Happy New Year! Where does the time go? I had high hopes and obviously grandiose expectations for an end of the year wrap up post, a year of races post, recaps of two late fall races and another Skin Deep post. The posts are all written…in my head. If only there was a way to synch my mind with my computer I would be a prolific blogger.
I love this blogging thing and wish I could devote more time to honing my writing and photography skills. I love the therapeutic aspect of writing my thoughts and feelings. It’s been beneficial simply to get it out, but even more helpful to hear feedback from others who graciously take the time to comment here.
I have felt very welcomed by the community of bloggers I have joined. I am reading even if you don’t see a comment from me. Technical issues took up a great deal of time in the last few months. For some reason my phone does not allow me to comment on certain blogs. I enjoy tech troubleshooting so it annoys me that I can’t figure out the problem. My 2008 MacBook has given me a run for my money this year. After countless trips to the Genius Bar at my local Apple Store I installed new RAM and a new hard drive on my own. Prior to these interventions the computer ran so slowly it was impossible to do anything without being locked out by the swirling ball of frustration. It’s a running much better now thankfully so maybe I can get blog posts done more frequently.
From November through the New Year life rolled along at breakneck speed. Here are some highlights:
- I am now the proud wearer of Invisalign braces! Long story short although I had braces at the very early age of 10 my bottom teeth have turned inward and I need to straighten them so I can finish an unresolved issue on my top teeth. I don’t believe they are invisible and though I am grateful to have the good fortune to fix this issue they are an uncomfortable nuisance.
- I ran the Monson Memorial Classic Half Marathon (cute pics of Carlos if you click the link!) again in November. I ran it for the first time in 2011 less than two months after breaking a rib during my training for the Disney Marathon. It was my slowest half marathon time. This time I ran an unbelievable race and enjoyed a truly unexpected PR. I will eventually write about it because it’s a race I would like to remember.
- My husband, son and I ran the Northampton Hot Chocolate 5K in early December. I first ran this race in 2010. This time Orlando and Carlos ran together with my friend Mary’s daughter. Carlos did amazing. He ran the entire race and finished in just over 32 minutes. I stayed back with Mary who hasn’t run in years and suffers from tremendous knee pain at times. This was an interesting experience for me and one I would really like to elaborate on in a future post.
- I helped run the Secret Santa Gift Shop at my son’s school which is a three day event where the kids get to shop for their families.
- I adopted a whole foods plant based diet aka vegan after being vegetarian for three years.
- Carlos and I enjoyed an impromptu two days in New York City with my sister. We went to the top of the Empire State Building, walked a bit of Central Park, saw Rockefeller Center, went to the Lego Store, the Apple Store and F.A.O. Schwartz.
- Thanks to my sister I had the good fortune of dining at the organic vegan Candle Cafe in NYC. It was incredibly delicious.
- My baby boy turned 7. I really wish time would slow down. Legos are all the rage in his life right now. Our guest room has been turned into Lego City.
- Christmas came and went with little fanfare. Orlando and I got iPads for each other. I got the mini and he got the new iPad Air.
- I worked a lot of overtime in December. My husband got laid off on December 16th which always causes a bit of distress initially. Fortunately he started back at work the week after Christmas. This has been a very unpredictable year for him. I have been lucky to pick up overtime often, but more work means less blogging, reading and other nonessential “fun” activities.
- Carlos got old school Battleship for Christmas and we have been having so much fun playing it together, such a great game!
- We spent New Year’s Eve at my friend’s home in upstate New York. It was a fitting way to close the year. She is one of my dearest friends and I have been honored to be welcomed into her trusted circle of friends this year as she bravely battled breast cancer. This, in and of itself is challenging, but she did it while pregnant with her second child. She is a warrior! My friend and her husband now have a gorgeous baby girl who is healthy and so very happy. I couldn’t wait to hold her. She just sat there blissfully in my arms. As I watched my friend and her beautiful family my heart filled with so many emotions just thinking of all she has been through this year. It was an important reminder for me to not take the goodness of life for granted.
