2012 Review!

A lot has happened over the past year,
here's a quick look back

I went to Disney to run my first full marathon

Despite my horrible sickness, I managed to finish with the help of my brother.

My roomie and I tried a 3 day green smoothie diet, which was a horrible idea, and only lasted 1 day.

I went back to DC....
This time I was with Kevin, S and her boyfriend.

We ran RnR DC on St Pattys Day!
Then headed to the bars to celebrate!

I got my Team Tough Chik gear!

In may, I went to the beginning of the season Sox games

Mothers Day weekend, I used my headlamp to install a backsplash.

We went to a Sox game at the top of the Green Monster.

And ran Boston's Run to Remember on Memorial Day weekend.

We celebrated my roomie's 25th birthday at Mohegan Sun Casino

My little sister graduated from High School!

In June, we headed to the cape for some beach time, and cycling

I finished my first Olympic Distance triathlon from hell in hilly Litchfield Hills.

I got to meet some fellow bloggers at the Sports Hooks booth at RnR Providence.

And finished my 10th half marathon at RnR Providence! (and totally skipped writing a race report!)

I went to Newport with my girls

And all the while was training for the biggest race of my life...

I had the best day of my life and beat my time goal of 8 hours,

And I can now call myself a half ironman finisher!

We celebrated a few weeks later with an amazing cruise on the Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's biggest ship.

We celebrated a lot of things... like my 70.3 finish.... and setting our wedding date!

We left from Florida, and went to Labadee, Jamaica, and Cozumel!

I celebrated my 30th birthday for the entire month of november

And took some fabulous engagement pictures with my honey...

We celebrated our 8 year anniversary on December 2nd!

I kicked off the holidays with my work besties at our christmas party!

And I'm heading out tomorrow to Mohegan Sun Casino for a fun filled New Years Eve... 

How was your 2012?

What's ahead...

I have some housekeeping to get to on this blog.
I have prizes to mail out (sorry if you haven't gotten yours yet!), and new winners to pick. I have lots of updating, and organizing to do. Workout planning needs to take place. 

Don't you wish there were more hours in a day?

Overall, the last year has been a bit crazy, and I know my blogging was sidelined for a bit. One of my big goals for the new year is to get back to blogging.

I'm working on my 2012 recap and my review of my 2012 goals and setting of 2013 goals. This is going to be a big year coming up!

Run My A$$ Off & a winner!

I think my Tough Chik teammate Jess said it perfectly on her blog Run with Jess, when talking about Holiday weight gain...

"Every year, it starts with Halloween... the slow re-entry of candy into our house (and my belly). Then comes Thanksgiving with the big heavy meals and relaxing drinks (oh' sweet Baileys and Pumpkin Pie Liqueur...) Finally, the nearly month long Christmas... sweet treats everywhere you go, endless social gatherings and reduced exercise time. What was your net holiday gain?  All the holiday joy made made my heart swell. Unfortunately, so did my tummy..."

Too. much. sugar.
I had been doing so well with Jillian! I'd lost inches and pounds, but now I feel like a bloated puffball. That is why I'm joining her challenge.


I'm going to put my money where my mouth is. $10 in the pot to lose 4% of my body weight. If I do all 3 rounds, that could be 12% gone! Maybe money on the line is just what I need to stay focused!

Especially since.....

I won the video for my wedding that many of you helped me out by voting for!!
The winner of my big giveaway is...
There were over 15 votes from my readers so she won a bunch of loot!
Gu, Nuun, & Honey Stinger Fuel
Sparkly Soul Headband (pick the color)
Injinji socks (pick color & size)
and a $30 Amazon giftcard!!

email me at sgrigely at hotmail (dot) com to claim your prize!

I'll have a holiday recap soon,
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with friends and family!

I've been naughty...

How do you stay on track nutritionally?

You see... I'm having some trouble.
I was excellant the first month of Jillian's program, then month 2 my nutrition kind of fell apart, and I'm really hoping to get back on track for month 3. 

The problem??

The Holidays?!!

Have not
been good with food.

The treats (white chocolate peppermint hugs?!), the booze, the parties. I really need to get a grip on this stuff.  How am I supposed to avoid all this??

I'm trying to picture my wedding, the dress, the parties, the vacations coming up. oh my. Plus I need to get on my racing schedule and plan for the upcoming months. I'm thinking sprint tri in late april, half in late may, and another 70.3 in june.

I need to keep space on my schedule for a Team Tough Chik race...
September 28, 2013
Who want to join Team Tough Chik??

Don't miss my latest giveaway HERE
Check to see if you won my birthday giveaway HERE

How do you avoid food/drink temptations?
Whats on your calendar so far?

Birthday winners!!

Ready for my Birthday Giveaway Winners??
If you win, please email me by thursday to claim your prize!

First up is.....
The Allied Steel Medal Display of your choice 
and it goes to....
BJ Klllam!

Next up is...
The Hydrapak Avila!
Congrats to....

Road ID & Gu goes to...

My 4 Injinji winners are....

and lastly, those yummy...

1 variety pack goes to...

Congrats to everyone & thanks for helping me celebrate my birthday!!
email me at sgrigely (at) hotmail (dot) com to claim your prize.

Didn't win?
Check out my latest giveaway...
Right now the prize is assorted fuel and Sparkly Soul...
with one more vote it will include a pair on injinji socks, and $30 amazon giftcard if I win the contest.
Go check it out!!

Top 10 December Tunes!

Closing out the year is an eclectic bunch of tracks, which ought to help you polish off December in style. Present here is the latest of the Usher/Ludacris hits that began with 2004's “Yeah!” Also, collaborating this month are Irish rockers The Script and Will.I.Am from Black Eyed Peas. Further mixing things up are Taylor Swift's flirtation with dubstep and two different takes on the same song by Flo Rida and Bingo Players.
Here's the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred--the web's most popular workout music blog.

Enjoy the tunes!
get more at RunHunred.com

Santa's Little Helper giveaway!

While I'm working on picking the winners of my birthday giveaway, I wanted to give you another chance to win some awesome prizes!

I have a fabulous Holiday giveaway for my readers who are willing to help me out!
You see...
I need to win a little competition.
And I'm not against bribing my readers for votes.
Kevin & I were selected as a finalist for a wedding video & here's the prizes you can win by voting for us...

If at least 5 people from here vote you win....

Fuel prize pack including a selection of....

If at least 10 people from here vote, you win that plus...

1 Sparkly Soul headband (pick your color)

If at least 15 people from here vote, you win that plus....

1 pair of Injinji toe socks (pick your color & size)
If I win, I'll toss in a $30 Amazon giftcard!

How to Win
leave a comment for your entry, even if you already voted for me before this post.
you MUST visit Epic Filmmakers on facebook and like them HERE, then look for my wedding video (Dropped my ID), and you must like that too.

This would be a HUGE deal for me to win this for my wedding, so I am realllly counting on you guys to help!!

Get an extra entry
Spread the word (1 each for blog, twitter, facebook)

Thanks in advance for your help!!