Year 27 Highlights and Year 28 Hopes

27 was a great year for me. I went through a lot of big life changes, but despite all the ups and downs, I truly think I am in a better place now on so many levels. Last year on my birthday I posted some hopes for my 27th year, and here’s how I did with them.

Run a FULL marathon – Scheduled for October 30, 2011!

This one did NOT happen. I announced my decision to drop out of the marathon pretty far into training (I already had 16 miles under my belt), but I am very confident that I made the right decision, even now. Though it wasn’t a goal, I did go on to run two more half marathons while I was 27, and PRed in one of them, with a time of 2:08:52.

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Select a triathlon for 2012.

This also did not happen… I am sensing a trend here with fitness goals! Maybe this year.

Become a Leader for WW.

This is one I am proud to say I accomplished with flying colors! I went to Basic Leader Skills training in Chicago this past October, and started leading meetings in early 2012. Though I was really bad at it at the beginning, I’ve truly hit my stride and am loving it. When I first took over my Tuesday morning meeting, it had 15 members. As of this past Tuesday, I had 41 members, almost TRIPLING the number I started with. Yay!

Maintain my weight (or lose a few lbs!) throughout my 27th year.

This one is something I’ve really been struggling with lately. I came clean about it a few times on the blog, but have sort of backburned weight loss with all the big life changes going on. That said, I really want to move it front and center for year 28.

Get fully out of debt and have a hefty emergency fund of 6 months of living expenses saved before turning 28!

I am proud to say that I am completely debt free and have even made significant progress on saving money, too. Right now, I have about 2 months of an emergency fund saved up, and my hope is to have the full six months saved by the end of this year. This one was a HUGE accomplishment for me because I had been swimming in debt since college!

Plan an international trip for 2012 – I haven’t been out of the country since I was a kid!

I did go to St. Maarten in April with my sister and her family, and technically that is half French, half Dutch, and I am going again in less than two weeks for a friends wedding.

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That said, I really want to have something on the books abroad abroad (aka not the Caribbean) by the end of the year.

Redesign Beth’s Journey and move to a self hosted domain.

Check! I have been self hosted/redesigned for almost a year now, and it’s so much better than it was before!

So though I only accomplished about half of those that I hoped to, I did a lot of great things this past year and am feeling good about where I am.

Year 28 Hopes

Now that I am officially 28, I feel like I’m actually an adult. Even though technically I may have been one for a while and I still sometimes don’t act like it, I really want to focus on my career this year and achieving balance and moderation as best I can. Outside of my career, I also want to focus on getting back to my goal weight in a healthy way, and trying my best to live in the moment and not let life get away from me too quickly.

Here’s what I want to do this year:

    1. Get back to my goal weight and maintain it. Duh.
    2. Workout 3-4 times a week, including strength training, through this year.
    3. Run at least one half marathon (I’m signed up for the DC Rock ‘n Roll Half again in 2013) and a few other races.
    4. Limit drinking to 2ish times a week, which means doing things with friends more that don’t revolve around alcohol.
    5. Try my best to be present and enjoy where I am, not constantly looking forward to the next thing, which is my tendency.
    6. Really focus on my new job, because I feel like position is truly the start of my career. They are very into work/life balance, so I have plenty of time outside of work to focus on other things.

28 is going to be a great year. I can feel it!

27 Comments on Year 27 Highlights and Year 28 Hopes

  1. Cait @ Beyond Bananas
    July 6, 2012 at 8:34 am (5 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Beth! I hope you have an awesome day and an amazing 28th year!

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    • Beth
      July 6, 2012 at 11:45 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Cait!!

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    • Beth
      July 6, 2012 at 11:45 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Lisa! 🙂

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  2. Janice
    July 6, 2012 at 9:22 am (5 years ago)

    I really like your ideas about getting debt free as well as your goal setting!! I’ve got myself into a big hole and it’s hard for me to see how to get out! I would like to do so much, races, join running groups, etc. It just seems that everything that I want to do involves money!! It is so frustrating!! Also have a mortgage and some medical debt that I need to get paid off. Oh well, I guess I just need to take it one step at a time. Didn’t mean to unload on you.

    I love your blog and all that you are doing to get healthy. It is so great that you have set and met some of your goals. I set a goal of doing a tri before I turn 50 (in 4 years) and I did one in April. It was so scary!!! I’m not the best swimmer and it showed!! Didn’t finish last but close to last!! Oh well!!

