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I hit my first 10-pound loss. Actually, it’s 10.5 pounds. I’m so excited!  I keep thinking about how much further there is to go but this success in 6 weeks makes me believe I’m on the right path and I just need to keep doing it.  And 9-11 months from now I will be at my goal weight.

I’m grateful for friends who are supportive, whether that’s cheering me on or going on evening run/walks with me — and pushing me to do more running than walking. I’m grateful for this Fitbit Charge HR I have now and all the data it’s giving me that hopefully will help me be more efficient about this weight loss journey.

And I’m grateful for my God and this life He’s given me because it’s so full of great opportunities and potential for good.

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I had my best time today! 12:48 average. 2.36 miles in 30 minutes. I will get back to 10 minutes in the next few months, people. Yes!


Today makes a month since I decided I needed a new way of life. One that was active, lighter and physically fulfilling. I’ve lost 8 pounds and got my speed down to 13:44 mile. I’ve set reasonable goals and really believe that sticking to my calorie count and activity level will be doable, with variety worked in. I even took a Zumba class tonight, one of a few classes I will incorporate into rest day schedules.
But I’m trying not to be discouraged because how I look doesn’t match how great I feel. I mean, it makes sense. Eight pounds lost is great but it’s only 10% of what I have to lose. It’ll take another 10 pounds to really start to see a difference. I have to be patient… And that’s never been my strong suit.

But just as I am changing my habits, I have to change that mindset and stay focused on the long game. Along with inspirational quotes and articles and blog posts, setting new challenges help.

My next bench mark is two weeks from now. I hope to lose another four by then, at the very least breaking the barrier to the next lower tens. And I hope to be running two miles straight. And then run an official 5k with the NYRR, one that counts toward the 9+1 (nine official races and one volunteer session for entry to the NY marathon). And with that I’m putting the 2017 marathon on the table. Yep. I said it. I will be at least 50 pounds lighter and cruising.

That’s all I’ve got folks. Up at 5 am for the next run. Happy as a clam.

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