Category: Thoughts

Taking Inventory

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Well, it’s been a while since I wrote something here. It’s been partly been busy but MOSTLY been lazy or maybe embarrassed. When I look back at the reason why I decided to write a blog – even when I’m terrified of writing in English – I know that I haven’t fulfilled that why.

This blog was going to be my diary – if you will – to help me be accountable, it was also going to be my way to sort out my thoughts and feelings, that mostly drive me to eat or give up. This was going to be that tool to help me navigate those feelings and thoughts and continue to be on the right track. I have done very little of that A LOT of giving up.

I have sat down and jotted down all the ideas to develop in this blog, I get excited and then I don’t follow through. I’m writing here now with the intention to change that. I’m going to start with at least 2 posts a week, that’s doable, and then as I get used to it I will increase the frequency and/or amount of posts per week.

I want this to be fun for me and for the people that read it, so let’s see how it goes!

For now, I’ll share that once again I’m participating in the Life Time Fitness 60 Day Challenge. I want to win, but I’m approaching this as a way to jumpstart my activity or workout routine if, in the end, I win hey that would be an amazing added bonus.

The first thing I have to do is to take “before” pictures. This is not easy since I don’t have anyone to take them so I have to get creative. Besides that, I’m actually really excited. I’m going to have a program that will be put together by my Life Time Fitness nutritionists and trainer and I’m geeking out! One thing though, when I get to the end of the 60 days, I’ll be bugging all of you to vote for me so I win!

Another thing I need to START is my half marathon training. Next year I’m doing the Princess Glass Slipper Challenge in Disney and I’m really excited about it. I just need t get going with training since it is really close and I need to be in tip top shape to enjoy the race and the experience.

 

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July, Thank You!

July is, by far, my favorite month of the year. And it is not only because of my birthday, it also brings great memories of my mom taking time off for vacations while I was out of school. I’m sure by August, she was ready to throw the towel and go back to work LOL. She always made sure my birthday was filled with loved ones, fun, and cake! My most memorable birthdays were at the beach, where we used to eat cake with sand and I DIDNT CARE!!

July in a nutshell!

This year – 2016 -, my last in the 30’s :-O , wasn’ the exception. In July I got to celebrate my 30th (+9) birthday and it was great. I had good friends with me, good wine and a desk full of gifts and balloons – what else does a girl can ask for? -. I also go to travel to Denver – for a friend’s wedding – where I met one of my favorite people and new friend. I also went to Mexico for work and met the amazing team I’ve been working with for a while but didn’t know in person. And finally, I went to Chicago to do Rock n’ Roll Chicago.

My favorite month of the year!
July is my favorite month of the year!

 

While in Denver, I drove to the top of Mount Evans and got to experience God’s magnificence first hand. I was scared to drive with cliffs on one side or the other on the road; I got altitude sickness, but man, oh man it was beautiful. I would do it again! Getting to experience calmness it is something I can’t explain. It was just peaceful, loud and quiet at the same time. I also got to eat at the German bakery Rheinlander Bakery that features lots of pastries, cakes, and coffee. The best part? They had a good choice of delicious gluten free cakes. You should check them out.

Mexico was great, it was a really quick trip and I mostly spent the time in a training but like I said, I had an awesome time learning and getting to know some people I worked with in the past and didn’t know and of course eating some tasting Mexican food.

Finally Chicago!

I have to confess, I was super scared about the half marathon. I wasn’t my first or second half marathon, but I was nervous, however, it was an amazing experience. Seeing the city while walking around it is something not everyone gets to do. Watching the city revealing as I walked towards the finish line, was a rally awesome experienced. Traveling by train and trying new restaurants it is always a plus, especially in a new city. Thanks to my lovely friend Darleen, I tried a place called Carnivale. And although the discarded my barely consumed Perrier water, the food was amazing, and the main room is the kind of place that will drown you with the color and smells, simply beautiful.

To make this trip to Chicago even better, my last season Team In Training Coach, Karen, happened to be in town my last night (and staying in the same hotel I was staying) and invited me to join her for dinner and drinks to celebrate me finishing the half marathon. Thank you Karen!

As I said before, July is one of my favorite months of the year, and this year July was an amazing month. Full with new adventures and experiences, complete with good people and good food. I’m really blessed and fortunate in my life, and the next time I complain about something, I will bring back these memories to remind me how bless I am. I’m looking forward to a great August and rest of the year – for that matter – and see what’s in store for me.

How about you? What’s your favorite month and why?

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Better Late Than Never…

It is February 1st. Time is flying… but it is never too late to recap 2015 and 2016 so far.

2015 was a great year. I’m so grateful for all the blessings and all the amazing things that happened to me in all areas of my life: personal, work, family…

Hope is the word for the year!
Hope is the word for the year!

Why was 2015 great?

  • Walked my first half marathon: this showed me that I can do whatever I put my mind to.
  • Joined Team in Training and signed up to do Disney’s Half
  • Went to Denver for the first time to participate in Fitbloggin
  • In Denver, I got to see a friend of mine after almost 15 years.
  • Went to New York and got to hang out with amazing friends.
  • Saw Shania Twain in concert
  • Went to DC for the first time and had a blast and I walked so much… my feet still hurt when I think about it 😉
  • My best friend came to visit, making him the first visitor in 3 years (since I moved to Dallas)
  • Participated, for the second year in a row, in the Gluten Free Expo as an official blogger 😀
  • Danced the night away during Ricky Martin’s concert in Dallas
  • Got a new car – after my old one gave up on me 🙁
  • Went to Las Vegas and met with a dear friend of mine
  • Saw Celine Dion in Vegas – what an amazing experience!
  • I was chosen to speak at a conference in March
  • Got promoted at work
  • Won the first prize in the company scavenger hunt
  • Surpassed my Fundraising Goal
  • Received the second round of visitors!
  • Spend an amazing time with my family in Puerto Rico

So far in 2016, I’ve had so some up and downs… but all is part of the process and as such, I accept them. After looking back as to how amazing 2015 was, I’m looking forward to 2016 with excitement, hope and faith!

So far in 2016…

  • I was showered with love and support from my family
  • I experienced the kindness of a stranger during a sad situation
  • Completed Disney’s Half Marathon an accomplishment that I was really nervous about it
  • Visited Disney World for the first time and it was Magical!
  • Rejoined Weight Watchers: this time in determined to track and stick with it, even when I go over or when “I’ve been bad”.
  • Returned to work, it has been busy, but I wouldn’t change it…

As you can see, 2015 was amazing and 2016 is shaping up to be great too. How is your 2016 so far?

 

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