A different kind of progress

Well, my wagon ride didn’t last very long–this weekend was chock full of calories and fat grams–but I made some progress, nonetheless. I knocked off half an item from my 30 Before 30 list!

One of my to-dos before 30 was to visit at least two new states. This weekend, I added Missouri (and I’ll be adding South Carolina in November, which means I’ll accomplish at least one of the items on my list!).

I spent the last two days in St. Louis, thanks to a work event I attended. Jon tagged along and we enjoyed seeing the sights of the city. Mostly, the trip turned into a gastronomic tour. We visited several restaurants featured on Man v. Food (NOT a good idea of you’re on Weight Watchers, by the way) and toured Schlafly Bottleworks, a craft beer company.

Pappy's Smokehouse--a FABULOUS BBQ experience in St. Louis--features a dish named after the Man v. Food host.

I tend to be a planner, and I came up with a zillion restaurant and activity choices we could do, including a sample itinerary. Jon, on the other hand, hates detailed plans and thinks it’s a lot more fun to fly by the seat of your pants. He’s (mostly) right, I’ve learned.

I’m very glad I did some research because I was able to toss out some fun suggestions, and we really enjoyed most of them. But the best part of the trip was our impromptu stop in Pontiac, Illinois, on our ride down.

What a cute town!

It’s got two museums–the Route 66 Museum and the War Museum–and there are beautiful murals throughout the town. It was such a gem and I’m so glad we got a chance to see it. If we had stuck to my schedule and skipped the stop, we would have missed a really fun and unique afternoon.


So, I may have made some seriously bad food decisions (pulled pork sandwich….pizza…beer…chocolate custard [twice]…), but I’m making progress on my 30 before 30 list and in another area. Next trip, I’ll tone down my Type A-ness a bit and open myself up to the amazing things that tend to come my way when I just sit back and enjoy the ride.

P.S. Reading back through my 30 Before 30 list, I realize there are a few things on there that I don’t really care about doing anymore, and a bunch of things I’d like to add. Can one edit one’s 30 before 30 list, or is that cheating? 🙂


About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.
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2 Responses to A different kind of progress

  1. Amanda says:

    Edit away as long as you REALLY do not care to achieve those goals. I love that u visited Missouri. I live here and have never tried Pappy’s. I must change that soon!

  2. KTT says:

    You should really read Anna Karinina (on your list)- I love that book! I got it from the library and it’s also free on the Kindle, if you have one.

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