Sunday, January 2, 2011

2010: A Look Back

I can't believe 2010 is over.  It seems like only yesterday, I was writing a letter to myself as part of a Shrinking Jeans monthly project.  Amazingly, that was 12 months ago!  We were to "reflect" on our year, written from the perspective of our 2011 self.  Now, it really is 2011 and I thought I would take a look back and see how I "did".  I hadn't looked back at that letter until yesterday when I had planned on writing this post (but do to internet issues, couldn't get it done).  Here are a few of the highlights:
  • You finally got serious about getting back to a healthier weight. You bought a wii, got an iPhone with some running and food tracking apps, and found all these awesome, supportive friends through the blogosphere!
    • Check, check and check!
  • You definitely met your goal of being in the 140's before you hit 40.
    • Check!
  • Part of going crazy must have prompted you to sign up for that 10K race.
    • Check!  Not only did I sign up for 1 10k race, I ran 2 10k races, an 8k race, AND RAN A 1/2 MARATHON!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My "reflections"/"predictions" were pretty spot-on.  I didn't only meet them, I exceeded them.  I spent 2010 getting healthier, meeting some amazing new friends, and really became a runner. 

Now, what kind of 2010 reflection post would this be without some pictures?

In January I took the twins to their first arena concert.  Brad Paisley!!!!

In February, I embarked on a journey to become a "runner".  I ran 417 miles in 2010! 
In March, my father's partner of 15 years, "Uncle Bobby" to my kids, was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  He lost his fight in April.

April came and Mike and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary with a trip to Chicago.

I finally crossed the finish line of my first 10k race in May!

In June I got to hug Kirsten IRL when we met up in Chicago!

I ran my 2nd 10k race in July back in my hometown in almost 90 degree heat.  GAH!
August marked my 40th and D & K's 13 birthdays.  We celebrated at Disney World.
I loved celebrating my birthday with fireworks!

August was a REALLY good month, because I also got to meet Mendie and Brooke!
Melissa and I got to meet IRL in September!  We had a great time at Bell's Brewery :)
October was HUGE because I RAN A 1/2 MARATHON!
November marked Mike's longest run w/o walking: an 8k (5 miler) on Thanksgiving Day!
December brought us to the end of a very busy year, with Christmas at our house, surrounded by our family.
Thank you to everyone who has followed me on this journey.  You have truly made this a year to remember.  This was the year I lost 30 pounds and got back down to my goal weight.  This was the year I became a runner!  I hope you stay with me to see what 2011 brings!


  1. I'm definitely staying with you on this journey. I hope that next year at this time, I can write this post. I don't know that I would ever try to run a mini, but I could certainly walk one again. You did an awesome job this year Bari. I can't wait to see what 2011 brings you to conquer.

  2. what a great year!!! :) so glad i got to be a part of it and had the pleasure of hanging out with you!

  3. Bari! what an amazing year for you!!

  4. I am so proud of the amazing year that you have had and so thankful that I got to meet you this year!

    I know you are going to rock 2011! 2010 was just a warmup! Love ya girl!

  5. What an awesome year! You rock, girl!

  6. What a wonderful year. :) I'm so glad we had a chance to meet and hang out. :)

  7. Congrats on a wonderful year! And love your new look here! :-)


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