Good morning! I just read through all of my 2020 posts and I’m so glad that I blogged about everything because it was a lot. When I first started writing about the pandemic back in March, none of us knew that this would be around for the rest of the year (and is STILL going on!) But it’s a new year and hopefully 2021 will be the year that we can put this challenging time behind us.
Here is a recap of what happened in 2020:
- I worked out – A LOT! I went through all of the programs that I completed and it’s worth repeating that these workouts saved my sanity during the pandemic. It also helped to keep me healthy and gave me something positive to focus on. I completed Morning Meltdown 100 in March and just kept the momentum going with 21 Day Fix Extreme, 10 Rounds, Barre Blend, #mbf and #mbfa, then 10 Rounds again, 21 Day Fix, and then I ended the year with a LIIFT4/10 Rounds hybrid program. In addition to these workout programs, I got in a lot of walks, too.
- I got to work from home. I’ve loved this so much. I love not having to commute back and forth to work. I love being able to throw in a load of laundry or unload the dishwasher while I’m waiting for someone to get back to me about a work issue. I was able to be productive and focus without all of the distractions that I have when I’m at the office. While I miss my co-workers, I love being home with the dogs. It’s going to be really hard when I have to go back into the office full-time.
- My Beachbody business took off this year. I have an incredible team of women that I’ve been able to coach and it’s been such an amazing experience. I can’t wait to see what these women do in 2021 and I hope to add more people to the team!
- In February, I joined the Book of the Month club and it was one of the best gifts that I’ve given myself. I’ve read some fantastic books this year. Throughout my life, books have been a wonderful escape for me. There’s nothing like getting immersed in a good story to forget about what’s going on in the outside world.
- In October, we lost our beagle, Jasper, after a short battle with advanced kidney disease. The pandemic gave me extra time to spend with him that I wouldn’t normally have and I’m extremely grateful for that. 2020 also brought us a new family member when we adopted a puppy on December 27. I still miss Jasper and grieve, but the new puppy has brought us a lot of joy and I know that our other dog, Kali, loves having another sibling.
- One of my goals of 2020 was to pay down some debt and we were able to do that because of the pandemic. Because we stayed home and didn’t go anywhere, we saved a lot of money and I was able to use that money to pay down some debt. If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that we don’t need to eat out as much as we were before the pandemic and that we can entertain ourselves at home and still enjoy ourselves.
- Our family was able to stay healthy, for the most part, in 2020. Kayla had two oncology follow-ups and both went well. She continues to be in remission and has avoided COVID thus far. Her husband had COVID in December, but had very mild symptoms and has fully recovered. The rest of our family has been healthy and well.
- My body is going through changes and I’m fairly certain that I’ve entered the stage of menopause. Night sweats and hot flashes are happening on a regular basis and I feel like my metabolism has changed. My sleep quality has decreased and my energy level isn’t as high as it once was. More often I feel my age, although I still feel healthy for the most part. My mortality weighs on my mind more frequently. I think out of all of the challenges in 2020, this has been the hardest for me.
As I look ahead at the new year and my goals, I’ve realized that I’m happy with the path I’m on and want to just continue what I’ve been doing. I’m starting a new workout program on Monday, and I’m going to continue to eat healthy and look at food as fuel. When I make a food choice, I will ask myself, “Will this nourish my body? Will this fuel my workouts and help with recovery and muscle building?” As I age, I’m realizing more and more that I need to take better care of my body and feed it healthy, nourishing foods. My body is going through changes and I want to help it cope and get through this stage of life as smoothly as possible.
What are your goals for 2021? Did you survive 2020 as well as you had hoped? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
May your 2021 be full of blessings and may your glass always be full!