Dear 2011 Self, Revisited

So, the assignment this week (okay, last week, but I’m getting to it this week, so shut up) was to write our new Dear 2012 Self letter from the perspective of our 2013 self. Before doing that, I wanted to revisit my letter from last year. I’ve been dreading this Let’s just take a look at it, shall we?

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.

Love,
2012 Barb

What an optimist person I was last January…so little did I expect what the year would bring. I’ve been a little mad at 2012 me for not warning me a bit about the year, but I’ve come to realize that I needed that optimism to survive the year. January 2011 me would never have thought she could survive everything that I know she has survived. And here I sit in January 2012, nearly as optimistic about 2012 as I was last year about 2011.

So, while the only parts of that letter that came true were:

You have no idea what this year has in store for you…

and

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.

I’m ready to tackle another year – ready to start again.

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