One Year Ago This Month…

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One of the coolest things about blogging is that I have a picture journal of my life (well, 90% of it from June 2008 to today).  I started to look through my December 2008 archives and uncovered some noteworthy memories:


December 5, 2008: I left for my wild and crazy Bachelorette weekend in NYC!


December 8, 2008:  My fish died.  πŸ™

December 11, 2008:  We launched our online supplement superstore!

December 14, 2008:  I won a 5K race in the morning, and in the afternoon, I bought a really big flat screen TV.

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December 15, 2008:  I did an awesome 5K speedwork run, which I should really be doing more often.

December 19, 2008:  Meghann and I had a sleepover and watched Elf.  Obviously.

December 24, 2008:  I made the most awesome bowl of oatmeal, ever.


December 25, 2008:  My brother in law Nick almost ruined Christmas.


December 26, 2008:  The Husband left on his Bachelor Party.

December 27, 2008:  I made my 2009 resolutions, which were to spend less money (um) and write a book (check!).

December 28, 2008:  I ran 5.0 miles with Meghann in my first running skirt.

December 30, 2008:  I had my bridal party, and my car got a flat tire on the way home.


December 31, 2008:  I had the most amazing New YearÒ€ℒs Eve ever!  About 30 of our friends and family members came out!


Ò€¦ And three days later (on January 3), the Husband and I got married!  And I got to wear this sweet hat:


What were you doing one year ago in December 2008?  I was totally consumed by the wedding one year ago, and now itÒ€ℒs all about the Operation Beautiful book!



  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 1, 2009, 4:21 pm

    I was just newly married! I can’t believe its been a year.

  • Christie @ Honoring Health December 1, 2009, 4:22 pm

    Love the hat.

    You know, I really don’t know. I was on blogging hiatus this time last year so I don’t have that to look back on πŸ™

  • VeggieGirl December 1, 2009, 4:23 pm

    You’ve had a stellar year!!

    One year ago, I debuted my brand new kitchen πŸ˜€

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) December 1, 2009, 4:23 pm

    One year ago on 12/31 I was getting engaged! Only 5 months until the wedding now…LOVE the hat, by the way. I’m doing a feather fascinator and plan to rock it.

    Oh, and I was also hating law school. Thank god that’s over.

  • FatFitnessFood December 1, 2009, 4:24 pm

    I was just thinking about starting a blog this time last year. And I can’t believe how much I have gotten into it in such a short space of time.

    I lived in Ireland then, now I live in California. I was a good 20lbs heavier then than I am now.

    I enjoyed looking through all your memories!

  • Leah @ L4L December 1, 2009, 4:25 pm

    Last December, I was unemployed and cross-stiching my fingers off for Christmas presents! I wish I had a blog then! It’ll be really cool to look back next year!

  • Meg December 1, 2009, 4:29 pm

    Hahahaha the gingerbread oatmeal bath made me literally LOL – I love your recap, and I’m glad to be able to read such a positive, informative and entertaining blog πŸ™‚

    Hope you have a wonderful afternoon!

  • Evan Thomas December 1, 2009, 4:33 pm

    I was stressing about college so much until the 17th I was accepted to Brown

  • alli December 1, 2009, 4:40 pm

    fun πŸ™‚ i love doing that. i keep scrapbooks for each year hubby and i have been married, we like to look back and see how different we look.
    you look more fit and healthy now and older….in a good, mature kind of way. (i always want to look older, so despite what some may think, yes it is a compliment!)
    this day last year we were buying our christmas tree πŸ™‚
    i love december!

  • Brittney December 1, 2009, 4:51 pm

    I have no idea what I was doing this time last year. I just started a blog so hopefully this time next year I can look back and see what I was doing right now.

    I love your gingerbreadman oatmeal πŸ™‚

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) December 1, 2009, 4:53 pm

    Last December I was getting ready to start training for the Boston Marathon and about to get serious with my blog. And I was doing quite a bit of holiday baking πŸ™‚

  • Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life December 1, 2009, 4:54 pm

    I enjoyed looking back on all those events!!! What a year you have had!!

  • Kara December 1, 2009, 4:56 pm

    Hee — love the oatmeal gingerbread man! And I can’t believe your BIL put plastic trays of food on the bottom of the oven!!

