2013 Year In Review

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.

    feeling puffy.

    feeling puffy.

  • 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.  389296_10201379182585739_1266723793_n
  • 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.

    what up, real world?

    what up, real world?

  • 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.

    see, Vegas made me love running.

    see, Vegas made me love running.

  • 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.  wlaking
  • 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!   1 (59)
  • 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!

10 thoughts on “2013 Year In Review

  1. You had a great year! I am so glad that I met you and I hope we can do another relay again soon! My goals are to increase my mileage and hopefully get closer to that BQ in 2014!

  2. The root of your writing whilst appearing reasonable at first, did not work very well with me after some time. Someplace within the paragraphs you actually were able to make me a believer but only for a while. I however have a problem with your jumps in assumptions and you might do nicely to fill in all those gaps. In the event you actually can accomplish that, I would certainly be impressed.

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