Tuesday, January 16, 2018

5 REASONS TO JOIN ME AT IDEA WORLD FITNESS #BLOGFEST

I am going to IDEA World Fitness BlogFest this year for the fourth year in a row! It's always one of the highlights of my year. Blogfest is a blogging convention within the bigger IDEA world fitness convention, all rolled into one giant event. I always leave feeling exhausted, happy and motivated to aggressively pursue my dreams.

This year when the Fit Approach (#sweatpink team) put out the call for applications, I had a moment of doubt. I went part-time at my corporate marketing job this year in order to pursue my training, coaching, writing and blogging businesses. This means that I have more time to pursue the things that are meaningful to me, it also means that I cut my regular paycheck in half. Until I get things off the ground, I have less disposable income than in years past. I thought for a moment that maybe I wouldn't be able to afford to go.

My moment of weakness passed when I remembered that the whole reason that I left part of my income behind was to make room for the things that light my soul on fire and this convention fits that very definition. I didn't quit my job so I could worry more about money or live with a lack mindset. I quit half my job so I could live a more abundant life that aligns with my values.

That's when I realized that not going to the convention that I know is a positive, uplifting, learning experience because I was worried about money would be in opposition to my purpose, goals and desires. Maybe I have to save a little more up front than usual. Maybe I won't be able to go crazy at Lorna Jane booth (heart eye emoji) at the fitness expo like in years past. I'll grab a roomie or two. It's about making the time, energy and space for the things that are most important to me. Of course I can afford to go, honestly, with all that I'll learn and all the connections I will make I can't afford not to go.

Why is it so important to me?

Five reasons to join me at the IDEA World fitness BlogFest



1. THE PEOPLE


I say it every year, the biggest draw of BlogFest is the people. I love to spend quality time with my #sweatpink sisters. I love sitting in a room with a hundred other ladies who share my passions. People in my real life (IRL as the kids say) are all supportive (in theory) of the things I do, but no one gets me like the people who are out there doing the same things.

Every year I get to see my old blogging friends and make new ones. I am not even a social person. I'm not the kind of person who seeks out events or parties and thrives on social connections. But even I, the self-proclaimed introvert, can't help but feel connected to these people, because they are my people.

BlogFest 2015
BlogFest 2017

2. THE KNOWLEDGE


I've been blogging since 2009 and fitness blogging since 2011 and if there's one thing that stays the same is that blogging is always changing. As soon as you feel you mastered a platform there's an algorithm shift and it's time to reevaluate your strategy. The BlogFest event has seminars from leaders in our field on all the latest blogging, social media and photography topics. There is always something new to learn.

It's appropriate for all bloggers of all levels, so if you just started blogging or if you've been blogging for a decade, there are always at least a couple of actionable takeaways from every presentation.

3. THE CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS


After Fitness BlogFest we have access to two days of the biggest fitness convention of the year, IDEA World. I need to earn continuing education credits for my fitness certifications anyway and when I attend the IDEA sessions on Saturday and Sunday I am earning my credits towards recertification. Even if you are not a fitness professional, these sessions can provide valuable insight into the world of fitness, nutrition and social media. There's always something interesting to learn. In the past there were several opportunities to workout with celebrity trainers like Jillian Michaels, Cassey Ho, Gabrielle Reece and Tony Horton.

Me and Gabby Reece. I look petite! I'm 5'8"

4. THE VALUE


Did I mention it was free? Yes, free. Of course you pay for travel and accommodations but the Blogfest convention is free and you get two days of access to the IDEA world convention, which is an incredible value. If you would purchase even a one day registration pass for the IDEA convention alone it would cost $219.

For the price of travel and accommodations you get to attend two days of BlogFest and two days of IDEA World fitness convention for free.

You have to apply for a spot. As far as I can tell anyone who is genuinely interested and applies before the spots fill up is accepted. I haven't ever heard of a blogger who has been rejected. Once you accept your free spot and register for the convention you have to provide your credit card number. If you change your mind or something happens and you can't attend, you will be charged $50 to $100 for your spot depending on how much notice you give. I am sure this is just to protect against people from signing up because it is free then deciding at the last minute not to show. If you show up, there is no charge. The value can't be beat.

