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Twenty Twelve.

As the light of my last Christmas candle for the year is burning out, I am reminiscing about 2012 and the adventures I had.  No, I didn't make any career moves. No, I didn't start a family. No, I didn't find a way to never have a huge pile of laundry that needs to be folded (Seriously, how do people keep up with laundry?) I went on a journey to be a better Erin. I made a commitment to make better choices and to spend more time with the man I love most (Chris). 
It all started with a Facebook picture.  The New Years festivities had ended, and the photos began to be uploaded.  Horrified at the way I looked, I asked my husband if he would start walking with me. He agreed, and we walked.  (My weight loss journey will be featured on a fellow Girls Gone Sporty bloggers site, so I won't get into the details right now).   Here is the picture that started it all.  I. looked. horrible! 
Why did I post it? 
I have been debating my decision to post this picture for quite a while.…

The Eve of Christmas Eve

The Eve of Christmas Eve (12/23) is my most favorite day of the year. It is the very last day before Christmas happens!

It is the day you rush to the store for last minute groceries, you scrub your home from top to bottom and you prepare for Christmas.

When I was younger it was the day my mom wrapped the gifts! I used to try my very best to peak under the door to see what she was wrapping. It was truly a special day. As I've grown older 12/23 still holds the same special place in my heart.

This year my special holiday fell on a Sunday. What more perfect way to prepare for Christmas than to be with your church family? Not only did I prepare my home for the celebration of Christ's birth, I was reminded of the mission of Christ. How He came to bring me (and YOU) the gift of life. How he came to seek and to save that which are lost.

I spent most of the day humming Christmas Carols as I cleaned and prepped for my very first Jimenez Family Christmas Eve Brunch (total success …

A Sporty Little Christmas - Heather

Surprise! There is one more Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador for me to feature!

What is your favorite sport?I am a runner. I started running when I was 9 years old with my mom. She was training for a 5 mile race. 

What is your favorite race distance and why?
My favorite distance is probably the half marathon. I say this just after a year of non-stop training for marathons. Half marathons sound great right now! I love half marathons for a ton of reasons. I love a good long weekend run, so I'm always within reach of the distance. Also, it is long enough so you don't have to run it in a full sprint. One of the best reasons to run half's is because you aren't totally exhausted after the race or during the training. Yep, half marathons are great!

How long have you been running?
Since I was 9.

What advice would you give to someone who has never won a race?
I would give them a little warning that they will love the energy at the race. They will be hooked. Running is an amazin…

A Sporty Little Christmas - Jen

Happy December 20th, 2012!

Today is my 4th wedding anniversary! I'm kind of of a nerd (if you read my blog, or know me personally... you already knew that). I got married on 12/20 AT 12:20. ... haha Yes, I thought  think that's pretty cool. I'm so blessed to be the wife of Christopher. He is and always has been my #1 fan. He is [literally] my BEST  friend in the world. (Sorry, I've been watching a lot of Parks and Rec lately ... haha)

Chris, thank you for being the best husband ever. I'm so thankful for our friendship.

Not only is today my anniversary it is ALSO our last GGSA spotlight.  I hope you enjoyed learning about Girls Gone Sporty and the Ambassadors.

In an effort to stop the sentimental "I love my husband" post I will NOW introduce you to Jen!

What is your favorite sport? Running: I love the flexibility of the sport, I can head out on stress relief run for alone time or grab some friends for a social run. Hills, speed, long distance there is alway…

A Sporty Little Christmas - Crystal

We have 2 more Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador's to feature as part of the 2012 Sporty Little Christmas! This has been SO fun!! (right!) 

Be sure to check out Crystal's blog over at

What is your favorite sport? My favorite sport is any in which I can stay active and have fun at the same time. Over the years I have played volleyball, softball, ran track, threw discus and shot put, held the school record for hammer throw, participated in show choir, won a women’s push up contest, bench pressed 3 sets of 15 at 185lbs, completed a century bike ride, represented the US for swimming in New Zealand and Australia, played on an all male water-polo team, ran some half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, raced mountain bikes and cyclocross, competed in many disciplines of archery (compound, recurve and 3D), participated in triathlons, swam in a 2.4 mile race, and coached numerous athletes in a variety of disciplines.
What is your favorite race distance? My favorite di…

A Sporty Little Christmas - Amalia

Today's Sporty Girl is Amalia. I met Amalia in Twitter this year and have really enjoyed reading her blog. Sooo, this is kinda funny. ... I'm sitting in Starbucks typing up this post and Amalia is a Barista for Starbucks! haha (Okay, maybe i'm the only one who thinks that's funny). 
*awkward silence*
Amalia blogs over at, she's a lot of fun to follow. - so DEFINITELY go check out her blog!

