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2016: The Review


Hey, buddy! Welcome back! I hope you had a fantastic week! Although today probably wasn’t any fun. Maybe I can take your mind off the horror. I have to give you a warning though; some real bad stuff happened in 2016. It wasn’t all bad though. There’s gonna be sunshine at the end of this.

Overall, I’m not a fan of 2016. I know calling 2016 the worst year has become a meme now, and my memories of the relative quality of previous years is pretty poor, but even still, I think 2016 was terrible in its own special way.

So let’s get into it.

I’ll start with the worst moment of 2016 for me. On March 14th around 8PM, one of my cats, Levy, started breathing strangely. 30 minutes later I’m at the emergency vet clinic signing a form for whether they should resuscitate Levy if her heart stops. The doctor told me she had congestive heart failure and fluid was flooding her lungs. Showing me an x-ray of her chest, I could see that her heart was abnormally large. It turned out to be hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. She was being stabilized and they were going to keep her overnight. It seemed like everything was going to be okay.

If only…

On my way home, five minutes from my house, I got a phone call. I was told Levy was alert and walking around — peaceful. But then to their surprise, out of nowhere, she fell over. Her heart stopped. They think it was from a blood clot and were currently in the middle of giving her CPR. I turned around and hurried back, but when I got there, she was gone.

That night ruined me. It still hurts. And it’s always going to hurt.

Other Bad Stuff During 2016:

  • Other people’s pets dying
  • Lucy having numerous visits to the vet
  • Also, my vet turning into a mismanaged, asshole-ish nightmare
  • My mental breakdown while finishing The Witness
  • All those famous people dying
  • The 2016 US Presidential Election
  • Brexit
  • Terror attacks, shootings, and other acts of violence
  • The hottest recorded year on record
  • My anxiety being an absolute devil
  • Hurricane Matthew

That’s enough of that.

Let’s draw the curtains and let some sunshine in here. I can’t point to a specific catalyst, but around June, I just could not take being obese anymore. I weighed 235 pounds and felt bad about it in a multitude of ways. I calculated an approximation of my basal metabolic rate (BMR) to get an idea of how many calories I should be eating. Every day I would count my calories and make sure I stayed under my BMR. Creating a deficit is what leads to fat loss.

I also starting running around the same time, but come July I hurt my foot and needed new shoes. That gave me a great reason to stop. I didn’t stop counting my calories though. Always being concious of what I’m eating has been ingrained into my brain now. That doesn’t mean it’s easy though. It’s a continuous challenge, but it’s what I have to do if I want to be healthier. Now I weigh 165 pounds. It’s surreal.

Like with how I started losing weight, the state of the environment and the welfare of animals reached a singularity for me. If I wanted to make a difference, I needed to make a sacrifice, and becoming vegan was the answer. It was actually pretty easy for me. Using or eating animal products is just not worth the cost to the environment and the animals themselves. I don’t really miss it anyway. The biggest inconvenience is that the rest of the world hasn’t caught up in providing options for vegans, so eating out with non-vegans can be a challenge. Making my own food though, there’s an infinite amount of options.

Other Good Stuff During 2016:

  • Building a new PC, fuck yeah
  • Finishing a combined total of 123 games, movies, tv series, and books.

I was hoping for more than that, but I can’t really think of anything else right now. Which…that’s one reason why this website exists. There must have been others; I must just be forgetting them.

Welp, that’s it for 2016. I’ll see you again next time. Don’t ever forget that you’re wonderful.