Healthy Living Summit

2011 Highlights

2011 was a BIG year for me. It’s crazy to look back and see how many great things happened for me this year, and that all my hard work actually started paying off! It’s also hard to believe that this will be the last post of 2011… the new year is so close!

Some highlights from 2011 include…

I hit my goal weight.

Two years, two months, and nine days after joining Weight Watchers on March 3, 2009.

I made Lifetime at Weight Watchers.

I started working as a receptionist for Weight Watchers and also trained to be a Leader.

I’ve led two meetings so far and should be up and running with my own meeting early next year!

I had my first speaking engagement at the Healthy Living Summit.

I got a promotion at my day job in August after two and a half years at my company. Woohoo!

I ran my second half marathon and shaved 5 minutes 32 seconds off my time from my first half.


I appeared in two magazines, one big local magazine and a national one!

The Washingtonian in September 2011:

And Fitness Magazine in October 2011:


My blog was also featured on several media sites in 2011, including:

I’d say 2011 was pretty good to me!! I feel so lucky to have had so many great things happen this year, and I want to say a HUGE thank you to each and every one of YOU for reading, commenting, emailing, and tweeting me while I change and evolve and go through this journey called life. I am so excited to have a platform to share my successes and struggles, and the fact that people actually come here to read about it still blows my mind! I am so grateful!

How was 2011 for you? What is the biggest highlight from your year?

HLS Highlights

First things first… I experienced my first earthquake yesterday!! Someone was visiting our office so I was in the process of walking him around and introducing him to the staff when the shaking/swaying started. Being the great host that I am, I bolted away from our guest and ran to my desk to grab my purse and phone, and then followed everyone out of the building, which apparently was the wrong thing to do. We got outside and the streets of DC were PACKED – so many buildings had been evacuated.

I was literally shaking when I got outside because I was so taken aback from the earthquake and thought it might be something worse at first. We had to stay outside on the streets for about 45 minutes before the engineers came and cleared us to reenter the building. Scary!

I know it’s a little soon, but here’s some earthquake related humor for you.

“Thanks to all of you for your kind words of support, as we look to recover from the devastation of today’s quake!”



hahaha. Moving along!

HLS Highlights

Besides my presentation and PDR, there were so many awesome things about the Healthy Living Summit.

First, the swag.

It wasn’t quite as good as the swag at Fitbloggin’ (no shoes!) but it was still pretty damn awesome.

First up, the shirts were AMAZING this year. They’re made by a company called Five Bamboo, one of the conference sponsors, and they are so soft and I love the cut.

The only issue is they ran SO small. I ordered a size Medium, which I wear in literally everything, and it was so snug I felt like a sausage. I went to trade it in for a Large but they were out, so I got an XL and it fit me!

That’s me on the Rocky steps during Sunday morning’s 5k walk, wearing my size XL shirt! Good thing I’m over (some of) my issues with sizes…

And here’s the rest of the swag:

  • Jump Rope
  • Quaker Cereal
  • Attune Strawberry Cereal (excited to try this!)
  • Phyllo Dough pre-baked cup things (3 of them are 1 pt+!)
  • Vega Smoothie
  • Love Grown Oats (SO good!)
  • Oh Nuts! Sampler Pack
  • Adora Calcium Disks
  • Tons of Bars
  • Tons of coupons for free food

I also picked up a lot more during the conference at the booths, but no pictures. Mostly food related stuff though!

Another highlight is that I found my first Operation Beautiful note!

It really made me smile!

I also got to hang out with some AWESOME people, though I didn’t have my own camera out too much for pictures. You know you’re with bloggers when EVERYONE has a camera though!

I spy… Theodora, Chase, Ashley, and Kath.

DC Blogger ladies:

Gretchen, me, Claire, and Katie!

And one of my favorites…


Lastly, I had literally the best bowl of oats in my life.

I need a topping bar at home! This bowl had ground pecans, ground flax, chocolate chips, and was drizzled with almond butter. SO good.

Have you ever been in an earthquake? Which natural disaster scares you the most??

Tornadoes scare the CRAP out of me!!! Earthquakes too, but I think tornadoes scare me more.