Nike+, Garmin, MapMyRun, RunKeeper, Fitocracy, other app or GPS watch? Sport bands like a Fitbit, Jawbone UP, or FuelBand?
Get at me, I’m looking for some first hand reviews and experiences.
In the last year, my life has completely flipped upside down, and all for the better. Things have changed a lot for me, and I wanted to call attention to a few milestones.
My first real job. I was hired full time as an interactive designer at Clique Studios in December 2012. I took on an internship in September of the same year, and have been designing websites ever since. As someone who had been trained as a print designer, web has been a whole new skill to learn. It’s been quite a journey over the last year, and I feel that I have developed immensely as a designer and over-all creative being.
I moved to Chicago. Not across the country, but moving two hours away from home and not owning a car sure feels similar. The second week of January I packed up most of my belongings (not every thing, as my parents would tell you) and moved in with a long-time family friend, who is attending college in the city. I went from a two and a half hour commute one-way, to a ten minute walk from my front door to the office. It’s almost unreal. I’ve been here an entire year. Doesn’t feel like it. With that time under my belt, I can honestly say Chicago probably isn’t the city for me. I don’t go around shouting it on the roof tops, but I’ve always had this feeling, like city life might not be the rigth fit. No judgements and no major decisions yet. We’ll see how 2014 plays out.
I started running. Let me rephrase that: I started running regularly. I’ve run on and off for the last 5 years or so. Maybe for two or three months, and then I would stop for 6 months. I’ve never been a runner, ever. Just never had the endurance. When I arrived in Chicago, I was really sad and frankly, bitter that I had to leave my gym in Rockford behind. I loved, *loved* my gym. When you spend a minimum of five out of seven days out of the week somewhere, the people you see practically become family and I missed everyone and everything about that place. Being unhappy about my gym loss, I wasn’t ready to commit to a gym in the city. So I started running. Again. Only this time, I was going two or three times a week consistently. A year later, I’m out there there three to four times a week and training for a half marathon.
I lost 40 pounds. Yeah. That’s a hearty chunk off of me, I know. One might assume it was the running, but I changed my diet. From January to June, I followed a low-carb diet, specifically the Keto diet. Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. I went from 195 pounds to 155. For the first time in my adult life, was no longer clinically overweight. I weigh less than what my drivers license claims. I fit into a size 10 pant. Most of my shirts are now mediums. All of this completely boggles my mind, *still*. My body image still needs some work, but I’m damn proud of how I’ve come and excited to see what I can accomplish in 2014.