A Year in Review and a New Beginning

2019 what a year! There were many highs and a few lows. Overall a great year.

January 2019 – I decided to embark on a journey of losing weight. I started by doing some small work outs at home, getting a very tiny treadmill with a top speed of 4, and changing what I was eating. My doctor was not happy with my A1C levels either.

My daughter celebrated her 2nd birthday. She’s a hoot. More on her later.

February – Ran my 1st 5k of the year in a whopping 39 minutes. That was actually 10 minutes less than the one I had tried to do at the end of December 2018. I was making progress. I was even dropping weight

March – Signed up for another 5k but ended up with some crazy illness that did not allow me to walk because of the blisters on my feet. Then ended up at the doctor for what was believed to be appendicitis luckily it wasn’t. However, I was diagnosed with diverticulitis which meant I had to really limit my raw veggies intake Boo!!!! I had been having carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower for lunch just about every day. I fell off the wagon a bit. However, I did run a 5K at the end of the month in just over 36 minutes and this course included going up and down a very tall bridge twice.

April – Ran another 5k this time with my boyfriend and my ex’s son. My bf pushed out daughter in the stroller. She loved it. What a great time to bond. Nothing else really stands out about April.

May – Ran a “May the Fourth” Star Wars inspired 5k and a Mother’s Day 5k. My ex’s son left for Navy Boot Camp. Makes me super proud! (Navy Veteran right here!) School’s out! (Teacher right here!) Got a new to me treadmill that has a top speed of 12. Not there yet or probably ever. A had 2 ear infections and had to get daily antibiotics shots for 3 days. That was awful.

June – A lot of relaxing. Ran my first rainy 5k and then the next week ran a Father’s Day 5k. Holy cow was it hot! Ran 5 miles for the first time ever in 70ish minutes. Another ear infection for A.

July – Kept up mostly with running at home. Vacation. Over 5,000 miles in 12 days. Got to visit DC and see a few sites, Gettysburg, then to Southern Illinois to visit family, Chicago for boot camp graduation for D. That was emotional. It had been 12.5 years since I had marched into that same drill hall. Chicago sites. Back to Southern Illinois for my grandpa’s 80th birthday party. Back home to Florida. Exhausted! And I got off track with eating and running. Did see my doctor again she was super impressed with my A1C coming down.

August – Back to school. Back to running. Crazy busy and exhausted because teaching is hard. J’s birthday. Another ear infection for A that actually wasn’t diagnosed at first. Miserable.

September – Still doing some running. Hurt my elbow thought I broke it. That was awful. Turned 31.

October – The absolute worst month ever! My teaching partner decided to retire. (We are still very close.) My grandpa passed away so a road trip back to Southern Illinois. ☹️☹️ Came back from that and got the worst case of strep throat. I was at work and could barely move I hurt so badly. I ended up at the ER that evening with a fever of 103.5. My bones hurt. I don’t wish that on anyone. Needless to say my eating and running took a backseat. Gained weight back. Ugh! Another ear infection for A and finally a referral to the ENT for tubes. She also had platelets and had to have blood drawn. Luckily that came back up quickly.

November – Worked on getting back to running or at least walking. Still did not do a great job. Won’t beat myself up for it. Had to get a hearing test for A. Scheduled tubes. Some hearing loss hopefully reversible if not well we will make it work. My best friend came to visit. We had Thanksgiving with friends.

December – Back to the running game. Tubes for A. Don’t know if they’ve made a difference. Christmas was good. D is home on leave. I have only missed 3 days of running this month.

New Year’s plans: going to try going dairy free in order to see if it makes me feel better, limit carbs, drink lots of water, no soda (it makes me feel awful), sign up for some 5ks, be mindful, work on my book, write this blog to help keep me on track.

#running #girlmom #newyear #yearinreview

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


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