I walked away from a good job at the start of the downturn and went for two very long walks. Hoped I could decide what I really wanted to do with myself while I walked out there alone. Meanwhile I enjoyed the sunshine and wildflowers. I never felt more wealthy than I did then. It was like being paid in wildflowers. Eventually I went back to the same line of work. It was great to have that year and a half off. The best thing is that now I don't take it all so seriously. I enjoy what I do but it's not who I am and honestly, I just don't give a sh*t anymore about any of it. This has made me a happier person that employers like even better than before for some strange reason.
Female, 5'3", 48, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135.
Starting bench press: 30lbs. Current bench press: 75lbs.