2019

Where have I been?

It all started in January. I signed up for a 12 week session with my personal trainer. He had a plan to guide his clients through a 12 week program to collectively lose weight. Our goal was 100lbs between the 14 of us. Or was it 8. I can’t remember. Either way, I was excited.

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I have been putting on weight for a year or two now, it happened slowly, and wasn’t exactly ruining my health- or anything like that. But it sure was playing on my mind. Blame whatever you want, societies expectations for looks blah blah- I don’t really care to be honest. I wasn’t happy with my body shape; so this was my chance to change it.

Somehow, in the midst of this, I managed to nab a place on the Chicago marathon- and training commenced in February beginning with a basic 5k. I have done a marathon before, the Edinburgh Marathon in 2013, took me 4 hours and 12 ish minutes (approx). My goal this time is to be under 4 hours. Achievable.

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With this, my new program and my new job. Oh yes, I also got a job in the coffee shop in my building. I had very little time for baking. I was still making short videos for Tik Tok- because it doesn’t involve as much editing or setting up of cameras etc and I will be releasing a lovely video compilation of those soon. Also because I seem to have just under 100k followers on there, much more than Youtube (by around… 98k) so I figured this would be my better option to see if I can become the glorified influencer. (update: no dice as yet, though they sent me a cool winter hat, which came in handy when it was the polar vortex).

I have also found that baking ingredients are just slightly more expensive in the USA. Which is nice. I could get a COSTCO membership and get stuff from there, but I don’t have a car to get to the nearest one, and also money for a membership.

What I am trying to say is that, this year, 2019, my priorities changed slightly. Baking and youtube went to the side, and I am focusing on becoming a healthy me for a while. I have not given up on baking (see above with Tik Tok, and also Instagram… gotta do it for the gram) and nor will I, because I love it. For now, it is just my hobby.

My plans to start my own business barely took hold as I found out I would need around $500 to have a good base. That would pay for my business licence, food safety course, insurance and allow me to pay for a shared kitchen for a month to sell from. I can, until then, sell from home- but still need business licence and food safety…. oh and insurance. Im happy to wait until I have savings again and go from there.

Sad to have my dream put on hold straight away, but I would rather go into it with money, than struggle from the start and not actually enjoy anything.

It’s now April (well, May as I didnt publish this till now), I have moved on from the Coffee Shop and now work back in my old haunt- Lush cosmetics. It’s wonderful to be back coated in essential oils and glitter.

So that’s me just now. Lots has happened- and I have filmed it, I just haven’t found the desire to clip it all together for a video. Yet. But there are plans in motion. Ooooh there are plans. Which I hope you will all enjoy when they are released.

Thanks for reading.

Speak soon

Colin x

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