It’s hard to believe that it’s July 2012 already. One year ago I started on a crazy journey towards who I am today. But every story needs a beginning right? And if you don’t know me personally you have no idea what I’m talking about so I guess I should go back a short time ago to last summer.
Hard to believe that this is what I looked like in June 2011, that’s me with Billy Connolly who was at the park filming a British travel show. I’m carrying a ton of weight in this picture and believe me I felt every pound of it everyday. At this point I was in my second year working for the Park Service in Springfield, Illinois. I was looking at student teaching in the fall and trying to graduate in December. I had no idea what I was going to do after that and was realizing more and more that if I wanted to stay around in any real way I needed to do something about how unhealthy I was. This was the beginning of what could easily be described as the hardest yet most rewarding year of my life. During that time I made great friends, figured out a lot about myself both physically and mentally and finally got that piece of paper that I had been working towards for what seemed like forever. In June 2012 this is what I look like.
That’s me on the left, seeing Phish with buddies @Phanart and @Milkshac
So how did I get from there to here, well that’s kind of the point of this blog, every post I’ll tell a story. Hopefully at the end you’ll see just how one manages to lose weight, get fit, graduate, find a job, and even become “an adult” all at the same time.