In a few short weeks, 2012 will be "so last year," and 2013 will be where all the cool kids will be.
While I am normally the first one to give the passing year a swift kick on its way out the door, for the first time I'm actually looking fondly back on the last 12 months.
As I prepare to add another race bib to my 2012 collection by running The Jingle Run in Somerville on Sunday, Dec. 16, I couldn't help but think about all I've accomplished, and how it's all coming full-circle in a way with this last 5K.
Here at Boston.com, we're working on our year-end roundups of the stories that inspired, were most-viewed, most profound, or just plain wacky. So, while I'm working on a feature about the most influential health stories of 2012, I thought I should share my personal roundup of top 10 moments in the past year I've blogged about (feel free to nominate any I missed, and add to the list).
Without any further ado, here's my list of favorite moments of 2012:
10. Being a stump. And proud of it.
The outpouring of support I got in the comments section of this post, where I talk about the first time my very honest (and very funny) mother told me I was a stump really meant a lot to me. What's better than that is that shortly after the post went up, a bunch of you (and others on Twitter) started using the hashtag #StumpsUnite and #SeeStumpRun. And run I have.
9. That last, stubborn 10 pounds. This post, about being this close to my goal weight and having a "normal" BMI was one of the hardest ones for me to write. I've come very, very far in a year, but this post showed me that, in some ways at least, I still have a long way to go. I'm now just 3 pounds from "normal" and that feels pretty good.
8. My first 5K.
Before running my first 5K, I had no idea what to expect. What if I hated running in races? What if I gave up mid-way through? What if I didn't have fun? None of that happened, of course (as you all predicted I'd get through it just fine), and I knew when I finished I was hooked on running as a sport. For a girl who always wanted to be a runner, but was too scared to try in the past, writing this post made me feel as though I had gotten over a giant hurdle (at least a little bit): self-doubt.
7. My first 10K. This post was less about the race itself, and more about the things I was learning as a new runner: what spurred me on during the race, and what it's like to run in a race with a TON of other people. Plus, it was the first race where I met up with one of my reader/Twitter followers-turned-true-running buddy -- something I love doing. You, my dear readers, are seriously amazing people.
6. My half-marathon. While I didn't set any land-speed records, writing this post about running 13.1 tough miles helped me realize that it is now, indeed, OK to call myself a runner. It was a long haul. I wasn't as fast as I wanted to be. However, I did something I was truly scared of and finished. Although not my best showing running-wise you can see in the video of me at the finish line that I'm just proud of myself (that and tired!).
5. #PlankADay and gurus One of the best parts about this blog has been the people I've met along the way. I first met Mike and Sherry thanks to a colleague of mine, who spoke to them for an article she was writing. From there, I started following the #plankADay hashtag, and chatting regularly with Mike and Sherry. They've become real-life friends who have helped me stick with my diet and fitness routine, texted me encouraging words during races (thanks, Mike!), and generally helped inspire me. This post was also one of my favorites to write simply because I got a big group of crazy folks here at the Globe to plank with us. What's better than planking at work!?
4. Things to never say to someone trying to lose weight. This may have been one post where everyone who read it could relate. For nearly a month after I posted it, I got e-mails from you adding to my list of rude/annoying comments people make when they know you're trying to get healthy or change your diet. I also think this is one I need to revisit, since I'm pretty sure my list would be much, MUCH longer now.
3. #EatItTweetItThis was my attempt at showing you my healthy diet, and hoping you'd show me yours in return. But, we all have failures. This didn't really catch on except with a few of you (hat tip to @danielcaputi who did actually tweet me some photos!). I'm still logging all of my food and calories, but remembering to take a photo of it is hard. Not one of my best ideas. You win some, you lose some. And then you move on.
2. My numbers breakdown. In this very honest post I shared a "before," "during," and "*almost* after" photos of myself (with newly cropped locks no less!). Not only did this post document my total pounds lost to date at the time, but also the other things of which I'm most proud, such as the number of push-ups I can do, average steps I take per day, servings of fruits and veggies I eat, and more. This post continues to serve as a good reminder to me that I am more than the size of my pants.
1. My very first post. This blog will officially turn 1 year old on Jan. 17. Looking back, it's hard to believe how much I've changed (can you say four minute #plankADay and 13.1 mile runs?!). But, I also feel like I have much, much more to do. I still want to share more of your stories, and let you in on what my daily fitness life is like.
For me, 2012 was about making major changes in my diet and fitness routines and becoming a runner. In 2013, I'm determined to push this new me a little further and a little faster (and maybe even complete a five-minute #plankADay). What do you want to accomplish in 2013?