Dirty Thirty (plus 1)

I recently (October) turned the big 3-1.

It wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it would be, probably because my 30th rocked my socks off. Last year, I had a Jane Austen themed party and Mr. Speedy wore a tux and served us wine over a candle-lit dinner. Photo evidence below.


I am centered in the lovely sage colored gown with bonnet. We took this before too much wine consumption, so no one would fall into the lake.

ANYWAYS, I thought I would do a little favorite and goal list for this year before I venture into the next year. Enjoy!


Food: Honestly, I love peanut butter. I’m pretty sure this sustained my pregnancy and will forever be my favorite food group.

Drink: Uhhh…wine.

Workout: Swimming with a mix of IM sets and 300 sprints. I’m hoping I’ll enjoy running more but with winter, it is never fun running outside. I also enjoy walking with stroller.


The BOB stroller is key. I am so pleased with this thing.


Goals for this YearΒ 

  • Breastfeeding: I REALLY want to be able to keep this up for a solid year. So far, so good, but I can already tell with working out more my production has decreased a bit. Any tips on maintaining a solid amount while working out, let me know!

I literally have learn to feed her while pretty much doing anything. Super excited to do this when she is like 20+ lbs….. hello arm workout.

  • Running: I am planning a half-marathon in April that I would like to finish around 1:45 (8 min. mile).
  • Triathlon: I am planning to do at least 1 Olympic at beginning of summer… if it goes well, I really want to shoot for a half-Ironman at end of summer. I have never done one and I feel like this is doable, but I hope I can do it well.
  • Body: I am learning more to ditch the scale and numbers and to go by feel. My body is no where near pre-baby, I think I have lost all muscle definition. I still have a faint line on my belly and my hips/butt are a lot squishier. If I can gain back my sculpted arms/abs, that would be ideal. It will be a lot of work !

Looking at these pictures though (left I was about 39 weeks, right we are about 8 weeks post-baby), it was worth it right? πŸ™‚


  • Family: This is a HUGE chunk of my time now with a tiny peanut at home. I want to maintain a goal of making family time a priority, while working/working out, and remembering to go on dates with Mr. Speedy.
  • Letting Things Be Very Messy: I used to keep a very tidy house, do weekly trips to the grocery store, meal prep, etc. Now all of that is kind of upside-down. I am learning that life can get messy and it is okay if the laundry doesn’t get done right away, or that the floors are swept daily.

All in all, I am looking forward to this decade in the 30s. My 20s were good but there was a lot of unknown… moving home after graduate school, job searching, boyfriend hopping, etc.

Now, I am settled into life with marriage, house, pet, baby, and job (gosh, that sounds very lame but I promise it is not). I am looking forward to this year and all the challenges with a newborn but also the sheer reliableness that has become my life.

I like coming home and knowing what to expect. I enjoy staying in and waking up to drink coffee overlooking our lake that we call home. Putting my hand out in the middle of the night and knowing I will feel Mr. Speedy next to me is something that I will always cherish. And I want to celebrate the small victories – you better believe that when I get my pace down into low 8 mins. for a run, I will be drinking a cold beer post-run with a sweaty grin.




5 thoughts on “Dirty Thirty (plus 1)

  1. Your life is perfection. I want to drink coffee and spoon peanut butter with you. I’ll be your nanny to help you watch the tiny human while you swim. I’m ready to be in my 30’s aka ready for the unknowns to stop. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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