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I woke up early this morning with Dan’s alarm and couldn’t get back to sleep.  The sudden reminder of  “It’s my birthday” started a whole array of thoughts, and I never could get some more z’s.  It was followed closely by the “Oh, yeah.  It’s my birthday” kind of feeling, like does it have to be another year already?  Do I really have to get older?  Everything seems to be going by so fast.

In terms of fitness, my aha moment was almost two years ago now.  While some of those days did not seem to go by fast (cardio that seemed to drag on forever, lunges that never ended, injuries that hindered), it does feel good to have 2 years under my belt.  Working out has just become a way of life.  Cutting things out of my diet has become common place.  Now I’m not saying it has been perfect.  I definitely have watched the scale go back up and then come back down and then seem to hover at that dreaded plateau.  But I don’t think I could go back to the old me.  Even though I am 2 years older, I feel a lot younger.  I feel a lot different than before.

Since it is 12-12-12, here are 12 ways I feel better (not perfect, just better):

1.  I no longer am out of breath when running after my kids.

2.  My arms don’t seem to wave with me when I wave good-bye!

3.  I can fit into clothes better and am spending less time in front of the mirror frustrated.

4.  I am up for more physcial activity than before.

5.  I am willing to try new things (horseback riding, hikes through snow, jumping hay bales, boxing).

6.  I can make better food choices when out at a restaurant.

7.  I will actually put a bathing suit on and swim with my family.

8.  I am more comfortable in my own skin, with who I am.

9.  I am stronger.

10.  I can do squats without lifting my heels (that took practice!).

11.  I can run on the treadmill.

12.  I can forgive myself for missing a work-out or eating the wrong thing.

It took me awhile to come up with 12 things, but I think it’s a good way to  look back at the last year.  What are ways that you feel better?  Make a list today; share some here.  Take time to think about it.  I think my next step is to set 12 new goals for this next year.  What do I want to improve?  When I sit down on 12-12-13, what do I want to write?


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