2014 Highlights

Happy New Year!

How are you? As excited as I am to get this new year started, I’d like to take this time to reflect on 2014. There have been some years, I look back and realize I didn’t accomplish a lot and then I realize that maybe I didn’t get everything on my list done but there is still so much to be proud of. I am definitely proud of myself this year.

Business: I’ve been a personal trainer part time for about 7 years. 5 years ago, I left the gym and started private training on my own. First at parks, then in my home gym. Over the years, I had many people ask if I ever would do group training. I was always turned it down because I liked the one on one attention I could give someone and felt they would get better results that way. Well, I realized, not everyone could afford private training sessions so in January 2014 I started group training, and I was really surprised at the interest. For  a group class, I usually train 2-3 people at a time and it’s turned out great. My clients still get great results and and its something they can afford because the cost is shared. This is a decision I’m definitely proud of.

Another business decision was to attend IDEA 2014 Blogfest in August. It’s the biggest fitness convention around and I had been wanting to go for years but money was super tight at the time so I really debated on going but I found a way to go and I’m so glad I did. I came away so motivated. You can read more about it here and here.

Personal: I stopped eating meat. I’ve never been a big meat eater. I actually grew tired of it so in June, I went Vegan for 21 days. At first it was easy but I started to miss my egg burritos and occasional splurge on pizza so after 21 days I became a vegetarian. Although I didn’t commit to 100% vegan I’m proud of the fact I now eat at least 75% plant based foods with occasional eggs and cheese. I can proudly call myself a vegetarian. I’m proud of that accomplishment.

Home: My goal is to have an edible garden to eat from so this year we planted a lemon and an orange tree. We haven’t had any Lemons yet but we got some oranges and they were delicious! I’m excited to plant more fruit trees this new year.

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Faith: I read three books out of the bible. I would love to read it all but for now I’m proud of reading what I did.

Last but not least, I started this blog this year am so happy I did. I really enjoy sharing recipes, fitness ideas, life and connecting with others who share the same interests.

Its been a great year and I have so much to be thankful for.

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Marlene

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