Friend Makin’ Mondays: 2013

Before I begin the last Friend Makin’ Monday of 2012 I want to thank Lisa from Slow and Steady Wins the Race for tagging me with a Liebster Award. I am honored because I really enjoy reading about Lisa’s training and races, but I had no idea she might actually be reading my blog.

I love Lisa’s no nonsense approach to running. She just gets out there and does her thing, no excuses. Seriously, not even the weather seems to stop her. She just posted her race schedule for 2013 and it looks like it will be a busy but exciting year.

With this award I have to list some random facts about myself and answer some questions posed by Lisa.

Lisa’s Questions

1. What is your greatest fitness achievement to date?  Completing 2 full marathons.

2. How long have you been on your fitness journey? I would say it started when my son was born 6 years ago, but it was slow going then with just walks and a commitment to spending more time outside moving. I began taking running seriously about 3 years ago.

3. Do you have a future goal you are working towards? If so, what is it? Don’t laugh…I am itching to beat Oprah’s marathon time. OK go ahead and laugh! It’s just a fun way for me to work towards a time goal that I know is achievable. In all honesty there is a goal that sits somewhere in the depths of my brain. I think it might be far fetched which is why I haven’t shared it yet. It’s brewing though and I will secretly keep working my way towards it. If running has taught me anything it’s never say never. (As in “I would/could never run a marathon.”)

4. Do you have any pets? If so, tell us about them! No I don’t.

5. If you won the lottery what would you do? My husband and I always discuss this topic even though we rarely play the lottery and the top priority would be to improve his family’s conditions in Mozambique even more than we already have. We have generous hearts despite our drive and motivation to build up our own security for our futures and that of our son.

5 Random Facts About Me!

  • I played the clarinet in grade school and junior high school even though I really wanted to play the flute. I was told I couldn’t play the flute in 4th grade because I had buck teeth.
  • Thanks to said buck teeth I also got braces in 5th grade. I was the first in my class with them which made them sort of “cool” at the time.
  • I was never “cool” in school.
  • My Dad wanted to name me Carmen?!
  • I did not eat vegetables until I was 23 years old…true story unless you count corn, potatoes and ketchup.

Now can you believe it’s Monday again. Oh where do the days go. This past week I worked Monday through Thursday night and Carlos was on vacation so our days were full of playing with new toys, organizing all of our presents and shoveling lots of snow. It is quite the winter wonderland here in my area.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: so everyone can see your FMM questions. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!


1. Share one thing that you plan to do for yourself in 2013.  I gave myself the gift of yoga for Christmas in the form of a Groupon for a local yoga studio. I’ve gone a couple of times so far and I love it. I’m going to make yoga a part of my life for both physical fitness and mental well being.

2. Share a good habit that you will continue doing into the new year. I will continue to journal my food intake.

3. Do you make new year’s make resolutions? If so, do you typically stick to them? No I don’t anymore because they never seem to work. What has worked for me in the last couple of years is making a tentative race plan and signing up immediately for a few races in the first few months of the new year. This keeps me on track with my fitness goals.

4. Do you have any health goals for the new year? As I inch closer to a healthy weight I will continue to work on coping with emotional eating. It has been a problem for most of my life and though I have gotten much better control of it, I still struggle with it from day to day.

5. Share one thing that you plan to do in January. I will run my first race of the year on 1/1/13. Oh can I add one more thing? I bought a month’s pass at a local rock climbing gym for January so I will be taking the belaying class and hopefully doing lots of climbing.

6. Do you have any travel plans for the coming year? If so, where are you most excited to go? Since our big trip is not quite set in stone yet I won’t say anything just in case things don’t work out. It will be overseas though. I am eyeing a half marathon in Baltimore in June. We are thinking about going somewhere warm in February, but haven’t found a great deal so I will keep looking. There will likely be a trip up to Plattsburgh, NY in the spring also for a half marathon and to visit friends. Travel plans are largely up in the air right now, but there will be travel because I positively cannot live without it in my life.

7. What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Don’t cry for me, I’ll be working. I actually don’t mind and if I’m not already scheduled to work New Year’s Eve I offer to work. It’s not the safest night to be out and about so I figure I might as well earn holiday pay and use it towards a nice date night later in the month.

8. What are your resolutions for 2013? OK I said I don’t do resolutions, but I have one. I resolve to finish writing the Skin Deep series of posts I began last spring. I constantly think about where I left off and for personal reasons I need to finish writing the posts.

9. What are you looking forward to most over the next 12 months? I’m looking forward to travels. I am sort of looking forward to starting graduate studies in July. I am also looking forward to more races and more adventures with Carlos and Orlando.

10. Share something unique that you hope to do in 2013. I really hope to finally solidify a plan of action to help move us toward our dream of moving back to Mozambique within the next 5 or so years. Along with that I also hope to research opportunities to possibly fulfill career goals here in the U.S. while we work on making our dream a reality.

Now it’s your turn to answer the questions. Don’t forget to visit Kenlie’s blog and link up in the comments!

