I find it hard to believe that 2013 is drawing to a close. It honestly feels like it was yesterday that I was thisclose to running 10km and looking forward to 2013.
This time last year I was in the best shape of my life, had two stunningly beautiful children and thought that life really couldn’t get much better.
I was so wrong.
2013 kicked off with a pretty amazing, if terrifying surprise – pregnant with my third child. O.M.G! It took a month or two for the sheer panic to subside. I had a great pregnancy but could not keep up with my running. At the time I didn’t mind so much but fast-forward to 3 months postpartum and I wish I had stuck with the running and not caved to the ginormous sweet tooth that I developed while pregnant. I am seriously paying for all that ice cream and chocolate I consumed with the excuse of, “I’m pregnant and I’ll lose that baby weight fast.”
Yeah, riiiight! Famous last words.
I am the heaviest I have ever been and though I know I really shouldn’t complain as most people would look at me and think I am crazy, I just hate the way I look. We are always our own worst critics. Nothing fits me right and I am desperate to get back to where I was this time last year. So, as soon as the holidays are over, I am on a mission to get my svelte back. I am going to run 2-3 times a week, I am going to eat healthy and cut out the crap I’ve been eating for the past year. I have indulged for far too long. The gloves are coming off, people!!
Despite all this, the birth of my brown-eyed baby boy was the best thing that could have happened to me. The second he was born, I was so, so in love and happy that we had him. I felt like my family was finally complete. My family of 4 just didn’t seem finished to me. My family of 5 now does. It’s crazy and hectic and loud most days, and even though I am utterly exhausted and wonder what the hell I have done, I wouldn’t change anything. 2013 was an incredibly blessed year for me.
As I look ahead to 2014, I recall my wishes for 2013, as I wrote them here. I got most of that list accomplished, save for running 10km, traveling, and drinking more wine (pregnancy had a little to do with that). Honestly, my goals for 2014 are much the same. I am incredibly fortunate to have family and friends nearby who continue to challenge me and shape the woman I have become.
I wish you all a very happy new year!
Daily blogging in January is coming soon! Stay tuned!