    This time last year I was about 10 lbs. lighter, at a job I HATED, and happily adjusting to life as a newlywed and new dog owner πŸ™‚

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 1, 2009, 4:56 pm

    love the recap!
    It’s so great you are able to look back on all your milestones!

  • kilax December 1, 2009, 4:57 pm

    Ha ha. The story about the plastic bins cooking on the bottom of the oven made me laugh!

    I have had my blog for 4 years and I love that I can look back and see what I was doing! πŸ™‚ It looks like last year I was running a 5K (in a few days) and complaining about painting (on Nov 30). I remember I was starting my new job at that time, and was too stressed to write much on my blog!

  • Tiffany December 1, 2009, 5:01 pm

    I love your recap, and the big ass tv! I wish we had more room in our apartment for a bigger tv =( one day, I must remind myself everything does not have to happen right now!

    A year ago this time I was preparing for finals and graduation from college. I was also celebrating because my year as Chapter President of Pi Beta Phi had come to an end. Don’t get me wrong, it was a lot of fun, but I really noticed how big the difference is between someone who is 19 and someone who is 23.

  • Nicole, MS, RD, LD December 1, 2009, 5:13 pm

    What a fun post, I love it! I look forward to being able to glance back a year once I’ve been blogging for a bit longer, but I’m getting there sure enough!

    Your wedding dress is beautiful! I, too, was consumed with wedding planning. Totally worth it!

  • Erica December 1, 2009, 5:18 pm

    You’re right…our blogs are very unique in that we have the opportunity to have our “lives” organized, dated, and laid out right in front of us. We can go back and read our thoughts and our ideas and, in some cases, see how far we’ve come.

    One year ago this month, I had my 3rd of 6 chemotherapy treatments. I was determined (re: stubborn) to keep running and being “myself”: wife, mom, daughter, sister, runner. It was no party, but it wasn’t horrible and I WAS able to keep things as normal as possible. I thoroughly believe that running allowed me have a strength, both physical and mental, that I never knew I had. Whether it was to run in complete silence and use the time to pray or think, or to turn the music up as loud as it would go and pretend that nothing else in the world existed, my runs kept me going and kept me sane. Running kept me from the scary thoughts that would occasionally run through my head, like: I hope my kids don’t have to grow up without a mom or, How will my hubby cope if he has to raise 3 kids by himself??

    One year ago I was just making it day by day, week by week…waiting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And now it’s here and I am SO EXCITED that true normalcy is here again! And I am here as a SURVIVOR to enjoy it! Praise God!

    • Caitlin December 1, 2009, 5:19 pm

      AMEN! you are amazing.

      • Erica December 1, 2009, 5:38 pm

        As are you. I read your blog for motivation every day. Thank you for sharing so much of YOU with us! Can’t wait to read your book πŸ˜‰

  • Erin December 1, 2009, 5:28 pm

    That’s so amazing having a record of your life like that. A year ago, I was 3 months into my year of living in Seoul, South Korea, and having the most fantastic time. My tiny apartment was decorated for Christmas and I was teaching Korean kids about American holidays. πŸ˜€

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries December 1, 2009, 5:36 pm

    Taking finals! I miss school haha

  • Erica December 1, 2009, 5:37 pm

    Oh my goodness girly! I cannot believe that you accomplished that much in a month! I think next year I want to have a resolution of attempting to run a 5k! I love that hat you wore at your wedding!

  • Danielle December 1, 2009, 6:08 pm

    AWWW! Such a sweet recap πŸ™‚

    One year ago this month I started running! I made a commitment to train for and run in my first 5K ever…and I’m still going! (minus a month off for a pre-stress fracture to heal!)

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 1, 2009, 6:19 pm

    I was planning my wedding, wondering where my husband (then fiance) would get hired, as he went on the job market and spent December and January visitng campuses from Texas to Utah to California to New York…and here we are in Pennsylvania! Funny how things work out!

  • Alyson December 1, 2009, 6:25 pm

    I was completely oblivious to healthy living food blogs last year at this point, so that seriously is the Cutest Bowl of Oats I’ve ever seen. It totally made me giggle πŸ™‚

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) December 1, 2009, 6:31 pm

    I don’t have a ton of memories from a year ago. I was working in PT to get my back strength back. I was experiencing my first Christmas season as a pastor for The Salvation Army. And on Christmas we slept in, had pancakes, and went to the movies. I’m looking forward to having memories for next year.

