Has it really been a year already?

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.  Image

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.