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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 27 – Ordinary Joy
Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year? (Author: Brené Brown)

This year has been filled with ordinary joy for me, so it’s really difficult to pick just one:

  • Watching Lulu and Minnie (my sister’s dog whom I’m dogsitting for a few days) chase each other through the house as I write this.
  • Watching Minnie & Lulu play/wrestle/rough house with each other. These two play together better than they play with any other dog, and it’s absolutely adorable seeing them together.
  • I’m thrilled that they’re going to be able to play all day, every day in 2011.

  • Spending a quiet night talking to my sister about reality tv on Bravo as we watch Shep and Tiffany Watch TV. (My sister doesn’t really watch tv at all, so it was hilarious trying to explain The Real Housewives to her).
  • In 2011, LC and I will be able to spend so much more time together, and I am so thankful for that.

  • A fridge fully stocked with healthy, good-for-me choices.
  • Since I always do well on with my weight loss on the weeks that I’ve planned, prepared, and stayed organized with food, I’m going to make srue that I keep the fridge, freezer, and pantry “healthy” every day in 2011.

  • Cooking a low-calorie, healthy meal that also tastes delicious.
  • I stopped cooking much for myself in the latter part of this year, but in 2011 I’m going to strive to cook more often, even if it’s for myself.

  • Moving my body every day makes me slow down and concentrate on only me.
  • This is going to become a regular, daily habit for me in 2011.

  • Stepping on the scale and liking what I see.
  • In 2011, I’m hoping to like what I see on the scale a lot more often.

  • Taking Lulu on a walk, anytime!
  • I relish my walks with Lulu, and I look forward to 365 more of them in 2011.

What are your Ordinary Joys?





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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 26 – Soul Food
What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul? (Author: Elise Marie Collins)

If I was asked what food I’d want for my last meal, I would say without hesitation, ravioli.  I absolutely love them, and in my family, we always have them on Christmas Day (and on other “special occasions).  So the memory of eating them is fresh in my mind.

And these aren’t just any ravioli, these are known throughout my city as THE BEST ravioli.

Now that all the older Italian grandmothers have passed on, very few of the women my mom’s age or younger know how to make ravioli, “the way they used to in the old days.”  The perfect combination of delicate dough (not too thick or too tough), delicious filling (we get spinach, cheese, and meat). So we (and lots of people in my city) buy our ravioli from La Villa’s.

They come in a box like this, which is worth its weight in gold, as far as my family and I are concerned:

Coupled with my mom’s famous sugo, these ravioli are beyond compare. They are something we look forward to every year, and they’re something I hope we never have to go without.  (Hopefully La Villa will never go out of business).  Ravioli are special to me because they mean tradition, celebration, and family.  Nothing touches my soul more than those three things.

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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 24 – Everything’s OK
What was the best moment that could serve as proof that everything is going to be alright? And how will you incorporate that discovery into the year ahead? (Author: Kate Inglis)

The moment that my sister decided to move in next door was when I knew our lives were going to be great because with that one single decision it meant:

  • My parents would no longer worry about her bad marriage
  • I never had to see my louse of a brother-in-law again
  • My sister would finally begin to live the life she deserved
  • My nieces would get to see my parents and me on a daily basis
  • Lulu would have a permanent playmate in Minnie (my sister’s dog)
  • My sister and I would be able to regain the closeness we shared before she met & married her soon-to-be-ex
  • Our family unit would be back to the original 4, plus 2 (plus 2 puppies)
  • We could live like our grandparents did, with family close by and ready to help each other at any moment
  • Home would become an even better place
  • I could put down roots
  • I could put some of my energy into something besides myself
  • My life would be fuller, richer, better

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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 22 – Travel
How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year? (Author: Tara Hunt)

I didn’t travel at all in 2010.  Sadly enough, I didn’t even go to the beach much.  I did make it to SF a few times, and I went to Napa, but since those are local trips, I don’t really consider them traveling.

I really need to make up for lost time in 2011!  Money permitting, I’d like to travel to:

  • Vegas for my 40th birthday in July.
  • Boston to visit CTLB (or, she can come here)
  • Michigan/Chicago to visit my uncle.  I’m hoping my sister & nieces can make the trip with me.
  • I’d also like to take a road trip in the Bug.  I’m envisioning somewhere coastal, so maybe north to Seattle?  Who knows, maybe SeattleRunnerGirl and I can meet up.

And in the spring, summer, and fall of 2011, I want to take plenty of weekend trips to great local places:

  • Half Moon Bay
  • Santa Cruz/Capitola
  • Napa/Sonoma

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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:


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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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 20 – Beyond Avoidance
What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?) (Author: Jake Nickell)

As much as I try new things all the time, I’m also an avoider, sometimes.  And it seems to have gotten worse as I’ve gotten older, although I’m really not sure why.  Maybe there are too many other things that I can use as excuses to distract me from the task at hand?

The whole idea of avoidance goes against who I am because I like to tackle things head on.  I’m not one to shy away from a situation, even if it might get “ugly,” confrontational, or intense.  I think one of my best attributes is that I’m never afraid to get in there and say what’s on my mind.

But maybe that’s the difference – I never avoid saying anything, but sometimes the doing is the hard part (mini ah-ha moment).

Some of the things I’ve avoided in 2010 are:

  • weekly weigh-ins
  • the scale
  • grading essays until the very last possible minute
  • organizing my closets

I do have to say that I’ve done each of these things sometimes, and some of them quite often.  It’s just the consistency that’s the problem.  So maybe what I really avoid is consistently following a healthy routine (minus the grading of essays,that’s just the bane of my existence no matter how you slice it).  So moving into 2011, I will stop avoiding and just do it.  Because I know I should.  Because I know I’ll feel better.  Because it’s time!

