2014 Review (In Numbers)

37: Cities Traveled To

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6: Ski Days

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7: Countries I set foot in.

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30: TRX Education Courses Taught

402: TRX trainers I qualified

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 235: Days at home

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130: Days on the road

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87: Days with my man-friend (a good year!)

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3: Number of water gun fights w/ the boys

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8,000: The amount of debt dollars paid off (blog post about it here)

8,700: Amount of dollars put in savings. Woot!

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323: Photos Instagrammed

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124: Number of blog posts I wrote

(it was a busy year… I’ll do better in 2015!)

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11: Bootcamps Run

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1: Number of Soul Train Lines we had in class (this number should be higher)

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0: Injuries. Woohoo!!!

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Although it wasn’t my most productive blog year, other than January, it was certainly fun to share as much as I could and to read through all your posts. Although I’m not commenting as much as I used to (is anybody? I blame BlogLovin’…) I’m still reading!

2014 had a lot going on… almost too much. It’s been nice to have a few days here in Canada with my man-friend to just relax, play outside, and not go 100 mph. Actually, most of December has been pretty chill, which has been nice. It’s great to have some time to re-charge the batteries. I’m looking forward to 2015 in a big way. Lots of plans on the horizon, lots of rearranging to ensure that 2015 is great, but not as hectic as 2014. I hope you’ll enjoy this last day of the year, reflecting on what has been and how to make this next year your best yet… or at least better in some small way. Thank you for joining me on this blog for another year.

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A Canadian Customs Conversation

I arrived in Canada late Christmas night for a week with my man-friend…

Canada Border Patrol Agent: “What’s your reason for visiting Canada?”

Me: “I’m visiting my boyfriend for Christmas.”

Agent: “How long is your stay?”

Me: “Eight days.”

Agent: “What do you plan on doing while you’re here?”

Me: …

What I was extremely tempted to say: “We haven’t seen each other in a month. What do you think we’ll be doing?”

What I really said: “Skiing.”

Because I am a lady.   ;  )

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s wishing a wonderful day of love to everybody out there.
Whether you’re spending it with a friend, a partner, a family member, a pet, your child, or yourself,
I hope it’s a great day!
Although we weren’t together for V-Day last year or this year,
hopefully my man-friend and I can be in 2015.

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Here’s to 2014…

We all tend to reflect on the year we’ve just lived come December 31st. Sometimes we have had an amazing year and we’re ready to celebrate. Sometimes it’s been the hardest year we’ve been through and we just want it to be over so we don’t have to face anything more difficult. Regardless of how 2013 has been to you, let’s raise a glass to a fresh start in 2014. 
A passage from the book I’m reading, 
David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell: 
“The conquering of fear produces exhilaration. And: The contrast between the previous apprehension and the present relief and feeling of security promotes a self-confidence that is the very father and mother of courage. Courage is not something that you already have that makes you brave when the tough times start. Courage is what you earn when you’ve been through the tough times and you discover they aren’t so tough after all.” 
So if you’ve had a tough year, chin up. You’re still here. You’re still going. 
If you’ve had a good year, chin up. You’re here. You’re going. You’re stronger than ever. 
Either way… 
Be A Beast in 2014. 
Cheers.

*photo via Tamara’s instagram
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TRX Bootcamp Holiday Party 2013

For the entire year, my bootcampers and I get together each week. I lead them, they work hard, and we have a good time. However, we’re all tired, sweaty, and not looking our best because it’s either 6am and we’ve just woken up, or it’s 6pm after a long day. I wanted to make sure we all had a chance to get together, dress up, and NOT think about burpees, so I threw a Holiday party and hired my friend, Missy to photograph it… so we’d all have proof that we clean up nicely! And here it is:

Pretending to eat like an animal… and getting photographed while doing it. 
Can’t win ’em all…

Ashley couldn’t attend, but got everybody together to get me a gift. 

Every trainer’s ideal gift: A Lululemon gift card! 
Thanks, Ashley for organizing that and thank you to my bootcampers!
Can’t wait to go shopping. 

My man-friend wrote the sweetest RSVP decline on the Evite, unaware that
everybody else could see it. Everybody thought it was amazing, as did I, so they re-read it.  
Major points were scored.

Kennedy helped hand out all the gifts while I did acknowledgements. 

Expressing my gratitude to work with such amazing people each week. 

Jennifer and Hill hosted the party. Couldn’t have done it without them!

Even my mom came to support me! 
Thanks, Mom! 
Complete photo album on my Fitness Facebook page. 
Thank you SO much, Missy for these beautiful photos! 
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Happy Mother’s Day!

My mom is awesome. There’s so much good in her I can’t even begin to tell you. 
I mean… she raised me and I turned out pretty kickass. 
; ) 
I am everything I am because of her. 
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! 
And this awesome video is for all the awesome mothers out there
(and anybody else that’s in a “mom” role) 
from Kid President: 

Also sending out lovely thoughts to those who have lost their mothers
and those who long to be mothers but aren’t:
those dealing with infertility, miscarriages, or have experienced the loss of a child.
Today is SO great for most, but SO hard for others.
*hugs*

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

With Love, 
Ami, Tango, 
& my TRX Bootcampers
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A day for love…

Remember when you were a kid and Valentines Day just meant picking out cards for all your friends and classmates and exchanging candy? 

It wasn’t this fuss over whether or not you had a date or were alone. 
Or if you had a date, what gift to get them. 
It was just fun. 
And sweet. 
And everybody was happy. 
Let’s go back to that. 
’cause we could learn a lot from kids…
So whether you’re loving a significant other, 
a family member, 
a best friend, 
a pet, 
a child, 
or just yourself… 
Celebrate the LOVE.
Happy Valentines Day!!! 
my fave:

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2012: Hitting The Ground Running

Or not, because I feel like ish…
So many holiday parties, so many germs,
so much snot.
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Neti Pot because it’s attractive? NO
Neti Pot because I want to feel like I’m drowning? NO
Neti Pot because I want the water to go in my nose, then down my throat? NO
Neti Pot because it’s amazing and makes you able to breathe? YES
…even if it’s only good for 30 minutes…
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My plan of making 2012 my bitch isn’t starting out as strongly as I’d hoped…
p.s. I’m sorry if this is your first visit to my blog.
I swear I’m better than this.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Too much turkey…

The tryptophan proved to be too much for the Tang… : )
*note the amazing T-day bandana he got from the groomer this week
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from last year to help you
stay out of the same boat as Tango.
Happy eating!
Tango and I hope you all have the best holiday weekend
and hope you get to spend it with ones you love!
(If you happen to be in the U.S. and celebrate Thanksgiving)
I’m off to the Bahamas tonight
to hang with some friends
after I celebrate the holiday with my fam.
See you guys Sunday!
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