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Year 26 Highlights + Year 27 Hopes

I don’t normally do two posts in one day anymore, but it’s my birthday and I can do what I want. 😉

26 was quite the year for me! Some of the major highlights…

I ran not one, but TWO half marathons!

My first one ever in Philly


And then my second one and my personal record in my city – DC.


I hit my goal weight

AND I made Lifetime status with Weight Watchers!

I also started working for Weight Watchers as a receptionist, which has been a big goal for me for some time.

I attended two healthy living conferences, first the Healthy Living Summit last August in Chicago… and then FitBloggin in Baltimore in May!


I got featured as a Health Hero on the Washingtonian’s Wellbeing Blog.


Beth’s Journey was also featured as one of the four inspirational weight loss blogs on a health.com article!

I traveled A LOT. I went to:

Also, I have my first speaking engagement coming up at the Healthy Living Summit in August – details just posted today!

I also took control of my finances, which is the biggest weight off my shoulders! Update on that front – I am down to around $4k of credit card debt (from $11k!) and have also paid off my car in full! I expect to be 100% debt free before 2012!

I’m sure I’m missing some, but those are the big ones sticking out in my mind!

Hopes for Year 27

  1. Run a FULL marathon – Scheduled for October 30, 2011!
  2. Select a triathlon for 2012
  3. Become a Leader for WW
  4. Maintain my weight (or lose a few lbs!) throughout my 27th year
  5. Get fully out of debt and have a hefty emergency fund of 6 months of living expenses saved before turning 28!
  6. Plan an international trip for 2012 – I haven’t been out of the country since I was a kid!
  7. Redesign Beth’s Journey and move to a self hosted domain – stay tuned!

Here’s to an amazing 27th year!!


36 Responses

  1. Beth, you constantly amaze me! Look what you’ve managed to accomplish in just one year! You rock! And I have no doubt you’ll be able to accomplish your goals for the next year!

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Awesome (and totally doable) goals. Which tri distance are you looking at?

  3. Happy Birthday Beth! YAY! You’ve had a wonderful year. Thanks for the recap. All of us readers look forward to hearing about your future adventures. Happy 27th! xoxo!

  4. You had a wonderful year Beth — and you’ve got some great goals for this year. Congrats again on hitting goal, making Lifetime and paying off that stinking debt!!!

    Happy Birthday!

  5. How could you disagree with my comment that you’re so put together! Take some credit for being awesome! I hope you have a wonderful 27 😀

  6. I love this post so much! How wonderful to have so many fantastic accomplishments to put down in one place, as a reminder of what you can do when you set your mind to it.

    Happy Birthday!! Make it a great one!

  7. Happy birthday to you!! Here’s to a great 27th year for you 🙂

  8. I hope you have an amazing birthday, and if year 27 turns out anything like year 26, you have some amazing things in store for you. You deserve them too!

  9. Wonderful accomplishments and great goals! Have a great celebration today for your birthday and enjoy the year and all the new adventures it brings 🙂

  10. This has been such a milestone year for you!! This recap gave me goosebumps, look at you go 🙂 It only gets better from here – Happy Birthday!

  11. Happy birthday Beth!
    Enjoy, be happy and have lots of fun!

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! You have had an INCREDIBLE year, but I don’t doubt that 27 will top it. You are seriously such an inspiration, and I’m so excited for you on your special day! Can’t wait to see how you celebrate. 🙂

  13. Yay! Happy birthday! And such a great year you had. Wow! And I have no doubt even more great things to come. 🙂

  14. Happy Birthday Beth! It has been a great year for you- and I hope the next one is just as great! 🙂

  15. Happy Birthday Beth! You are an amazing person and I’m so happy you have reached your goal weight and that you are getting everything else in life you deserve. 🙂

  16. Happy Birthday! You’ve accomplished quite a lot this year!! Good luck and all the best over the next year. I have no doubt that you can do both a marathon and a triathalon!

  17. What a great 26th year, here’s to an even more amazing 27th!

  18. Happy happy birthday!! Looks like you have a great list for a wonderful 27th year 🙂

  19. Congrats Beth! I hope your 27th year is just as great as your 26th—mine was even better! Maybe you and I will finally meet sometime this year 😉

  20. Happy birthday! Sounds like 26 was a big year, hope 27 is even better.

  21. Great accomplishments!! Happy birthday 🙂

  22. BIG BIG Happy Birthday Beth. Congratulations on all you achieved this year, and here’s to a wonderful next year. Have a great rest of your day!!!!

  23. Happy birthday, Beth! I look forward to meeting you and speaking with you 🙂

  24. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! It’s been a good year for you!

  25. Happy Birthday to one of the best bloggers out there and to a truly inspirational woman. So glad I ran into you in line at the bathroom before the DC half marathon! Hope 27 is everything you hope it to be, and more:)

  26. You’re amazing! You had a jam packed … and inspirational … year!

    Here’s to another great one! Happy Birthday Beth!

  27. Happy birthday! You had apretty exciting year.. hope 27 is just as fun!

    Ps you should always post more than one time a day 😉

  28. so jealous you were in Columbus before I knew about your blog!!! come back sometime soon so we can hang out!!! oh, and happy birthday 🙂

  29. You make me plan just like you! go Beth!

  30. Happy Birthday! You’ve had an amazing year. I know this next one will be just as fantastic.

  31. Happy birthday! You forgot to mention all the delicious meals you created. They always look so good.

  32. You keep getting better each year! Cheers to another great year!

  33. Thank you for a wonderful blog – you are very inspirational and so encouraging!
    I also love your hair – if you don’t mind saying is it hard to maintain? I’m thinking about a new hairstyle and just wondered.

  34. Happy Birthday, Beth!! You have had an amazing year. I have no doubt you will accomplish your goals (and likely some other awesome things) in the coming year! Cheers!!

  35. Beth, the things you accomplished this past year look very similar to the goals I have for me for the next year. Hopefully at the end of the year I’ll be able to say I’ve accomplished them as well! 🙂 Also, I noticed your goal to become a WW leader. Will you let us know where if you do? I live in the DC area and love my leader, but she’s been gone for the past month and I’m not sure I can take the substitutes much longer…

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