Goodbye, 2012.

I will just say one thing negative to start off. It’s pretty evident and seems to be a common theme in all too many people’s lives, but this year has got to go. I am more than ready for a new beginning, even though we don’t need a new year to make changes or feel them but something about a totally clean slate feels invigorating. There was so much loss and sadness in this year, but I am leaving it feeling hopeful and dreaming big. Instead of dwelling on what will soon be the past year, I wanted to recap the highlights of this year because amidst the bad, there was some really good things. And at the end of the day, the good ones are the ones that really count.

  • Running! This year I accomplished mileage I never even dreamed I was capable of doing. After weeks and weeks of not being able to run due to really bad shin splints, I made a come back in early June that had me running my first long run of over 9 miles by the end of the month! I had an amazing summer of running where I made my way to a long run of 10 miles! I am so blessed and lucky to have the ability and passion for running. If it weren’t for running and working out in general, I wouldn’t have made it through this year. Endorphin’s are life savers!

 

  • Meeting DETECTIVE ELLIOT STABLER (Chris Meloni)!!!!
I will be buried with this picture.
I will be buried with this picture.

SERIOUSLY I still can’t believe this happened. I watch an absurd amount of Law & Order: SVU that I figured it was bound to happen one day. I’m still waiting for him to track me down and propose to me but he is a pretty busy guy so it might be awhile? Also, I lost my best friend Brenda due to this incident. She wasn’t happy that he fell in love and found me first 😦

  • Being in the NY Times.

That’s a serious bucket list check mark. Still pinching myself that I made it into the NY Times style section because Bill Cunningham liked my look. UNREAL! 🙂 (I’m the Marc Jacobs bag smiling fool with the arm that is NOT that big, again bad angle! haha)

  • Ridiculously fun, stomach-hurts-from-laughing-so-hard times with my amazing friends & family.

My favorite thing in the world to do is laugh. Deep, belly laughs from being completely careless about topics of conversation, whatever. I will do pretty much anything to make people laugh. I love getting drunk with my friends because it takes our already insane selves to the next level, which very few people can handle. I am also blessed to have been raised in a family that adores to laugh and be so silly all the time. Some of my favorite moments from 2012 with these crazy people that allow me to be in their life:

Me, my mom and brother- our conversations are BEYOND ridiculous and always make me come close to peeing my pants..
Me, my mom and brother- our conversations are BEYOND ridiculous and always make me come close to peeing my pants..
My amazing co-workers! Couldn't survive work without them!
My amazing co-workers! Couldn’t survive work without them!
My best friend in the universe :)
My best friend in the universe 🙂
Me, Mark, Brenda, Dante. Best friends a girl could ask for <3
Me, Mark, Brenda, Dante. Best friends a girl could ask for ❤
My mom's best friend and her daughter Sam, and my mom and I! LOVE these girls!!
My mom’s best friend and her daughter Sam, and my mom and I! LOVE these girls!!

<3 gorgeous best friend

The best weekend of the year. PRIDE <3 LOVE my sockets ;-)
The best weekend of the year. PRIDE
So much alcohol..
So much alcohol..
Delicious, naked gay men. One of my top reasons for living in NYC <3
Delicious, naked gay men. One of my top reasons for living in NYC ❤
LOVE me some vodka shots.
LOVE me some vodka shots.
LOVE this girl! She is my fitness and health soulmate & moved to Colorado and we are from the same town. Miss you babes <3
LOVE this girl! She is my fitness and health soulmate & moved to Colorado and we are from the same town. Miss you babes ❤
Couldn't have gotten through this year without my amazing brother!!
Couldn’t have gotten through this year without my amazing brother!!
Dressed up as Karl Lagerfeld for work.. only at Chanel ;-)
Dressed up as Karl Lagerfeld for work.. only at Chanel 😉
Johnny!!! :-)
Johnny!!! 🙂
Oh wow. This really doesn't need words?
Oh wow. This really doesn’t need words?
Brenda and mimosas. All I need in life.
Brenda and mimosas. All I need in life.

