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Flash forward…it’s 2012!

Mon, Jan 3, 2011

MizFit Muzings


You know better than to expect from this misfit a Six ways to lose weight in 2011 kind of post-right?

Im a loner, Dottie.

A rebel.

(Please to raise your hand if you knew immediately the movie to which Im referring.)

Today is the day wethe royal, nameless, faceless media weare meant to exploit the vast insecurity & motivation on the ‘net, blog something chock full of SEO (?) & promises, and sit back and wait for the hits to roll in.

You know better than to expect from me any knowledge of SEO or desire to exploit my Tribe.

Today’s post is something I decided to do for myself and, as always, you are being dragged along for the proverbial ride.

When I worked as a career counselor (Greetings masters degree I never use!) I frequently employed the Obituary Exercise with clients.

This year, to kick off 2011, I decided to do a shortened/tweaked version of that concept for myself (I dont do resolutions).

I stopped & pondered:

If it were 12.31.11 what would my *biggest* healthy living accomplishment from the past year have been?

(I know, Law of Attraction much? Im a believer.)

My answer?

I found the ever elusive harmony in my workout life. I discovered how to OM, STRETCH, LIFT & PLAY enough to keep the booty-pain at bay and train for another half-marathon.

I typed the sentence above into my computer using BIG ASS FONT SIZE, printed it out, framed it and immediately hung it on my office wall.

(dramatic pause which serves as gentle segue into the fact I dont possess mad technical skills)

And then I tossed the same question at you.

And you know you love me.

Seriously what would you do if I launched 2011 possessing the knowledge of how to make my screen-shots readable size?

Please to enjoy a smattering of your thoughts and CLICK upon them to enlarge the size:

And now the here-right-now-reading-you.

Typed in red so you know how important I think this is whether you chime in below or merely write sentence(s) for your eyes only.

If today were 12.31.11 & you were reflecting back on the year whats the BIGGEST healthy-living accomplishment you would have achieved in the previous 365 days?

Write it. Print it. OWN IT. LIVE IT. ATTRACT IT.

Oh, and please to hit us all up—or not—-below.

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65 Responses to “Flash forward…it’s 2012!”

  1. Megan @ ascension blog says:

    If I were reflecting back on 2011, I’d say my greatest healthy-living accomplishment would be having lived every moment with presence, mindfully, “in the NOW”.

  2. Bethany says:

    Hello! I’m delurking after a painfully long time to say that my accomplishment for 2011 is going to be my first-ever 10K!

    You’ve inspired me (who never thought I could run again thanks to a chronic pain condition) and my dad (post-hip replacement) to take up running this year! Since we live on different continents, we’re meeting up in September for our big race!

    Thanks for everything you do! Hope you have a rockin’ (and pain-free) New Year!

  3. Irene says:

    My greatest healthy-living goal of 2011 will be commitment to myself. Without that, nothing else can happen.

  4. Hannah says:

    I will have DECLUTTERD my house!!

  5. Tazzy says:

    If this were 2012 I would look back and think:

    It wasn’t as challenging to be healthy as I thought it would be.
    I did it.

  6. Lydia says:

    I would look back at the year and see I ran my first 5k!!!!

    I can do this.

  7. Skinny Sushi says:

    My big accomplishment for 2011? Surviving my first year of premed and sending my daughter to daycare.

  8. Kim says:

    I will have learned not to overtrain all the time and to listen to my body more :(

  9. Sheri says:

    My biggest accomplishment for 2010 was only having 4 hours of sick leave from work and my first 5K.

  10. Tired Runner says:

    I ran a marathon!

  11. Jason Bahamundi says:

    Looking back on 2011 from 2012 I would want to see the following:

    1- I had an impact on people through Marathon Makeover and changed their lives forever. Showed them that a healthy lifestyle is not impossible and is actually quite fun.

    2- I did not take one training day for granted. I completed each session with passion and had fun doing it.

    3- I smile everyday regardless of how the day went.

    Thank you for this post it was amazing.

  12. Lisa says:

    I would look back and see I learned to ask for help.

  13. Michele @ Healthy Cultivations says:

    As 2012 approaches, I will reflect on how proud I am for moving further along my path toward mending a tattered relationship with food. Throughout 2010, I made great progress. And in 2011, I solidified that progress on the inside, and it was reflected on the outside.

  14. Lara says:

    I like this positive thinking MizFit.

    I will look back and see how far I have come in the self-love.

    As you say: our Tribe rocks!

  15. angela says:

    I’m sticking with consistency. ;)

  16. Jim says:

    I will have learned the high importance of small goals to achieve my larger goal of an 100 pound loss.

  17. Wifey says:

    LOVE this. I will have ROCKED all of my Project Me goals and be the most fabulous 40-year-old around. (yes, this is the big year!)

