I can’t believe that it has been over two months since I’ve posted, but life has been busy. Even though I don’t post regularly, I love having posts to look back on and remember the good times and reflect on the not-so-good ones.

I’m getting over a nasty bout of the stomach flu, and being sick always makes you appreciate your health and count your blessings. I spent the day doing some last minute Christmas preparations and thinking about what a wonderful year I’ve had. Here are some of the highlights.

Taught a ton of fun Jazzercise classes – I couldn’t be happier about my decision to reinstate as a Jazzercise instructor last year. Jazzercise helps to keep me in shape and keep my stress levels in check. Plus, I’ve made lasting connections with awesome friends!


Worked out regularly – I’m happy to say that this year, I successfully worked out at least 4 times per week, every week. I do it to stay fit, but also because I would go insane if I didn’t.


Spoke at a teaching convention in Orlando, Florida – I was so proud to be invited to speak about my experience with the Teacher Performance Assessment at the American Association of College’s for Teacher Education’s annual conference. It didn’t hurt that Brad and I got a quick trip to Disney World out of it!


Gave up my gig teaching dancing classes – As much as I adored teaching dance classes, I just had too much on my plate and had to give it up after our recital in May. I truly miss it, but I know it was the right decision for me. Luckily, I still get my dance fix at Jazzercise!


Finished my first official year of teaching – I survived my first year of teaching, and although it was frustrating and exhausting at times, the kids made every day worth it.


Left my first official job to pursue one that was a better fit for me – Now, I get to teach exclusively math. And I’m still having a blast with sixth graders … these photos are from Halloween and Ugly Sweater Day. 🙂




Had surgery for the first time ever – I had surgery to remove a cyst from my ovary … and I survived! The hardest part was taking it easy.


Visited Seattle for one of my best friend’s weddings – I had the BEST time traveling with my two BFFs – my best friend and then-boyfriend. I even caught the bouquet … and you know what that means. 🙂


Achieved Lifetime status at Weight Watchers – It wasn’t easy, and it’s still not, but this is an accomplishment that I am so proud of. Make no mistake, however – maintenance is just as hard, if not harder, than weight loss.


Visited my nieces in California – I got to hang out with both of my nieces while my brother and sister-in-law went on vacation. We had a blast!



Got engaged! We are planning a wedding for August 2nd, 2014. I could NOT be more excited!


Ran my first half-marathon – Life got in the way, and I didn’t train at all. But I crossed the finish line in 2:26:38 and felt SO proud.


Spent quality time with friends and family – As I get older, and more and more busy, I find it harder and harder to make time for friends and family, but it’s so important and they are so special to me!



Committed to buy my own Jazzercise location – I am so excited to announce that as of July 1, 2014, I will be a Jazzercise class owner. A dream come true!


Freed myself of some negativity – Life is full of it, and it is unavoidable, but I made some conscious decisions this year to be happier and healthier. Little decisions make a big impact.



Watched my baby (puppy) turn 2! I am so unbelievably attached to this dog. I can’t even imagine what will happen when we have kids someday!


Ate way too many treats – I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t feel guilty … and didn’t gain a few pounds. But life is about living, and sometimes you just have to eat the damn cookie!


Did I reach my goals for 2013?

  1. To continue deepening my knowledge and understanding of how to best teach math to kids. CHECK. My new job really allows me to focus on this, and I am learning a lot.
  2. To finish what I started. Semi-CHECK. Hey, I did lose 0ver 30 pounds this year, and get back to my first post-weight-loss weight. Did I get to my happy weight? Not yet. But I’m proud of what I accomplished and ready to keep going in 2014.
  3. To keep up with regular workouts. CHECK. Like I said above, I worked out at least 4X a week in 2013 and plan to continue in 2014.
  4. To begin researching what it would take to open my on Jazzercise facility. CHECK. I’d say this was a success. Looking forward to July 1 when I will officially be the owner.

So, what are my goals for 2014?

  1. Operation flat stomach (a continuation of the “finish what I started” goal). I’m organizing another Biggest Loser challenge from January-March just like I did last year. Only this time, I made a little mention of it on my Facebook pages, and suddenly it is up to almost 30 people. My goal this year is to lose a few more pounds, but I don’t have a goal weight. My stomach has always been my problem area, and I know I need to do some work to flatten it out (AKA lose the rest of the weight I need to lose, cut down my sugar intake, and tone it up). This is my year to do it! I’m buying a fitness business, getting married, and going on a honeymoon, so I have plenty of motivation. When my stomach is flat, I’ll consider the “job” done. And I don’t mean that I need to have rock hard abs … just be happy with the way it looks.
  2. One treat per day. I have a tendency to over-do it on treats. I don’t want to cut them out of my life (ever!), but I do believe I can practice way more moderation.
  3. Continue working out regularly. To me, 4X per week is a reasonable goal. Ideally, I shoot for 5-6 times, but if I can get in at least 4 workouts per week, I’m happy. Luckily, I teach Jazzercise 3X weekly starting in January, so this means simply attending class or fitting in a workout at least once more. I can do it!
  4. Find a happy work-life balance. I know that taking on a new business in 2014 will add some stress to my life, but I am determined to find a good balance. I want to be good at both of my jobs, but also enjoy life!
  5. Enjoy life and be happier. I am, by no means, saying that I’m not happy. But sometimes, it so easy to get caught up in my “to do” lists or today’s stressor that I forgot to enjoy the simple moments and have fun. I want to do better at this in 2014. I’m getting married, so there will be lots of moments to enjoy!

Whew! Congrats if you made it through all that. Now, I want to hear about your year. What was the best thing that happened to you in 2013? What are your goals for 2014?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my friends, near and far!












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