Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 in review

- January, 
I'm inserting links to past posts that I'm highlighting. Just click on the sections with parentheses - in green, and it will take you to a more lengthy version of my tale.
I was out on a run in the Fairhaven district of Bellingham and lost my balance and fell down (post about my fall)(pics of me after fall) - the first of the episodes with my body of the year. This has been quite the up and down year for me.
- March, my husband and I trained on the Chuckanut 50K course while the race was being held. Very exciting! (50K post).
- April had several highlights for me,
My husband and I ran the Whidbey Island half marathon. (Wild and windy day).
I arrived at the date of my 3 year weight loss goal. (My goal not quite met, but lost 49 lbs!), (Pleasantly surprised by the medical results).
I started hiking with the Senior Trailblazers and met a fellow blogger (My day with the Senior Trailblazers).
- June, another bump in the road. Tore my Gastroc muscle, thought it would take a little time to recover, but had no idea it would be 6 months. I'm just now getting back to walking long distances and I thankfully I have been able to bike quite a bit. (Tweaked my calf), (Calf still sore).
- July & August, good times with our family. (Jason & Susan home for a visit), (Family reunion).
- September, a first for me. I'd never kayaked solo down a river before, but now I can say Yes, I have! (Kayaking down the Nooksack river).
- Vacations! Oregon/California, Trip to the Southwest. (The great escape), (Southwest trip part 1), (Southwest trip part 2).
- Our vegetable garden/berries & fruit trees were so great this year. I made jam, froze vegetables, made fruit leather, dried fruit and even juiced our fruit and veggies together and froze them. (Rhubarb), (Berries), (Our vegetable garden), (Our pickings), (Juice).
- November, I had my Gall Bladder out. It had been bothering me a while and my doctor finally decided enough was enough and it needed to be taken out. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. While I was recovering from the surgery it allowed my leg to get a bit more rest and it has greatly improved. Still wearing my calf sleeve to keep it extra warm while I exercise.
- December, Time for me and it would seem everyone else that I know to get a really bad cold just in time for the holidays. We all met together for Christmas anyway and had a wonderful time.
So not such a bad year as you can see, just seemed that it was full of ups and downs throughout!