2014: Bring It

It’s only January 1st and I’m already slightly stressed out about the new year.  I don’t make resolutions, but it’s nice to start on a clean slate.  Now, it’s January 2nd and I’m less stressed about the new year (perks of starting a post one day and finishing it another) and more excited about the clean slate and what I’m doing with it.

I have big goals for running, yes, but my biggest goal of the year is to get every aspect of my life under control.  I don’t talk about much besides running on here mainly because that’s not what this is for, but I think I’ll feel better putting some other parts of life into writing and committing to them.

For instance, I got my job at the gym because I had just moved out into an apartment by myself after 4 years in college with roommates and then 2 years with an (ex) boyfriend.  I only wanted additional income to pay my student loans and not feel like I couldn’t buy something if I wanted to because I had to worry about paying bills.  Originally, I wanted a retail job that I could get 15-20 hours at and make a few hundred bucks a month, which clearly isn’t the gym at all.  I’m happy with what I have because I get the membership, I get paid to workout, and it’s pretty low key but unfortunately, I have put in the exact same amount of money that I’ve gotten back so far for all my certifications.

That being said, I decided (not just because of that) to get certified in Personal Training.

The fitness director at my gym confirmed that LA Fitness does accept ACSM personal training certificates, so I ordered my books today.  I have a lot of reasons (some are silly) that I decided to go with ACSM but the price and way the certification/testing works was really appealing to me.  Silly reasons were things like the website — when a website is clean, concise, and doesn’t include anything unnecessary or extra, I’m feeling pretty good about it.  Plus, the certification is simple: get these books, study, take the test at a testing center.  I really didn’t like the certifications that offered three levels to achieve the same certification… why is that necessary?

I also made myself a fancy budget with PearBudget.  I’ve used Mint and LearnVest, but neither have worked for me.  I think it’s because I’m not involved in the process, so I hope this is effective.

The third thing starting off this new year is a slight change in my diet.  J has gotten into reading about eating healthy, which we have always been interested in and have tried to follow.  We both have tried to make healthy meals, avoid fast food, eat fruits and veggies, choose organic, etc. but we’re making conscious choices now — the biggest is avoiding processed foods.  I’ve stayed away from most processed foods for a long time.  Anything that had more than a few ingredients or absolutely anything I had no idea what it was, I wasn’t buying it.  Though out of convenience, lately I’ve been picking up the boxed mac and cheeses, boxed couscous, granola bars, frozen pizzas, etc. and I don’t like that.  So with the two of us making the change together, it should be a lot easier to make conscious choices for the better.  I’m excited to get back to what I was eating before!

The downside (upside?) is that I have to eat all the processed foods out of my apartment so dinner tonight was cheese and crackers, and then pretzels with Bison dip (french onion dip, for you non-WNY people).  I mean, it also didn’t help that I didn’t feel like making dinner.

Here’s to a happy, healthy 2014!


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Just a 20-something homegrown Buffalo sports loving, distance running, gin drinking kind of girl.

3 thoughts on “2014: Bring It”

  1. 2014 is going to be a great year.

    I’m glad that you found a PR cert that you like and will be useful at new gym. Good luck with studying! (Will LA Fitness pay part of the costs for certification? Something maybe to ask?)

    I am really going to work on the processed foods thing this year as well, not cut out completely but just minimize when I can.

    Let me know how you like that budget program, I use mint but would b open to using a different one if you thought it was better.


    1. Since I don’t “need” PT certification or anything, it’s just something I want, they won’t pay for that sort of thing. We have to pay our own certification upkeep.

      And so far, I love the program because it kind of makes me involved in what I’m doing. I used Mint before and it wasn’t too bad, but I like entering my own data under categories, not a program deciding what it is for me. It takes 15 min to set up in excel, so it’s not really a loss even if you decide you don’t like it!


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