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A Year In Review: 2017

2017 was a year that changed my life. It had it’s ups and downs, but overall it made it easier to go into 2018. I know that this is a little cliche because a lot of people write a year review or make a video compilation of a yearly review.

Guess what?

I don’t give a shit.

So here we go.

2017 started out with a lot of reflection. I looked in the mirror and I didn’t like the way I looked along with the way that I felt. For the people that have known me, I was never a big guy. I was always athletic throughout my life. I always made it a goal to never hit 200 lbs. Then, I weighed myself and I hit 230 lbs. At that moment, I decided to make a change. Not only by working out and eating right, but by changing my mentality about life. I didn’t want to take life so seriously anymore.

At this moment, the NFL playoffs were happening, which you know is a big part of my life every year. I had both of my teams competing with the Packers advancing to the NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Patriots advancing all the way to the Super Bowl. Last year, it was the fifth time that I could’ve had a Packers vs Patriots Super Bowl and it didn’t happen yet again! The Super Bowl, though, was one of the greatest games I’ve ever witnessed. Some of you may think I’m lying, but even down 28-3 I never gave up. I was more confident that the Patriots were going to pull it off than I was ever with the Packers holding a lead. Drive for 5 was a success.

Fast forward a couple months.

At the start of May, I went back onto the scale. This was the first time that I weighed under 200 lbs at 197 lbs. So in about 3 1/2 to 4 months it took me to lose 32 lbs. Mind you, this isn’t on an expensive diet or expensive membership or expensive boot camp. I created my own diet. I went to work everyday between 515 am and 530 am to use the exercise facility. I made sure to get the nutrients that I wanted to supplement my workouts. At first, I wanted to lose the weight. Then, I would try to tone my muscles. May was the first month that I started the second phase of my transformation.

During May, I also went to see my two favorite MLB teams play. The Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers were playing in Milwaukee. The unfortunate part was they were playing a Tuesday-Thursday schedule. How was I going to make this work? Remember when I said I didn’t want to take life seriously and experience more? Well, we decided to take the girls down to the game even though we had school or work the next morning. Some of you don’t know that it’s about a hour and a half drive to the stadium for a 705 pm game. So it was going to be a long day the next day. Didn’t care just went.

The summer, which I miss so much, was a very fun summer. I competed in a 3 v 3 basketball tournament. Normally, that wouldn’t be something to mention since I played in the tournament from age 12 until 25. This year was different since I was able to make it through the tournament without being dead the next week. We went on a couple hikes at High Cliff State Park. Golfed more rounds than I have ever golfed in my life. Played more bean bags (or cornhole) than I ever have in my entire life. Took a trip to Clearwater Beach, FL that became my favorite place ever. So in summary, it was a great summer of hanging out.

The summer ended, which is usually end of August for Wisconsin, in a crazy turn of events. I applied for a Marketing position at my work. School took a while to complete because of unforeseen circumstances, but it turned out for the better. I went from being in sales roles or warehouse roles for most of my career to finally being in a position that I needed my degree. Finally, all the long hours, long nights, headaches and stresses paid off. I got a call, the morning of my birthday, that I was being offered the position. Obviously, accepted right away.

The next couple months, of 2017, were pretty stressful. We felt that we needed a change in scenery. So what did we do? We sold our house. On top of a learning a new job, we had to get our house ready for showings. Well, it didn’t last long. Our house had an accepted offer after 2 days. 2 days! The last time we sold our house, it took 6 months and us taking it off the market for someone to buy it. Now, we had to find a house. There were a couple houses that we liked, but they accepted other offers. So now what? We moved in with my in-laws (it’s going great I swear). We’re in a good position since we can be pickier with the next house as much as we want to already be in a new house.

And that brings us to now.

I know it was a quick review, but there will be more to come in 2018. I know what you’re asking “What’s your plans for 2018?”. Well, here are a couple goals.

-Start a podcast

-Start a YouTube channel

-Become a creator

-Continue diet/exercising

-Put more content out and continue writing

I will have more as we get going into 2018 as well as throughout 2018. 2017 taught me a lot of new lessons along with teaching me old lessons that I took for granted. I hope to continue the journey that I’m on and take life less serious as we go on. I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride so far. I also hope you continue to ride with me going forward.

Take care

DR

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