Hard to believe it’s 2016 already. Where did 2015 go? A lot has happened in the world since I wrote my last blog. Unfortunatley, not too much of it good. Living in the United States, I am about to be bombarded with policital advertisements prior to the presidential election at the end of the year. So many lies by so many. It seems like the common man no longer has a voice. That voice has been taken away by wealthy corporations and their deep pockets. Ashame, really.
Well, enough about that, how has everyone been? I hope you have all been well. For me, a new year brings another attempt at losing weight and going back to college.
I know, I know, I was supposed to go back to college in 2015, but that didn’t last long. I don’t think I wanted it enough. I think I have found a bit of inspiration in my daughter, who is a freshman in college. Each time I go to visit her, I think how lucky she is to go to college and be immersed in that enviroment. I am jealous in a way. That was supposed to be the way I went to college, not balancing a 40-hour workweek with a watered down class schedule.
I am giving the college thing a try once again. Classes start on Monday. I will be taking a pair of classes that interest me … music and desktop publishing. Even better, they are both online, thus no driving to campus after work. It sounds good, but I will have to find the discipline to be able to sit down to read, study, etc. in my home, which is kind of my oasis away from the stress of the outside world. It will be a challenge, but I am up for it this time.
A bigger challenge I am facing is my weight, which have struggled with as long as I can remember. I have been really struggling lately, ballooning all the way up to 270 pounds, which would be fine if I were 6-10, but I am only 5-9. I am coming off a period where I pretty much ate what I wanted without regard to what it was doing to my weight.
I have decided to go the Weight Watchers route. I don’t go to any meetings or anything like that. I do it all online. I guess that’s my modus operandi. I have always done well with Weight Watchers, that is until I get tired of tracking everything I put in my pie hole. We will see how this go round goes. I am feeling good about it. I have gotten over the initial hungry part. I am feeling better and seeing the weight start to disappear. I am still above the 260-pound mark, but just barely. My goal weight is 169 pounds.
So, with the new year here, there are two big challenges and long roads ahead of me. I will turn 49 in a few months. By the time I am 50 I would love to be able to say that I am in the best shape of my life. Since the bar has been set pretty low, that shouldn’t be as hard as it sounds.
Let’s all strive to have a better 2016 than 2015. Life’s too short to live in fear of anything. Life’s too short to dwell on the negative. Life’s too short not to do what you want. I have been a pessimist for nearly 49 years. I think it’s time for me to give the glass-half-full way of thinking a try. And for those that know me, NO my blog has NOT been hacked!