5. THE VACATION


Did I mention sunny San Diego? I plan to fly in a day early and spend it at the beach. The weather is gorgeous year-round in San Diego but especially lovely in July. I'm in Texas so I will welcome the cooler sunny temps. I can promise it will be a whirlwind of a weekend, so it will be nice to take a day and relax by the beach before the convention begins. It's always a good idea to vacation in San Diego.



If you want to learn more about what it is like a the IDEA World fitness BlogFest, check out my recaps from 2017, 2016 and 2015.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tuesday Tails Furry Feature: Running with Ollie

Hi, friends! It's the first furry feature of 2018 and I didn't have any furry-faced four-legged runners to feature! I put out a couple of requests on social media but I didn't receive responses in time, so this month my Furry Feature is Ollie! All these years of furry features and I never featured my own favorite running partner, Ollie.



Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner? 

Ollie is a seven-year-old English Pointer mix (we think). We adopted Ollie in 2013 from a friend of my husbands who was moving out of the country. He begged us to take him so he wouldn't have to go to the pound. We were reluctant because we had recently lost two dogs in quick succession and were still a little heart broken. We soon found he would steal and help heal our hearts. 

"hi, I'm Ollie."


Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch? 

Ollie is a street dog. He does best on a leash away from other dogs. We live outside of a big city (Dallas/Fort Worth) but our neighborhood is ripe with farm animals, like horses, chickens and donkeys (not to mention squirrels, rabbits and um, cats). Ollie has plenty of non-traditional friends behind fences. 


"That's a BIG dog!"



Have you ever raced with your dog?

I took him to a Turkey Trot one year and he dragged me off my feet and through the mud in pursuit of his frenemy, a Great Dane, before the race even started. I took him home because I was muddied, scuffed up and a little worse for wear. We learned a valuable lesson that day, Ollie is an A-hole. Hah. These days we stick to virtual races. 

"This is Thrilling."


Tell us about a running moment that made you proud.

Dude, I'm proud every day that I run. It's not always easy but it is always worth it. Running fundamentally changed who I am as a person, and I am better for it. Who would have thought that the young lady who was afraid to break a sweat would grow into a woman who regularly runs half marathons and coaches others to do the same? Certainly not me. 



What running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs? 

Ollie is sassy, so he would say don't take any $hit from anyone and do the things that make you happy. Not a bad way to live. 



Do you want to tell us anything else about you or running with your dog?

Because this blog is called Running with Ollie, people often assume that my name is Ollie or Hollie. It's an honest mistake, but let's clear up any confusion. Hi, I'm Lea and my dog is named Ollie.

Meet Ollie and Lea. Too weird? Yes? I know. 


One more thing...

Um...yeah...well...I know this blog is called Running with Ollie and I love running and dogs (and love to feature people on this blog that do just that) but the truth is Ollie doesn't run with me much anymore. He grew much too strong and strong-willed. Besides, he is a little older now and just can't handle the mileage he could when we were (both) younger. We go on short runs from time to time but we always go on walks, twice a day, every day. Ollie loves getting out on the leash and in the neighborhood. He has the same motto as the post office. "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night..."

You can follow all the updates and cute pictures of Ollie on Instagram at @runningwithollie 


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Way to go Ollie, you nailed this one!






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Thursday, January 4, 2018

I Tried ARX (Adaptive Resistance Exercise) and This is What Happened...

As a personal trainer I'll be the first to remind you that there are no quick fixes on the path to health and fitness. There is no easy button. You have to do the work. There's no pill, shake or carb-blocking supplement that will get you results any faster than good old fashion exercise and eating right.

In fact, these distractions are largely a waste of your time, energy and money and can actually take you further away from your goals because they shift your focus away from the hard work you need to do.

There's no two ways about it, if you want results you have to do the work.

So when I first heard about ARX I was naturally a little skeptical. When I saw that they advertise that you can get results in as little as 10 minutes a week, red flags were going up all over the place. "You gotta do the work," my inner personal trainer screamed out.

I learned about ARX from a local gym owner over at Optimal Force Fitness is Fort Worth, TX who contacted me on Instagram and asked if I wanted to come in for a free demo of the equipment and meet for coffee. She seemed like a nice lady, I have an open mind and it is always good to make friends in the local fitness community. Let's see what this is all about.

ARX stands for Adaptive Resistance Exercise and it turns out it is very forward-thinking technology. At first glance the equipment looks like typical gym machines. There was one that resembled a leg press machine and another one like a pulley machine, but they aren't like typical gym machines at all.