What will you stop avoiding in 2011?

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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 19 – Healing
What healed you this year? Was it sudden, or a drip-by-drip evolution? How would you like to be healed in 2011? (Author: Leonie Allan)

This question is a bit “new agey” for me, but yet I can relate to it.  Interesting how that works, right?  Moving out of that terrible living situation that I was in has  completely transformed me – I’m happier, healthier, and feel so much safer.  I’m one step closer to living the life I was meant to have.  Living in this great place makes me feel so positive, so vibrant, and alive.  I finally feel content.  I can’t wait to have lots of people over to this house because I want to show it off.  I’m actually looking for excuses to have small gatherings (which, if you have any fun themed ideas for parties, let me know).

In 2011, I’m hoping to heal my body by losing a significant amount of weight.  First on my own and then via lap band surgery.  As I sit here today I know I won’t be able to imagine all the ways that my life will be improved by this, but I am so excited to find out.

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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 18 – Try
What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it? (Author: Kaileen Elise)

There are always so many things that I want to try, because I like keeping it fresh and finding out new things that might interest me.  So, with that in mind, here are a few things that I’m going to see if I like in 2011:

  • spin class (this is actually going to happen next week, but hopefully it will continue into 2011)
  • walk a 5K (I’d put walking in races on hold because I would get terrible cramps in my legs, but I think the daily walking with Lulu has helped me get past that).
  • give C25K another try (once I’m around 250 or so)
  • jog/run a 5K
  • boot camp class (at the gym)
  • scrapbooking
  • find another blog writing group like Reverb 10, because I’ve loved doing it
  • improve my video editing skills
  • make weekly YouTube videos once I get closer to surgery/have surgery
  • act revolutionary every day

As far as trying things in 2010, I tried everything I wanted to.  That’s one thing about me – I’m not usually afraid to try new things, so I’m able to see what works for me and what doesn’t.  I hope to add more to the list above as I discover new things that I’d like to try.

What are some things you’d like to try in 2011?

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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 17 – Lesson Learned
What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward? (Author: Tara Weaver)

Narrowing this down to just one thing was really difficult, because this blog (and your reader comments) allow me to learn so much about myself on an almost daily basis.

I guess the thing that I had hoped I knew about myself that I’ve actually shown myself to be true is that I am a really caring person.  And I’m not saying that to make myself sound wonderful.  It’s one of those things that you hope about yourself, but you’re never sure is true until you’re faced with the situations to prove it.  And I’m happy that I’ve had this fact confirmed in a few ways recently.

Since I’ve lived by myself for so long, I was the only person I had to worry about most of the time.  I didn’t have to answer to anyone but myself, and I was able to come and go as I pleased.  Stay out as late as I wanted.  You get the drill – I was a self-sufficient, independent woman who enjoyed her single life.

But so often I felt like something was missing, and so in June when Lulu finally arrived, it was a huge transition for me to make – to be responsible for another life.   To worry about how late I was out, when I’d get home, how long I’d been  gone, etc.  It meant that I had veterinary bills to pay, flea medications to buy, and dog food to stock up on.  But along with the “have to” also came the “get to.” Because I get to come home to this most amazing creature who thinks the sun rises and sets with me.  Who depends on me for everything and whom I love more than I thought possible.  I know I’ve become a better person because I’ve had her in my life.

And in 2011, I’m going to be able to take this caring for someone besides myself to a whole new level.  Beginning the week after next, I’m going to have my sister and my nieces in my life on a daily basis.  In order to help my sister save money on daycare and to be there to support her, I told her I’d watch the girls (ages 8 and 3 1/2) three days a week from 3:30-6:30.  Which means a significant lifestyle change for me, but it also means that I’m going to get so much back from them.  Their faces lit up when they heard we’d be spending so much time together on a regular basis, which made me feel great.  I’m really looking forward to getting to know my nieces on a much deeper level, and vice versa.  I’m looking forward to having a major impact on their lives.  And I’m looking forward to being changed for the better because of them.

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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 16 – Friendship
How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst? (Author: Martha Mihalick)

Throughout 2010 ScaleWarfare and I have been sending each other daily emails containing our food journals, concerns, suggestions, recipes, and encouragements.  We started it as a way to be accountable to someone else in an effort to curb our nighttime snacking, but it has morphed into something completely different.

I look forward to our daily exchanges because I know that someone I’ve never met in person is out there, on the opposite coast of the country, cheering me on.  And I strive to do the same for her.  That kind of support really helps me make  good choices, think twice about indulgences, and just gives me that “warm fuzzy” feeling having made such a great friend.

Our friendship has gotten to the point where we send each other birthday and Christmas gifts, as well as little gifts “just because.”  Most recently SW wanted to show how proud she was of me for my new-found vigor with setting my calories to 1400 and for becoming a non-smoker, so she sent me this:

We’re both Philosophy Girls, so she knew I’d love it.  And more than the invigorating, spa-like scent, I love the sentiment written on the bottle:

if you really want to be somebody, you don’t have to be great, you only have to be good. good people live by the golden rule, and in doing so, they become somebody to everybody. great people live by their own rules, which too often become self serving. therefore, don’t be great, just be good. and if you’ve got to be great, then for goodness sake, do something good.”

What started out as a kinship with a fellow weight loss blogger whom I had a lot in common with (scarily so, sometimes) has turned into a very real friendship.  And though we’ve never met in person, I’m  closer to SW than I am to many of my real life friends who live in my city.  That’s the power of a shared experience.

So SW, I thank you for being you.  For being such a positive influence on my life.  For never judging me.  For being my friend. My life has been changed for the better for having you in it.

In 2011 I hope to be that kind of friend for someone new so that I can touch their life as much as mine has been touched.

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