12 thoughts on “Friend Makin’ Mondays: 2013

  1. Wow, I didn’t know you guys were thinking of moving back in the next 5 or so years. We’re planning to move to Italy, but I think our time table is closer to 15 years. And I do hope your secret 2013 trip works out (I remember where you said you’re planning!), I bet it would be great for all of you, and all the people there. If you go and you have any great ideas of how readers can help (sending donations in kind to you to take, a particular charity that helps a lot there, whatever), you should ask.

    I’m working on a post about actual marathon times and how my times have changed, but I will tell you that I shared the Oprah goal for a long time — you’re absolutely right, never say never about anything related to running!!

    P.S. what kind of yoga is it?

    • I have done the Vinyasa class and the beginner’s basic yoga. The studio does not have a specific style of yoga. It leaves it up to the individual instructors.

      I’m looking forward to reading your post about marathon times. Thanks for admitting to the Oprah goal! It’s fun. After Oprah I’ll be chasing down P Diddy!!

      Thank you for the offer regarding our trip. I have been exploring some ideas, but I’ll be sure to mention it here.

  2. Thank you for the kind comments! I have been in kinda of a funk lately and have been pretty down on myself and my lack of motivation since the Wine and Dine 1/2. I appreciate your kind words.

    • I find that having planned races really helps in the motivation department. I know you’ve got a busy race schedule ahead so I’m sure your motivation will return soon. Sometimes I have to take a break from running. I can feel myself getting burnt out at times and I just stop for a few days or a week. That first run back is always refreshing.

  3. Hi Aimee! You’re so interesting! That’s my biggest thought about this post. Your Mozambique goals–wow.

    I don’t have new years resolutions either. Like you, I’ve been working on my goals for a long time now. And, I’d never do “resolutions” anyway. I prefer to give myself “gifts” (of working toward goals) for Christmas or my birthday, or whenever. Resolutions, by its very definition, takes all of the fun out of it. Also, I don’t feel that there’s anything extra magical about starting a new calendar year because any day or any minute can mark a wonderful new beginning. Right?

    Don’t you think yoga is so mind-provoking?!!! It is a thinking girl’s sport. I have the most interesting thoughts when I do yoga. Body mechanics are fun to figure out. Even falling over is fun. And the exercises, with all their pushes, pulls, lifts, and balance at one time couldn’t be more strategic and intelligent. So glad you’re intrigued.

    🙂 Marion

    • Thanks Marion. I have really enjoyed the gifts I gave myself this year. I am a healthier and happier person as a result. I agree the new year myth that we are starting over is so detrimental to actually accomplishing our goals. It’s a never ending cycle in which we spend the beginning of the year committed to healthy living, loosen our commitment throughout the middle months and essentially quit at the end of the year because we tell ourselves we will just start over again on January 1st.

      Yoga is fantastic Marion. I am taking it slowly, but I look forward to all it has to offer me…mind and body. I love how you put it “a thinking girl’s sport.” Yes!

  4. I think that’s great about Mozambique! I hope you can make a plan! And good luck with your trip this year – wherever you go! Good luck with your goals – and I hope you have a happy new year even though you have to work (me too!)

    • Happy New Year to you too Jane! I’ve really enjoyed your posts about your experience in India. I wish you all the best in this new year.

  5. Aimee…first of all, I LOVE your new banner…so pretty!
    So many things I want to comment on! First of all, congratulations for getting an award in the blog world…you are moving onward and upward 🙂 As I have said before, you are inspiring to me, and now I can see that you are also inspiring to others as well.
    Also…I played the clarinet too…what a coincidence! I played through college and not since so I’m not sure I could play it now, but sometimes I wish I had kept up at it.
    I’m going to try some yoga this year too…not sure how I will do it, but I may try one of the videos or online things first. I think I would be very intimidated to go to an actual class…not to mention, I know they are pricey..the one thing I hate about yoga!
    I would LOVE to read the rest of your Skin Deep posts…each one of them was so honest and vulnerable, I really felt like I learned a lot about you…even though we’ve never really talked too much in person.
    Lastly, wow!! I didn’t know it was a goal to eventually live back in Mozambique….how cool. I can’t wait to read everything about your journey this year.
    Aimee…here’s to an amazing year for an amazing person!!!

    • I also wish I kept up with music although I don’t think I was ever very good at it. Yoga is definitely expensive. I found a great groupon for Mama Nirvana’s in Amherst and Easthampton. Keep your eye out for those. I have to tell you I have not once felt intimidated in the studio. The other participants pay no attention to me. The instructors have been very kind and encouraging. I am too focused on my poses to bother looking at anyone else except the instructor. I was a bit apprehensive at first, but I am glad I went because I like knowing that I’m getting into the poses correctly.

      Lunch! When are you free? Email me.

  6. I actually played the flute from 4th grade all the way through high school. I was even first chair! But I set it down when I went to college and now I can’t remember how to play it – so crazy!

    The only veggies I ate growing up were carrots and cucumbers. I didn’t realize it until I met my husband that the reason I didn’t like cooked vegetables was because my Mom either over cooked them, or they were canned. The first time I ate tender broccoli in my early 30’s I nearly died and went to heaven – so good!

    Loved this post 😀

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