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Runnin' Down A Dream

published on 01.06.17

Runnin' Down A Dream

Several months after I first started here, I wrote a December column about managing stress during the holidays. Among other things, I addressed exercise and setting attainable goals.

To make it more personal, Terry suggested I actually put a goal of my own in the column — then, he went a step further and challenged me with what he thought my goal should be. And that's how I ended up writing in my Dec. 2014 column (which I actually wrote in late November) that I planned to lose 30 pounds by the AHR Expo at the end of January 2015.

Needless to say, losing 30 pounds in about seven weeks was not an attainable goal ... but I did give it a pretty good shot.

In fact, I had lost almost 15 pounds in that time — and I didn't stop there.

In 2015, I dropped about 40 pounds total (then gained back about 10 early last year). Since last January, I'm down about 25 more pounds. All told, since I started here at HVACR Business back in April 2014, I've lost nearly 75 pounds ... and I'm still going.

Now, if you've stayed with me so far, you're probably wondering why I'm sharing this. My health and weight loss isn't a topic I typically write about here, after all.

You can thank Terry for that as well. A while back, after returning from my lunch run (yes, I've been using my lunch break to go for runs), I mentioned to him how much weight I'd lost so far. And he said I should write about it on my blog.

I didn't think much of that idea at the time, but the more I've thought about it the more I thought, "Why not?"

Sure, I've written before about my running and weight loss, but I haven't really given details. So, throughout the year, you can expect me to post regular updates here on my health and fitness goals and progress.

Maybe these posts will inspire you to take a little better care of yourself, maybe not. If anything, it will keep me accountable by putting this all in writing.

For the record, in 2016 I ran three 5K races and two Half Marathons (shaving about 16 minutes off my previous finish time from 2015) and I logged 555.5 total miles. I may not be the fastest runner, but I never quit and I always try to improve.


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