2012 in Review

Can you believe 2012 is over!? I feel like I say this every time a new year comes, but man is it insane how fast time flies. I feel like once you’re an adult and you work full time and don’t have summer break anymore, every week is so similar that one just fades into the next and before you know it, more time has flown by than you know.

I saw this funny image on Facebook today, which I loved:


Anyway, I wanted to take a look back at the goals I set for myself in 2012 and see how I did with them. Here goes:

1.) PR in my third half marathon March 17th.

2012 was a big year for racing for me. I ended up running 11 races in total, including 3 half marathons, and PRing in not one but two of them! My fastest time was the Philadelphia Half Marathon on November 18, 2012, with a time of 2:05:08. That’s over 5 minutes faster than my 2011 PR!


2.) Get back to my goal weight and maintain it throughout the year.

This one, as you may have guessed, did not happen. I struggled a lot with my weight throughout the year and really had a hard time getting back towards my goal weight. I recently met with my doctor to discuss my weight and will be doing a thorough update on this soon, but I think my body might be at my happy weight where it is now.

3.) Keep strength training a part of my exercise routine.

I was pretty good about strength training a lot during the year. Things kind of went downhill with it when I got injured while training for my last half marathon, and it has kind of taken a back burner since then. This will definitely be something I want to focus on for 2013.

4.) Get completely out of debt.

I am SO excited to report that this goal was completely accomplished! You can read the post here – and just rereading it now makes me feel so liberated. It was a lot of hard work and discipline, but man does it feel good to not have it hanging over my head anymore!

5.) Save Money.

I didn’t quite get to 6 months of living expenses saved, but I have over 4 months saved and made a lot of great progress in this area. I am really proud of myself for sticking with this one.

6.) Plan a vacation abroad.

I am in the stages of planning a trip for May with a good friend to travel to Turkey and Greece for a few weeks. I will keep you posted as the planning progresses and am REALLY hoping I can make this happen!

7.) Read more and watch less TV.

I think I did a pretty good job with this one. I lived without cable for over a year (and actually just got it again a few weeks ago) and have been consistently reading books all year. I’m currently working on Room and want to keep this trend going.

8.) Go to bed earlier.

This one is hit or miss and not something I’ve been consistent enough about. This goal is definitely one I’ll keep going with for 2013.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with how the year went. I made a huge career move, became more independent, learned to live on my own, and have worked hard to balance social life with being healthy. I was originally planning on doing a post for my 2013 goals coupled with this one, but I still need to think it through a little bit and will be back with those goals soon.

Happy New Year! Here’s to an incredible 2013!

8 Comments on 2012 in Review

  1. katie@thecarbmonster
    January 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm (8 years ago)

    I think you’ve done amazing this year! I love following your blog and I know you’ll crush all your goals this year <3

    (And about your weight finding "a happy place"…I'm no one to offer advice, but maybe you have reached that place. Think about what amazing things you've done and what your body is capable of/proven over the year with all the races- it's crazy how much you've done! )

  2. Gina
    January 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm (8 years ago)

    Good luck with this year’s goals. You made some great well rounded progress in 2012!

  3. Deb
    January 3, 2013 at 4:05 am (8 years ago)

    Sounds like you did pretty good last year!

    Getting to bed earlier is an unofficial one of mine… which is why I am up at 1am reading blogs tonight. :-/

  4. Khaleef @ Fat Guy, Skinny Wallet
    January 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm (8 years ago)

    Congratulations on hitting most of your goals. It sounds like you had a great year, especially financially.

  5. Roz@weightingfor50
    January 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm (8 years ago)

    You continue to inspire Beth!!! All the best for 2013.

  6. Ang
    January 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm (8 years ago)

    Great job on your goals! 🙂

  7. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    January 6, 2013 at 8:14 pm (8 years ago)

    So, I’m wondering. I know that you had to set your goal weight for WW and are supposed to maintain within (2?) lbs of that for lifetime, but is it possible to change your goal weight? Like if you’re 5-10 lbs. heavier, but really happy at that weight?
    Happy New Year, Beth!


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