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Nikki. 24. I am a rural social worker, just graduated with my MSW, about to begin working as a mental health professional in a therapeutic day care. My heart belongs to mental health, community based non-profit, play therapy, the gym, aaaaand my husband. My intentions are mostly pure. Striving to find balance in the craziness that is my life.
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Ok, so here’s the deal. I graduated, got a big girl job, am married, blah blah blah. I can’t stand the thought that I might be becoming complacent, stagnant. For the longest (6 years to be exact) i have been working towards a goal. A big goal. And now that I have achieved it, I’m terribly afraid that I’m going to get lazy, lose that fire inside me that fuels me onward, toward the direction of my dreams, or whatever that fucking cliche is. I need progress, it’s what keeps me sane. So. Here I am, on the precipice of this new era of my life and to keep it fresh, I am beginning this project. It’s called 45 in 365 and I will be setting 45 personal goals to accomplish within the coming year. Some are very small, some are very large, 15 of them are cooperative goals to be achieved with my lovely husband, because growing together as just as important as growing separately. I just feel like it’s my time, my time to accomplish whatever the hell I want. Just because I can. And now I have the free time to pursue some interests besides social work and professionalism. I’m excited about the idea that we are never really set in stone, that we are ever evolving. If you are also at a place in life where you might need to refocus or do some growing, I encourage you to take this journey with me. You never know how much you are truly capable of until you have pushed yourself, and that is what I intend to do.

Dinner! Spinach, tomato, and beet pasta with peppers, onions, zucchini, and spinach… Om nomnom. Oh and the best part, wine! Vegetarian meals > feeling like shit. Wine > almost everything.

Anyone else watching the cross fit games on espn2? I’m OBSESSED! Too bad cross fit in Jtown is so f’in expensive :(

So, just thought it was about time for an update. Lost roughly 10lbs from change in diet and occasional work outs. Decided to take it a little further and begin some sort of fitness programy type thing. Decided upon Insanity, largely because I could borrow it from someone for free. Just completed day one…the basic fitness test…and holy mother of Jesus. I simultaneously love and hate Shaun T, but I am strangely motivated to continue, like legitimately pumped about putting myself through hell..because I know that Shaun T wants me to, and that somewhere, somehow, he is proud (collective awwwww). Ok so here are the pathetic numbers from my initial fitness test:

Switch kick: 98 (but super lazy)
Power jacks: 40
Power knee: 80
Power jump: 20
Globe jump: 7 (and I literally fell over)
Suicide jump: 15
Push-up jack: 8 
Last thingy: 30 

Two weeks till the next test, wish me luck!! Oh, before and afters in two weeks also, I promise!

Nummy breakfast after a very hot and uncomfortable jog. Grapefruit and a packet of all natural Stevia In The Raw..

The perfect dinner!

Recipe (for 32oz batch):

One red grapefruit
2 navel oranges
2 pears
2 granny smith apples
One sweet red plum
4 large carrots
Half a large seedless cucumber
Two large handfuls fresh spinach

Yum!

It is currently the middle of week two of our vegetarian/veganish diet, and what do we have to show for it? An incredible amount of energy, a new outlook on the way we eat and the things we put into our bodies, and a shitload of new, delicious recipes! Oh, and the weight loss doesn’t hurt either…

Behold! Butternut squash, granny smith apples, raisins, and chopped almonds baked with honey, cinnamon, and vanilla. YUM!

Veggie stuffed bell peppers! Delicious vegan/vegetarian meal my husband prepared! Healthy and scrumptious..I could really get used to this healthy eating thing.