So This is Goodbye

For once I’m at a loss for words.  How do you write an intro paragraph to the demise of something you’ve enjoyed doing the past year? I guess you don’t, you just jump into it.

First and foremost, I want to thank all of you for sharing this journey with me.  13 months ago I started Noshing on Asphalt as a way for me to keep family and friends up to date on training for one of the biggest challenges I had accepted – running my first marathon.  While every ‘first’ marathon is absolutely special the one that I chose to be my first had extra meaning.  I would be running the Marine Corps Marathon in memory of my brother who was killed in Iraq.

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On October 28th, as Hurricane Sandy started showing her ugly face, I laced up my tennis shoes and set out on a 26.2 mile journey.  They say you discover who you really are during a marathon.  Your mental and physical strengths pushed to the limits.   What I discovered during that race was that it wasn’t the race itself that showed me who I was; instead it was the months of preparation that went into it.  During those months of training highs and lows, I realized that I had finally come to some peace about my brother’s death.

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So that’s how Noshing on Asphalt got it’s roots.  But something happened during those few shorts months of training and blogging about my experiences, I discovered you, my readers.  We forged a bond through your sweet comments, advice and encouragement.  I had friends who weren’t active asking me how they could start living a healthier lifestyle.  Even though I’m nothing special, I realized that people were motivated and intrigued about my lifestyle and that excited me.

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So I kept blogging.  I kept sharing my ramblings.  Bits and pieces of my quirkiness.  My love for all things bright, colorful and obnoxiously neon.

My love for running.  Without running, I don’t know where I would be.  It is my bliss.

109141-111-018fI shared my passion for healthy eating and expanded my knowledge of what it really means to me.  I discovered that I feel better when I follow a more Paleo diet instead of the beloved clean eating which was one of the cornerstones of my blog.

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Ah spaghetti squash, how I love thee.

Ah spaghetti squash, how I love thee.

I discovered some truly fantastic bloggers that have helped me grow in my fitness and healthy living life.  Make sure to check out my Good Reads tab if you’re looking for some good blog recommendations.

Ready to rock-n-roll.  Bring on the brains!

Zombie Run with several of my fun blogger friends.

During the past 13 months I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some amazing companies and found several products that I seriously can’t live without.

Nothing but thumbs up for Handana after a very sweaty run!

Nothing but thumbs up for Handana after a very sweaty run!

To say the least, I’ve really enjoyed breaking out of my comfort zone and sharing my adventures.  I’m not quite ready to shut everything down but life is funny with how it happens so I now need to devote my time to other matters.  I don’t know if this is my absolute last post or if I’ll pick it up down the road when things calm down a bit.  However, for now at least, this is goodbye.

Thank you again for sticking with me and enjoying this fun roller coaster journey I’ve been on.  I will miss you all very much but I know you’ll continue to do exciting things.  Keep pushing yourself; don’t stop striving for healthier lifestyles.  Remember, you’re a role model for others – even if you don’t realize it.

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26 thoughts on “So This is Goodbye

  1. 😦 we’ll keep in touch, we better! I’m so proud of everything you’ve done and accomplished and will miss reading your posts!….getting sad….going now

    • While I am sad that you’re leaving the blog-o-sphere, I am SO PROUD of you for doing what you feelt is right 🙂 I know we shall still keep in touch in other means. ❤

  2. I’ll miss reading your words but I also fully support this decision. Good luck with life and hopefully we’ll hear from you again down the road!

  3. Well, I’ll definitely miss reading your posts, the fun and silly, and the more serious ones. You are one of my very favorite bloggers and am very inspired and motivated to keep moving, no matter what. Good luck on everything going on in your life, maybe we’ll see you again down the road

  4. This is real tough….. I already said what words I could muster in the personal MSG…but i love you and am so thankful to have you as my friend. That will not change!! xxxxoooo

  5. So I’m a weenie and almost started crying at work. But anyway, thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. I hope you check in soon, but more importantly, I wish you nothing but the best going forward. ❤

  6. When words fail to express my sentiments, the right song does:

    “There’s a sad sort of clanging
    From the clock in the hall
    And the bells in the steeple too,
    And up in the nurs’ry an absurd little bird
    Is popping out to say “coocoo”.

    Regretfully they tell us,
    But firmly they compel us
    To say goodby to you…

    So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye,
    Goodbye,
    Goodbye,
    Goodbye……”

    :_(

  7. I will miss you DEARLY, but I know whatever you need to be doing is much more important! I hope things smooth out for you soon, and life slows down a little bit!! You are one of my favorite bloggers and I know you will continue to ROCK your running and fitness!! LOVE YOU!!! GO LIVE LIFE!

  8. I’m sorry I found your blog so late and only enjoyed it for the past few months. All the best to you – and I hope to see you back writing soon!

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