Before I look ahead to 2014, let's take a look back at 2013, shall we? The word "focus" was perfect! My focus really shifted in 2013. My #1 goal for the year started out as "lose 100 pounds by June 1st". I'll be honest - I actually totally forgot I made that goal until just now when I went back to last year's post!! See? A shift in focus. So, I didn't hit 100 pounds yet. But - I did lose 15 pounds this year, 10 inches, and 10% body fat. I got stronger, I got faster, I made new friends, and I had a lot of great new experiences!
The "health and fitness" highlights of 2013 were...
1. Hiking the Rocky Mountains at 8,000+ feet - and having NO trouble with my breathing! Thank you distance running!
2. Finally cracking the sub 30 minute 5K and then the sub 60 minute 10K!
3. Running my first and second half marathons.
4. Conquering all 10 miles of the Men's Health Urbanathlon
I spent the last week of 2013 visiting my parents in Florida, and couldn't resist a side-by-side comparison of my time in Florida during the same week in 2011!
I wasn't sure if I was going to do the "word of the year" for 2014. I hadn't really thought about it much until one word jumped out at me, and I knew it had to be the word! So 2014 will be the year of....
The dictionary defines fierce as "showing a heartfelt or powerful intensity", with synonyms such as "relentless, aggressive, strong".
I LOVE THAT!!!
This year - I will be FIERCE!
I will pursue my goals relentlessly and with aggressive intensity.
And what better way to kick off a FIERCE year then with a race?! The local "Resolution Run" was a fun (and cold) way to ring in 2014 with exactly the spirit I want to continue through the entire year!