2012, A Year in Review

I never could have imagined all the amazing things that would happen in 2012.



At the beginning of the year, I was inspired to make a vision or inspiration board of what I hope to achieve  or focus on during 2012, by The Fitnessista. I thought it was a great spin on the traditional New Years Resolutions;  the board allowed the ideas to actually be written down and displayed where I could see it daily, which seems more powerful to me. We all know all the studies talking about how resolutions are so frequently forgotten by February, and usually I couldn’t tell you my resolution from one year to the next. As a chronic lister, being able to look back on the year and go wow, I really did make some strides is a very cool feeling.

My goals for 2012, and how I did for each one:

1. lose 20 lbs

Not only did I not lose this weight, I actually gained a few extra lbs. I feel like I got caught up in so many of the other changes going on that I did not make my fitness a priority. I’ve also identified some of the bad habits that have contributed to weight gain or failure to lose weight. So even though I did not accomplish this, I am honing in on why I continue to struggle with my weight and what I need to  do to be successful in the future. 

2. complete 3 half marathons, one at a sub 2:30 pace –CHECK!

This year I ran the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in St. Pete, Disney Princess Half Marathon in Orlando, and recently the Women’s Half Marathon St. Pete. I also finished the Princess at 2:29, and probably would have run that one much faster but I stopped to take pictures and really enjoy the race.

3. maintain any weight loss

Since I failed to lose any weight this one is also still a work in progress. I usually can lose weight fairly easily but gain it back just as quickly. I tend to be all or nothing- all about exercise and healthy eating or none at all, striking the balance between health and enjoyment of life is something I’ll be working on this next year. 

4. Get engaged. –CHECK!

Now obviously this one is not in my control, but I was certainly ready for the next step, after 3 years of dating the same guy, living with him for 2 years, and really feeling I found my perfect match in this word. Including this was more of a putting it out in the universe and hoping it happened (and providing a hint for my man- ladies you know sometimes they just need a nudge in the right direction…) This one will also shape a lot of the fun in 2013. 

5. Figure out some direction in my career — sort of check?

I did make a change in my career. I moved schools so I was at a place much closer to my home, teaching higher level students and teaching only one subject, so basically not going crazy with stress like I was the last year. Most importantly, I moved to a school where my administration is much more supportive, so its an overall better climate. I do still want to pursue my Masters degree in something to allow for more career potential in the future, and this I still have not figured out, so I made some changes, but still have more soul searching to do. 

6. Begin steps toward career changes — again sort of check

7. Try to be less stressed– CHECK!

I took some steps to reduce the amount of stress in my career, and also saw a doctor about ways to decrease the stress in my life. 

8. Take vitamins to avoid colds. -CHECK!

I was having a lot of chronic sinus infections at the end of 2011, and was frustrated with this and determined to improve my daily health. Now this is a case where things got worse before they got better- chronic GERD, fatigue, etc, but I am on a course of both prescribed, OTC and vitamin remedies to deal with daily ailments. One goal for next year will be addressing these issues with more natural remedies. 

9. Be thankful–CHECK!

I feel as thought I always am rushing through life to the next goal, next task, next accomplishment, and sometimes fail to stop and smell the roses and appreciate the things around me. I think being able to deal with stress and anxiety in my life has allowed me to go a little slower. Realize I am not in a competition against myself, and I have time to accomplish things. As a result, I have felt an increased appreciation of the day to day things. 

10. Take a road trip.

This one unfortunately did not happen because of other financial decisions we made, but it is on the bucketlist before we have kids. 

Some of the other amazing things that happened this year:

1. We bought a house!!!

2. We adopted a new member of the family: Henry


3. We have been planning a wedding, that is just over 2 months away.

I’m going to reflect on my goals for this year, work on an inspiration board and hopefully have it ready to post and discuss in the next day or so.

Are you going to make an inspiration board this year?

Jello and Toast Par-tay

I originally was going to title this post “How to Get Over the Stomach Flu” but I wasn’t sure how exciting that might seem to read, so instead I thought I’d jazz it up with a fun description of what I’ve been doing for a few days.

Last Friday, a student of mine got violently ill. All over my classroom. Yes, it is as bad as whatever you are imagining- possibly worse. Whatever is was is apparently ridiculously contagious since at least 50% of my students have caught it so far. I had the fun pleasure of being stricken down by the plague Saturday night, and spent a sleepless night unable to keep anything down. Sunday morning I set off for the Urgent Care, feeling so wretched I was willing to fork over the pricey copay just for the hope of relief. The doctor diagnosed me with some sort of bacterial gastroenteritis – regular ole’ stomach flu. Fortunately I was given some antibiotics, anti-nausea meds, and a fun fact sheet about how to recover more quickly.

Despite being a very independent, twentysomething woman, I felt like I had very little idea how to make myself feel any better. Sinus infections, allergies, I got those downpat. But stomach flu….shooooot I was stumped. I remember always drinking 7Up, and Gatorade, and something about the BRAT diet, but beyond that…psssh

So, for future reference (and hopefully you will never have to use these tips)

5 Tips to Recover from a Stomach Flu

1. DON’T drink water while actively throwing up.

I kept feeling so dehydrated and drinking after getting sick, but then it would all come back up. Logic was clearly not prevailing though at 3 in the morning, and time and again I’d sneak a little sip of water only to be back in that rodeo. Apparently ice is the way to go, so you feel some relief from the thirst, but aren’t flooding yo’ tummy

2. Follow the BRAT diet once you are able to keep something down.

As a reminder, Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. Broth based soups are also okay. I ate a couple of non-bratty things too soon, and boy did I pay the hard way. Clear liquids are all good too, hence the gatorade, water, 7Up BUT you are supposed to let the soda go flat before you drink because the bubbles can be uncomfortable. Also, Jell-o is a clear liquid- makes sense! But after a sleepless night, I totally would not have thought of it, thanks info sheet from the dr!

3. REST as much as possible. 

And for this, I will also include taking anti-nausea medication. Maybe an OTC, maybe a prescription if you end up at the Dr. Cool thing is, most make you sleepy, win win! I cannot describe how much of a relief it was to finally stop the madness, and be able to stay in bed for more than a few mins at a time, and take a long, restful nap. If possible, make sure you take work off and milk it as long as you can. My logic is the more rest you can frontload in, the more quickly you will bounce back. I could only take 1 day off due to it being a very busy time of the year right before my students exams, and still feel thrown off. I’m pretty sure if I could have taken it easy another day I’d be doing better.

4. Don’t be afraid of the heating pad and some Tylenol

I had really bad stomach pains for a couple of days, and felt achy all over my body. It was very soothing to put a heating pad on my stomach and alternate that with other muscles and joints that were spent. The doc also recommended Tylenol, as its supposed to be less harsh on the stomach than ibuprofen.

5. Never underestimate the power of jammies, Netflix and some kitteh snuggles

Once my stomach had mostly settled it was so nice to just lay in bed, with my wiimote in hand, watching American Dad, and other random shows. The two cats were at my feel, knowing their momma was not feeling too fab at the moment, and understood that their job was to snuggle in and with their sweet faces imply, its okay mom. You’re gonna be alright

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or nurse or anything close to it, I just followed the advice on a pamphlet about the stomach flu my dr gave me, and wanted to present the tips that most helped me.

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