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Over a year ago, before I thought anyone would ever read it, I posted this.

A simple list of goals, things I wished for in my future and in the new life I was hoping for.

I look back at those goals and realized I accomplished every single one. A few months later, I posted this.. and accomplished those too.

I did a lot in the last year:

I uprooted my life, started a new job, and moved into a new apt in a new city.

I started running.  I’ve run hundreds of miles: including two 5K’s, three 10K’s, and a half-marathon. AND, I managed to love it.

I do yoga, not always as often as I would like, but I’m making it happen.

I read. I’ve read probably 15 books this year, which may not sound like a lot.  In 2010 though, I think I read one and only because I was on vacation.

I cook. A LOT.

I lost 15 pounds. I got healthier.  I feel stronger and most importantly, I feel better in my own skin.

.. 

and then there were the things that 2011 brought that I didn’t have on a list…

I took what was my frustrated/tipsy/hopeful internet ramblings and turned it into a blog, with readers (!!)

I’m staying in my apt  (and if you’ve moved as many times as me, you know thats huge)

I stepped out of my comfort zone, a lot.

Lisa asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding.

Not one but two of my good friends had gorgeous babies that I can’t get enough of.

I made lots of new friends.

I met a great guy.

AND I’m going to be aunt. excitement can’t even describe it.

That’s one hell of a year. So, every so often when I think I still “haven’t figured it out yet”, I have to remind myself that I’ve come a long way. I had no idea how true this would be.   Maybe I have it figured out more than I realize.  Maybe all I need to do is make one good decision and then make another..

One step at a time my friends.

I couldn’t be happier.

2011 has been unbelievable, friends.

Bring on 2012!

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borrowed from the HLS facebook page

1. strangers aren’t that scary. I went into this nervous as you all know, because I’d never met anyone else that was attending. I arrived at the hotel, checked in at the front desk, and made a friend waiting for the elevator. Took a whole 5 minutes.
Nice to know that I wasn’t the only one who went without friends. So glad I went!

 

2. Dawn Jackson Blatner is the author of The Flexitarian Diet. Her message was about R.A.W. Realistic & Achievable Wellness. I know meat isn’t awesome for me, but I like it. I could never be a vegetarian, nevermind a vegan. I respect those who go down that route, but it isn’t for me. So in her words, I’m not anti-meat, I’m pro-plants. I’m intrigued, Dawn.

 

3. You don’t feel defensive unless you have something to be defensive about. – Julie

 

4. Only put things out in the world that you’re willing to stand behind. This probably isn’t something I learned, more something I was reminded of.

 

5. When dealing with negativity: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? – Heather

I like the way she phrases it. Ask yourself those 3 questions before you respond to someone who makes you feel less than warm and fuzzy. (not that I’ve had to deal with a lot of blog negativity)

 

6. If there is someone you want to meet, just do it.  I was a little shy when it came to introducing myself to many of the bloggers that I read. Why?  I’m not really sure. I thought everyone was trying to meet them and didn’t want to be annoying? It was awkward, so I avoided it?  They were busy talking to people they already knew?  Who knows.

I should’ve sucked it up and done it.  Some of them were good about talking to the newbies and some weren’t. So I just assumed they weren’t interested in meeting me.  Probably not accurate.  Thinking about it now, imagine what its like to be in a room with 200 people who know lots of details about your life and you have no idea who they are.. awkward? yeah.    So next time..

 

and one random not-so-HLS-related lesson:

7. if you open/unhook bracelets, they don’t set off the metal detector.

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this = serious crazy pat down from the scary security ladies while all my stuff clogs the scanner belt and I get the stare down from the dude who stuff is after mine. sorryyy

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unhook bracelets = casual stroll through the metal detector. smile. retrieve stuff.

dear boston security guy –
thank you for kindly letting me know that I don’t need to volunteer for the body scanner.
love, alli

 

I’m feeling prettyyy motivated this week, my friends. Renewed desire to get my butt in gear. So I’m back on the training plan. Week 1 wasn’t so hot last week. Week 2 is going fairly well.

On the food front – preparation is everything. Having food & a plan of what to do with it is key. So I bought a container of strawberries at Whole Foods the other night, broke out my super strawberry slicer and planned out a few days worth of breakfast.

20110824-113147.jpgstrawberries 20110824-113229.jpglove grown granola – simply oats.  Thanks Tina!
20110824-113242.jpgadd some greek yogurt. deliciousness on my desk.

3 days in a row. addiction possible.

pretty sure I’m out of all 3 of those ingredients now though. sad.

 

now if only I made as much effort with dinner last night. oops.
I swear I’ll stop talking about HLS now.

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HLS Part 1 – Friday

I have so much to catch up on. There is no way I can put this weekend into 1 post.

Friday morning – I got up for a 5 miler.  I almost always run the Esplanade, but decided I needed to explore more, so I set out to the Harborwalk.

I didn’t know it existed but recently read it was a great route, so needed to check it out.

It was great. My only negative was that when I got over by the aquarium & seaport, super crowded.  Not a big fan of tourist-dodging.  but what can you do?

Back home & ready to head to Healthy Living Summit. I was excited & nervous at the same time, but trying not to think about it too much.

bags are packed.

some high quality plane-reading, less than awesome snacks

I arrived at the hotel about 4:30, registration ended at 5, so went straight there, then headed to the room.

cute.

SERIOUS SWAG.

then the real fun begins.

I got ready for the cocktail party and take pictures of myself? since thats what people without roommates do?!

met up with these fabulous ladies to walk over.

Kristy & Holly  (photo courtesy of Kristy)

It was held at the Reading Terminal Market – which was super cute, reminded me of Cross St Market in Baltimore, but much bigger & well.. closed.

can you find me?

I met soo many fun people!
It was really reassuring to know that a lot of us showed up not knowing anyone.
Stephanie, me, Allison, Kristy, Holly & Brittney   (photo courtesy of Kristy)

Katie will tell you how crazy it is to take pictures of bloggers though. So many cameras!! I love this.
ha.
 🙂
(another photo courtesy of Kristy)

Tomorrow I’ll get Saturday & Sunday up.
I have so much more to talk about but not tonight.

I’m excited to be home
(and not delayed, so sorry for those of you who are stuck in philly :()
I’m unpacked and seriously need some food in this apt. so off to Whole Foods.

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