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It's Never Too Late to Start Over

published on 07.15.15

It's Never Too Late to Start Over

We're more than half-way through the year, and that's as good a time as any to take a look back at how you've done so far — then, take a look ahead at how you plan to finish out the year.

If you're on track to reach all your goals, then congratulations! If you're not quite there, however, or if you've gotten off track a little, don't fret. It's not too late to refocus and start fresh.

Christmas in July is a popular thing these days — from retail sales to parties to special brews and more — but why not have a New Year's in July and focus on re-dedicating yourself to your New Year's Resolutions?

If you recall, I wrote a similar post back in late January urging you to not give up on your New Year's Resolutions. In it, I mentioned how I was getting back into running in an effort to be healthier. Well, here's a little update on my progress.

Throughout February, I slowly got back to running more regularly and in March I started to take full advantage of the fitness center here at work. In March, April, May and June I averaged about 33 miles each month. On July 4, I ran in my first 5K in nearly 2 1/2 years — the Smiles for Sophie Birthday Bash & Dash — and so far this month, I've logged 20 miles running and 23 miles biking.

Why all the running? Well, I'll get to that in a minute.

Also, if you recall, last December I wrote in my Editor's Page about exercise as way to manage stress — stating I'd hoped to drop 30 pounds by the AHR Expo. In all honestly, I knew that wasn't going to happen when I wrote it (Terry actually set that goal for me and I decided to run with it). I mean, let's face it, to lose 30 pounds in seven weeks during the holidays was a pipe dream.

On January 15, Terry and I both weighed in here at the office and have been keeping track on a dry erase board. I'm happy to say that when I weighed in today — six months to the day of that initial weigh-in — I am down exactly 30 pounds. It took longer than seven weeks, but I did it and I plan to keep going.

Now, back to the running. As I mentioned before, a couple of weeks ago I ran my first 5K since 2012. In fact, in 2012, I ran a total of six 5K races as well as my first ever 10K race AND a half marathon. Since then, my running has dropped and my weight has risen.

Well, since I'm now back in a good routine of running regularly and in better shape than I've ever been, I'd like to keep it up and in the spirit of my New Year's in July I will now set a goal for myself. I’d like to run another half-marathon this year. There, I said it.

Of course, I have a lot of work to do if I’m going to accomplish that goal — and a lot of miles to log. Now, what are you going to do with the rest of 2015?


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