2011 has been good to me. Although I think that I'm giving 2011 too much credit. You see, I did the hard work. I saw the results. I made the decision to change myself for the better.
I didn't let this year just slip by and then feel guilty at the end of it like sheesh, I'm still fat. As I have done in lots of years past. I spent entirely too much of my life in a place of un-health, with no excuses other than really, really pathetic or lame ones.
Last year, around this time, I had convinced myself I was going to get healthy. Whether I did it little by little or not, I was going to do it. I was exactly 50 pounds heavier than I am now.
FIFTY POUNDS HEAVIER.
But on January 3rd, 2011, no matter how far away the goal felt in my mind (and trust me, it felt FAR), I decided to at least START.
And start I did.
By September/October, I had shed over 45 pounds (since the Jan 3 start date...if you count from post-baby, even more than that, but I don't count it) and had felt like a totally different, totally confident person.
Around this time is when I realized I needed to start getting more active. I had the body now to do it, and the health, and so I took up running. It helped make my legs & butt nicer (let's be real), and something about running made me feel so strong. It also helped me maintain my weight when I met my goal on Weight Watchers and stopped tracking.
This year, not only did I drop 50 pounds, but I became a runner, ran my first two 5K's ever, and dare I even say....but *gasp*, started to enjoy running, too.
This year was full of good things. Full of them. And I'm grateful for 2011. So much.
My sweet husband got new eyes! He was a glasses-free man after his lasik surgery, and so darn happy about it. It's been one of the greatest things he's ever done. Besides marrying me. And having a baby with me. You know.
I posted my first real weight update and was scared to death, but did it anyway, and you all showed me so much love--it pushed me on.
God pushed us and changed our world view more this year than we could have ever imagined. We don't need more, more, more. We're happy and content with what we've got & the people we have surrounding us.
I did a one year post-partum update, where I bared my stretch marked belly to the world.
I planned and enjoyed the day as my sweet baby girl turned 1....
I got 6th place out of 300 some submissions to ThePaperMama's photo contest. Made my...year. :)
My beautiful, new camera was delivered. A monumental day, indeed.
I got to go on an anniversary trip with my husband to the Florida Keys, and feel confident in a freaking bikini. I mean, WHO AM I?
I was featured on AppSmitten and felt like a minor celeb. Okay. Kidding. But sort of. Totally flattering.
Doing a continual work on myself to keep my gratitude (and attitude) in check.
While there were some definite, life-changing, and intense even downer moments of 2011...things I cannot share about at this time....I'm overwhelmed with a sense of thankfulness today. Seriously.
As this year wraps up, I'm just happy. I'm proud of where I am right now. Excited with where I'm headed in 2012. Blessed to share my life with my family and community. And most of all, just so darn happy that I'm not ending another year thinking "what the heck did I do?"
It feels good.
So cheers, 2011. You were pretty good.