Wow What a year 2013 has been!!
I ran my 5th Half marathon in February, The Donna Hicken Half Marathon. I absolutely LOVE running with my dad! he is my constant motivator and hero!
He has overcome AMAZING adversity and he still puts God first and will do anything for our family.
Dave and I went to Europe for the First Time!! We absolutelty fell in LOVE with France!
From the food, wine and french language, everything about it was mesmerizing.
Paris was my favorite part! I LOVED all the landmarks but also the little cafe’s, french pastries and museums were incredible!
We also just happen to be there at the same time as the Tour De France. What an amazing experience! It was the 100th anniversary, and they did not disappoint.
I can’t wait to go back! France was just a dream come true!
One of my favorite parts of Paris was the Notre Dame. I literally cried walking into it, the service took my breath away! The architecture was AMAZING!!
Then we had a little picnic with wine and cheese right across the street and listened to the live jazz music. One of my most favorite memories I will always cherish!
The Louvre in Paris was yet again AMAZING! Okay I am going to admit I’m not a history buff, David makes fun of my lack of geography skills. So the idea of spending all day at a museum was less than appealing to me BUT I am sooo glad we did! I was blown away by the paintings, sculptors and artifacts from around the world!
Even though this year was full of alot of happiness, there was also some sadness.
I lost an AMAZING woman this year, My Grandma Ruth. Even typing this, it doesn’t seem real. I don’t know that it ever will.
After months of struggling with cancer she passed away in May at 83 years old. This woman raised 5 kids on her own, was the most amazing prayer warrior I have ever know AND was the best cheerleader!
You could pick up the phone and hear her high pitch voice just screaming with excitement wanting to know every detail in all of her kids, 6 grandkids and 9 great grand kids lives!
She brought my family closer than ever and through her stay at Hospice we created new memories of leaning on eachother.
She truly left a legacy.
Through tragedy you can come together and realize you are stronger than you ever believed!
One thing I learned this year was how truly important family is. I have always known this, but with my Grandma’s passing it makes me cherish every moment we have even more!
Speaking of Family, I also went to HAWAII for the first time this year! My husband and brother in law SUPRISED me and my sister with tickets to hawaii to see my cousin who lives there!
AHHH Talk about major Brownie Points! The hubby’s did good
Hawaii was everything I imagined and more!
As great as Hawaii was, spending time with my sister and cousin was priceless!! They mean the world to me and it was so nice to have some girl time and relax at the beach!
On a side note OMG I cant believe Im putting a picture of me in a bikini on the World Wide Web!! EEKK!! Not going to lie, it’s extremely uncomfortable. HA that leads me to my next adventure of 2013!
I discovered Clean Eating, weightlifting and lost 30 pounds! Hence why I even wore a bikini in Hawaii! When we went to France earlier this year I hid in my “tankini” and wouldnt have dared get my big ole butt in a bikini!
But who knew that just a couple months of hardwork & I would be in Hawaii wearing a bikini for the first time in years!
So not only did I do some amazing traveling this year, I ALSO lost 30 pounds! I discovered [Jamie Eason Live Fit]
A 12 week workout program and clean eating. I have always been a runner, BUT I can honestly tell you that lifting weights changed my body shape! I thought losing any weight would be next to impossible BUT I stuck to Jamie’s program and was shocked when I lost a total of 30 pounds by the end of the 3 months!
I also had some fun in the kitchen and learned some new recipes Protein powder is now a staple in my desserts!
These Chocolate Protein Pancakes are my favorite Saturday treat!
MMM and Pumpkin Protein bars are one of my fave midday snacks! I found that eating healthy didnt have to mean eating borind.
You can read about my 12 week [Jamie Eason Live Fit] recap HERE.
Not only did I lose weight, but I learned to make myself a priority again. I learned how to balance all of life’s craziness and still put my health first. I learned I am stronger than I ever thought possible, and when I made the decision to give my health & fitness to God, and seek him for help, I was able to do ALOT more than I ever have on my own.
Wow does time go by fast! I love taking progress photos, even on my bad days I can look and see how far I have come!
Thanks for all the awesome memories 2013, it’s been real. But I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store!!