the year i took my life back

AKA – my 40th year.

If – on my 4oth birthday –  you’d asked me what big changes I expected for the coming year I would have answered, “none.”  I had absolutely no intentions towards any big life changes.  I expected to turn 41, but beyond that I had no plans.  Maybe that’s a little sad and I guess it’s fair enough to say I was in a rut, but I’d settled into that rut and thought I was content to stay there.  Then, two months into the year, I figured out that I did want to change something.  I wanted to be strong.  I had no idea how I was going to get strong, but that’s what I wanted.  Then one morning I was having breakfast at the local diner – probably eating a cinnamon roll – and noticed a business card for CrossFit Chiang Mai.  It had the word strength on it and that was enough for me.  (I blogged about my start here.)

Walking into the CrossFit Chiang Mai box I had no idea what I was in for and how much I would love it!  And I certainly had no idea I would go from this…

to this…


Tomorrow I turn 41 and I’m feeling like I should set some goals.  I want to be realistic, you know, things I can actually accomplish.  But at the same time I don’t want to be limiting.  I’m pretty sure I never would have set the goals of lose 70+ pounds, dead lift my body weight, or run a 10k last year and I’ve managed each of them.  I’ve also gotten my CrossFit Level 1 cert.  There’s no way that could have been on my radar this time last year.

I’ve never been much of a goal setter and I’m finding the task challenging.  I’ve identified what I think are some easy goals – run a 1/2 marathon (do I dare set the goal of running a whole??), deadlift 1.5 times my body weight (too much to hope for?) and maintain my current body weight.  I’m going to keep working on my list.  I want to include things that aren’t just physical, like read a certain number of books. maintain this blog, and improve my thai, but I need to come up with quantifiable measurements for these things or I’ll never know if I’ve accomplished them.  I’m also trying to get away from thinking I’ve got to top last year – I’m not at all sure how I would even begin to do that.  40 was a good year, but here’s to turning 41.  Bring it on!

9 thoughts on “the year i took my life back

  1. Hi Monica,
    I just had the biggest aha moment while reading your posts about Crossfit and
    getting strong!! 🙂

    I think you are still living in Chiang Mai, yes?

    I have had a dream to make the move for a long time now and it seems I keep
    putting it off because things – money, weight – are not *perfect*.

    BUT lately I’ve been thinking I can change my thinking and work on these
    goals of income and weight loss while I am in CM.

    I work virtually so that piece is covered.

    I had lost 120 lbs as a goal before I turned 40 2+ yrs ago.

    I’m currently 42 and have gained back 60 lbs – determined to get back to
    that previous weight and so got you when you were talking about strength.

    Anyways…I got a big aha about doing something different – like Crossfit gym while in
    CM – so thanks for that!! 🙂 I think it could be amazing for me!!

    Do you happen to know how road bicycling would be in CM? This is a big new passion
    for me and also what I mostly did for my cardio to lose the 120 lbs.

    So congrats on your weight loss/fitness efforts – definitely inspirational.

    Any tips you can send me way would be greatly appreciated.

    I don’t have my ticket yet (currently in MI) but I have a tentative plan for this July.

    P.S. tried to send this via email which was my intention – sorry for the length. 😉

  2. Rad this just today- somehow missed it years ago. Gods perfect timing- I needed it. Thank youMonica for inspiring so many!

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