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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 21 – What items did you tick off your dream list in 2012? What other, unexpected, dreams came to fruition? What are the top items on your dream list for 2013?

A few years ago I wrote my “Life List,” but unfortunately, I haven’t been able to tick off any additional items since I updated it in July of 2010.  I’ve also composed a Fitness Bucket List, but I haven’t been able to tick too many of those off, either.  The main reason being, I’ve been so concentrated on weight loss that I’ve put blinders on.

It seems that 2013 needs to be the year that a few items are completed, don’t you think?

  • Complete C25K.
  • Run a 5K.
  • Go on a vacation by myself to somewhere I’ve never been.
  • Try a spin class.

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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 20 – What was lost in 2012? What do you intend to find in 2013?

2012 was the first time in years that I saw success on the scale.  I finally got my dieting mojo back, and with it my willpower.  I gained confidence and a will to succeed.

In 2013 I hope to find more healthy habits, especially about leading an active lifestyle.  Now I “workout,” but it hasn’t gotten to the point where I feel like something is missing if I’m not active.  I want that find true fitness in 2013.

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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 19 – How did you nourish your beautiful body in 2012? What self-care practices will you take with you into 2013?

I continued my weight loss quest, which you can read more about throughout the many, many posts on this blog.  I will continue to lose weight by eating healthy and moving my body in 2013.

 

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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 18 – What color best represents the year you had in 2012? And why? What color would you like to invite into your life in 2013?  Be as literal or metaphorical, clever or crazy, or just plain off-the-wall with this as you choose!

I’d have to say that 2012 brought the color blue into my life.  Well, to be accurate, blue has been a part of my life since elementary school.  The school colors of every school I’ve attended –  elementary on through college, and even the high school I teach at – are blue and gold.  Amazing, right?

It’s funny that I’ve never been particularly drawn to blue.  Sure, I love the ocean, and I do find blue as soothing as the next person, but in terms of a favorite color, I’ve never said blue. Regardless of that fact, blue seems to be everywhere in my life.

At work, Fridays are pride days, which means the faculty is encouraged to wear blue. I’ve added tons of blue clothing to my wardrobe; lucky for me cobalt blue seemed to be THE color this fall. The more I wore it, the more compliments I’d get from teachers and students alike.  And I knew blue was one of the colors I should wear more of when one of the boys in my yearbook class started telling me how good I looked in blue.

Blue really is all around me; even my convertible Beetle is blue:

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Blue is a nice, calming color, so maybe that means that in 2012, I’ve given in a bit to my calmer, more zen side.  Who knows?

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As I look at this great pic showing brushstrokes of shades of blue, I do have to say that I’m drawn to each of them.

2013 will be my hot pink period, for sure! It’s time to get back to my vibrant side…
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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 17 – Think of one person whose life you made a difference to in 2012. What did you gain from this? How will you continue to make a difference in 2013?

I’d like to think that I make a difference in the lives of my students daily, but there was one student in particular who let me know just how much.

Every year, scores of students decide to take the honors class that I teach.  Some of them are prepared for it, some of them think they’re entitled to it, and every now and then I get a student who isn’t quite sure.  Aida came to me in May of this year, nervous and questioning whether or not she should take honors.  When I asked her what was making her hesitate, she explained that her current teacher hadn’t recommended her, and had in fact really discouraged her from taking the class.  Apparently she earned low scores on essays that she wrote in his class.  So I told her to bring me a couple of her essays, and I’d let her know what grade I think she would have earned.

When I read her work, I saw a true thinker.  A girl who was able to express herself with depth and insight, and that certain something that is indescribable; a rare quality that few students have and that can’t be taught.  I told her that I absolutely knew she should take the class and that I thought she’d do well in it.  I saw potential in her.

As this year has progressed, Aida is one of the few students who has consistently earned A’s on her essays because they were just that good.  When she shares her thoughts in writing and in class I can’t believe this is the girl who was unsure about whether or not to take the class. She’s on of my best!

This Christmas, Aida wrote me a beautiful Thank You card, telling me just how much it has meant to her that I showed so much confidence in her abilities.  She said that she’s learned so much already, and can’t wait to see what else she can do by the time she leaves my class in June.  Her words warmed my heart.  That’s why I teach.

Sometimes all it takes is that one person who believes in us.  That person who pushes us to do the scary, unknown, unthinkable thing that we end up realizing is exactly what we should have been doing all along.  I will continue to push my students, and Aida in particular, in 2013.

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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 14 – Who inspired you in 2012? And why? What gifts did they give you? And how will you carry these forward in to 2013?

This question is so simple for me to answer.  I have been inspired by so many people this past year:

  • My sister, who is a single mother of two adorable girls, with an ultra-demanding and stressful career, yet she still manages to find time to listen to me whenever I need her advice.
  • My parents, who remain active every day, and though they are 65 and 72, seem as young and spirited as if they were in their 50s.
  • My friends, who never question my need to skip dinners and drinks in favor of meeting for coffee or a movie to help me stay on my diet.
  • My blogging buddies, who read my posts and are my biggest cheerleaders.  They inspire me to reach new heights on a daily basis.
  • The WLS people I follow on YouTube, who have led the way and documented the good and the bad along their own journeys.

