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Sunday, January 8, 2012


With 2011 firmly in the rear view mirror, I was SO ready for 2012 to come rolling in... and instead, I was asleep by 1015p on New Years Eve, sick. I spent the first 2 weekends of the year sick... with what is now bronchitis and pneumonia. Yay me. But, being sick, laying low and spending a lot of time at home has given me a lot of time to think, process, and check out of 2011.  And what a year it was. I learned a lot about myself and I learned that it's ok to "fail". I failed in a big way this year with my weight loss progress. As much as I'm not ok with that, I actually am. I learned what to do differently this year. I learned how I learn, how I process, how I'm motivated. 

I've found this blog to be cathartic, but there are a lot of things I can't talk about (work, look up Dooced), things I won't talk about (the guy in my life, out of respect), and don't want to talk about (whatever the hell I choose!). In thinking about the "restrictions" I realized there are a lot of things I can talk about... or thing... ME! And then I can look back on what I've written and learn and process and take it all in. 

I thought about moving the blog, I thought about starting over, but then I thought about the name. Checking Out, Checking In. I checked out of 2011 and checked into 2012. I checked out of who I used to be and checked into who I am now. So it's sticking! 

What to expect this year? I don't know... but I'm planning to be more active and write more. Maybe quick blogs, and some may be longer and in depth, but I want to use this as my own sounding board. Maybe more pics - of life in general. 

One things I CAN say, as soon as I have doctors ok, I'm hitting the gym, cardio and hopefully running (hello bad knee). Joining a new gym too.... Oh and there will, I hope, blurbs about learning to be more frugal and spending less money and saving more! 

So welcome to 2012 with me! 


  1. What...in your recap of the good, the bad, the ugly of 2011, CONES didn't even get an honorable mention? ;)

  2. Yay Meg! I could use some tips on being frugal and spending less and saving more too. I can only write about work in a general sense. I work with kids who live in a residential home. Glad you are feeling better and can't wait to read your posts! and see some pics!!

  3. You go girl! I may be your mom, but I'm also one of your biggest fans! Kathy was right, I don't see the mention of CONES anywhere in your blog. For me, I know they were THE BIG EVENT of my year. But, then again, I lead a quiet (read mostly dull) life. Love you.