Progress, not perfection.
My Epic Quests
My story hasn't been that different from many people's up to this point. I was an athlete growing up that also loved to play D&D and Axis & Allies with my brothers. Computer programming came naturally to me at a time before the original McIntosh existed. In fact, I remember when the Apple IIc was a big upgrade from what was previously available. Unfortunately, it was also at a time before a decent protocol for healing from an ACL tear existed and my athletic career abruptly ended.
The evil coalition of beer, pizza, TV and too much free time at college caused a weight gain of nearly 50 pounds. I went from stick man to fat man in about year. Good thing I wasn't rowing anymore or I might have sunk the racing shell. After my wife and I got married, I traveled for work 70% of the time for 2 years. Expense accounts are hell on one's diet and sitting in airport terminals is not a good exercise regime. I quit that job for one that allowed me to spend more time in the general vicinity of my bride. Together we lost a combined 51 pounds. As a programmer, 1999 meant I worked 80+ hours a week re-mediating the "Y2K" bug which went over with a whimper. But, that weight that was lost worked its way back on, especially as the kids arrived at my household.
In 2013, I found myself frustrated at work, frustrated with the small amount of time I got to spend with my wife and kids, and frustrated with the terrible shape I was in. I also found NF. I started reading and started trying to right my ship. In 2014, I changed jobs and started working at an awesome company that gave me some time back in my day and renewed my vigor and passion for my profession.
Each day I work on it being better than the day before in some small fashion. I work on going with the flow and trying to not get too caught up on the minutiae. One of these days I will have rebuilt myself back to where I was when college started. I already feel younger than before and more in control of a life that is being lived, rather than existing.