Trying the ARX equipment at Optimal Force Fitness


This equipment doesn't use traditional weights or plates, instead it uses a computerized resistance system to match the exact resistance to the user's force, which means you get the perfect rep every single time.

If you start to get tired and your output declines, the resistance declines. If you are stronger for one rep than the next, the machine adapts the resistance by the second, perfectly every time. If you slept three hours last night and skipped breakfast your output is going to be less than if you ate a hearty meal and slept like a baby. The ARX technology matches the exact force you produce, never more, never less, giving you maximum benefit while reducing the chance of injury. It's as effective for athletes as it for the elderly.

Dumbbells, barbells and kettlebells are all effective resistance training tools and people have been using them to sculpt amazing, strong and fit bodies for centuries, but is there a better, more efficient way?

The muscle contracts during the lift (the concentric phase) and lengthens as the weight is lowered (the eccentric phase). The muscles can support more weight in the eccentric lowering motion, but due to the limitations of having to lift the weight first, we can usually only lower a weight as heavy as we can first lift it.

Since the ARX technology is not using physical weights, it matches your force with the ideal resistance every second for both the concentric and eccentric actions. So unlike most exercises with traditional weights, you can perform the eccentric action of the exercise with more resistance than the concentric. It's one way that the ARX technology maximizes the time and effort of your workout.

If you're worried about doing only machine-based exercises, you'll be glad to hear there is ARX equipment for squats and deadlifts too so you still can get the benefits of functional fitness, which is important to me.

It's not a quick fix but it may be a short cut, but only because you are getting the maximum benefit out of every muscle action. There's no wasted time or energy. It's working smarter and harder with every repetition. There's no such thing as a half ass workout with ARX technology, so there is no wasted time in the gym.

While I am not about quick fixes, I am all about maximizing my time and efficiency.

I put my money where my mouth is to see if this will work with my fitness lifestyle. This is not a sponsored post. I was was not paid or given a discount to write this post. I signed up with Optimal Force Fitness, paid for a three month membership with my own hard-earned money and scheduled 30 minute sessions with a trainer twice a week.

I am really excited to see my progress in strength over the next few months. I am training for a few half marathons in the spring and the ARX technology is a great supplement to my plan because it allows me to focus on running while efficiently working on strength training. I won't have to spend any energy on my own strength programming. I don't have to think about how much weight I should use, how many sets and reps and when I need to progress in order to meet my goals. I'll get my strength work done and be back out on the road.

Have you ever heard of ARX? There are big fitness names backing it, like Dave Asprey and my favorite Podcaster, Ben Greenfield...and now Lea Genders Fitness (wink).

I'm intrigued. I'll let you know how it goes as I progress through the next three months. Could this be a game changer for my strength training in 2018? Only time will tell...

The downside so far? No dogs allowed. Here's what Ollie thinks about that.







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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 IS GONNA KICK ASS: MY ANNUAL NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS POST

Hi, welcome to my annual new year resolution post. I'm glad you're here but this post is for me. I write a new year resolution blog post in order to bring some clarity to my goals and provide some accountability. If it is on the internet I have to do it, right? (Well, we joked that 2017 was the year of abs. At least that was good for a laugh.)

Last week I went over how my 2017 goals went and the exercise was really helpful. If you have not reflected on the past year yet, I suggest you do it before writing any new year resolutions.

My reflections helped me clear the clutter from my head and gave me a clearer vision of what I want in the future. It also helped me see what worked and what didn't work in 2017.

The biggest lesson I learned from my 2017 reflection is that the goals that I worked on with support had a much higher success rate! I also learned that working on too many goals (I had 10!) at once is a new year resolution fail waiting to happen.

We had a great year, but I am looking forward to taking all I learned in 2017 and making 2018 even better.



I broke my goals down into four categories: Income, training (my own), learning and saving.


My highest priority for 2018 is grow income streams from writing, blogging, coaching and personal training.

I've made a commitment to make more room for the things I love. I've given up something good to make room for something great. I've taken a big step in the direction of my dreams.

If you've been paying attention you know that I've been shouting it from the rooftops, I went part-time at my corporate marketing job to allow more time to pursue my training, writing and coaching goals. It's exciting and terrifying. I cut my paycheck almost in half, so if I don't hustle I'll just be home more often with less money. I am leaving money on the table by walking away from my regular paycheck for a few days a week and I'm using that to motivate myself to get proactive with my financial goals.

