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2016 It’s A Wrap

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So 2016 was a year of accomplishing new goals and finding myself. Going into 2016 this time last year I was depressed, and unhappy with myself. The person I used to be seemed to be lost. I quickly overcame that by doing things I love such as, rock climbing, hiking running in 5k’s and so on. I began to eat better and I lost almost 20 pounds. I had a spiritual connection with nature in my own back yard and even backpacked the White Mountains. Within the first few months of 2016 I was feeling like myself again and for the first time in a year I was finally happy. I made new friends that became positive influences in my life and helped me accomplish goals. I did things I never thought I would be able to do and I did all on my own. Rock climbing became a big part of my life. It was something that I was actually good at and enjoyed. I came a long way with the sport, I became an influence to others, and was even able to get a sponsorship. All I ever wanted was to influence others. I just want people to know that anything can be accomplished with the right mind set and that is something I was able to do just by sharing my journey with others over the internet. By the end of the year I was able to quit my one night a week bar tending job and get a full time graphic design job that has made it possible for me to drive home a new 2017 Hyundai Elantra. Being in a full time office job is hard since I am used to being so active but with the proper willpower I have been able to manage my active time around my job.

My life has changed a lot in 2016 and it all hasn’t been that great. I gained a lot but I also lost a lot. At the beginning of the year I had to say goodbye to my Aunt and my Grandfather. That was hard and had a big impact on my family life. My mother was hurt more because she lost her sister so I have tried to be there for her as much as  can be. However, that kind of hurt is a hurt that only time can heal. Just a few weeks ago I had to make another hard decision. I had to put down my childhood dog Reilly. Reilly was a boxer and boxers are very prone to tumors which ultimately did him in. Reilly would have turned 11 years old this month and towards his final days he was showing his age. He still had a lot of personality and wanted to jump around but he was getting skinny. He hardly wanted to eat and when he did he couldn’t keep it down. Just seeing him become skin and bones was the hardest thing to see. My family took him to the vet where we found out his stomach was covered in tumors causing him to not be able to digest his food. The vet said he only had days to a week to live. That was the hardest thing I ever had to do. He was my best friend and seeing that last look in his eyes killed me inside. After that I don’t think I ever want a dog again.

Hopefully 2017 will be a little easier. I plan to continue climbing and to kick my ass even more in shape. I would like to apply for a few more sponsorships in the fall but we’ll cross that bridge later. I do have a list of climbs planned and some winter sport activities planed so hopefully I’ll be able to accomplish a lot. My main goal is to save up enough money to plan a climbing trip out to Yosemite so lets do it!

 

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May he be happy in doggy heaven 

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Providence 5k!

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This weekend my friend Mike and I decided that we were going to run a 5k for the Providence Police and the D-Strong Foundation. I do a lot of running/jogging to keep up with my endurance but I never ran a 5k before so this was all new to me. I practiced the week before by running about three miles a day sometimes less depending on how busy my day was. I didn’t think it was going to be hard at all because I run all the time so I knew it was going to be a good experience. The 5k took place in Providence on Sunday morning so I knew that I would still be a little tried so I made sure I got my energy. I had a Clif Bar for breakfast, I mixed my water with Herbalife CR7 (an endurance powder by Cristiano Ronaldo) and I had a Clif Bar energy shot. After all that I was ready for a three mile run. It was a good time for sure. There was one point in the run when my friend Mike was yelling at me to stop because I almost ran over a road kill bunny. I remember screaming loudly in disgust. If I stepped on the dead bunny everything would have be ruined for me. Good thing I had someone looking out for me! It was awesome running with people. There were fire fighters running in full gear that must have been sweating. There were also Providence Police cheering us on the entire way. We started getting really tired towards then end then we saw the three mile marker. We knew we were almost done so we speed up to make a cool entrance when crossing the finish line. It felt great to cross and have so many people cheering us on and knowing that we did it for a good cause. I will most certainly be running more 5k’s in future.

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Here we are crossing the finish line!