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A Fresh Start

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At the beginning of each year, I like to take a few weeks to reflect on what I want to accomplish. This year I’m taking a different approach and focusing more on my fitness goals.

In March of 2011, I had a back injury that stopped me from doing any physically activity for almost a year. During that time, I became depressed and gained more weight than I’m willing to admit. One day in August of the same year, I woke up and decided it was time to stop feeling sorry for myself and do something about it. The next day I went to my first Weight Watchers meeting. It was after that meeting that I decided it really was time to change my life. I began looking at WW as a lifestyle change, not a diet and I haven’t looked back. 40 pounds and a little over two years later I feel like a completely different person. I have more confidence in myself and I love to cook! Have I had my bad moments? Of course I have, but it hasn’t stopped me yet!! Which leads me to goal #1:

  • Reach my goal weight.

I only have about 17 pounds to go, which doesn’t seem like much, but I’m terrified. I know it can be done, but….there’s no buts this time. This year it’s going to happen!

When I was finally able to return to exercise, I found an amazing Spin Studio right down the street from our apartment in Boston, Sweat & Soul Yoga. I found some really amazing people (Cara, Meghan, and Emily) who really helped me along my journey to a healthy life. They taught me that Spinning could be fun and gave me the confidence I needed to follow in their footsteps. In July of 2013, I knew I wanted to take my fitness to the next level and I became a certified Spinning Instructor. I’ve had a hard time getting everything together to teach in London, but I think I finally have all my ducks in a row, which brings me to goal #2:

  • To teach Spinning in London and gain enough experience to teach when we return to the States.

My certificate (finally!) arrived last week and now I have everything I need to register in the UK and obtain insurance to begin teaching!! It’s only a matter of time now!! 🙂

I feel like if you know me these two goals seem expected. I couldn’t just have that, could I?! So my final goal for 2014 is:

  • To run a half-marathon.

I’ve tried running before, but never had any luck. This time feels different. I’m starting slow with a Couch to 5K through the National Health Service. It’s a great plan that walks you through every step of the way. I just finished Week 1 and I didn’t die! I’m planning to do a weekly post on my progress so stay tuned for that!

I’m really excited about 2014 and I can’t wait to share it with you!!

Thanks for reading! 

Maggie


2 Comments

  1. letuck01 says:

    I joined wordpress so i could follow the blog easier and leave comments, yay! I’m so excited for you all and the C25K progress!! I tried it last year and made it past week 4 and stopped b/c of my shin splints!! This year, I’ve joined a boot camp and am LOVING IT! so i’m hoping that will allow me to do a mud run this year (my 2014 running goal). ya for fitness goals!! i can’t wait to read about your progress each week and see you all running further and faster!

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