    Winks & Smiles,

  18. Jody - Fit at 53 says:

    Quite a post Carla! Mine, to be earning the money I need to take the stress of that out of my life. Stress is very harmful to the health so that is why I call this a health goal & one that I plan on ending this year ahead of the game! Thx Carla as always for these thoughtful posts!

    AND… keep on stretching & getting better! I ma back as close to 100% form my back thing but I think I may always feel a slight twinge. I have stretched for years but the back specific rehab I did to get better will remain always even though I worked it before…

  19. Kimberly says:

    Well other than getting to goal weight, which I am totally going to do this year BTW, I would have to say that I would would want to be even fitter: 1) having learned how to properly do strength training and see the results and 2) be able to fully run a 5K.

  20. Eve says:

    I will have written my book.

  21. Eve says:

    Oh and not gained back my weight while I did it.

  22. Jules - Big Girl Bombshell says:

    Wow..looking back at 2011 its been an amazing YEAR! My old comfort zone became the no can go zone and I showed up every day and became a mover and shaker and added a little sparkle to everything I do!

  23. addy says:


  24. Kerri O says:

    Oh man, so my post on motivation being crap was doing it all wrong?! ;)
    Wow, I have so many goals I don’t even know which to pick. Biggest, OK…I Peacefully reach my goal weight and stay there in 2011.

  25. Meredith says:

    If it were 2012 I would look back and see:

    *I started and maintained a yoga practice.
    *I learned to put myself first.

  26. Karen says:

    That I achieved “normalcy” and balance. This means that I took back my power that I have seemingly given over to food. That I control food again instead of it controlling me. That my life does not revolve around food. That I don’t write food twenty times when replying to a post!

  27. Tina says:

    If I were looking back at 2011 I would see it hit my fitness stride and never stopped striding!


    Here’s to a good new year.

  28. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    Oh, easy-schmeasy movie reference. (It would have to be if I got it.:))

    If I can say on 12/31/12 that I am still exercising, eating healthy foods (mostly), and am at healthy weight, I will have had a successful year.

  29. Sagan says:

    I would be looking back to see that over the course of 2011, I resolve my emotional eating issues and can settle at a (lower) weight that really makes me happy. That’s my biggest health concern: getting past the emotional eating and understanding - REALLY understanding - my personal relationship with food, and how to improve it.

  30. Lori (Finding Radiance) says:

    Laughing at the PeeWee reference. When our bikes were stolen last year, that was what came to mind about how much PeeWee loved his bike like I did mine.

    My biggest goal would be to maintain my weight loss and do a longer duathlon.

  31. Darla says:

    Isn’t every day another day for the media/advertisers to exploit our insecurities? Some days more than others. My biggest accomplishment will be to Let it Be and concentrate on what really matters.

  32. Shelley B says:

    I wrote my book, got an agent and a publisher, and ran six half marathons. That’s what I’d really like to see on January 1, 2012. :)

  33. MizFit says:

    LOVE that some of you got the reference. My beloved Renaissance Man of a husband? My movie companion? DIDNT KNOW IT!

  34. Elisha says:

    In 2011, I finally learned to model a healthy lifestyle for my daughter.

  35. Nettie says:

    I would look back and see 2011 was the year I managed my stress to a healthy level.

  36. dolcissima says:

    I have completed both a 10K and a half-marathon. Currently I am registered for both. The best way I can see to achieve my goals is to sign up for something; it makes it more realistic and less “out there”.

  37. Jill says:

    “There are thousands and thousands of uses for corn…all of which I am going to tell you about right now!!” That line cracks me up every. single. time!! Loved PeeWee back in the day…
    Anyway - on 12/21/11 I will look back and be proud at how hard I have worked to deal with my emotional eating issues. I will also be amazed at how exercise/activity has become a regular habit in my life! Yay me!!! :)

  38. Kris @Krazy_Kris says:

    Great post as always - I think for me I will (re)discover old and new hobbies and habits.

  39. Cyndi @ Weightless Life says:

    If I were reflecting back on 2010 my biggest accomplishment would be really getting active, and running not one, but two, half-marathons.

  40. Ryan @NoMoreBacon says:

    Honestly I’ve got nothing right now. I’m going to have to ponder it. I freaking love the exercise though. You know how much I love envisioning what WILL happen and then working to make it so! So much wisdom to be learned here… as always.

    (I didn’t pickup on the Pee Wee reference at all).

  41. TB-Milwaukee says:

    I will be stronger than I was on 1/1/11 and still fit into my size 34 waist. Don’t care so much about the 15-20 pounds I should lose, rather wanting to remain healthy and exercise daily.

  42. Loretta says:

    Yep, Consistency for me, too.

    I would look back and be excited at all the healthy progress made, because I CONSISTENTLY did all those little things I know to do, that added up to big results. Ahhh… it was a good year!


  43. charlotte says:

    Um, so, I’ve had this post open all morning in my browser and I simply can’t think of an answer to your question. That frightens me a bit. (Hello ladder leaning against wrong building!) Will be pondering this one for awhile. Thank you for the jolt.

