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A healthier new me

It’s been four months since my initial start to a better me. One week from today, I will be running my first 5k. Over the past four months, I’ve not only increased my running speed and distance, I’ve increased in my strength training, and yoga performance. I’ve lost over 40 pounds and I’m now in a size 10. I feel great.

In order for me to stick with it, I plan out the week. I keep track of my goals, calories and workout. Some people say, “I don’t have time for that.” I can say the same thing. These past four months, I’ve been studying for my MBA. It’s hard, REAL hard, but once you set your routine and stick with it for a month or more, it becomes easier – like second nature.

I try to do something active and push myself everyday. Maybe for 20 minutes, or 30 minutes or 2 hours depending on my time. My schedule changes daily, but as long as I plan it out and write it down on my calendar, I’ll stick with it. I’ve found that pushing yourself to make time is a lot harder than pushing yourself to finish a workout.

Now that my goal of running a 5k is here, I’ve created new goals. I’ve joined a summer league to learn rowing with Three Rivers Rowing Association. Very excited about this – something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve also started looking into Triathlons and 10ks. I can’t say that I’m in the best shape of my life, but I can say, I’m healthier than I’ve been in a long, long time, and I’m happy for it.

Sunday is going to be here and though I’ve run seven miles, I’m really nervous. This is my first race. I never thought I would ever run, yet here I am. Wish me luck.

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