Doing What I Love Couldn’t be What’s Keeping Me from Finding Love … Could it?

Last night, a question was posed that kind of – okay, really – rubbed me the wrong way: “Do you even have the time to date someone?” My answer: “Of course I do – I would absolutely make time for the right person.”

Now, I know you’re asking … what does this have to do with fitness? Well, fitness is a priority in my life, and between teaching five classes a week and my personal workouts, it does take up a chunk of my free time. But by no means does that mean that it is my entire life. With the exception of those five hours a week, I can be pretty flexible with my schedule. And I’m totally confident that I have the time and commitment necessary to be successful with both my fitness and the right man.

The truth is, for a long time – we’re talking (gulp … yikes) most of the last six and a half years – exercise has been all I’ve had, as far as love is concerned. (That endorphin high has to come from somewhere!) There has been a void in my heart, and instead of letting it get me down, I’ve filled it with sweat and muscle soreness. But I’ve also filled it with the love of the people who join me in class, who come to me for advice, and who have been there to push me, to encourage me, and, whether they realize it or not, help me put on a happy face, on the days that I feel crying. It’s helped me see that although I’ve been single, I’ve never truly ever been alone.

I have no problem admitting that exercise and fitness is a huge part of who I am. It wasn’t until I discovered how much I got out of it – as a former fitness manager once told me, “you were put on this planet to do this – to change people’s lives” – that I realized how happy it makes me. But could it be that the one thing that makes me happier than anything in the world could actually be keeping me from finding the one person in the world who will make me happier than anything? There’s nothing that could possible scare me more – because while I love the world of health and fitness, I know that there is nothing more important to me than finding someone with whom I can share my life and have a family. I don’ t think it should have to be a one or the other kind of situation.

Bottom line: I do know my priorities. It’s just that I’ve found myself significantly more successful on the fitness front versus the love front. But I’m confident  that there is an amazing man out there who not only understands and feels the same way I do, but will stand by me and be happy that I have been able to share my passion with other people (and who knows, maybe even give me a spot from time to time). I’m ready when he is. 🙂

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Kim’s Baby Shower!

I was in Greenville, South Carolina this weekend for my very close college friend and sorority sister Kim’s shower (you may recall she was in town a few weeks ago … somehow the last few times we’ve seen each other we’ve managed to make multiple visits several weeks apart … then not see each other for at least another year. We’ll have to change that.)

It was a nice little southern occasion, and almost felt like a bit of a college/Gamma Phi reunion, with myself, Harriet, Linde and Caroline making up all but one of Kim’s bridesmaids back in 2006 (the lone one missing was Kim’s sister-in-law). It’s always good to catch up with friends – I hadn’t seen Harriet or Caroline since the wedding – and especially nice to let our Kimmy know how much we love her and can’t wait to meet the munchkin before too long! I even finally had the opportunity to meet Harriet’s two boys … can we say super-adorable, super-southern little cuties?

Here’s a couple shots we took at the shower.

Greenville bound!

Headed to Greenville for Kim’s baby shower. I didn’t realize exactly how long it has been since I’ve been to Greenville…but I’m pretty sure the last the I was there was for Harriet and Hollis’ wedding…close to 7 years ago. It’s crazy to think it has been that long, especially since I used to fly out of GSP rather regularly back in my Clemson days.

It’s a quick trip, so more to come soon! Look forward to some pictures of Kim and her cute baby belly 🙂

Headed home!

It’s been a quick week in Vegas … lots of booth time, lots of characters, lots of good/bad food (as in good food that’ll have me putting in a little extra gym time when I get home). I’m sitting at the airport, definitely ready to get back to reality, back to my own bed, and back to a good gym!

More to follow, but thought I’d share thisi beauty that Helen snapped on Tuesday morning in our hotel …