My goal for the first 90 days is $1000 a month in extra income. That's $250 a week or $35 a day. After 90 days I hope to be in a position to reevaluate this and increase it, but I wanted to start out with a realistic goal. In order to reach this goal, I'll need to be proactive with writing and blog projects, and marketing for training and nutrition clients. Last year, I just stated I wanted to earn more, I didn't identity how much and didn't take any consistent actions to get there.

I will apply for writing and blogging jobs on a weekly basis.
I will run ads and/or promotions for my nutrition and coaching programs monthly.
I will write a useful affiliate post at least once a month
I will get more involved in the local community to meet people (introvert nightmare, but not for me!)
I will proactively reach out to people locally to collaborate on business growth ideas.
I will actively search for people in my community with similar goals (remember what I said I learned about support?)

Training

Strength and running are both important to me, so I will continue to pursue both throughout the year. I am running three half marathons in the first three months of the year, so running with be the priority with strength as a secondary focus in the first quarter. I will continue my half marathon training and be more consistent with my long runs (which historically, I've been terribly inconsistent). My half marathon PR was in 2012 and I want to prove to myself that my running glory days aren't behind me. Can I run another half marathon in under two hours? Only if I put in the work. My goal race is for the Fort Worth Cowtown or the Rock n Roll half.

After we run Disney in April (our fun anniversary race) I will shift to a strength-focused workout program with running becoming secondary. I learned last year that trying to do it all, didn't work out for me. It's all important, I will just shift my main focus throughout the year between running and strength training. 2018, the year of abs? Nah. Ha ha.

Russ wants to continue the run streak (at least one mile a day every day) through 2018 (we started on Thanksgiving). Can we do it? As long as my body hold up, we can. I'll listen to my body first, but we are going to attempt this, wish us luck.


Learning

There is so much I want to learn. I keep skimming the surface of things I want to learn more about, but never taking a deep dive (because I am too busy scrolling my Facebook feed). My top education priorities for 2018 are SEO (search engine optimization for my websites), copywriting, photography (my DSLR that I barely know how to use) and photoshop. My plan is to focus on one thing at a time, take a course online (or in person) and deep dive until I have a level of proficiency. With four topics on my list, I can devote at least 90 days to each one. Where shall I start?

Last year I finished up my Precision nutrition certification in the beginning of the year by focusing on studying in the evenings. It was a heck of a lot more productive than social media scrolling. I have books stacked up to the ceiling that I want to read. My focus this year will be on learning by replacing a bad habit (scrolling) with a good one (focused learning).



Saving

We have a goal to pay off the house this year. It will be tight with my reduced income but possible, especially if I meet my other income goals. As long as hubs and I both curb our spending, we can accomplish this goal. When we work on things together we are usually successful. How amazing would it be to start 2019 with no house payment?


I feel good about my goals for 2018. They are big goals that are achievable. They are focused. There are a few that will require I step outside my comfort zone, which almost always pushes me to the next level.

Will I look back on this post at the end of 2018 and be proud of what I achieved? Stay tuned...

Here's to a happy, healthy, successful and prosperous 2018! Happy new year friends!





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Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 REFLECTIONS: The Successes and Failures of the Year

Happy New Year, Friends! This is the time of year that I like to reflect back on the year gone by and start to think about the things I want to achieve in the new year. We don't need to wait for a new year, a new week or a new day to start going after our goals, but since the New Year is quickly approaching, there is no time like now to start making plans.

I was almost afraid to look at my new year resolution post from 2017 because going by memory alone, I could only think of one thing that I followed through with for the whole year. Like most of the rest of the human race, I stopped thinking about my goals in terms of resolutions by February. 

In retrospect, my first mistake was simply having too many goals at once. At best, I should have broken these down by month and focused on certain goals during specific times of the year. Note to self as I write my 2018 goals. 

Before I write my goals for 2018 I like to spend a little time looking at what went right and what went wrong from my previous year's goals so I can learn from my successes and mistakes. 

Thanks for indulging me. 


REVIEW OF MY 2017 GOALS


2017 Goal 1: Develop and grow income streams from writing, blogging and training

This is the first thing I will put on my new goals list for 2018. I did increase my income but the truth is it was only higher than usual because of a paid ambassadorship in 2017 (which the contract has now ended). I didn't take a lot of action to pursue additional income and accepted just what came my way. The lesson l learned is to be more specific with my goals and more proactive with my actions to achieve them.

