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Its REALLY been awhile!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

So I see that my last blog entry was in 2013. It's now 2015. My bio says I'm 22 years old... I'm now 26 years old xD My oh my, how time flies.

I'm sitting here at work laughing hysterically/crying reading all my old blogs and remembering what it was like to be where I was 3..4..5.. years ago. It seems so far away now.. all the problems I was experiencing and the things I struggled with.. the things I got excited about. As I read I see myself falling in love with God and see him pursuing me without me even realizing it. I see myself falling in love with fitness and a healthy lifestyle..even though it seems like more often than not, making healthy choices was a struggle for me!

It is really crazy how time changes things. My life was 100% different than it was even a few years back when these blogs were written. I'm not sure how to do a 2 year life update in a blog, but here is my very best effort.

I graduated from college and ended up getting that job with the Colts that I had blogged about back in 2010/2011. I worked for them as an intern for a year, and at the end of that year (going into 2012) I came to Christ at a Campus Outreach winter conference. It was there I truly saw my sin for what it was and saw my absolute, utter need for Jesus. (Ugh, now I'm crying as I write this!) Post conference, I moved to Birmingham, Alabama and started working for Campus Outreach in their global resourcing office and got my MBA at night. Man, wish I would've kept up with my blogs during my time down south because let me tell ya, I have some stories!

This January 2015 I moved back home to Indiana and moved in with my sister who has now graduated college and has a grown up job, too. I am working for a small start up which is definitely different and challenging, but a good opportunity!

As far as fitness goes........funny story, actually. I started really getting into lifting/bodybuilding in Alabama and started dating a bodybuilder (who has only competed once, so far) back in April. He has since broken up with me (and I am still fairly heartbroken, sidenote. We had been seeing each other for 6 months driving 6 hours back and forth to see each other, then I moved to be closer to him, partially, and he decided I wasn't the girl for him) but I learned SO MUCH about weight lifting and the bodybuilding world. I no longer eat 900-1200 calories a day but am more up around 1800 right now and pay very close attention to my macros :D I even had the opportunity to go to the Mr. Olympia competition for my birthday in Vegas this year to watch the big boys compete (4peat!! go Phil!!) and to meet some of my favorite fitness inspirations. I workout 6 days a week with my sister, mainly weightlifting, and hope to compete in my first show *maybe* even this fall!

I have come SO far from where I was at when I started this blog/Sparkpeople adventure and it is so fun to look back and see where I came from. It was very obvious that I have Sparkpeople/my spark friends to thank for encouraging me, teaching me and pushing me to grow in so many areas of my life. The love I had for my spark friends was so apparent in my previous writings.

But more than anything, I have Jesus to thank for coming in, meeting me where I was, & completely changing my life with his saving grace. Life is HARD. That part of the story hasn't changed. What has is that I have a greater HOPE knowing what is to come, for eternity.

I'll leave this with an Arnold quote, because I think it is appropriate:

"Pain makes me grow. Growing is what I want. Therefore, for me pain is pleasure".

I am excited to look back on this blog a few years down the road and see where I am at then. Maybe I'll even win my first show and get my pro card ;) Who would've thought?

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