It was supposed to chronicle my journey as a runner and my healthy (and not so healthy) habits. And while running was a major part of this daily publication for many months, running took a major back seat to many other life events that happened this year.
This year has been a tough one, full of unexpected changes and numerous challenges. With each turn my weaknesses have been exposed, but more importantly, my true strength has found its way to the surface. 2012 will be a year I never forget for the good and the bad, and I am excited and energized for the year to come.
I am determined to get in the best athletic shape that I can in order to start running again by the summer, I will continue to grow my career, my friends and family will see me more often and I will take on new challenges with a new found confidence.
I wish everyone success, happiness and health in 2013!
My Chanukah this year has been very spread out. Between celebrating with the family when I was home for Thanksgiving, partying it up with friends on the actually holiday and then celebrating a belated festival of lights with Dave and his family, it has been one great holiday season.
and enjoying all of these things with friends and family.
The holidays bring people together and inspire others to reach out to long lost friends and family, but I think that this should not just be relegated to the holiday season. I think that we should all make an effort to get together with loved ones, friends, family, acquaintances, that friend you keep meaning to call, throughout the year. Choose a random day in March and fly out to for a long weekend to see your old college roommate, or call your friend in Canada every Thursday night to check in, or even plan a potluck with all of your friends next Friday, just because.
Let’s all plan to continue the joy of spending time with friends and family after the Christmas trees are taken to the curb and the New Year’s confetti is cleaned up.
I hope you are all enjoying your time with loved ones this holiday, I certainly am and I know I can’t wait until 2013 when I spend even more time with the people I hold close to my heart.
Yesterday morning some friends and I had front row seats to this mound of meat while enjoying a delicious brunch at Plow.
I had an incredible plate of eggs. But if you are heading here any time soon the lemon ricotta pancakes are where it’s at! Yes I stole one dairy filled bite
With full stomaches we embarked on an afternoon of short films hosted by Lunafest. Check it out to see if these films by women, about women, for women are playing near you. All of the films were fantastic and it was just enough time in the theater to make room for more food.
This time a homemade feast complete with hummus from scratch (recipes to follow).
I love living in California. The outdoor lifestyle, farmer’s markets galore, the weather and of course my boyfriend. But unfortunately to enjoy all that northern Cali has to offer I have to live very far away from my family. I am lucky enough that they are able to travel to visit me often, but sometimes I just want to be home and thankfully this Thanksgiving I was able to be here in New Jersey with my family.
My favorite best friend happens to be my sister and while we try to talk every day in between my work day and her college class schedule, it’s not the same as being together in person. So this year is extra special because not only am I home but I am home with my little sis!
Do you live far away from your family? How often do you get to see them?
I have always tried to work out 6-7 days a week for my physical and mental health. With this injury it has been even more important to work out but also just as important to take rest days. Each day I work out I am focusing on my glutes especially on my left side (injured side) and my core, as well as keeping my cardio up. But with less muscle mass than I am used to in my left side I get exhausted much more quickly and I need to let these smaller muscles rest more often.
So while I would rather be pushing my exercise everyday, for now I am listening to my body and taking a break when enough is enough. On those rest days I still try to get in at least some walking on my break at work but other than that I am either, hanging with friends, cuddling with the cat,
I have said it a million times, but there is something magical about the Bay Area.
Yesterday it was a perfect day for a hike. Yes, it is November when most of the country starts to experience frost, snow flurries and winter coats. Well here it was cool but no down jacket required. With blue skies as the backdrop my friend and I traversed the coast, soaking in the views of the magnificent landscape.
This was my first hike since the accident and reaching the summit was a major accomplishment. Let’s just say today I am quite sore but full of smiles knowing that I my legs can get me to the top.