I learned a lot about myself this year. I ran a lot this year. I shattered my fitness goals. I have taken up yoga pretty seriously and hope to continue to improve and grow in my practice.
Despite all of these milestones I have found myself in the throes of emotional eating on and off since October. Just as things improved the holidays triggered the behavior once again. I realize that my journey with weight, food issues and body image distortion are far from over. I have more tools now to cope with emotional eating so that I don’t incur a weight gain, but the fact that I’m still struggling with certain behaviors is frustrating and a bit frightening.
It’s a new year and as with the past 7 new years I intend to continue to grow, change and improve myself and my life. Having Carlos 7 years ago sparked a fire inside of me that has encouraged me to be the best person I can be. I can always be better. Improvement requires change. Change is difficult. It means facing fears, looking inside of yourself and digging up hidden truths, trying new things and most importantly it means failing.
“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” C.S. Lewis
What a great year end! So glad things are going well.
I’ve always wanted to go to Candle Cafe!
I remember something similar to the store at Carlos’s school, I used to love picking out things for my parents! It must have been funny to see what kids chose.
And I hear you on Battleship. I have it and always want to play. My husband sucks though and never changes his strategy from putting much putting all the ships together in the same area, so when I hit one, I hit them all…
So impressed by the half PR and the veganism, I want to hear more about each.
Have you seen the Tom Arnold stuff lately about being inspired by his child — you beat him to the pucch by 7 years, but it’s a common motivating factor apparently and I enjoyed hearing his story.
LOL Carlos keeps lining his ships up all in a single row and he gets so bummed when I pick up on the pattern! Thank you Carina for your comments. I am starting to feel like I’m getting my groove back again. Oh and you would love Candle!
Geesh…even though I see you much more often at work, it definitely still does not allow us to truly TALK 🙂
I was so glad to see you post and read about your 2013.
I COMPLETELY agree…if the thoughts in my mind could just magically appear in a blog post, it would be wonderful. Instead, here it is, the 11th of Jan and I haven’t posted a darn thing and I’m still unsure how I want to approach blogging this year.
I’m going to be interested to hear when we finally get together how you are managing with the braces. I have completely forgotten that you wear them. So just in case you were wondering, they are completely not noticeable.
It’s crazy to think that Carlos is 7. I still remember being on med/surg and not really knowing you, but overhearing about your young (!) son. Time sure does fly. I think you are such a super mom, always providing him with such fun growing up experiences…the Legos, swimming, skating, running.
You really have grown so much in regards to fitness…I consider you an expert! Kimm and I both would like to run a 5k this year. So now we are thinking about doing the couch to 5k. Even though I’ve done the walk/run many times, I’m nervous about embarking on a 5k. It’s something that I fear and yet yearn to do. I want to know what my body is capable of.
Like you, I feel like my issues with food are something that I always learn about, but still deal with frequently. What is so frustrating to me is that my weight from 2013 to 2014 did not change at all (from Jan to Jan), but during the year I was definitely lower. So I fluctuate a lot and that is so frustrating. I wish I was one of those people who did not medicate with food!
I agree with you…we always have a chance to be better and baby steps it is.
Happy 2014 Aimee!
Kaye we need to get together soon. In fact I’m going to message you some dates. I really appreciate your perspective. The braces are a interesting. I’m growing accustomed to them, but they definitely add another element of planning to my life. I can’t just pull them out in public so impromptu snacking has stopped which is a good thing!
I can’t quite fathom how quickly the last 7 years have gone by. I was pregnant when I started working at the hospital as a brand new nurse. I am both amazed that my baby is 7 and that I’m still working at the same hospital!
I really really want to do 5K training with you when you feel ready. I’m working with another friend right now and I love it. So please let me know when you are ready to begin.