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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