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    • Beth
      July 6, 2012 at 9:34 am (5 years ago)

      Hi Janice! Sometimes lofty goals can definitely seem overwhelming, but when you break them down into small, attainable goals, you’ll set yourself up for success. I know a lot of things are expensive, but running groups are free – a lot of them, anyway. Check out meetup.com and you can find a bunch in your area. I just recently signed up on there.

      And congrats to you on doing a tri! No matter how fast you finished, you finished, and that’s wonderful!

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  3. jessica
    July 6, 2012 at 9:37 am (5 years ago)

    WOOOOHOOOO YEAH BETH!!!! What a glorious transition year, you got SO much accomplished that WASNT on your list. So proud of you and can’t wait to celebrateeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

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    • Beth
      July 6, 2012 at 11:45 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks JD! Looking forward to seeing youuuuuuuuuu!! xoxoxo

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  4. Gwen
    July 6, 2012 at 9:52 am (5 years ago)

    Happy Happy Birthday! Excellent accomplishments in 27 and goals for 28! <3

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    • Beth
      July 6, 2012 at 11:46 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Gwen! Perhaps we can make my life goal of drinking less come true by doing a class or working out together! 🙂

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  5. Heather
    July 6, 2012 at 9:52 am (5 years ago)

    Happy birthday!! Here’s to an amazing year!

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    • Beth
      July 6, 2012 at 11:46 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Heather!

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  6. Katie @ Year of Katie
    July 6, 2012 at 10:44 am (5 years ago)

    Wow! Go Beth! Out of all of your accomplishments, I think I am most impressed by your incredible journey out of debt. That’s truly remarkable.

    I can also relate to the need to limit my drinking. It’s so hard to balance weight loss with a social life. Especially because I have a tendency to want to snack when I’m tipsy. I would love to see a post on maintaining a social life while losing weight!

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    • Beth
      July 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm (5 years ago)

      I think balancing a social life is THE hardest part for me. Especially now that I’m single – I feel like everything revolves around booze!

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  7. HNR
    July 6, 2012 at 10:47 am (5 years ago)

    Hi Beth! We share the same birthday (I turned 28 too), so I hope you had a great day! I have been following your blog for about the past year and share some of your goals, like getting back on track with the weight, working out consistently, and staying present. Congratulations on all you have accomplished this year and I look forward to reading a great version of this post when we both turn 29 🙂

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    • Beth
      July 6, 2012 at 11:47 am (5 years ago)

      Birthday twins! Happy birthday to you!!

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  8. Caitlin
    July 6, 2012 at 11:11 am (5 years ago)

    Happy birthday Beth! Sounds like it’s going to be a great year for you 🙂

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    • Beth
      July 6, 2012 at 11:46 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Caitlin! I hope so!

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  9. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    July 6, 2012 at 8:29 pm (5 years ago)

    I hope it was a good birthday for you, my dear!

    And so what if you didn’t get the races in that you originally planned. You were super busy! Here’s to another good year!

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  10. Mary (A Merry Life)
    July 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm (5 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Beth! 🙂 You accomplished a ton this year! I’m so glad you had a great year and I hope the next year is even better for you!

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  11. Nikki
    July 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm (5 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Beth! You did great this year accomplishing most of your goals!
    May this year you accomplish many more, and find true personal happiness in all you do. May your savor every moment, and laugh every day! Love and respect, Nikki

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  12. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    July 9, 2012 at 9:17 am (5 years ago)

    Yay- Happy birthday! I think you did pretty darn great on your goals. Becoming and WW leader and debt free are HUGE!! Your goals for 28 sound very reasonable – and I’m sure you’ll have no trouble reaching them. #5 is definitely my favorite- that totally resonates with me. 🙂
    I’d love to organize some kind of DC hiking group or something to meet up once a month (I feel like I’ve been saying that forever)….

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  13. Felicity @ Waist & Wallet
    July 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm (5 years ago)

    Congrats on all your successes, but here’s a huge CONGRATS on being debt free. That is awesome!

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  14. Betty
    July 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm (5 years ago)

    Hey everyone! My friend Emily just started a “Getting Fit” blog and it would mean the world if you guys or anyone really would go on and comment and motivate her. She’s been trying so hard for the past few years and I know this is the year for her. Thank you so much!
    Also, Beth, your blog is INSPIRATIONAL.
    http://gettingfit12.blogspot.com/

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    • Beth
      July 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Betty! I’ll check out your friend!

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  15. Evi
    July 17, 2012 at 6:32 pm (5 years ago)

    I signed up for the DC 1/2 in March as well! Hope to see your smiling face at the start!

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