Letter to my 2011 self, from 2012

The Monday Project

Over at the Sisterhood, they’ve turned the Monthy Project back to weekly for January. First up? A letter to my 2011 self written from my 2012 self. (Actually first up is to review our letters from last year, but I was still kind of on the sidelines January last month, so I don’t have a letter. My letter would have woefully underestimated what I would accomplish last year – by January the idea of doing a half-century, and all the training involved, was not something I thought about.)

So here goes:

Dear 2011 Barb:

You have no idea what this year has in store for you, and I remember that you’re a little scared about the whole thing, but believe me, it’s wonderful.

This was the year that you finally figured out how to incorporate exercise into your life. Sure, you started that in 2010 with the half-century training, but this year you not only made but exceeded your goal of exercising 3x30min each week – most of the time you did it more!

And biking? Wow! You and Andrew trained for a second half century, and you totally did it last summer, and you knocked time off of your first one. You also gained more confidence to join several organized rides – you did the WABA ride around DC again, but also tried a couple new ones, even a 40-mile ride out in Maryland! Oh, and that Backroads Century 30-miler you did in 2010? You did that again. You still walked part of it, but that’s okay, because you know what? You tackled one of those big-ass hills!

The idea of doing a century ride? Not quite as far-fetched these days…maybe in a couple years. After a little more speed training. I can see it happening.

You started to figure out eating better, too. Maybe not 100% of the time, but some healthier habits have definitely taken hold. You’ve curbed the emotional eating – or at least made better choices when you did give in to the emotions. (Except for the horrible M&M incident in August, which we shall not mention again.) Oh, you had some bad eating from time-to-time, like at your 40th birthday party in Vegas, but they were one-time deals, and not the start of a downward spiral.

Oh, and you totally tried on your wedding dress for your 7th anniversary in September. You know what? It was too big!!! Way to good, girl!

It’s not always easy, but I promise you that you’ll get through it all, and you’ll be a better person for it all.

2012 Barb


  1. Tiffany said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

    WOW! I love that your wedding dress will be too big… THAT is awesome! Sounds like you are in for an amazing year and I can’t wait to see it all unfold.

  2. AnnG said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

    Love your letter….I think its great that your wedding dress is too big, too!! Way to go for digging deep and writing this letter!

  3. Brooke said,

    January 12, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

    as much as i love the 2011 you, the 2012 you sounds freakin awesome and i can’t wait to meet her!

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