 

Good friends and fun Irish bars. Must haves in NYC!
Good friends and fun Irish bars. Must haves in NYC!

Ha! Luckily these pictures don’t show the shenanigans we get ourselves into. That’s a whole other post…

  • Paying off a major portion of my debt. This is the one resolution I had for this year that I blew out of the water! Since the beginning of 2012, I got hella serious about saving money and cutting out unnecessary money spending habits (umm except for Starbucks.. still working on cutting back but made progress!). Hence why I repeat outfits in many of my pics! Haha I did NOT do much shopping this year but at the same time, I learned to appreciate the pieces I do have and mix them up. I successfully paid off 8 of my credit cards! Yes, it’s awful that I still have 3 more to go but hey, what counts is that I am getting them paid off! This has freed up enough so that I am able to save money just for savings from my paychecks. It feels so good!

 

  • Blogging. I may not blog as often as I would like, but having this is an outlet for a topic that is on my mind 24/7, health and fitness, is such a blessing. I LOVE reading my favorite blogs every day and feeling a huge sense of fitting in with other like-minded people. I hope to meet all my favorite bloggers in person and I hope to make more friends through this wonderful community! Love you all!

I am really looking forward to 2013 as a clean slate, as new years always are. I pray that this year is a little easier on all of us, and I wish good health and happiness for everyone! Happy New Year!! Join me and leave me a comment telling me some great things about your year! 🙂

That Shit Is Bananas

B-A-N-A-N-A-S! Does anyone remember that Gwen Stefani song? Anywho, my day started off very banana-y. First, I found this amazing sounding coffee yesterday: Bananas Foster. As a dessert, I’m not a fan because I despise the taste of rum (bad memories from when I was 18, just like that Gwen Stefani song…), but I am obsessed with bananas and banana flavored things so I had to try this.

Delicious cup of coffee I awoke to, for sure. It served as fuel for my 3.5 mile run + the crazy strength circuit I made up. My abs hurt for the first time in a long time and I love being sore!

After the gym, I stopped at Starbucks for another cup of coffee obviously and had enough time to eat my breakfast there. It was an awesome treat to not eat at my desk, and I am so glad I soaked my oats overnight so I didn’t need a microwave! I am liking my simpler version of oats these days, with just 4 ingredients instead of 897. I now am just using 1/2 cup multi-grain oats from Trader Joe’s, 1/2 scoop banana protein powder (told you I was obsessed), chia seeds and tons of cinnamon. It soaked overnight in unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and this morning I topped it with the usuals; sliced bananas and creamy peanut butter. Yums!

I bring a snack for the afternoons because I always get hungry on my way home from work or sometimes before, but I can usually last until lunch without a snack. I guess my metabolism is revving again from working out because I was really hungry 4 hours after I ate breakfast, so I broke into my emergency stash of cocoa roasted almonds. It’s why I always keep something healthy to snack on in my purse!

Lunch was another salad mess with randoms from my fridge: lettuce, edamame, feta cheese, beets, chicken burger, guacamole, balsamic and mustard. It worked!

Afternoon snackage was what I was excited for all day. I blended together:

  • 1/2 packet Vega vanilla chai powder
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 packet Splenda

So good. A tub of the Vega powder is too expensive, but the packets are around $3 so I will just continue to buy 1 when I am in the mood for it. Maybe this summer when I want smoothies more I’ll invest in the tub because it’s so healthy and delicious!

I kept it lean and green for dinner last night. I defrosted an ahi tuna fillet and cooked it up with broccoli and green beans. I spread a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese on the tuna and topped the greens with organic ketchup & parm cheese. So so so good. After dinner I had my new favorite mix: plain greek yogurt + tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder + honey + banana or strawberries = best healthy treat ever. Try it!

I’ve always loved Law & Order: SVU but now I’m just straight up addicted. John and I do nothing at night now but eat dinner fast then watch a marathon of SVU on Netflix. It’s the only show that I don’t fall asleep during. Oh, and Workaholics! That show is hilarious!

And now I’m off for a 3 miler in my neighborhood since I overslept this morning. Central Park, I’ll see you Friday 🙂

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