Brave New Jon – Photo Update

Photo: Thin Jon at Harvard University.

So I guess there’s nothing quite like a photo to show just how much I’ve changed over the last few years – from fat Jon to thin Jon (and there’s no going back now) – this year in particular, and it continues.

Brave New Jon started out as a giant pining exercise (and continues as such), an attempt at self distraction, and a way to do something about her. If you ever wondered why I’ve done all of the crazy things that I have this year, well, don’t wonder, the answer is somewhat obvious. I don’t think I’ll ever quite get over Karin (not having a reason really helps to cut you up inside), but life certainly does seem to move on, whether you always want it to or not.

Fat Jon existed for way too long. A combination of lack of interest in exercise, spending too much time in front of a computer eating junk food, being a meat eater, and trying all the most disgustingly good foods when traveling. To show you what I mean, here’s a historical photo of me at the Computer History Museum, taken back in 2005:

Photo: Fat Jon, at the Computer History Museum.

Since then, I’ve given up meat (I’m a pescetarian, with a slant toward fruitarianism), taken up exercise, changed in countless other ways beyond that person. I don’t even live in the same country any more (though the photos are all taken in the United States, where I used to spend most of my spare time anyway).

Here is a photo taken last weekend:

Photo: Thin Jon at Nantasket Beach.

One thing I thank her for is forcing me to finally do this.



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