2017 Goal 2: Lose five pounds of fat and strength train 2-3 times a week

Yes, I lost the five pounds but I was consistently inconsistent with training. I went through periods of regular training followed by periods of rest, but in all honesty, it is just the way I work best. For the new year I will consider this when writing my new goals. A cycle of strength-focused workouts, followed by a cycle of running-focused workouts and a rest cycle will probably be a realistic plan that works with my lifestyle.

2017 Goal 3: Run the Rock 'n' Roll Dallas half marathon with a two year PR

I didn't run any half marathons in 2017! I had a shoulder injury which prevented me from running long distances. It isn't completed healed, but it doesn't cause me pain when I run anymore. I have at least three half marathons planned for 2018. I shouldn't have planned goals of losing fat, strength training and running a PR all in the same time frame. Too many conflicting goals at once makes it hard to achieve any of them.

2017 Goal 4: Save money 

Vague much? Despite not having a specific number in mind, we did pretty well here. Sure, we spent money too (remodeling, central heat and air and hubby bought a car), but we really socked a lot away in savings this year. I will work to continue the savings streak into 2018, despite going part-time at my job and living on less regular income.

2017 Goal 5: Blog more consistently on Running with Ollie

I write three blog posts a week on Lea Genders Fitness but have been less consistent here on this blog. I wrote as many posts in December 2017 as I did in January 2017 but much less the rest of the year. I'd like to commit to two blog posts a week on Running with Ollie for 2018, which for the record is more than I did on average in 2017, so I will take that into consideration when writing my new goal.

2017 Goal 6: Finish my Precision Nutrition Certification

Yay! I achieved this goal. Check out my nutrition coaching services. Learning is going to be a big part of my 2018 goals. I have some ideas about areas of focus for different time blocks of the year.

2017 Goal 7: Get up at 5:30 am consistently, even on the weekends

Not even close. We did this consistently for a few weeks in the summer. I don't know what happened. It became less of a priority.

2017 Goal 8: 10K steps a day

This has become so much of a part of my lifestyle it isn't a goal anymore, it's just something I do. I rarely miss getting 10K steps a day. I may have missed a day or two (like when I got LASIK eye surgery and couldn't see) but if I miss it is always for a valid reason, like I'm sick or injured. I can take this one off my goals for 2018 because it's something I do every day anyway. Besides, Ollie has gotten quite spoiled, if he doesn't get his two walks a day, he gets very upset. I am brainstorming ways I can improve upon or advance this for the new year.

2017 Goal 9: Give up alcohol for a year

Oh my gosh, we did it (Well, in five more days I can say we did it.) Honestly, it wasn't that hard. It felt challenging the first three weekends in January and it was smooth sailing for the rest of the year.

I didn't lose all my friends.
I wasn't bored and miserable.
I didn't turn into a fun-hater.
No one cared.

All the things I thought were going to be hard, weren't even an issue.

After three or four months I stopped even thinking of it at all. When someone offered me a drink I never explained it, I just simply said, "No, Thank you" and that was the end of it. I will have a drink again in 2018 but we're in no hurry. I'm sure in a few weeks (or months) when it comes up naturally in a social situation I'll have my first drink in 2018. 

I don't always like to think of goals in terms of things I have to give up, but given the success of this goal, I'd like to challenge myself in a new way for 2018.

2017 Goal 10: No eating out

One thing that I did not include in my official resolution post but something hubby and I did together in 2017 is that we chose not to eat out at restaurants except for required work or special social occasions. This meant that we never went out to eat because we didn't feel like cooking or for no reason on a Tuesday or Saturday night. It went so well, I think we will continue this into 2018. I didn't miss it at all, we ate all kinds of delicious foods at home, we saved so much money, and so many empty calories. We made a few exceptions when it made sense, but I call this resolution a success because it changed our lifestyle for the better.


What I learned in 2017

I learned that the goals I was most successful with were the ones that hubby and I worked on together. It just proves that having support helps us achieve our goals. When I work on new goals that don't include hubby, I know I have to make it a priority to find support from people on a similar path with similar goals.

In the end, I'd say I achieved five out of my 10 goals for 2017. This just teaches me that I spread myself too thin. 10 goals is too many for one time. I'll remember this when writing my 2018 goals and focus on the priorities for the year.

