Here are the pictures for the Missouri 60 challenge, first on the left, finish on the right:
Hard to compare, right? Well that’s because I don’t actually want you to compare. In the last 60 days I’ve only lost 5 pounds. Not exactly a stunning achievement in weight loss and hardly noticeable in any pictures. I basically look the same after 60 days.
Instead of focusing on the physical, like the challenge intended, I instead want to point out how drastically my life has changed in other ways in the last two months, partly thanks to the Missouri 60 challenge.
First of all, I quit my job. Like I said, “I’m taking a break from Memphis. This may or may not be forever, but I need to live somewhere besides Tennessee right now.” I had planned to move to Oregon though that particular plan has been delayed. But the dead end job? Long gone.
I made a promise to stop waiting for life to begin. I let a year of life kind of slip by me. It wasn’t terrible, but I wasn’t chasing my goals and dreams. I made the decision to stop just accepting things and life and instead go after them.
I ran again. I restarted the couch to 5k program and even though a couple setbacks have stopped me, I enjoyed running in D.C. and in Memphis. I will start again and I will work up to running 3 miles. This goal will never die and I hope to complete it by the end of the year since I’m getting back into loving exercise.
I went to Chicago to attend the annual BlogHer conference. It was a great experience and I met some amazing women. I never really thought I could have a career writing and doing the things I loved, but I’m starting to think it is possible thanks to the great people I met that weekend.
When I came back to Tennessee after BlogHer I felt like I might fall in a rut again, so I moved out of my family’s house. I moved in with my awesome friend Mike, who has been a great roommate. Being out of my house again has greatly improved relationships with everyone in my family and helped me so much. I was borderline depressed the entire year I lived at home and having struggled with it before, I’m glad I managed to make it through the year with nothing more than some weight gain and a couple bad relationships. Moving out last month was one of the best decisions I’ve made.
I was offered a staff participant position at Green Mountain. I changed all my plans for the immediate future to spend the next 3 months in Vermont working on my fitness and working for Green Mountain. Because I went to BlogHer I received an opportunity that I now can’t wait to start. I leave in one week.
Most importantly, I finally feel like myself again. In the last 60 days my life has completely changed. I only lost 5 pounds weight wise, but I’ve gained so much in other areas. My perspective on things has changed and the future now looks very bright. Life is what I make of it and I’m going to enjoy it.