Each of these people have touched my heart in innumerable ways, and have given me more gifts than I can count. I’m blessed that these people will continue to be part of my life as I move forward in 2013.

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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 15 – What was the most extraordinary dish you sampled in 2012? What made it so magical? It needn’t be the most extravagant dish, just the one that knocked your socks off with its flavor, texture, aroma, freshness, color, significance, timing… whatever. Relive the magic and help us savor it with you here.

The best dish I created in 2012 was the evening I had my parents and sister over for a seafood feast.  I indulged on the ingredients, but it was worth every penny to experience their enjoyment of the meal.  Here’s a repost of my original one:

Originally posted on August 28, 2012, as part of a #WIAW post.
It all started when I saw this lobster salad recipe on Skinnytaste. I’ll get into the details of that meal later, it’s a good one. Ever since school started I’ve been in the mood to try new recipes. Summertime is always really laid back, and I go with the flow in terms of recipes. Now that school’s back in, I find myself craving the creative outlet that trying new recipes gives me. It’s strange, you’d think that I’d do more innovative cooking in the summer, when I have nothing but time on my hands, but I guess I like to keep it flexible, even with cooking.

First up is a delicious baked crab cake recipe from Skinnytaste. (Can you tell I love her site?) I tried the recipe out earlier in the week, because it was my first time making it, and I didn’t want to serve it to my parents and sister at Saturday’s dinner party without trying it first. I modified the recipe just slightly, and although mine don’t look half as appealing as hers, they tasted great.

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The diner party was designed around Skinnytaste’s Chilled Lobster, Sweet Corn, and Tomato Salad. There’s quite a story behind making this dish, but I’ll save the details for the actual Bella Cooks blog post. One thing I will say is that this is one time that living on the West Coast puts me at a disadvantage. Lobster is expensive here – two lobster tails were $50! But my family is worth the splurge, and the salad tasted so fresh and healthy that it was well worth it.

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I wish this photo wasn’t blurry, because the dish really looked gorgeous.

I wanted to start off the dinner with a nice accompaniment, and my sister actually suggested an avocado salad. I searched, and found this Chilled Avocado Soup on EatBoutique. This was the surprise hit of the evening. Everyone raved about it, and I agree. I’ll absolutely make this again. I don’t like cilantro, so I substituted Italian parsley, and it was simply divine. And it only took about 15 minutes to put together!

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Here’s a shot of the seafood feast. One of my FB friends said that this angle makes it look like you’re sitting with us at the table, so I thought I’d include it. My mom, who is an amazing cook in her own right, was incredibly impressed by my planning and execution, and I think she was really touched that I put in all this effort for my family.

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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 14 – What was the most important thing you learned in 2012? How does this learning shape the path going forward?

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I learned that I can succeed at my weight loss goals.  In September, after following Jenny Craig very strictly, I regained my willpower, saw success on the scale, and am confident in the knowledge that I will hit my mini weight loss goal (and all of the subsequent mini goals that will follow the first one).

This shapes my path because I will not be deterred, by myself or an injury or any other obstacle, real or imagined, that gets in my way.  My road to success is a clear one, but it’s taken many a windy, rocky detour to get here.  Now it’s just one foot in front of the other until the end.

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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 13Please post your favorite picture of yourself from 2012, self-portrait or otherwise!

This photo was taken one summer morning in late June, and although my hair is longer and my face is (a bit) thinner, I still really like it.

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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 12What made you dance in 2012? What made you weep? In developing her prompt, Jani said, “I love to focus on the things that make people feel deeply – both kinds of emotions, sad & happy, but intense!”

I live my life with intensity and passion, and I feel things deeply every day.  Although I may seem like a tough cookie on the outside, I’m actually very sensitive.  Only the people closest to me know this about me.  All of which makes today’s prompt a really easy one to answer.

Just this week,  I smiled from ear to ear when two co-workers told me (one the day after the other) that they can really tell I’ve been losing weight.  It feels phenomenal to know that my hard work is finally showing.

Two weeks ago I wept when I felt excruciating pain in my heel as I tore my fascia.

In November I felt my heart sing when I met my BFF’s baby for the first time.  They live in Massachusetts, and I had only seen him via photos, so getting the chance to hold him in my arms and see his adorable face in person was amazing.  It was great to see CTLB and her hubby, as well.

I felt my blood boil in November when a local yoga studio made me feel as if someone my size wasn’t able to participate in Bikram yoga.  I wasn’t going to stand for that, and I got my money refunded so I could take my business to a studio who appreciates all bodies.

I danced (literally) in early October when my 5-year-old niece and I held and impromptu dance party as we exercised to Just Dance on the Wii.

I felt my chest swell with pride when I learned the Superintendent of my school district mentioned at an October board meeting that I’d garnered Skype chats with two authors I’d assigned to my students.

And I could go on and on, throughout the year.  I believe in living life in the most honest way possible, and to me it means letting my emotions show.  I don’t do anything halfway, including experience life.

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