My 2016 (As of January 29)

When I set out to make more in 2016, I did so with the goal of finding work and fulfilling my creative pursuits. It’s only been 29 days so far this year, but I have already learned a ton from this experiment.

I’ve been taking more pictures, making all kinds of podcasts, and writing every single day. I said I would do this project every day for a year, or for as long as I need to. I put that loophole in there specifically because I knew how much work that would be, and if I started working anywhere near full time again, it’s unlikely I would have the energy to keep up a daily pace (of posting stuff, not of making stuff).

So far this year, I have done a few really great things:

  1. I hit my weight goal from the middle of last year (that’s 210 lbs, down 40) at the end of this week.
  2. I started writing every day, taking more pictures of cool things I see, and with friends.
  3. I’ve found some work that should be starting quite soon.

Given all of that, and the fact that my creative endeavours aren’t going to stop right now, I am going to stop posting something here every day.

I’m planning on continuing to take more pictures (probably posted on Instagram), writing as much as I can (including on this blog), and dedicating my efforts to working more on being creative. It’s been a great year so far, and it’s only going to get better!

6 Months of Weight Loss (January 27)

This week, unless something goes horribly wrong, I will formally hit the goal weight that I set back at the end of June. This doesn’t technically count as ‘making something’, but it definitely took a lot of work.

Anyhow, writing about it and posting about it and talking about it all the time has been incredibly helpful. I don’t know if 210 lbs is where I’ll end up, but when I was 250 lbs just 6 months ago, it certainly seemed impossible.

At this exact moment, I weigh 210.63 lbs, which is satisfying all on its own. When I started (although BMI is a horribly outdated measurement tool, I was about 15 pounds into ‘obese’ (about a 32 in BMI, 30 being obese). At the moment, I’m at exactly 27 (25 or less being considered ‘normal weight’). If you know anything about BMI, you’ll know it’s horribly outdated, but I have been using an online tool that attempts to make the calculation a little bit more useful for the modern world. By that metric, I’m almost exactly at the high end of healthy weight, and I’m happy already, because I feel so much better than I did.

I don’t know what the next 6 months will hold, when I can ride my bike again, but I’m looking forward to seeing what happens now that food doesn’t have such a strong hold on me.