Year 26 Highlights + Year 27 Hopes

I don’t normally do two posts in one day anymore, but it’s my birthday and I can do what I want. 😉

26 was quite the year for me! Some of the major highlights…

I ran not one, but TWO half marathons!

My first one ever in Philly


And then my second one and my personal record in my city – DC.


I hit my goal weight

AND I made Lifetime status with Weight Watchers!

I also started working for Weight Watchers as a receptionist, which has been a big goal for me for some time.

I attended two healthy living conferences, first the Healthy Living Summit last August in Chicago… and then FitBloggin in Baltimore in May!


I got featured as a Health Hero on the Washingtonian’s Wellbeing Blog.


Beth’s Journey was also featured as one of the four inspirational weight loss blogs on a article!

I traveled A LOT. I went to:

Also, I have my first speaking engagement coming up at the Healthy Living Summit in August – details just posted today!

I also took control of my finances, which is the biggest weight off my shoulders! Update on that front – I am down to around $4k of credit card debt (from $11k!) and have also paid off my car in full! I expect to be 100% debt free before 2012!

I’m sure I’m missing some, but those are the big ones sticking out in my mind!

Hopes for Year 27

  1. Run a FULL marathon – Scheduled for October 30, 2011!
  2. Select a triathlon for 2012
  3. Become a Leader for WW
  4. Maintain my weight (or lose a few lbs!) throughout my 27th year
  5. Get fully out of debt and have a hefty emergency fund of 6 months of living expenses saved before turning 28!
  6. Plan an international trip for 2012 – I haven’t been out of the country since I was a kid!
  7. Redesign Beth’s Journey and move to a self hosted domain – stay tuned!

Here’s to an amazing 27th year!!

38 Comments on Year 26 Highlights + Year 27 Hopes

  1. Katie Photiadis
    July 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm (9 years ago)

    Beth, you constantly amaze me! Look what you’ve managed to accomplish in just one year! You rock! And I have no doubt you’ll be able to accomplish your goals for the next year!

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Beth
      July 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm (9 years ago)

      Sprint tri for sure! Want to tackle that before even thinking about an olympic!

  2. Michelle
    July 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Beth! YAY! You’ve had a wonderful year. Thanks for the recap. All of us readers look forward to hearing about your future adventures. Happy 27th! xoxo!

  3. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    July 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm (9 years ago)

    You had a wonderful year Beth — and you’ve got some great goals for this year. Congrats again on hitting goal, making Lifetime and paying off that stinking debt!!!

    Happy Birthday!

  4. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas
    July 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm (9 years ago)

    How could you disagree with my comment that you’re so put together! Take some credit for being awesome! I hope you have a wonderful 27 😀

  5. Leah
    July 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm (9 years ago)

    I love this post so much! How wonderful to have so many fantastic accomplishments to put down in one place, as a reminder of what you can do when you set your mind to it.

    Happy Birthday!! Make it a great one!

  6. Lisa @ Lisa Letting Go
    July 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy birthday to you!! Here’s to a great 27th year for you 🙂

  7. Katie
    July 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm (9 years ago)

    I hope you have an amazing birthday, and if year 27 turns out anything like year 26, you have some amazing things in store for you. You deserve them too!

  8. Anna
    July 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm (9 years ago)

    Wonderful accomplishments and great goals! Have a great celebration today for your birthday and enjoy the year and all the new adventures it brings 🙂

  9. Heather @ Dietitian on the Run
    July 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm (9 years ago)

    This has been such a milestone year for you!! This recap gave me goosebumps, look at you go 🙂 It only gets better from here – Happy Birthday!

  10. Nina
    July 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy birthday Beth!
    Enjoy, be happy and have lots of fun!

  11. Gretchen @ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen!
    July 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm (9 years ago)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! You have had an INCREDIBLE year, but I don’t doubt that 27 will top it. You are seriously such an inspiration, and I’m so excited for you on your special day! Can’t wait to see how you celebrate. 🙂

  12. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    July 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm (9 years ago)

    Yay! Happy birthday! And such a great year you had. Wow! And I have no doubt even more great things to come. 🙂

  13. Amy @ Second City Randomness
    July 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Beth! It has been a great year for you- and I hope the next one is just as great! 🙂

  14. Amanda
    July 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Beth! You are an amazing person and I’m so happy you have reached your goal weight and that you are getting everything else in life you deserve. 🙂

  15. sarahsscrumptioussamplings
    July 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy Birthday! You’ve accomplished quite a lot this year!! Good luck and all the best over the next year. I have no doubt that you can do both a marathon and a triathalon!

  16. linzlikewhoa
    July 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm (9 years ago)

    What a great 26th year, here’s to an even more amazing 27th!

  17. Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    July 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy happy birthday!! Looks like you have a great list for a wonderful 27th year 🙂

  18. thekitchenbitch
    July 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm (9 years ago)

    Congrats Beth! I hope your 27th year is just as great as your 26th—mine was even better! Maybe you and I will finally meet sometime this year 😉

  19. Evan Thomas
    July 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy birthday! Sounds like 26 was a big year, hope 27 is even better.

  20. Dani
    July 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm (9 years ago)

    Great accomplishments!! Happy birthday 🙂

  21. Roz@weightingfor50
    July 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm (9 years ago)

    BIG BIG Happy Birthday Beth. Congratulations on all you achieved this year, and here’s to a wonderful next year. Have a great rest of your day!!!!

  22. janetha @ meals & moves
    July 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy birthday, Beth! I look forward to meeting you and speaking with you 🙂

  23. Lisa
    July 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm (9 years ago)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! It’s been a good year for you!

  24. Karen
    July 6, 2011 at 6:58 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy Birthday to one of the best bloggers out there and to a truly inspirational woman. So glad I ran into you in line at the bathroom before the DC half marathon! Hope 27 is everything you hope it to be, and more:)

  25. Liz @ Something To Chew On
    July 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm (9 years ago)

    You’re amazing! You had a jam packed … and inspirational … year!

    Here’s to another great one! Happy Birthday Beth!

  26. vanessarose10
    July 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy birthday! You had apretty exciting year.. hope 27 is just as fun!

    Ps you should always post more than one time a day 😉

  27. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean
    July 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm (9 years ago)

    so jealous you were in Columbus before I knew about your blog!!! come back sometime soon so we can hang out!!! oh, and happy birthday 🙂

  28. Hanna
    July 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm (9 years ago)

    You make me plan just like you! go Beth!

  29. Heather
    July 6, 2011 at 11:18 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy Birthday! You’ve had an amazing year. I know this next one will be just as fantastic.

  30. TracyP
    July 6, 2011 at 11:44 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy birthday! You forgot to mention all the delicious meals you created. They always look so good.

  31. Mary
    July 7, 2011 at 9:35 am (9 years ago)

    Thank you for a wonderful blog – you are very inspirational and so encouraging!
    I also love your hair – if you don’t mind saying is it hard to maintain? I’m thinking about a new hairstyle and just wondered.

  32. Jennifer
    July 7, 2011 at 10:34 am (9 years ago)

    Happy Birthday, Beth!! You have had an amazing year. I have no doubt you will accomplish your goals (and likely some other awesome things) in the coming year! Cheers!!

  33. Becca
    July 7, 2011 at 11:02 am (9 years ago)

    Beth, the things you accomplished this past year look very similar to the goals I have for me for the next year. Hopefully at the end of the year I’ll be able to say I’ve accomplished them as well! 🙂 Also, I noticed your goal to become a WW leader. Will you let us know where if you do? I live in the DC area and love my leader, but she’s been gone for the past month and I’m not sure I can take the substitutes much longer…


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