|IM South Africa|
I am always excited January 1st because I look forward to what will happen in the New Year, both the good and bad. I enjoy and live for the good and I learn from the bad. You have to be prepared for both but hope to have a good balance of the two as in a lot of good and a little bit of the bad.
I always have a plan for myself going into the New Year. I don’t set resolutions because I don’t believe in them just like I don’t believe in diets. I feel they are temporary and they don’t create a lifestyle change. I do however set goals each year for myself in my personal and professional life. Last year I wanted to start a non-profit helping bring awareness to pet obesity. I did not do that however, I did become more involved with my volunteering at the Nevada SPCA, which has brought me so much happiness I can’t believe I waited so long to do it. I go there 1-3 times a week and walk and run the dogs at the shelter. It is so rewarding and enjoyable that I only wish I had more time to do it more often. So even though I did not start my non-profit I feel as if I have accomplished a lot by volunteering my time in other ways.
|One of my favorite dogs to run Violet|
got adopted this year!
In 2013 my professional career was outstanding. I had one of my busiest years and I have retained many clients for over 5 years! I also took a leap of faith and decided to begin massage school. I originally was planning on starting school in January of 2014 however they had a class starting in October so I decided to start earlier than expected. This means I will be a licensed massage therapist by June 2014. Incorporating massage into my current business is going to set me apart from other trainers/coaches. I will be able to help my clients in so many ways far above the average personal trainer. I continue to learn and acquire new skills to make me a better trainer and coach. Going to school full-time and working was a very tough decision to make. I had to cut back on my work several hours per week, which meant losing a few clients. It also means I have 6 days of work and 5 days a week of 12-hour days between work and school. I had to make the choice not to race in the beginning of the year in 2014until I am out of school. The only event I am doing is a 6-hour run in which I am raising money for the Nevada SPCA.
Looking back at the year I had my most accomplished year of training! I had my fastest half and full Ironman ever! I finished South Africa Ironman in 11:18 and 7th in my age group! I finished San Juan 70.3 (sick) with a 5:18 and I qualified for 70.3 Worlds in Vegas! I was 2nd overall at the Irongirl Sprint in Las Vegas and had one of my best-run times at the 70.3 in St. George. Overall I feel really great about how the year went. Not everything went as expected and I didn’t achieve my goals 100% but that’s ok because I feel really good about the year. I did want to qualify for Kona but it didn’t happen. I still want to qualify and hope that one year it will happen. I ended the year injury free and completed 2 full IM’s and 3 half IM’s.
Raining day it sucked!
For 2014 my number one goal is to finish massage school and get my license. I already have a detailed plan in place on how I will incorporate it into my current business. I am excited about this new adventure in my life. I will race at the end of next year at either IM Brazil or Cozumel. Once again I hope to qualify for Kona but I would also like to PR again so anything better than an 11:18 would be ok in my book! Once I finish massage school I would like to get my Level 2 certification for USAT coaching. I am not sure this will happen in 2014 or 15 but I know I want to do it.
|Terry and Whitney! The St.|
George relay team
My ultimate goal is to be the best trainer to my clients. I love what I do and I have a passion for what I do. I love living a healthy and a fit life and I want people to be able to feel the benefits of it also. I hope to influence people to make better choices and incorporate better habits into their life. Going into the New Year don’t set resolutions and don’t start a new diet but make specific lifestyle changes and make specific long and short term goals that are attainable. For me the New Year is a good time to reflect on the last year and plan the year ahead.