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TOPIC:   not quite where i wanted to be 


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CJSTAR
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3/11/10 6:46 P

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I'm sorry you've been through so much craziness these past few months - but it's so refreshing to hear about you still having some success through all the struggle. Way to go on being more than halfway to your goal!

I can definitely sympathize about life seeming to get in the way sometimes - as I'm sure many people on the team can. If there's anything any of us can do to help, let us know. Hang in there!


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3/11/10 12:51 P

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last September i mapped out a goal to lose almost 40 pounds by this weekend. This weekend i will be participating in a 5k that i've run at least 6 times (in lean AND in fat years). to reach my 40 pound loss i would have had to lose about 1.3 pounds per week. 1.3 pounds per week seemed reasonable. then there is reality.

REALITY
- getting so sick that i was essentially just another part of the couch for 3 days, and
- the cough and congestion lasted SIX WEEKS;
- sick kids (4 rounds of that);
- a sick wife (her turn for 3+ days of "couch");
- Thanksgiving (you know those are troubled waters);
- almost 3 weeks at the in-laws for Christmas (it's cold in Canada);
- other family gatherings (mom is such a great cook);
- WINTER;
- financial stress;
- projects due for work;
- you know... LIFE.

i have not lost 40 pounds. i did not complete the training schedules i mapped out in September - 0 for 3.

as for what i have done, I HAVE KEPT GOING FORWARD.

- i have averaged a grand -0.8 pounds per week, in spite of the consistent existence of reality.
- i have lost OVER HALF of that 40pound goal.
- my running times are faster.
- my eating habits are better.
- i've been a support to my wife in her own weight-loss.
- i have eaten some great food.
- i have had some adventures with my exercise.
- i might even be SLIGHTLY more flexible.
- i have run and walked HUNDREDS of miles.
- i have given away my "fat pants"
- i have DONE BETTER.

i wish i could have completed at least one of the training programs. i had to modify each one to my schedule. i had to just let a few weeks just drop out altogether. i have missed a lot of what i thought i could have done between then and now.

above all, i will NEVER complain about being down 20+ pounds and still moving forward.


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