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Monday, December 31, 2012

There Are Years That Ask Questions...

...and there are years that answer questions.

2012 was a year that answered a lot of questions for me.

I rang in the new year with some celebrations and dancin' in the kitchen (and Christmas stockings on my feet...shouldn't those be hung by the chimney with care?). Nope.

In February, with a trip to London, I discovered the answer to the question: "Am I strong and fit enough to climb up onto those monuments at Trafalgar Square?"  Yep!

In April, I found out the answer to the question: "Can I snow-shoe for two hours over hills and into the valleys?"  Yep.  I did.  Didn't even get winded!

Crater Lake
And then I learned the answer to the question: "Am I brave enough to stand up in front of a crowd and Karaoke?"  Abso-freakin-lutely!

I also figured out that paint-balling is fun for about 20 mins and then it's just kinda lame:

Can I jump out of an airplane?  More importantly: Is my weight low enough to meet the weight restrictions? Yes.

How many Non-Scale Victories (NSVs) and "firsts" did I experience during the year?  Too many to count:
Airplane seat NSV:
Cross my legs and tons of seat belt left over!

Fittin' into some sexy boots - over the calves!

First Bikini!
First jet-skiing!
How many Zumba and Jazzercise events can I shake my booty at? Lots.

Then I had to ask myself the tough question: "Where was my career headed?"

The answer: to California. Lots and lots of job interviews!
Golden Gate Bridge

I learned that the answer to the question, "how many boxes can your entire life's belongings fit into?" Exactly 138 boxes.

I found out that I could get back into lap swimming - which I hadn't done for years!

And where did I end my year?

I was back in the kitchen.

Enjoying a frosting-coated Christmas cookie and a vodka-spiked latte.

I wonder what 2013 will bring?


  1. Happy Happy New Year!!! Love how you finished out the year!

  2. 2013 will bring you more adventures and successes, I'm sure! Happy New Year!

  3. What a fantastic year!! I may nick this idea for next year. A recap in photos!! I love this. Have a wonderful New Year LBG...you are my mentor!

  4. Lol. I read "climb up on those monuments in Trafalgar Square," and expected to see you sitting astride a lion!!!
    I'm so pleased you've had such a fabulous year and here is to another 12 months of adventures, discoveries and success. Congratulations. xx

  5. Looks like a great year! Here's to 2013!!!

  6. This is a great post! It is so cool to see all of the accomplishments over the year. I hope 2013 is just as great!

  7. Hey girl, thank you for being an awesome inspiration for all of us newbies! Can't wait to see your adventures in 2013.

  8. Happy New Year!!

    Reading your blog made me finally make the appointment at the WLS clinic and I got approved today! So, thank you.

    You also made me want to try Zumba, which I will, at some point in 2013.

  9. It really is amazing how much you can fit. Into just one year :o)

  10. I truly just love you! Keep posting and blogging!

  11. I love your blogging style! I might have to steal some ideas! :)

    Happy New Year. Thanks for always being an inspiration.


  12. Newbie here, awaiting approval (monslapbandjourney.blogspot.com). I have a question that I tried to ask the nurse at my surgery clinic but she kind of scoffed at it. Do most people keep their band forever? I'm only 30, and wondering...what if some day I want it out? I don't even know why that would happen, and I guess it's a weird question, but I WOULD like to know everything I possibly can before I go in for surgery. Can anyone help me out?

    1. The band is still new, but most silicone devices last approx 10 years (just an average that I've heard). Maybe longer? Not sure.

  13. i love that you are still blogging and encouraging everyone even after hitting your goal. you are truly an inspiration.
    Happy new year!

  14. coolio year in review! what a great year you have had and what a great way to discuss and display it.

    I am hoping to get down to SFO area in the spring..I hope we can arrange a meet up.


    1. Yay! A meetup would be so fun!!

  15. I am late to commenting but this is one of my favorite posts you have ever written! Well done! I hope to see you soon!