Full Steam Ahead to 2015.

Is it just me or did the last 365 days fly by?

Seriously! I blinked and it’s December 31st.  Where has the time gone?

It was an eventful year.  I started the year on maternity leave.  I struggled with one running injury after another and worried I might never run again.  Then I ran 10 km for the first time and managed to repeat that feat at least three more times thereafter. I shaved off almost a minute from my average running speed and ran almost 630 km this year.  WOW!

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I lost two patients to cancer, discovered another area of medicine I’d like to do more of in the future and welcomed 15 new babies to the practice.

I turned 40 and celebrated in style.

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I watched my daughter lose her first tooth and wiped away brave tears as she got her first cast.

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Our family lost a beloved pet (on the left) but we have another beauty amongst us (on the right) who still needs our love and affection more than ever now.

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I am blessed with beautiful friends and family who have consistently been there for me and have supported me this year. I am grateful to them (you know who you are) and am so very fortunate to have you in my life.

My husband is my knight in shining armor. We had so many amazing adventures this year; I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for us.

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2013 Year’s End

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!