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29 Dec Adventures with Ami: Just Start

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Our 2nd year anniversary being plant-strong happened this week.  The day came and went and I completely forgot about it until this morning.  It’s officially become a way of life for us.  Our year was filled with many adventures, some fun, some stressful, all worth every minute.  We spent 2013 traveling a lot.  We had no problem staying plant-strong during our travels.  There is always a grocery store nearby if all else fails.  With all of our travel adventures though, we both let our fitness routines slip.

It was really easy to NOT go to the gym when you’ve been on a plane all day, at an event for 10 hours or sightseeing all over the city.  Sure walking is great, but we had a great routine of weight training and running for me, weight training and boxing for my husband.  Once the days we didn’t go to the gym outnumbered the days we did, it was only a matter of time before we quit all together. it was during our renovation project in our new house that fitness got lost.  We were exhausted from all the hard work we were putting into the house.  Once the house was move in ready, we just wanted to sit down for a minute.  The minute turned into three months.

It’s amazing how fast that can happen.  How much we enjoyed going to the gym before.  We even bought our house in part because of the nice YMCA just a few blocks away.  So there is no excuse.  We own bicycles, we both run, we have dogs and the YMCA is right there. We just didn’t get up and go.  We also enabled each other to NOT go.  When we work together as a team, we are unstoppable.  That also works when we both agree to NOT to go to the gym.  So together, we gave up our fitness for a few months.  Gained a few pounds being sedentary and started feeling pretty cruddy from being less active.  We missed feeling so good from a good workout or a good run.

We made a pact to get it back in 2014 and got an early start in November.  I ran my first 5k race in November and fell in love with running all over again.  I’m back in the habit of running, indoors and out and set a goal to run a half marathon in 2014.  I work much better when working toward a goal, so for me, being in training for an event helps me stay focused.  I haven’t picked the half marathon I will run yet, but I have a couple in mind that take place in autumn.  I have a new gym membership and will be blogging a lot about the miles I will be covering in the new year.

Fitness has always been the hardest part for me.  I know many of you struggle with fitness too.  Together let’s tackle fitness in 2014!  Join a gym, walk around the block, investigate fitness apps for your phone, like the Couch 2 5k app for new runners, try out a free yoga class, just get moving!

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Ami Mackey
Ami Mackey

Ami Mackey is a food coach at Engine 2 Extra and has been plant-strong since 2011. She is also the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

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