Its been a damn near perfect weekend (4 days off actually). Starting with my 40th birthday and ending with some Guinness, Corned Beef and Cabbage today.
Yesterday the family spent the afternoon at Valley of Fire State Park, NV. It is about 50 miles north of Las Vegas and for those that live here and have never been, I encourage you to go. We spend the time driving and walking around looking at the amazing rock pieces. Amanda got a chance to practice her growing skill at photography. And since she is the family shutterbug, she will not let me post pics yet. Once she has approved them all, I will post them here.
There were two reasons I really wanted to go out there. About 4 years ago my ex wife and I went out there when I was at my unhealthiest, she took a photo of me in the drainage pipe near the Clark Memorial on the east end of the park. I was fat, unhealthy and suicidal. It was my darkest point, but it still took me one year, a divorce and a good look at how far I had fallen before I lost weight – and yes, I was successful. However, I was successful for the wrong reasons. Alcoholics in the program call it a Dry Drunk; when you put in the work, but you are one step away from your next bender – well that is where I was, anger can only carry you so far.
Since then my life has turned 180 degrees as you already know. I am happier than I have been in a long time but yes, gained A LOT of the weight back so part of my 40 while 40 project is to get out, lose the weight and learn a little about myself along the way. So it was important also for me to have Amanda take my photo in the same place.
The photo is shockingly embarrassing, because we do not see the damage we are doing to ourselves without really scrutinizing. For example, I had NO clue my calves had gotten so fat again. No wonder I breath heavy when I walk. It is sad, but it is also part of the goal to be a triathlete in 2014. Hopefully this year I will run one Sprint or so as a Clydesdale, but next year I want to be competitive.
So, here are the photo’s, I have linked them to my Flickr account because I did not want to insult you by throwing my lump of clay in your face; but like clay I am going to sculpt. In 1 year I will post the sister pictures proudly. Until then, you have to click to see.
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