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5/27: I've maintained my weight this month--183.0 this morning. Running less but heart & lungs felt strong on yesterday's run. At size 12, a lot of old clothes now fit well. I feel good and like the way I look. Have lost 27 lbs this year so far; more to go, but am happy being here for now.

5/19: After a much-needed week-long break, yesterday I ate healthy foods within my calorie range, tracked and ran intervals. It felt good, not like a chore. And I'm at 182.8, half a pound down.

5/11: No weight-loss progress--usually 184 or 184.4. This in spite of a lot of hard work. It is frustrating. So I gave myself a break over the weekend to eat pizza and ice cream and eased up on my run schedule.

4/30/20: 6 lbs down in April! 189.4 to 183.4. A little short of the 8 I was aiming for, but I'm definitely happy with the progress!

4/24/20: 184.2! I've lost 5 lbs this month, yay, and I just crossed the overall halfway point---26 lbs since end of December 2019, 24 to go!

4/18/20: Moved up to running half-mile intervals today, and it felt good! After a really cold spell, I'm grateful for cool, sunny weather and the beautiful blooming trees and bushes.

4/14/20: Tomorrow I start a new full-time job with a long commute. Hope to make the adjustment and keep on track with running, since that's going really well.

4/7/20: On track so far. Lost 2 pounds this past week and I'm running stronger: did five 3-minute run intervals this morning and walked another mile or so.

4/1/20: No joke, I'm going for a loss of 8-in-April. I'm counting on regular running, walking and weights workouts and healthy dietary habits to get me there.

3/20/20: Major milestone: down 2 more lbs, 20 lbs total, to reach the 180s! TBH with everything that's going on, this is a small thing. But a source of personal satisfaction nonetheless.

3/15/20: I may not be hitting any weight-loss goals right now, but I am easing into running again with jog/walk intervals. It's good for body and spirit.

Leap Day Update: Met my goal of reaching 192, and passed it by a whisker! Leaps of joy! I'm down 18 for the year.

2/22/20: I am not one to count my chickens before they hatch, but suddenly I find myself 17 lbs down, -3 this week with only 1 more to hit February's goal, and wonder...what could I accomplish in the next 7-8 days?

2/14/20: Happy Valentine's Day! Today I was thrilled to actually hit my goal to reach 196. Had my doubts! Have now lost 14 lbs total. Next: 4 lbs by Leap Day 2/29. 🐸

2/9/20: I feel rejuvenated and the vacation-weight is gone. My next goal is to lose 3 pounds by Valentine's Day, which is going to be a stretch...but I feel good and I think I can do it!

1/27/20: Met my goal for January (-11.4 lbs to date), and now I'm looking forward to warm sunshine and a little adventure!

Update 1/15/2020: I'm following my plan, losing weight and having less hip pain already. That will make going on vacation and exploring a new city on foot much easier.

12/28/2019: I enjoy my life, but in the past couple of years, I took my eyes off the ball when it came to my health. I've always been outdoorsy and active...until I traded my physically demanding job for a more rewarding but sedentary office job 18 months ago. My significant other and I eat out 2 or 3x per week--drinks tend to come with the territory, too.

The pounds have steadily piled on, and now I'm at my highest weight ever. I'm dealing with daily pain and creakiness in my hip joints, due in large part to being overweight. I miss walking pain-free, social dancing, hiking and more.

Short-range motivation: drop some pounds and be in decent shape for a vacation in New Orleans in February--we'll do lots of walking! Having all my clothes fit better is another reason.

Long-term motivations: Move without pain in my hip joints and improve my overall health.

Member Since: 12/28/2019

Fitness Minutes: 4,012

My Goals:
1) Short-term: Lose 11 lb by Jan. 31 - in time for a vacation
2) Long-range: Lose 40 lb (size 16 to size 12) by my birthday in July 2020
3) Lose another 10 lbs (50 total) by mid-September 2020
4) Improve cardiovascular health by getting regular aerobic exercise - walking, stair-climbing, hiking and eventually social dancing and running again

My Program:
- Make a meal plan
- Track food daily
- Limit alcohol to 2 drinks/wk

- Stretch 5 min per day
- Climb 3 flights of stairs 4x per day Mon - Fri
- Use standing desk 1 hour per day, 3x/wk Mon - Fri
- Park farther away at work to increase steps
- Walk 20-60 min. per day on weekends
- Use hand weights - 3 sets of 3 exercises 3x per week

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Runners building mileage need a "down week", which means that every three to four weeks, a week of lesser mileage (usually 20 percent) should be cycled in before the runner builds back up again.

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