Looking in the Rearview Mirror

rearview mirrorEvery now and then I like to take a look back at my calendar to see what I was doing around this time the year before. I often find that something that was important at the time is difficult to recall now, or something that seemed to be a trivial little something actually had a larger impact than I’d thought.

This morning I decided to do the same thing on my blog.

One year ago, we were approaching Easter and I was on an exhausting road trip. I was one Tired Bunny until some fro-yo restored me. Fast forward to 2013: I’m tired again, but it’s the yard work that got me this time. :)

Two years ago, I shared some tips for Handling Food Cravings Like a Pro. Two years later, I’m still handling. Most days are pro-like, but there are days when I’m like a rank amateur. And yet, I’m still breathing and smiling.

Three years ago, I had the snifflies and griped about the pollen count at the time. This year, I’ve only just spotted my first “green car”. Thanks to this morning trip down memory lane, I’m reminded to check my Claritin supply.

Four years ago, I shared 12 Quotes to Help Focus. Boy, did I need this one today:

“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” – Carl Lewis

Message received. I’ll get out of my own way now.

Five years ago (wow), I was crossing the 80-lbs. lost line! I had to laugh at this line from the post: “We can all exhale now; I think the next one will be a while coming. And that’s okay. Nothing to do but keep on doing what I’m doing.”

Hah! Little did I know that I’d need six months to get rid of that last 20. To be completely honest, I was having so much fun being me by then that I really didn’t care how long it took or even if I ever got completely “there”. I looked better and I certainly felt better, so anything after the next 10 pounds was icing on the cake. Um, so to speak. :)

Six years ago…I didn’t have this blog, I weighed 100 pounds (or so) more than I do now, and I was just beginning my tippy toe journey in earnest. I didn’t know where I’d end up, but I did know something had to change. And did it ever!

You see why I like doing this little exercise every now and then. Today I learned that I still need to step out of my own way and keep on doing what I’m doing. And to check the antihistamine supply.

I don’t like to dwell on the past, but I do find it useful to visit from time to time. :)

Do you ever look back through calendars, journals, or your blog? Do you find it helpful or painful?

What were you doing this time last year?

Sidenote: If you’ve ever considered journaling via a blog but didn’t know where to start, BJ [Start Blogging Online] has an excellent step-by-step article: How to Start a Blog.

19 thoughts on “Looking in the Rearview Mirror

  1. I do love that things like blogs and facebook can allow us to look back on our growth and where we have come from. I was always the kid who would be told to clean their room and end up sitting and looking through old things for hours. I love looking back because I think we can see things so much differently after the fact and learn more than we did while we were experiencing it. It is amazing how far you have come, that you have this blog as a record and a reminder and what an amazing future you have ahead of you :) thank you for sharing your memory lane trip

  2. Thank you so much for your kindness and willingness to help us at the Word Press meet up last week. It was a learning experience and I hope to get a blog off the ground as soon as I take the time to do some more research, watch the videos, etc. Just wanted to say thanks for your advice.

    • Jane, thank you so much for stopping by! I so enjoyed meeting and talking to you! Don’t hesitate to ask for help. I’m no expert at WP, but I can sit beside you and say helpful things like, “I don’t know. Let’s try it.” :) (Do you think we could blow up the Internet if we worked together?)

  3. I love looking back on my blog. John actually thanked me for having the blog because he could go back and see what was going on whenever (or what he got me for xmas or my birthday 😀 ).

    It’s fun and also amusing to see I have the same thoughts year in and year out LOL!

    Last year at this time I started the Female Body Breakthrough program. Good times.

  4. Love this post! I do look back, but not often enough. Between the blog and my paper running journals, I’m so glad I can see my progress, and just what I was doing in general. Good times, mostly. :)

  5. Isn’t it great to be able to look back so easily?? Thanks for looking back with us, and prompting us to look back ourselves. And look forward to succeeding in our goals.

  6. I looked back at 2011 and found that I was dealing with my daughter’s many snacks around the house and also trying to decide if I should bake. NO! I should never bake.

    In 2012 I was finding exercise to do for the Ready for Summer Challenge I had joined. I should be finding exercises to do now too.

    It’s 2013 and I’m moving about 90 miles this weekend. As if that was not enough stress, I have a colonoscopy scheduled for Wednesday. Ugh.

  7. What a great exercise! Mainly when I look back I think… holy crap, how could a year/5 years/whatever have passed so quickly?

    Looks like a year ago I was laughing at DamnYouAutoCorrect, which seems about right.

  8. Enjoyed the walk down memory lane. You’ve done an amazing job, losing weight and improving your health. I’m starting this journey and wonder where I might be a year or two from now. I hope I see the same improvements from my rear view.

  9. Hi Cammy.. I like really like your blog since you deliver a lot of useful content. For example, I really like those quotes since I find them very motivational + now I know how to make a blog.

    Thank you :) Love reading it. Keep going.

  10. I frequently look back when I look at my stats and see old posts getting a lot of hits. then I think – wow, I wrote some good stuff, or wow, I was really stuck then…

    Now I am going to go back and read your “80 pounds off” post ‘cuz I hadn’t found you back then.

  11. This was fun to read. I do look back at my journals. Sometimes I don’t even remember what I thought about yesterday! Sometimes its discouraging–“will I ever change?” and sometimes its surprisingly encouraging–“well lookie there at what I did!”

  12. There is always something to learn from the past or say we learn from the mistakes. Mistakes can be rectified by strong self-determination.

  13. Very cool post Cammy!! I have not done this. I have a lot of older age issues right now so not sure I want to look back right now.. need to get past some of this stuff. :)

  14. Funny. This time last year I was writing on a completely different blog (which I have since abandoned and started my new blog because it was feeling too forced), and was training for my first 10K. I had strained my foot from overuse (I was also about 40lbs heavier), and was frustrated about it. This year I am loving running and training for my first half marathon!

  15. that was great. I didn’t expect you to go all the way back to before your blog. Loved it!
    I look forward to being able to look back and enjoy it as much as I enjoyed this post.

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