Good and bad, successes and failures, I can learn a lot from the year gone by. I'm in a better position now to write meaningful, realistic goals for 2018. Stay tuned...

The future's so bright, we gotta wear shades...




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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tuesday Tails Furry Feature: 10 Running (and Life) Lessons Learned From Our Dogs

Hi, friends! Welcome to the final edition of Tuesday Tails Furry Feature for 2017! It has been a great year of running with dogs! Whether you like to run with your dog or you just love to look at their furry faces, I'm grateful you followed along this year.

One of the questions I ask all my Furry Features is:

What running (or life) lessons can we learn from our dogs?


I thought it would be fun to recap the answers from our features this year and revisit some of our favorite four-legged runners. If you click on the link for each dog you can view their original furry feature post to see more pictures and links to follow them.

First up is Calypso the wonder mutt from Black Dog Runs Disney

"Who cares about form, time, PRs, or latest running fashions? Just run and chase squirrels!"


Next up is Trixie from Running on Happy.

"To always have fun! If running isn't fun, what's the point?"


Sorcha and Anam from Fueled by Carrots

"Life is too short to be serious all the time and not do the things that we love... take time to smell the roses."



"Unconditional love! As cheesy as it may seem, this sweet pup came into my life at a time when I needed her most. Dogs make life a lot sweeter!"



"My doodles are my heart and soul. They will run their heart out for you in rain, sleet, hot or cold. They teach loyalty and perseverance. Most importantly they always have a smile on their face."


"There is so much I take from my dogs every single day. First, you never say no to a good time with family! It doesn't matter the time of day, I say 'let's go run" and they are so excited! Second, they never worry about "what do I need to do next!" As a busy mom, I'm always worried about school, kids, my job, etc. and my brain runs faster than my body can keep up. Dogs focus on the now, what can I sniff at, where are the lizards? Finally, when they just gotta let out their frustration, they let go, kick up grass and keep going!"



"Slow down when we're tired and stop for water! Moose always lets me know when he needs a little break."


Rosie

"Enjoy life and to spend as much time as you can with your loved ones. Have fun and do things together."


Scuttle and Scout

"Life is short, make the most out of every day. Let the people you care about know it."


Then, of course, we have Ollie. If I had to ask Ollie for a life lesson he would say the joy is in the chase...and because he is feisty... don't take any shit. (Which is precisely why I had to add a photo of a Santa hat on his picture, you think he would have sat for that? No way!)

Here are all the Life Lessons learned from Ollie in this blog post. 


Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hope you had a great 2017 and are looking forward to prosperous, vigorous and healthy growth in 2018!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

My Ninth Annual Year in Pictures: 2017 Edition

The first post I ever wrote on this blog was a review in pictures of 2008. This is the ninth year that I've kept up the tradition. It's a fun way to look back on the year and share my memories with you.

When I first reflected back on 2017 I thought that maybe I didn't have as much to share as I had in the past, but as I scrolled through the pictures from the year I was reminded of some pretty cool memories. Here are the highlights of my year.

My 2017 in pictures!


In January my best friend got married in San Antonio and I was the matron of honor.


So here's my obligatory Alamo pic.


In March I ran the Rock 'n Roll 5K with my running buddies from California.


In April I got my Precision Nutrition coach certification (and here's the worst picture of me to prove it). You can learn more about my nutrition coaching services on my Lea Genders Fitness blog.


Here's a better picture because Ollie is in it. 



In June I went to Pittsburgh to visit my family.



We bought a giant blow up swimming pool to cool off for the summer and promptly popped it at summer's end.


In July I went to Vegas for Blogfest and the IDEA World fitness convention and visited my sister who lives there.


We took our second annual BlogFest Charlie's Angel pose picture.



In August Russ and I celebrated our 12 year wedding anniversary and our 19 year together-iversary, but who's counting? (oh yeah, I am.)


In September I celebrated my 43rd birthday and finally went stand up paddle boarding! Despite my face, it was really fun!



In October I got LASIK surgery and now I can mostly see (argh).


In November we ran a Thanksgiving Day 5K on the only day it was cold in November.


And I set up a booth at the North Texas Ladies of Real Estate holiday sip & shop event to promote my personal training and running coach services.


In December Ollie looked cool in his shades.



That's it! Thanks for taking the time to share in the highlights of my year. I wish you a merry Christmas and a successful new year!


I am looking forward to some exciting changes and plans coming in 2018! How about you?



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Lea

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