Gonna Be A VERY Dirty Thirty

A week ago I had a big birthday: The big 3-0!

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I wasn’t dreading the day or anything. It came upon me like any other Sunday and I had a few things I wanted to do, but nothing major.

Because I’ve embraced this day. And getting older in general.

It’s a bit weird, the value we put in living but the way we look at aging.

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But I’ve decided that 30 will be my healthiest year yet. And, ironically, dirtiest year. And I’m very excited about it.

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My dirty race schedule for this season includes Tough Mudders in at least three different states, an over-night Toughest in Michigan, and World’s Toughest in November. There’s also the potential for maybe another race or two, depending on how I’m feeling.

There are also several mud-free ones that I’m looking forward too.

That being said, I want to be transparent.

There are times when I struggle. I know that a fair amount of people in my life have mentioned how my motivation inspires them. And I’m excited about that, because it says to me that I’m doing something right.

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At the same time, I don’t want people to be disillusioned that I’m some working out, eating healthy machine. I like sweets a little too much. Caramel Macchiatos are my vice and I could drink 3 a day. Some days I don’t go to the gym.

BUT even with all that being said: I work to have a balance. I don’t want to work out so much that I start to hate it, so I’ll take a day of here and there. I don’t want to eat salads for every meal, so I find recipes that are healthy and flavorful. And I buy myself a Caramel Macchiato occasionally, trading switching out the dairy for soy and making the syrup sugar-fee.

Credit: A HUGE shout out to two of the best roommates/friends/photographers I know: Toshe and Dru. What started as me asking for a picture of myself with my birthday cake became a bit of a photo shoot. If you’re looking for a photographer in the Atlanta area, I HIGHLY recommend checking them out. Together they are 1Fourteen Media and their website is here.

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