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2015 – Year in Review

28 Dec

This 2015 review will be short and sweet because that’s exactly what the year was for me. This year was the fastest year that I have experienced in recent memory. The truth though, is that I did not manage my time well this year, which made 2015 more challenging for myself than it needed to be and my need to control every.single.thing. was no help to the downward spiral of available time.

But then I remember that my goal in 2015 was to get fit after baby. I did that! I remember that I gained obscene amounts of weight with my pregnancy and I worked it ALL off in 2015, and then some. So, maybe I did manage my time well in that I set my goal and I met it…but my goal shouldn’t be my only focal point. Or should it?!

One of the things I hear about myself most often from friends and loved ones (the people who will tell me the REAL truth about myself) is that my ability to set a goal and crush it is admirable. I appreciate that insight because it’s something that I find to be an asset. However, at what point does that character trait inhibit my ability to find balance in all things in my life?

Did I devote too much time to working out and meeting my 2015 goal? I’m not sure that I did, but I’m not sure that I didn’t.

What I do know, however, is that my heart is more full at the end of 2015 than it was in the beginning. Feeling fat and out of shape put me in a bad mental state and I was less appreciative of all that I have in January than I am now. So, I guess that means 2015 was great.

My new goal for 2016 is exactly what I missed out on in 2015…time! I want to get off my butt for more than just exercise. I want to bake cookies with my son, I want to take my son to the park in 2016, I want to get my Christmas presents to my family and friends on time in 2016.

What about you? If you would be so willing, I would love to hear what your goals/hopes/dreams are for 2016!

Turkey Trot 12k in Vegas

14 Dec

Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate what we have and to be thankful for the countless opportunities in life. Before digging into the feast with my family, I had the chance to be thankful for my health, my strength and my fitness at the Las Vegas Turkey Trot. The 12k Turkey Trot marked a significant personal milestone for me as it was my furthest distance to date. Best of all, I had fun and the support of my family and friends, all while working harder than ever to achieve my goals.

Qualifying Times for Disneyland’s Half Marathon

My overall running goal is to complete a half marathon next May. Running a full 13.1 miles is no easy task, but it is an accomplishment I’m willing to work hard for. In order to be in the right starting corral for the race, I need to have a qualifying time that represents my speed and ability. The qualifying event I selected was the Las Vegas Turkey Trot, which stretches for 12 kilometers on the Historic Railroad Trail. I achieved my goal of running the entire distance and submitting my official pace in order to participate in the half marathon. Knowing that I’m one step closer to getting there is an exciting thought and one step closer to being able to check another item off my bucket list!

A New PR

For a runner, there are two particularly exciting moments in racing. One is getting a PR for time. The other is getting a PRD, or personal distance record, which means you have run further than you have ever run before. Prior to the Turkey Trot, I had to date run five and a half miles during one run outside. I’m so proud to report that I finished this 12k on Thanksgiving Day, just under seven and a half miles, while running it in its entirety. This just renews my confidence than in a few short months, I’ll be ready to tackle 13.1 miles on my quest to complete a half marathon.

The Ultimate Finish

Running through the scenic Hoover Dam landscape starting at 8:00am was amazing (the getting up in order to be there by then may not have been), and running further than ever before was a confidence boost.

The Las Vegas Turkey Trot 12k will definitely go down in history as a goal crushing experience and it served as my preparation for my ultimate goal: to complete in the Disney Tinkerbell half marathon in May.

The best part of that race, however, was crossing the finish line. Since there were no spectators on the course, I had to wait until the very end to see the people I love most in the world: my husband, my best friend and my 16-month-old son.

LV Action Images: RMT Outbound &emdash; Turkey Trot 2015_JayneFurman-5740

LV Action Images: Lake View &emdash; Turkey Trot 2015_JayneFurman-7119

Life Is Good!

4 Nov

To clear up any rumors… My recent absence has not been because I am a spy on assignment, even though I could totally rock that! And it’s not because I am busy taking over the world; if I wanted to, it wouldn’t take this long. Lol. The truth is I have been very busy with the many changes in my life. It would be easy to say that my life is finally getting back to normal, but who am I kidding? My life will never be the same. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Having a baby changes EVERYTHING in your life! As many of you know, I had a baby boy in July and my world has become very much about him. I have been focused on my family and the normal daily to-do lists of any American Mom. As I mentioned before, my life will never be normal again but I like this “new normal”.

I have a healthy boy who is growing every day. It has been incredible seeing the changes and cherishing every moment. My bundle of joy is sleeping through the night which has been a nice change of pace. I can actually reacquaint myself with the back of my eyelids. Of course, having the best husband in the world has made this journey much more manageable. Thank you, hubby! And our final member of the family has been great with our baby boy. Our rescue dog, Captain, was curious at first but quickly accepted the situation. We are one big, happy family!!

My personal attention is most definitely on my health. I gained 70 lbs. during my pregnancy and I have been working hard on my fitness to lose that extra weight. I am not where I want to be but I am looking forward and not back. Of course, being able to sleep through the night has helped with exercising on a regular basis. I am determined to get back into my clothes and resume my active life. But primarily, I want to be healthy. That’s definitely my goal.

Eyebrows! Eyebrows! Eyebrows! Yes, I am still obsessed with eyebrows! I still have a passion to create perfectly shaped eyebrows. I am still practicing eyebrow waxing and makeup applications when I’m not working my regular job. That is still dear to my heart. I am taking appointments so get in touch with me if you need my assistance.

So to sum it all up… I AM BACK! Life is a lot different. Our family is a little larger. My husband is wonderful. I’m working my way back into shape. And of course, EYEBROWS…need I say more?

Thanks for walking this journey with me! I look forward to what is right around the bend!