Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 A Look Back - Look Out 2014

I know, I know, post like these should come on the last day of the year, and today's post should look into the future, but I would sick yesterday.

2013, Wow! This was a great year.  I feel better about myself and life than I have is many years.  Thanks to Health Choice offering the Weight Loss Surgery pilot I am now on a great non-surgical journey.  I have lost a total of 68# this year.  I exercised a lot this summer and consistently this fall.  I finished the Tulsa Run 5k meeting my goal of a sub 50 minute finish. If I can do that again this year and next I will be very close to what I would consider myself at a good Ironman weight.

I am now teaching my favorite subject at a great school with great students and an awesome administrative staff and fellow teachers, including my awesome wife. The oldest daughter also attends this school.  I also have dropped my daily commute from 70 minutes a day to 16 minutes a day.  Hello work out time!!!

My Goals for this year are to complete the Woolaroc Run (8K) and if I can handle an upright bike the Owasso Sprint Triathlon.  This year I am putting more emphasis on the food.  I am starting by limiting my sugar and increase fruit and vegetable consumption.  I am going to be phasing out diet soda.  Cold turkey just hurt too much.  Hopefully I will be diet soda free by spring break.  I my big goal this year is to track everything that goes into my mouth.  Looking back on this year, the times I did the best were the times I was tracking religiously.  It is the one thing that I think makes the biggest difference for me.  Knowing I ate a little too much, makes me stay on the bike longer or swim a few extra laps.  2014 is going to rock!!!!!

My wife is making her dreams happen.  She has had two books published (and another with the editor and the last one is about 1/3 done) with Buzz Books, USA, three stories published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, writes monthly articles for Metro Family News, and biweekly articles for the Examiner Enterprise and is a regular guest on Fox23 Great Day Green Country.  On top of all of that she was co-producer of Listen To Your Mother - OKC, and btw I was a mother this year at Listen To Your Mother - NWA as well.

The older daughter has work extremely hard and will be taking a trip to Washington DC for Spring Break.  She is in the Orchestra at school playing the Cello.  Is making straight A's  and is really becoming quite the writer and artist as well.  She has submitted a few stories to Chicken Soup as well some that we thought were better than Heather's submissions that were chosen.  Just goes to show you how fickled the  publishing world can be.  2013 also saw the older daughter win her first golf trophy.  She placed 2nd in her age division at the city golf tournament. If I kept track correctly she actually tied for 1st.  She got to practice with the golf team last year, but will actually get to go to tournaments this year, and while at NWA LPGA tournament she got a glove from her fav golfer Kristina Kim.

The younger daughter this year was invited to be a part of the Duke University Talent search. Probably because she only missed 2 questions on her state math test.  She was also in beast mode this year. She completed her 5k with the Girls Rock and Run program and completed the Fit Kids Triathlon in Owasso.  She played up on 4th grade basketball team and then played 10U softball this year.  Started pitching a little and is now pitching a lot because she will be playing for the Oklahoma Bedlam in 2014.

So as you can see 2013 was an awesome year for the Davises.  We can't wait to see what 2014 has in store for us!!!!!


  1. Great job, Davis family!! Especially to you Brian, weight loss is hard and you're an inspiration to us all. Happy 2014

  2. Beginning of the year vs. End of the year? pffft. It's always a good time to reflect and celebrate the accomplishments of you and your loved ones. I look forward to reading the exciting things that will happen for you all in 2014.