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That picture up there if of me at my birthday party last year. A lot has changed in 364 days.
Today's my last day as a 33-year-old. For reasons I can't fully clarify, I always thought about turning 33 when I was a child. There was something this particular age that epitomized adulthood to my young brain. I always looked forward to it wistfully. When 33 arrived, I was thrilled. And now, looking back on it a year later, I can assuredly say my 33rd year did not disappoint. In honor of tomorrow's 34th birthday, here are 33 things that happened in my 33rd year.
1.) I traded in a diet full of fake meat, lots of cheese, and tons of pasta and chips for one that focused on clean foods, whole ingredients, and lots of fresh produce, fiber, lean proteins and healthy fats.
2.) I became a person who works out regularly. In years past I've always gone through phases where I'd work out a few weeks or months here or there, but this year I got myself into the routine of legitimately working out 4-6 days a week every week.
3.) I married the love of my life.
4.) I visited Belgium for the first time.
5.) I refocused this blog to showcase my new interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle through clean eating and fitness.
6.) I received a check from the state of Oregon for over $200 in unclaimed property refunds.
7.) I accidentally shredded said check.
8.) I went to three different bachelorette parties thrown in my honor and spent time with some of my favorite female friends.
9.) I developed a serious passion for running and completed 12 races in 2015 and two races so far in 2016.
10.) I learned how to make cleaner versions of all the foods I love, from cupcakes to cookies to ice cream to macaroni and cheese to lasagna to eggplant parmesan.
11.) I tried trampoline aerobics with my friend Megan.
12.) I tried stand-up paddle boarding with my niece Grace.
13.) I tried indoor rock climbing with my husband Mike.
14.) I spent a relaxing weekend in Bend at a lovely house with a hot tub in the company of my sweetheart thanks to the generosity of a former coworker.
15.) I went from being unable to do even one push-up to being able to bust out 20.
16.) I got legitimately good at doing burpees.
17.) I spent a lot of time writing, working on articles, and babysitting.
18.) I said no to a few invitations I knew were going to absolutely drain me and I did so without guilt.
19.) I spent two different days in two different emergency rooms with two different family members.
20.) I got into the habit of prepping all my meals for the week on Sundays.
21.) I lost 40 pounds.
22.) I mourned the fact that none of my grandparents lived long enough to see me get married.
23.) I didn't get sick once beyond a minor sore throat or case of the sniffles here or there.
24.) I spent a few days in Paris.
25.) I reached the Purple Level on Nike Plus, which translated to 1,553 lifetime running miles.
26.) I gathered with two other families for our 31st or 32nd (we've lost track at this point) annual camping trip.
27.) I watched a lot of Netflix movies while cuddled up on the couch next to my husband.
28.) I made a raw, vegan, gluten-free cheesecake for my husband's birthday that everyone in my family raved about.
29.) I made clean gingerbread cookies for Christmas that nobody in my family really liked.
30.) I published a lot of articles that didn't excite me but paid the bills and several articles I felt genuinely proud of, too.
31.) I'm pretty sure I didn't throw up once, which HAS to be a record for me.
32.) I rode a camel.
33.) I planned a honeymoon to Morocco with my husband and we spent a week having the adventure of a lifetime
I capped off my last day as a 33-year-old with a 16-mile run in the rain and am officially dedicating the rest of the weekend to nothing but relaxation and fun.
This picture is of me last week, enjoying my natural habitat of daily sweat sessions and clean eating. (As a reminder I'm all for everything in moderation, which means I also enjoyed the heck out of all kinds of food this year, including breads, pastries, and sweetened mint tea galore in Morocco. If you never allow yourself to indulge in anything, I think you're holding yourself back from fully enjoying your life.) Here's to another year that will hopefully be healthy, balanced, fun, and productive. And here's hoping I don't accidentally shred any checks next year.