Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The 2014 word is...

Here we go 2014! So, as with the past few years, it's time to choose the "word of the year".  2010 was "rollercoaster", 2011 was "renew", 2012 was "stronger", 2013 was "focus".

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".
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!


  1. I have been reading your blog for sometime. I want to be a runner but only do it in the warm weather. I have done a couple of 5 K's. I turned 40 in 2013. I am commiting to do the treadmill everyday. I want to be healthy physically as well as spiritually. But would like to start running outside even when its cold. Could you reccomend what time of gear I should start with. Oh and by the way. Email me back at I had to use my gmail to comment on your blog and I never use that email. Thanks so much, Lisa

  2. The 5k on the 1st looked fun! Great way to start a New Year! I am a fellow GGS and from PA too, look forward to reading your blog this year! Congrats on your sub 60 10k, that is a goal for me this year!!

  3. Hello --
    I ran across your orange "be fierce" image on Pinterest and LOVE it! I am apart of a local MOPS group and our theme this upcoming year is A Fierce Flourishing. I was wondering if you would allow us to create shirts for our MOPS group that are based on that graphic/wording. They would just be for the leaders of our MOPS group, we would not sell them. Let me know, Thanks!