Update: Taking the Back Roads

I am sitting in Palm Springs wondering how I have fallen so far behind on my blogging. I feel overwhelmed with all that I have done since my last blog post. Wondering how am I ever going to be able to catch up? The answer is simple, I am not.

Since I last blogged I have been to Atlanta, Memphis, Dallas, Tulsa, Abilene, Seattle, Austin, San Antonio, Santa Fe, Taos, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Phoenix, Seattle, Spokane, Coeur d’ Alene, Scottsdale, Las Vegas and Palm Springs. I have reached out to trainers and nutritionists in some of these areas with little response and in all honesty that has been okay with me. My focus has changed these past few months, with the end of my adventure looming I am trying to soak up all of the fun and experiences that I possibly can before heading back to reality. In a perfect world that would include daily workouts and healthy eating as well but I have to report that those things haven’t been happening on the regular.

In a way I feel like I have failed, that by now I should be down a lot more weight, addicted to the exercise endorphins and have a host of blog posts to tell my story. I think about the word failure and I believe that there is nothing about this trip that can be described as failure so I am going to put an end to those negative feelings.

When I decided to leave my job, my family and my friends I had a project to work on, “Losing Weight Off the Interstate” but the more time that passes and the more miles I put on my car I realize that the real project was to work on me, my personal healing and happiness.

I still value this blog and the path to a healthier me, I am still committed to losing weight and eating nutritiously, its just taking longer than I had anticipated. This journey is like choosing to take the backroads instead of the freeways, the slow road to the fast, my life is going to be a project for the remainder of my days, why rush it?

I am still a bit scared to come home, scared of judgement by people who may not be 100% in my corner, people who can’t physically see my changes but have no idea what the past ten months have done for me mentally and emotionally.

I am returning home with a renewed sense of self, a healthier mindset and a passion for life. I can’t wait to reconnect with my friends and family and shower them with my love and adoration and thankfulness for their love and support.

Rereading this blog post it sounds like a finale, a goodbye, it is definitely not, I have plenty more to say. I appreciate everyone who has been on this journey with me and I hope I can entertain you with stories of my last month on the road.

The following images are a few pictures taken the past few months.

Tyler Davis/Memphis

Tyler Davis/Memphis

Keri Doolittle (HS BF) in Dallas

Keri Doolittle/Dallas (hence my big hair)

Eva Tucker/Seattle

Eva Tucker/Seattle

Chris Bolla/Austin, TX

Chris Bolla/Austin, TX

Erin Searcy & Me in San Antonio

Erin Searcy/San Antonio



Angie Knox/Chandler, AZ

Angie Knox/Chandler, AZ

Devon Knox/Chandler, AZ

Devon Knox/Chandler, AZ

Trey Knox/Chandler, AZ

Trey Knox/Chandler, AZ

Marc Kamaka/Seattle

Marc Kamaka/Seattle

Becky Walton/Jeanette Devy, Shanda Shumpert/Tara Ortiz/Kim Ortiz/Patti Savoy - Woodinville Wine Tasting

Becky Walton/Jeanette Devey, Shanda Shumpert/Tara Ortiz/Kim Ortiz/Patti Savoy – Woodinville Wine Tasting

World's Cutest Nieces/ Seattle

World’s Cutest Nieces/ Seattle

Jeanette Devey/Kim Ortiz - Scottsdale, AZ

Jeanette Devey/Kim Ortiz – Scottsdale, AZ

The Bud Light girls showered me with beer.

The Bud Light girls showered me with free beer for my brand loyalty.


3 thoughts on “Update: Taking the Back Roads

  1. Fantastic blog. We are so proud of our little daughter taking such risks and gaining so much. You will have these memories for the rest of your life. Your Mom and I are so proud and thankful for being our daughter! Have fun these last weeks!!! Love Dad

    Sent from my iPad


  2. So incredibly proud of you! This trip was much bigger than your personal weight goals… It was about healing, growing, creating life memories and honoring your mother… She raised such an incredibly powerful, generous and beautiful women…. Enjoy the last 6 weeks… Love ya, E

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