The Last Eight Months

“Dude, you’ve lost a whole person.”

One of my bartenders told me that after seeing a photo of me on his phone from April.

I haven’t been writing for a while.  You may have noticed.  There are two reasons for that.

The first is in February I had an incident that made me go to the doctor.  Long story short, I had elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  We got to it early enough that the doctor said it would be taken care of with exercise and a much better diet.  So, since March that is what I’ve been doing.  I eat much better now.  That was the key to losing all the weight.  When you tell people you are a vegetarian, they automatically think you are eating healthy.  Believe me, you can eat like crap as a vegetarian.  I was living proof.

I also now walk six miles every morning.  That takes up the chunk of time that used to be dedicated to writing.  However, I’ve lost almost sixty pounds and feel infinitely better.

The other thing that happened was Wicked Weed was purchased by AB-InBev.  That in and of itself was not the trigger.  It was the carping and vitriol unleashed by the sale that pushed me off Twitter and away from writing.  Throw in trying to study for the Cicerone exam (twice) and writing about beer didn’t seem too important.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t been drinking and thinking about beer and keeping notes.  I’ve been doing a lot of that and if you go to my Instagram feed or my Untappd account you will see all that I’ve been drinking.

I’ve been keeping lots of notes and soon (this coming Sunday in fact) I’m going to start posting reviews again.  My intent is also to start posting daily again.  First, I must figure out how to do it in a way that will make it interesting to me and therefore readers.

This has a been a long and interesting eight months.  I’m not a different person, but I am a better version of myself.  I hope that is reflected in the writing to come.