The end of the year is always a good time for reflection. Though I haven’t believed in “resolutions” for years (intentions are far superior), it is good to meditate on what was and what you hope for in the coming year. The physical act of flipping the calendar and starting that 12-month cycle over again is very freeing.

An opportunity for reflection, cleansing and renewal.

So, what have I accomplished this past year? Let’s think back, for a moment…

  • First bike overnight: rode from Imlaystown, NJ to the light house at Cape May. 2-and-a-half days, 110 miles.
  • Rode with a cycling club, the Princeton Freewheelers, which I’ve also joined.
  • Attended spin class at the gym weekly, with a bit of a dry spell in the summer.
  • Learned more about the food that I choose, and why fresh, whole food is important.
  • Rented more than one bike in Amsterdam: one for the city, one for the tulip fields of Holland.
  • Visited Portland, rented a bike there as well and and did like the locals do.
  • Raised funds and ran a 5K – finished under 40:00 (39:48! just made it!) in honor of my father, Frank.
  • Successfully commuted by bike & public transportation to work for over a month.
  • Learned about my strengths and limitations; discovered when to say enough is enough.
  • Reclaimed my spiritual self.
  • Lost 44 pounds and found more love for the miracle of my body than I’ve ever had.

What would I like to do differently in the coming 12 months?

  • At least two more overnight bike trips.
  • At least 500 miles of outdoor riding!!
  • Pull-ups! Not the diaper kind. I’ve never been able to do a pull-up, and I’m hoping that with all the work and progress I’ve made on my shoulder over the past few months, and the continued strength training I’m doing here, that I will be able to accomplish some.
  • I’d like to go on at least two club rides a month.
  • Get down to my currently established goal weight.. and lose an extra 10-pounds on top of that too.
  • Complete three juice-fasts for detox purposes through out the year (first one is scheduled for the third weekend in January!).

 Wow, it’s funny when you take a look back. I’ve had moments over the past week or so where I was fighting getting down on myself for not losing that last ten pounds I wanted to get rid of before the end of the year.. then I remember that I am still 44 pounds lighter than this time last year – and that accomplishment in itself is nothing to sneeze at – but when I actually lend some thought to the other things I’ve done, it’s nothing short of amazing.

Question: What did your 2011 look like? What do you want to accomplish? What does ‘healthy’ mean to you? How are you getting there?