Hello. I am Christi and I live in Madison, WI. I am 28 years old and married with two cute and cuddly kids. I am seriously overweight, starting at 303 pounds last Friday, the last day of July. There is a lot of cancer and heart disease in my family. I have decided not to wait for that day 10 or 15 years down the road, when I have had that heart attack or been diagnosed with that cancer to have my wake up call. I have decided that today, or rather last Saturday was the day for that wake up call. I also know myself well enough to know that if losing weight is my sole goal, then my resolve quickly fades when results do not appear when I believe that they should, so I have decided that I need multiple goals to improve my life to work on at once, so I don't get too carried away and burned out on one. This is where Rome comes in. You see, I have always loved history and have recently discovered that my favorite area of study is first century Rome. I am so interested in it that I have decided to return to school next year to study it. So in order to get myself ready to pursue this field of study, I am busying myself with reading all books on the subject that I can find at my local bookstores, and learning latin with the help of a tutor. I feel that just knowing which direction I would like for my professional life to go in, has lifted a great stress in my personal life. I decided to combine both of my goals by setting the distance I intend to to walk at the distance that Rome, Italy is from my home in Madison, WI, 4,824 miles. I have 4,793 miles to go, as I have walked 31 miles this week. I have kicked junk food and soda to the curb, to give my body the fuel that it needs for this journey. And although I have blisters that have their own blisters, I feel really good for the first time in years. Per aspera ad astra. (through hardships to the stars)
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