A 2017 that was, and a 2018 that will be

A new year is upon us and it brings great excitement for many reasons.

First, it’s a chance to start anew in the coming year. A fresh start. An “I’ll stick with my resolutions this time,” feeling.

It also allows us to reflect on what’s happened in the previous 365 (or 366) days. We can reminisce fondly of the good times and learn from the bad.

The past year was — and we seem to throw this adjective around haphazardly — one of the best for me, both personally and professionally.

I made big life changes. I experienced new things. I photographed rare events, started hobbies and continued others.

And it’s the things I didn’t do that will help better me for 2018.

Here’s a look back at my favorite moments from 2017.

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Column: Line Drives — Question examines what to do next

[This is my column in the June 22 issue of The Commercial Review.]

Where do I go from here?

In August, I set a goal of running a half marathon.

I trained for nine months. Some days and weeks were better than others, but I did the best I could to prepare myself both mentally and physically for 13.1 miles.

I accomplished the feat May 6.

But what now?

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New Me Journey — How to follow along

It’s here.

In less than 38 hours, my wave will begin.

I will approach the starting line with eight months of training behind me and 13.1 miles separating me from the finish line.

I’m ready.

I hope you are too.

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New Me Journey — Three to go

“You’ll have to let me know how you do,” she said, hours before I was set to take the longest run of my life.

“I’ll tell you right now: ‘It sucked, my legs hurt and the 13.1 is gonna be brutal,'” I replied.

Occasionally, I can be prophetic.

This was one of those times.

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New Me Journey — From a challenge to a lifestyle; the ultimate milestone

It started with a challenge.

It continues as a lifestyle.

As of this afternoon, 349 days after I weighed 282.4 pounds, 646 days since I weighed 301 pounds, I have reached the ultimate milestone.

My weight begins with the number 1.

In less than a year’s time, the New Me Journey is complete.

When I stepped on the scale today and saw what it said, I had to take a step back for a second. There’s no way it was right.

So I stepped on it once more. The number stayed the same.

I gave it another try, just to make sure it was accurate.

Third reading … no change at 199.2 pounds.

I’ve done it.

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New Me Journey — One more step

pic“Running from the past, toward a better future … one step at a time.” – me

On the last day of August, I wrote that I had reached a milestone of hitting the 60-pound mark for total weight lost.

Here I am, with 30 days later, with more good news:

Chalk up another 10 pounds.

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New Me Journey — Another milestone

I’m really not even sure how to start this.

There’s so many emotions going through my head right now.

It’s been eight months.

For eight long months, I’ve pushed myself to become a better person.

For eight long months, I’ve changed my eating habits.

For eight long months, I’ve challenged myself physically.

And for eight long months, I’ve been challenged mentally.

Eight months after I truly began this New Me Journey, I’ve passed many milestones along the way.

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