What is your favorite sport? I don't know if I really have an answer to this! I love horseback riding, but I haven't been able to do it much since my really bad fall. Running is an obvious answer, but I also enjoy swimming! I love to watch hockey and football, but being uncoordinated means that I always mess up when playing it.
I really just enjoy having fun outdoors, and being sporty in general!
What is your favorite race distance and why? The 5km is my favorite distance so far, but as a disclaimer, it's the only distance I've run! I w…

A Sporty Little Christmas - Angela

I hope you are enjoying getting to know all these fabulous GGSA's much as I am! There is actually a whole website of them. I am only featuring a few, but honestly! If you love the stories I've shared so far you should check out the whole crew here

TODAY! You get to meet Angela! 

Angela blogs over at, go check it out!

What is your favorite sport? To do: Running
What is your favorite race distance and why? 13.1. I am still not where I want to be pace-wise at this distance, it still scares me a little, and every race is a challenge for me. I work through a lot of mental blocks during those 13.1 miles and when I want to quit, push through. It gives me the strength I need for day to day life issues.
How long have you been running? Since August 2010
What advice would you give you someone who has never run a race before? Do NOT believe you can't do it, it's too far or too hard. You can do more than you believe you can. Also, trust your body and you…

A Sporty little Christmas - Tracey

Alright, let's be honest? How many of you have had a countdown to the big day in your home since Thanksgiving? (ahem...maybe it's just me!). Well, on the (who know's what) day of Christmas THIS blogger introduced you to Ms. Tracey who blogs over at


What's your favorite sport? Tennis & Volleyball 
If you are a runner, what is your favorite distance and why? Not **really** a runner, but my favorite distance is 10k. After completing a half, my next race was a 10k, and it was the perfect distance! :)
How long have you been running? Completed first 1/2 in 2009

What advice would you give to someone who has never run a race before? Go easy on yourself. Take it slow. Don't be afraid or embarrassed to walk and run and slowly build to more running and less walking. It's a journey and some days will be really hard. But if you keep it up, you'll reach that goal.
What is your favorite race memory? Seeing my family - four kids including my it…

A Sporty Little Christmas - Marielle

Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador Shout Out to Marielle of

What is your favorite Sport?
Well to play it would definitely be soccer....played it since I was 5. But to watch it would be football! (my husband would be so proud that I just said that)

If you are a runner, what is your favorite race distance and why?
Half Marathon for sure! (13.1). Its a challenging, but more simple to train for than a full. I so admire people that train for marathons, I did it once and was so happy to do it, but was also happy to have my life back. :)

How long have you been running?
Racing for 7 years

What is your favorite Holiday Movie?
National Lampoon's Christmas vacation

What advice would you give to someone who has never run a race before?
Start small and don't get overwhelmed and compare yourself to others. Run the race for you. Find a running buddy and sign up for a 5K together. It's always nice to have someone with you on race day. Listen to your body and j…

A Sporty Little Christmas - Laura (Mama Lego!)

When I first read Laura's name, I instantly thought of structures such as Buzz and Woody which then made me think of Disney World (which, of course, THEN made me want to go to Orlando!) 

Source: via Carley on Pinterest

Mama Lego is blogging her life of fitness, parenting and healthy eating over on Be sure to check out her site for some great reads! 
What is your favorite sport? Chasing my kids?! Haha .. I am a new runner and absolutely love it, and yoga .

What is your favorite race distance and why? I adore 5K runs .. They're slightly longer than my comfort level and give me lots to work towards!
How long have you been running? 6 wonderfully challenging months! :)
What advice would you give a reader who has never run a race before? Train properly and keep pushing forward. Whether you think you can or you think you can't: you're right! Just believe in yourself and you will achieve your running goals! And save …

A Sporty Little Christmas - Kelli

Super Mom's seem to be popular among GGSA's. Today I'm introducing another Mom. Kelli is the mother of 3 kids, and a self proclaimed health and fitness addict! You can follow her blog at You can also get to know her through this spotlight!

What is your favorite sport?My favorite sport to watch is football.My favorite sport to participate in is soccer.
What is your favorite race distance and why? The farthest I have run is a 5k but what I like about it is the difference in myself throughout the different miles.In the first mile I go strong and steady,in the end of the second mile I can see myself start to tire a bit but finishing the second and the beginning of the third I get a second wind and am able to push through!
How long have you been running? 5 Months
What advice would you give readers who have never run a race? To not stress about the race itself,that no matter what your time it will still be a PR for you!!
What is your favorite race memory? Sinc…