“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
 Edith Lovejoy Pierce

It is difficult to believe that 2013 has already come to an end. A lot of things happened this past year. Reflecting back it was definitely an interesting year, but a good one. I moved in with my sister, changed roles at my job, was in 2 weddings, adopted Henry, had a great trip to San Francisco, had a reading with the psychic/medium John Edward, and  saw some really great concerts, including Justin Timberlake 3 times (ok maybe I have a problem) but I won a set of tickets and was able to see his homecoming show in Memphis. All in all, it was an exciting year. A year full of changes.

But also a year of some personal disappointment. I can remember thinking last New Year’s Eve that 2013 would be the year. I made my resolutions and I stuck to them for a period of time. Now, a year later, I’m in the same spot, essentially.

While I may feel that way, reflecting on the year I did leave my comfort zone in many areas. For example, I started going to a gym. I began a small group class with others and while I felt, and sometimes still do, so out of shape I kept going back. In February I will have been attending that class at the gym for a full year. When I began I could barely do 3 push-ups. The progress I’ve made has been amazing. But you can’t outrun your fork.

Stress over the past year led me to realize just how much I emotionally eat. I’ve become so much more aware of my problem areas and I’ve begun to address them. I have a long way to go, but I have made progress. I recommitted to all my goals in mid-November and since that time I’ve lost 18.4 pounds. I feel well on my way to getting back to the place I was and continuing beyond.

There are so many resolutions I could make. So many things in my mind I would like to work on, but I’m not going to list them all. Instead, my resolution is going to be to continue to focus on myself. To continue to do what I need to do. To continue with what is working for me. To progress with fitness and nutrition. I believe that in the past I’ve “failed” so many times because my focus was not always on myself. I had other motives for losing the weight and did not take the time to work on myself – mentally and emotionally.

I’m changing habits and it takes time. I learning so much. I feel like I have all the tools to make 2014 a great year. I’m not going to hope for it anymore, I’m just going to do.

2013, it’s been real, but I’m ready to move on.

Happy New Year everyone!

P.S. if you are in the Pittsburgh area and are looking for great small fitness classes or personal training send me an email because I love the gym I go to and would be happy to share their info with you!


  1. Happy New Year, Katie! 2014 is your year!
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  2. Hi! I have a gym that I go to & love, but I want to say I just found your blog from a link on SkinnyMegs blog. & I live in Pittsburgh too!!! Woot woot. I’ve read some of your posts & your traveling & everything is so inspiring. I’ll definitely be back to read more!

    • That is awesome that you found a gym you love too! I think that is important because then you actually want to go there. I know I enjoy catching up with people there so when I’m trying to mentally talk myself out of going I have that as an extra push too!

      It is awesome that you are from Pittsburgh too! I love this city :) thanks so much for stopping by!

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