  44. charlotte says:

    So, um, I’ve had this open in my browser all morning and I cannot think of an answer to your question. That scares me a bit. (Hello ladder leaning against wrong building! May I climb you?) Will be pondering this one for a while. Thanks for the jolt!

  45. Destination:Athlete says:

    Already linked and answered..MizFit, you rock.

  46. Quix says:

    Wooo! Thanks for the mention, I had forgotten about that quote. I wish I could say I did better over the last month since my race schedule went to naught, but… there is always today. And I put my foot down and went sugarless! :)

  47. Drazil says:

    On 12/31/11…I want to look back and be able to say I finally figured out how to:
    Be enough.
    Have enough.
    And live enough.

  48. Jeremy Logsdon says:

    You are a genius. I love it. I haven’t done the obit exercise since high school (when I thought I’d end up a doctor - whoops) but I love this.

    On 12.31.11, I will have accomplished a significant chunk of my weight loss (but probably not all). I will have finally finished that book. I will have tried a lot of new experiences.

  49. s says:

    that i strike a balance with my workout/eating routine so that it doesn’t feel like i am depriving myself. (although i will grant that coming off of the holiday break, my normal routine feels like deprivation, haha, so maybe this is a moot point.) relatedly, that i could learn to chillax. oh, and to make some headway on my work projects, too.

  50. Jenn @ Watch My Butt Shrink! says:

    On 12/31/11 I will be cheering the year that was with my hubby, wearing a DROP DEAD GORGEOUS outfit that I bought after I FINALLY got to my goal (healthy) weight!

  51. Patrick says:

    Simple, a year from now I will be looking back with unparalleled joy & pride at 2011 being the year in which I conquered the hardest quest of my life; weighing 199 or less!

    It will also be the year I’ve made the worlds first time machine that works. I have to; it’s the only way I can go back & bet my biggest doubter that I can do this & cash in.

  52. Joyce Cherrier says:

    I loved reading all the comments! I don’t know where to start since I feel like there are so many areas I want to be able to look back on and know I moved forward. Can I just go with cleaning out my linen closet on this one?

  53. Mel says:

    In 2011, I have learned to live in the present moment, do MY thing and not be bothered by things over which I have no control. In turn, this has helped me be more mindful in all aspects, including eating and exercising.

  54. FatFighterTV says:

    My biggest healthy living accomplishment better be that I got back to regular strength training. Been off the wagon for awhile now.

  55. Gina says:

    Looking back over 2011 I noticed:

    My inflammatory tendency totally vanished
    My blood pressure back to normal
    My body strong and graceful

    and it all come about with joy and commitment :)

    Mahalo nui loa!

  56. Gina says:

    Looking back over 2011 I noticed:

    My inflammatory tendency totally vanished
    My blood pressure back to normal
    My body strong and graceful

    and it all came about with joy and commitment :)

    Mahalo nui loa!

  57. Deb says:

    A million thank you’s is not enough for this post. I just wrote out my “2011 Year In Review” post. Wow, it’s gonna be a great one! I felt so good imaging all the wonderful changes to come that I plan to read my post throughout the year so I can keep that positive feeling and bring all those good things to me.

    You’re the best!

  58. Jenn (Gh) says:

    What a clever idea for a post! Love it.

    Hmmmmm….mine would be oh boy I dunno. Okay this is sort of weird but I really really want to learn how to make a good fermented sourdough bread. I very much want to eliminate all grains and breads that haven’t been soaked, sprouted, or fermented. I’ve been trying for year but it takes a huge amount of preparation and work. I need a routine but it hasn’t happened yet. Sort of random guess. I also wouldn’t mind being CA state champ in my division in taekwondo but…that seems like there are more variables out of my control.

  59. Roses says:

    12/31/11 - I have achieved a state where I no longer fear that I will bing myself through every weekend on food and/or alcohol.

  60. Greta says:

    I beat my Central Park Biathlon time by 10-15 minutes in 2011!!!

  61. Carla says:

    I am going to look back on 2011 and be proud of the fact that I have conquered my binge eating problem that always seems to be lurking under the surface! I will learn to be peaceful around food and not feel that I have to devour everything in sight.

  62. Lola says:

    MizFit - I LOVE THIS. I LOVE this idea so much. You are a genius. Only I don’t know. I don’t know what this would be for me…but I am going to think about it and print and frame it.

    (In 2011, for the first time ever I didn’t do any resolutions. Instead, I created a mantra — idea from you of course. I tried to pick one word, but failed and instead picked 4: focus*BELIEVE*achieve*Balance. I love it. Thanks for this idea too.) :o )

  63. Hanlie says:

    You are a guru! I love this! Thank you so much for the excellent idea.

    My obit? In 2011 I learned to trust - my inner voice, my wisdom, my instinct, and of course the universe to provide that which I need.


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