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!
May he be happy in doggy heaven
So this weekend didn’t start off good at all. A few of my friends met at my house to go to the rock gym on Friday like was always do. However, my car wasn’t working so I had to have I towed to my mechanic. My friends (Chris & Kyle) and I impatiently waited for the AAA driver to come because all we wanted to do was climb. When the driver came to tow my car he thought it was my fuel pump. When he said that my heart sank because I knew how expensive that is and I wasn’t sure it was worth if for a 2004 VW Jetta. I love my Jetta so much. For a 12 year old car its so reliable and will take care of you as long as you take care of it. It an anomaly that my check engine light is off. Almost every VW I have been in has a check engine light on. Anyways, the AAA driver tried to jump my car and it started up but he wasn’t sure it that was the only problem so he insisted that I drive it to my mechanic right away. My friends followed my up to the mechanic incase I had to leave it there. My mechanic, Ron, insisted that I drive it around for 2o minuted then come back, that way I can charge up my battery. Chris and Kyle both gathered in my car and we drove around and even picked up some protein shakes along the way.
When we returned to the mechanic Ron tested my battery and looked at me and said “There is no life in the battery. It’s junk”. I became relieved when he said. He told me I could leave it with him and he would change it and check to see if there is anything else that could be wrong or I could take it and change the battery myself. I ended up leaving it with him to be one the safe side. While my car was being worked on we finally were able to go to the rock gym. I climbed well but I was a little distracted by my car situation. I kept checking my phone to see if my mechanic had called me with any other news about my car. I was excited that it could only be the battery but worried that he may find something else wrong with it. Not to mention a huge snow storm was about to roll in and I didn’t want to be carless in it. Long story short, after almost two hours of climbing and trying to enjoy myself Ron called me up saying that it was just the battery. I became ecstatic knowing that my car was going to be able to run again. It ended up costing me $150 compared to the $700 I thought I was going to have to spend. That wasn’t bad considering that a battery for my car anywhere is about $100, plus he installed it and checked my car for other issues.
Look! I finally made it!
The next morning the snow rolled in and went on all day. I became trapped in the house because the plows didn’t come until later that night. I spent most of the day relaxing and some of the day working out. I did some at home leg exercises and ab work outs. I even got some cardio in by running up and down my stairs for 20 minutes. Everyone in my house thought I was insane. This morning I woke up and made these bomb Herbalife protein pancakes! They’re probably the best tasting healthy “pancakes” I have ever tried. Here is my recipe:
- 2 eggs
- 2 scoops of vanilla Herbalife protein powder
- 2 scoops of Herbalife Cookies & Cream meal powder
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- then add a dash of cinnamon and water until it becomes a batter consistency
After breakfast today I spent the noon time playing outside with my 5 year old niece. She loves sledding and running around. It’s good to spend time with your family. Especially when it’s the first snow of the season. I even brought my cat, Marley, out in the snow…but that didn’t go as planned. Cats really don’t like snow, or at least, min doesn’t. Now I think its time for another protein shake for lunch and maybe a trip to the rock gym later today!