Friday, December 30, 2011

Kicking this years butt.

You know how I feel about this year, already right? 

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. 


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.



  1. You look GREAT! I don't comment often, but I read every post...and I am amazed at the progress you have made! You (& your sister) are awesome, real-life examples of turning your life around. Congrats!

  2. Love this love you. You are incredible. I never would have survived this year without you. xoxo

  3. Awesome job!! You did kick 2011's butt! I'm currently 5 months pregnant but will keep your journey in mind as inspiration when I start losing the baby weight. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Congrats girly!! You look fabulous and I'm hoping that 2012 will be my year for that! Ready to do the same thing and feel confident again! Great job mama!!

  5. I love this. Last year, I did all of the "I'm going to get fit, I'm doing this!" you said, I'm looking around this year and going, "sheesh... I'm still fat."

    Right now I look like your before picture. 50 pounds heavier than what I should be. Now I'm looking down the barrel of a wedding dress...I WILL be your after picture this time next year. I swear it.

    Good job on achieving your goals...this is monumental and the best example you could possibly set for your daughter. Congratulations again! And wish me luck...I'm on your tail.

  6. What a great year! Isn't it kind of incredible to look back on the year like this and think about how much you accomplished?!

  7. 2011 has been a great year for you indeed!! So much accomplished. So many hurdles jumped. Here's to hoping 2012 is even better!!

  8. YOu look amazing!!! Thanks for sharing your story. YOu look fabulous!

  9. DANG GIRL! Look at you! :) It's always so cool to see the progress after time has passed. :)

    Very inspiring.

  10. LOVE this! And your new layout :)

  11. the ad under the commentd is for herbal magic right now. Go weight watchers!

    2011 has been good to you! you worked so hard! thank you for inpsiring so many thru the computer :) can't wait to see what 2012 brings!

  12. Congrats, lady! You did an amazing job! :)

  13. You definitely kicked ass. Also, I don't know if I'm the only one but I can't see your highlighted words at all...and I had to blindly click around to find the comment form. Maybe it's just my computer but I wanted to let you know. Congrats on 2011, lady. You are a true inspiration.

  14. I love sitting at the end of the year and looking back, it's such a wonderful testament to how good God is, every single year. It never ceases to amaze me, even in the horrible years, how blessed we are. I hope your 2012 is even more amazing than your 2011! =)

  15. You've got nothing but good things ahead of you, I just know it! Cheers to 2012!

  16. How inspirationa!! You look awesome! Great job!!!!!!

  17. You TOTALLY kicked 2011's butt! Go, Katie! Can't wait to see where you take 2012!

  18. I stumbled across your blog about 3 months ago, and I've been reading (lurking!) ever since. The first post I read was one of your weight loss progress posts, and I was very impressed by your progress and your attitude toward losing weight. Over the past 9 years, I have let a LOT of weight creep on--partly due to a back injury that took me from an athlete to a couch potato in a matter of weeks, and partly due to some absolutely horrendous eating habits that I've picked up out of boredom, (occasional) depression, and because eating is one of the few fun things that I could still fully participate in.

    On November 30th, after 9 long years of trying to avoid it, I had back surgery. I'm only 27--I decided that what I was calling "living" was far from it, and if I wanted to have a better life, I was going to have to do some work and take some chances. Thankfully, none of my fears were realized and I feel like a new person. Or an old version of the same person. Physically and mentally.

    Once my back recovered enough that I could get out and do things, I have been amazed by what I can do. It got me thinking about your blog and your weight loss journey. I have always had a negative view of Weight Watchers--I had a not-so-great experience with meetings about 5 years ago--but your story made me see it in a different light. I have more weight to lose than you did, but your perspective is inspiring. I'm not looking at it in terms of how much I have to lose any more. I'm thinking about how much I have to gain. I've been on the plan for about two weeks, and I don't think I'll quit this time. I know I won't. I am looking forward to having a success story like yours.

    I know this has gotten a little wordy. I just wanted to tell you that you have inspired me. I don't know you, and you don't know me, but I appreciate the inspiration. :)

  19. Just wanted to say you look awesome. I started reading your blog sometime earlier this year and you are pretty inspiring. Your daughter is adorable too!

  20. So happy for you and all of your AWESOME accomplishments this year!!! I am hoping to run my first 5k in May and you are definitely an inspiration! Here's hoping 2012 brings you continued success and happiness!

  21. Good for you, girl! You look incredible and have come so far. It's a great feeling becoming a runner, especially when you can do it and really enjoy it. Just bought a BOB today so now I am forced to keep it up post baby, too.

  22. You certainly had one incredible year!! Here's to 2012 and hoping it brings even more great things!!

  23. You've done so well this year, I'm really impressed!! Planning on getting there myself - I've got the exercise bit down, it's the food bit that's the problem for me at the moment..

    Your new header is great btw!

    Happy new year!!

  24. you look AMAZING! i guess i was a late comer to your blog {and just followed you via twitter}.. because i always just assumed you were this skinny little momma with a killer body! you have come such a far way in this year! CONGRATS!

  25. First things first, I love your new header/blog look! So cute! I wish I knew how to change mine, so I could do it more frequently!

    Second, loved your recap!! I have been around here a year + and it has been SO fun and inspiring to watch you transform! Really, you did transform! :) I know this is a broken record, and I'm sure you aren't tired of hearing it, but you look GREAT!!

    Keep it up! I know 2012 has a lot in store for you!! :)

    Congrats! Much love!

  26. You look amazing and you should be proud!!

  27. I am totally inspired by you! I am getting my Weight Watchers on! Thank you for sharing all that you do!

  28. I am totally inspired and I am hoping that in 2012 I can say the same thing about losing the weight.

  29. YOU GO GIRL!!!! That is awesome. It takes a lot to stick to losing the weight you want and to keep a workout regime! What a motivation this is for others out there! You look amazing <3

  30. What a year you had! I know 2012 will be even more awesome with another new little one joining you soon.

  31. That is fantastic. You did awesome. I am starting my own weight loss journey, any tips :)
    I am a new follower so I will go through your past posts too. Thanks for the inspiration! You Rock!