Greetings y’all! What an incredible journey I’ve been having since the last weekend of 2018! I will tell y’all that my life has been almost completely turned around to a new normal. I can’t deny it, either. It feels great. It’s even odd enough to say that, but it does. I think my brother (from another mother) who lives in Salt Lake City told me the best way about it too; “Well, dude, you were due for a change. I don’t wanna sound like a dick about it, but your life had gotten pretty stagnant. I’m happy for you, dude!” Hmmm… maybe he’s right! I mean, I have traveled more in the past 3 months than I have in the past 5 years, and east of all things! I mean, before about 3 or 4 years ago I had never really been anywhere else here in Texas for any more than a quick stop or some specific thing to do. I went to Houston 10 years ago for WWE’s WrestleMania 25 for a weekend, but we didn’t venture out much aside from going to the area where the event was being held. I also went to the DFW area a few years ago to visit one of my band members for a weekend, then again to his new place in Bryan but it was more for a working/band trip, so I didn’t really see much then either. Well, this year, already, I’ve gone to Houston and explored parts of that wonderful city again, and I got to drive through San Antonio for the first time in 20 years! Just this past weekend, I was back in Bryan/College Station where I got to see a bit more of the town. I’ve also gotten to know Interstate 10 from the state line in my hometown of Anthony, Texas all the way through to Houston, Texas. Before this year, I hadn’t even driven it past the exit to highway 280 right after Junction, Texas that takes you into Fredericksburg, Johnson City, and Austin. My two trips (and one more scheduled coming up in two weeks) have been really eye opening to me. I’m wondering why it is that I didn’t want to head east before. I mean, I can tell you why really. It’s because my favorite Major League Baseball team is the Arizona Diamondbacks (who are based in Phoenix, Arizona), and the place I visit at least annually is Las Vegas, Nevada. Both of those places are west of me and I’ve always felt comfortable in my familiar desert climate. Say what you will about things, but nothing beats the sunsets here in the desert southwest. The way things are heading, I might be heading east permanently, so I gotta take in as many of these sunsets as I can while I can still remember to!
Along with my travel and my new found appreciation for what lies east of El Paso, I’ve also fully embraced my new lifestyle change. I have kept losing pounds each passing week and I’m ramping up my confidence that I can continue to get to my goal weight, which I should hit sometime in November. I’m really looking forward to that AND looking forward to seeing a better version of me in the mirror! I’ve even started to eat way healthier than I was previously, and I am getting compliments at least weekly from my coworkers about how great of a job I’m doing. It feels awesome to know that finally, for once, things are heading in the direction they should be when it comes to my health. Speaking of my health, on Tuesday, I’m finally going to have a sleep study done to hopefully help fix my problem with sleep apnea and snoring. Hardly anybody understands, but I am super excited about this too. The more changes, the better I say!
Have a great weekend y’all! Stay safe out there in this wild planet of ours!