Here we are on the last day of 2013. It is hard to believe that another year is already behind us. This morning I was looking back at the post I wrote around this time last year with my goals for the year. There was only one that I actually accomplished and it was volunteering or running a race every month. I’m not complaining, but 2013 just wasn’t my year. I had a lot of great memories and lots of fantastic opportunities but overall I just lost my mojo. Here are a few highlights (and a few lowpoints) from my year.
- I was diagnosed with binge eating disorder. I gained weight. I spent a lot of time binge eating in my apartment and hiding my feelings with packaged calories. My jeans didn’t fit. My face was like a pufferfish. I had no motivation. I began weekly therapy sessions after being diagnosed. And I grew exponentially from that as a person. I learned to somewhat control my addiction and learned to have a better relationship with food. It is still a work in progress.
- I took a vacation with my best friend. Jessika and I spent a week in Hilton Head soaking up the sun and relaxing and logging quite a few miles. It was so nice to get away for a week and let the ocean take our worries away.
- I graduated from college. This was probably one of the highlights of my year. I proudly walked across a stage in one of my favorite venues in front of my family. To date, graduating from college was probably one of my biggest accomplishments. Unfortunately I did not find a job post graduation and ended up heading off to graduate school and I’m okay with that. Not finding a job did put me down in the dumps but things are looking up and I’m excited to spend the spring semester back at my alma mater taking a few more classes for my graduate degree.
- I gave up the scale for an entire summer. And I didn’t gain. I found ways to validate myself that didn’t revolve around a silly number on a scale. There was a lot of peace in that.
- I ran a race every single month. Most were small and local 5ks but I did walk a half marathon with my Momma and friend Yvonne. And let us not forget about my favorite race of the year…Ragnar Vegas. I still really believe that Vegas gave me my mojo back. I left feeling encouraged and inspired and came back to hit the ground running (literally) and have felt so much better after that trip.
- I got to support my Momma and her teammates on the Biggest Winner team as they began the journey that I started 3 years ago. I am so proud of her and the whole team for taking a huge step to better health and overall wellness. It will be a fun few months coming up getting to hang out and work out with them.
- I made friends. Some new friends and some friends I met through blogging. Ragnar Vegas was a huge success and I left with so many new friendships. It is crazy how the internet brings people together. And I have gotten to know my lovely friend Brittney so much more (we met through blogging) and this fall we are taking a mini vacation to do a destination half marathon!
- I didn’t set any PRs and that is okay, too. Most of my goals for the year revolved around times and that was probably a really dumb idea. This was not my year as far as running or fitness is concerned and I’m cool with that. In the coming year I will focus on becoming better overall and not necessarily focusing on the numbers even though I will definitely have time goals as a general goal. I won’t be so wrapped up in it that it defines how I feel about myself.
Your turn! Tell me about your year! Or your goals for the new year!