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 1, 2009, 6:34 pm

    A lot can change in a year!! You have such an exciting life! I was finishing up my studies abroad and getting ready to travel throughout Italy with the rents!

  • Jen at This Vegetarian Life December 1, 2009, 6:45 pm

    According to my family blog, one year ago I was reading the Twilight books for the first time. I’m sure you can appreciate that πŸ™‚

    I must have really enjoyed them because other than Christmas, those were the only posts LOL

  • Susan December 1, 2009, 6:50 pm

    Ohmygosh! I started reading your blog last December! Ahhh, the memories πŸ™‚ I haven’t a clue what I was doing a year ago. Probably feverishly studying for exams so I’ve blanked it out.

  • Lee December 1, 2009, 7:14 pm

    A year ago, I had just gotten my doggie. Well, a year ago a little later in the month.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 1, 2009, 7:19 pm

    What a great post! I have only started my blog but think it will be an amazing way to keep an online diary of all the things (both great and not so great) that I get up too.
    Oooooh I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fascinator you wore at your wedding – gorgeous!
    Hmm – this time last year I had just gotten married and my husband broke his ribs mountain biking 1 week later!!! NOT FUN!

  • Jenna December 1, 2009, 7:41 pm

    i can’t wait to look at all of your old posts from last year!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite December 1, 2009, 7:58 pm

    It’s so fun to look back at pics!

    This time last year I was 4 months pregnant w/ my beautiful daughter πŸ™‚

  • Nicci@NiftyEats December 1, 2009, 8:45 pm

    In December of last year, I started reading blogs and discovering a whole new, wonderful world of bloggers! Getting my life back on track in the healthy way.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) December 1, 2009, 9:18 pm

    Wow, last December I was finishing my first semester of grad school and feeling so grateful to be getting a vacay.. And thissss December I’m finishing grad school. WOO!

  • Melissa S. December 1, 2009, 9:36 pm

    i’m totally doing this for my blog tonight! great idea!

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin December 1, 2009, 9:44 pm

    Almost a year ago, I was getting proposed to in NYC! (exactly one week after your Bachelorette weekend there!) I basically threw myself into wedding planning for the rest of the year! πŸ˜€

    Now, I’m a newly married woman, and have been introduced to the blogging world! I can’t believe how much time I waste on the internet now… but I sure am eating more fun and inspired meals!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat December 1, 2009, 9:58 pm

    It’s weird that I can’t really remember a year ago but I’m sure as heck going to go look now, ha ha!

  • Angie (Losing It and Loving It) December 1, 2009, 10:21 pm

    Loved your picture journal! One year ago I was in the same position as I am today, I’m antsy for our Jamaican vacation this month. The wait is killing me. I should be used to it by now since it’s the 3rd year in a row ha ha.

  • Jolene ( December 1, 2009, 10:46 pm

    I totally remember each and every one of those posts – my how fast time flies!

  • Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) December 1, 2009, 11:09 pm

    What a gorgeous bride you were!

    A year ago was some of the roughest times of my life. Wrote a post about it on a Flashback Friday. πŸ™ Prefer to think of this year which is soooooooooo much better!

  • Lu December 2, 2009, 9:33 am

    I love your hat. It kind of reminds me of Carrie’s on SATC The Movie. You look great in it. A year ago I was getting ready for the holidays by baking incessantly and planning for a trip. I need to reevaluate my life because I am doing the same thing right now.

  • Stacey December 2, 2009, 10:18 am

    I love reflecting πŸ™‚ The other day I was looking through the photos on our camera and there were pics of trips, and eats and awesome times πŸ™‚ Made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside haha

  • Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) December 3, 2009, 12:18 am

    a year ago this month I started reading your blog =)

  • Lara (Thinspired) December 3, 2009, 2:34 pm

    This is such a fun idea! I might do a post like this πŸ™‚
    Last year in December, we were celebrating our 6-month wedding anniversary and going on a late honeymoon to Hawaii! I also saw my family for the first time 7 months. It was a very happy month πŸ™‚

  • christina December 4, 2009, 12:16 pm

    A year ago at this time I was in Iraq πŸ™‚

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