work in progress.

Here are the 5 photos that I selected.

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Top picture I’m pointing to my name on the wall in Georgetown for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, 2nd picture right after a session with the trainer (I’m smiling because I pushed through it), 3rd my boys and I at the Phillies game, 4th holding my Bachelor’s Degree, 5th about to run errands.

Tag you’re it!  FInd 5 photos that you are beautiful in.  You are all beautiful, let me see  your 5. GO FOR IT!

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