A Look Back at 2011

2011 was a good year, a great year actually.  I think 2012 has a lot to live up to, though I don't see it being a problem.  2011 did have it's downfalls too, some tears were shed, fights were had, friends/family were lost...but on the flip side, there were lots of laughs, lots of love, new friends gained, and plenty of adventures!  Here is a quick look back at 2011, mostly with pictures :)
I started a new job in January and finally got out of customer service, this was blessing.
I met Frank, from American Pickers at our Company Holiday Party!
Ryan and I enjoyed a trip to Las Vegas, followed by a trip out to Omaha for my birthday!

In the meantime, we moved out of our apartment and started renting a house.
I looked at my pictures from my birthday weekend, sucked it up (and sucked it in) and stepped on the scale, realizing I weighed the most I ever had in my life, I joined Weight Watchers in March to get my health back on track. This later turned into using a free program to track my calories, exercise, and progress...it's nice not paying to do something you can manage yourself (once you're motivated).
In April, we lost Ryan's grandma right before Easter.  But many happy things happened to soften the loss!  We celebrated our one-year anniversary AND celebrated Jenny and Chris' marriage.

In May, I was a bridesmaid in Alli and Paul's wedding and got to spend a wonderful weekend with some wonderful high school friends.

I enjoyed several concerts throughout the year, including Carrie Underwood, Josh Groban, and Reba!
I took up running, for some crazy reason, and ran my first 5k in July with Ashley and then one week later ran a 4-mile.  All of this while also training for RAGBRAI, which Brooke, Laura, and I rode the last three days of.

The last part of the year mostly revolved around weddings!  Starting with some super fun bachelorette parties, followed by some rockin' weddings, and then surprisingly, three more engagements to start it all over again in 2012 :)

Laura, Brooke, and my sister all got engaged by the end of the year, planning weddings for August, September, and fall of 2013!
I started singing with the Quad City Singers and I. LOVE. IT. I'm so happy to be singing again, and I have made some great friends along the way.
Ryan and I (and family) spent several weekends enjoying the fall weather, hiking, going to Bluff Lake, staying in McGregor, etc.

I ran one more 5k in October, it was so much fun and I can't wait to do it again in 2012!

In December, we lost Ryan's grandfather.  There was a beautiful remembrance of him and I attended my first military funeral, chilling, yet amazing.
The holidays came and went, and I had a broken camera...so I have no pics from the, but I did steal a couple from my family.

At the end of the year, my weight-loss progress ended up to be a very slow process for me, but here are the results: 20 pounds lost and 13 inches (between neck, waist, and hips).  But I've gained more than I lost, and that's energy, self-control, motivation (most days), strength, and commitment.  I look forward to what 2012 has to offer me for my health!  Here is a look at me before and after the 20 pounds...not a huge difference, but if I can do another 20 this year, I think it'll be much more noticeable! :)
New Year's 2011
Vegas, January 2011
November 2012
November 2012
Here's to hoping 2012 is an awesome year!  I know I'm looking forward to it :)


  1. loved the post! good for you about the 20 lbs, its an inspiration because i'm currently at my heaviest and need to slim down in order to fit in to all my clothes! haha! also, i LOVE that tan dress with the lace overlay--so beautiful!! happy 2012!

  2. good post! good year! yay for 2012! bring it on!! you look great and congrats on the 20 lbs lost! Though your great pic of you at the end is one of my worst pics! :( so I am not a fan of it! haha!

  3. sorry you look beautiful! I am so proud of you and all you do. You really inspire me! I apparently took the fall off from blogging, but I swear it will be back with much needed information! Miss you and love you so much!

  4. Thank you ladies. I miss you all and hope you have a wonderful 2012!!

  5. You look amazing! Seriously an inspiration to this stay at home mama who needs to get her butt in gear!!