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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in Reverb 10. Each day gives a new prompt, which is a chance to reflect on 2010 and manifest what’s next in 2011.

December 21 – Future Self
Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?) (Author: Jenny Blake)

I like this prompt a lot!  In fact, I already wrote a note to my 16-year-old self in the form of a bunch of tweets.  As far as my 44-year-old self writing to me next year (sort of awkwardly worded, no?), here’s what I think I’d say:

Bella,

You are about to enter one of the most exciting years of your life.  There are so many changes ahead for you and your family, and you’ll handle them all with grace and ease.  Some of them might seem daunting at first, but you’ll use your indomitable spirit to conquer/accomplish each one as they unfold.

Your sister and the girls moved in next door in late December 2010, but you all really began to get into a wonderful routine in January.  The girls loved their new school/daycare, Lulu and Minnie loved spending all day together, and you and kids had fun after school.  You and your sister saw each other every day, and you guys became closer than ever.  You often shared meals together, and it felt like old times.  LC knew that leaving her ex and moving back home (and in next to you) was the right decision to make.

It took an extreme amount of dedication and hard work on your part (you were never one to shy away from hard work), and you were able to lose the 30 pounds you needed to for the lap band surgery and it was scheduled by late March.

In late March/early April, you had the lap band surgery, and it changed your life, in terms of eating and your weight.  You were able to get used to the new way of eating, and smaller portions, and you lost a lot of weight.

Even though the lap band was helping you lose weight, you realized that it alone wasn’t going to do the trick, plus you wanted to avoid as much loose skin as you could, so you started working out in earnest even before you had the surgery.  From January 2011, you regularly attended spin, aqua aerobics, Zumba, and belly dancing classes.  You also did strength training – either on your own or in the Les Mills classes they offer at the gym.  You also incorporated bikram yoga into your exercise routine on a regular basis.  The nice thing was that LC joined the gym, too, so you and your sister were able to go together a lot, which made it so much more fun. You also began C25K training again, and were able to complete it this time, because you had lost enough weight that the jogging didn’t affect your knees as much.

The rest of the school year flew by and you enjoyed a long, peaceful summer.  You, LC, and your nieces went on bike rides, walked the dogs, went swimming, and enjoyed each other to the fullest.  You guys were very active, and the girls acclimated to their new house quickly and easily.  LC is so much happier now that she’s free of her ex.  She is more relaxed, and is able to take time out for herself.  Moving in next to you was the best decision she ever made, and you and your parents really helped her and the girls with the transition.

The summer of 2011 was also the first time you ran your first 5K!  Actually, you jogged/walked it, but you still finished it, and you crossed the finish line running, which was a phenomenal feeling.  You love participating in 5Ks, and think you’ll do lots of them throughout the remainder of the year.

July 2011 was your 40th birthday, and you did it up in style in Vegas.  You were so surprised when ScaleWarfare and CTLB were able to join in on the fun, and you guys all had the best time.  You even got to go skydiving and ziplining, which were two of your “Life List” things to accomplish by 40.  Vegas was scorching hot, but you were hotter, and enjoyed plenty of male attention as you and the girls went out on the town to all of the posh clubs in Vegas.

The fall of the year brought the beginning of school, which you enjoyed more than you ever have.  The students, staff, and teachers couldn’t believe how much weight you’d lost, and you relished in the compliments.  Not only that, but you had fabulous classes, all of whom were respectful and eager to learn.  Once again, you were able to maintain a nice balance of work and life.

Winter 2011 came quickly, but you enjoyed it as if it was your first, because you got to wear tons of new styles that you would have never worn before losing all the weight.  Your bank account suffered a bit, but it was worth it in the name of fashion, and you were happy to know that this year, these clothes would fit you for more than one season.

As you finished out the year, you counted all of your many blessings that 2011 brought.  You had the best year of your life, and you knew that it would only continue (and it has!).

Enjoy each and every moment, this is going to be a year to relish heartily!!

Your 44-year-old self

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