New Years Eve, Reflecting on my 2012

It is New Years Eve and I'm sitting on the couch while Big T plays on the floor with his trucks and The Hubs is in his chair messing with his new phone.
MJ is already asleep.
We are staying in this year, have no plans and no one coming over.
I am sick. Like deathly. Or maybe I'm exaggerating. WHO ME???
But seriously, I hurt all over.
My face has so much pressure it's ridic.

But as I sit here, at 9:30pm on New Years Eve, wondering if I will even make it to midnight, I can't help but reflect on my year.

I have had to lose baby weight, for the second time, in 2012.
I've maintained around 140-145 lbs. for the better part of 6 months.
I ran my first ever half marathon. At 5 months postpartum. And 155 lbs.
Then I ran (and walked) my second half marathon and learned more than I ever thought possible in a race.
I learned what my body is capable of. That pain is temporary, but pride is forever.
That YOU ALL motivate me just as much OR MORE than I motivate YOU.
That because of this blog and my amazing readers I've been able to do some amazing things.
I've shared my story with strangers, and I've met some wonderful people.

I don't really do New Years Resolutions, but I do have goals for 2013.
I want to run a full marathon.
I want to lose these last 10-15 lbs.
I want to get into my coveted size 4 jeans.
I want to tone up and feel AMAZING in a bikini.
I want to write a book.
I want to continue to help other women and moms know that you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. That you don't have to settle for mom jeans, or just feeling "okay" about yourself.
You CAN feel amazing. That is just takes some hard work and dedication. That I know it's not fun or fair. But that it's WORTH IT.

I hope you all have had a great 2012. I hope that this blog has helped bring some inspiration your way. That you've taken my story and used it to fuel your fire.
That you're able to see that anything is possible.
I hope to continue to inspire and motivate all of your asses in 2013!



Allie said...

Preach it Mama!!!! I'd read your book!!!

Whisper Wiseman said...

Enjoy your night in! It is almost midnight here in Florida and we are just hanging out too. Feel better!

Kari said...

Happy New Year! I know you will accomplish all of your goals!

BethebestMommy said...

Keep blogging and I will keep reading! Thanks for your honesty....

Bizzy said...

You have definitely inspired me! Thank you for being YOU!

Tortuga_Runner said...

Yay, a book! Love you blog, good luck with your 2013 goals.

Christina said...

This made me teary eyed. Thanks for the year of inspiration. I'm finally on my journey to health, and thankful I have bloggy buddies like you to know its possible.

Megan said...

Obviously whatever you set your mind to you ROCK, so I have no doubt you will accomplish everything you set out to do! You're blessed with a wonderful family and have so much to look forward to in this and many more new years :)

Gina said...

Good luck on all of your goals! You've got mad determination, so I don't doubt you'll be able to tackle each one. I also have a goal of finishing my first (fiction) novel in 2013. A friend & I have started a co-blog at www.writing4two.blogspot.com to chronicle our process of writing and pursuing publishing this year if you'd like to check us out. Do you know what you're going to write about yet? Look forward to hearing more!

Shelly@Shelly No Belly said...

Happy New Year!! You can do anything you set your mind to, you've already proved that! Can't wait to see what big and great things you'll accomplish in 2013! :)

nortiz03 said...

I'm glad I checked your blog this morning. Your post is exactly what I needed to read to get some motivation. I am 4 months pregnant and before I got pregnant had just ran my first 10k ever with your motivation Mama:) But as soon as I got pregnant I quit jogging/walking even with a treadmill at home. The first trimester kicked my butt, but the second trimester has really been a blessing, thank goodness! I am not trying to be hard on myself and I know while pregnant is not the time to be dieting or trying to lose weight. I was happy where I was before pregnancy. I'm just saying it's time for me to start making better choices on meals and to jump on the treadmill even it's just for 30 min a day, not just for me but for baby too. I'm ready to have the baby and enjoy motherhood. I am also ready to be running again:)
Thanks for the post, keep kicking butt Mama Laughlin!!:)
Happy New Year's!

Connie said...

Thanks for being an inspiration!

Happy New Year!

Dennise P said...

Thanks mama

Shesabigstar said...

Those words about feeling amazing and not just okay are going to stick with me... I'm going to hold onto them through this journey, thank you for them! Happy New Year to the Laughlin's!

Bri Bliss said...

OMG! I think you would write an amazing book! I love that you are putting your goals out there & accomplishing them on your own terms. Happy New Year!

maeganandjohn said...

Happy New Year! You should totally write a book - that would be awesome! Hope you feel better :)

Sarah said...

I can't wait to see you rock 2013!!! Love your blog! You are so motivating!

tishey said...

Happy new year! I hope you accomplish all of your goals this year!

Merino's said...

I recently started following you and this post rang so true with me. Our stories are similar, losing baby weight (a second time) and running my first half marathon 5 months postpartum! So, I want to say congrats and keep up the good work. I love reading about your moments in life. So thank you for inspiring so many!!

Niccicola said...

Thanks for showing BOTH sides of the weight loss journey. I LOVE that you are still so positive even during the most darkest days. It keeps me motivated to lose my baby weight (6.5 years later LOL!)

Lex LB said...

I was driving home from work thinking about how I was going to eat a clean meal and what I was going to do and I couldn't help but think about you and how you've been super motivating to me and thousands of others!! Thank you!!

SH said...

I'd buy your book if you wrote one :)