It’s been the longest time since I’ve talked much about what I am up to and where things stand right now. I did have some posts that I made in that time – like the posts about what I’ve been eating over the last, now, two years.
For 2015, I really do want to get more writing done and want to make sure that if I have something to say that I do say it. I want to start with just a simple update of what I’ve been doing over the last few, well, years.
It all starts with 2008, when I had left my last job as a telemarketer to become a call centre agent with a different company. The awesome news about that is that I am still with the same company, but I have been in a few different roles, receiving some accolades along the way. Most recently, I have been working as a member of the support staff which entails sharing my vast knowledge of my company’s products and policies to help out other representatives along with handling calls from customers who, to keep it polite, aren’t terribly happy with their situations.
Since then, I have also done some travelling. In 2009, I travelled to Chicago for an overnight trip that involved my first ever trip to an IKEA store, and being able to galavant around downtown. In 2010, I did two trips – one to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which involved a circuitous route that got me lost, on a dirt road and then going back on the same road I went down. There was also something in that trip about driving over 500 miles in one day and not sleeping…not my brightest move I then took a trip to Atlanta later that year for a family wedding which I felt completely awkward and uncomfortable at.
When we get to 2011, I took the first of my two super-awesome and amazing vacations. That was to Australia for a week and a half of fantastic experiences with my bestest friends Snoskred and her Other Half. While on the way back, I was able to experience, albeit for just a few hours, Honolulu. Since I had planned things poorly, it wound up being just a day where I meandered around one of the malls there and went out to the beach before having to head back to the “real world.”
Then in 2013, I once again had the opportunity to travel, this time back to Hawaii to meet for the second time with Snoskred and her Other Half. We spent a week there (the time was shortened slightly at the front because of some dingbat deciding to shoot a TSA agent at Los Angeles…) eating amazing food, seeing awesome sights – including two full island tours of O’ahu, being approached by Jehovah’s Witnesses at the end of the road, and for me, a major personal accomplishment of snorkelling in the ocean (even if it was in a protected lagoon of Magic Island, you’re still in the Pacific Ocean!).
It was after the Australia trip that I really made the biggest change in my life, and it involves the series of posts that I did in 2012 discussing the foods I’d been eating for, at that time, the last 6 months or so. I started the Nutrisystem program at that time.
When I started the program, I weighed – to the best of my reckoning since I did not have a scale that could weigh me – over 500 pounds. It may have been closer to 600 if I’m honest, but I never got a starting number. At my lowest so far, I was at around 320lb on an analog dial scale which topped out at 300.
Unfortunately, I have put back on nearly 30 pounds (or 15kg) in the last year, which ticks me off, but I have to own the failure as my own. I have been undisciplined with my eating especially after I had changed my work schedule to be working later in the day. That’s also combined with finding the awesomeness that is the McCafe Frappes and coffees…
That said, I’ve lost damn near 200 pounds – the weight of a full grown person! It’s an achievement that is not easy, especially if you don’t use the aides of weight loss surgeries and diet pills. I’ve done it all through the two key elements of good weight loss – diet and exercise.
Where do I go from here?
Well, the first thing that I want to do is to make more time to do some good writing. After not having written for the longest time, when I wrote the post I did in September about my shoes, it felt really good to get my fingers on the keyboard once again, and that I am a good writer.
I want to write a post at least weekly on here to talk about some things that I’ve been looking at – talking about maybe some of the TV I’ve been watching. Not only that, talk about some of the experiences I’ve had on my trips. I’ve done some writing about my trips, but not a full-blown trip report. I’ve gotten some of the items written up, but just haven’t taken the time to get it out there.
Also, I want to share my photos. What good is it if nobody ever sees your photos except for yourself?
One last thing
I heard this song and thought that it fitted me quite well…there are times when I don’t feel strong at all, but then I realize all of the accomplishments that I’ve made and realize that I am a very strong and resilient person when it comes to being me. Not only that, but over the last two years that I’ve been in my current role at work, I’ve really come out of my shell and become more confident in my abilities naturally.