Hello? *echos* Hello...hello...hello...

Holy shit, y'all! It's been a minute. Okay, but like maybe over 4 years. 

I kinda always thought that I'd end up back here, but not in the way I have returned. 

So let's recap...

In January of 2017, my husband, Peter, and I packed up all our things and moved from Maryland to California. Talk about shock to the body and mind. It has taken me quite some time to adjust to the move. YEARS.

My running habits decreased DRAMATICALLY. To be honest, I thought moving to southern California would've actually increased my drive to run, but it did just the opposite. I have run a few races here and there, but I haven't actually run since September, and before that...well...it was MONTHS. 

I have worked in several gyms over the past 5 years. I first started as a front desk rep at a local Orangetheory, but decided to use my personal trainer certification to actually coach fitness classes. So I left Orangetheory and had jobs at Crunch, University of California San Diego, Cooper Fitness, and F45. I am still working with most to some degree, even if it's just a subbing opportunity. 

I've steered away from the MLM life. I honestly thought being a part of a health and wellness company that aligned with what I wanted to be was going to be perfect, however, it ended up having damaging effects on my mental health. 

I've become certified in several areas of fitness. In just the last year, I pursued and completed both a 200 hour yoga certification and spin certification. My goal is to get a Personal Training certification with NASM on top of the one I currently hold with ISSA. 

I've physically hurt myself A LOT over the past year. I have suffered a couple of pretty bad back injuries. I've had to go to physical therapy and a chiropractor religiously to get myself back to where I was and although I am feeling a lot better at the time of writing this, it's going to be an ongoing battle to keep my back healthy as I age.

I've become a hardcore Peloton fan. Having the bike not only led me to get my spin certification, but it's been a great way to keep myself moving when my back has been damaged. It was the only exercise I could do when my back was at it's worst. My favorite instructors are Cody, Kendall, and Robin. 

I briefly streamed on Twitch since we got both a Switch and PS5 during the pandemic. My favorite games to play were Tetris 99, Mario Maker 2, and Fall Guys. 

But that's been my life in a nutshell!

While I can't be too certain on whether running will become a part of my life again and share those race recaps, I can for sure say that sharing any part of my physical fitness journey and workouts with you will be the biggest part of this blog. My goal is to not only talk about what I'm doing, but share with you things you can do too. Ideally, I'd love to teach virtual classes like I had during the pandemic. Whether it be spin, strength, or my favorite MMA-style workout class. 

And while I am not the same person when I left this blog 4 years ago, I'll keep most of my old content up as it shares some great memories of past races, training, and recipes. 

So yeah...glad to be back! Let's be friends again. :) 

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