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7 inches gone from my waist
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Editor’s Note: Susan McCreath has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin and CORE Athletic Performance. McCreath is keeping a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of her fitness journey. These are her thoughts and feelings shared with you.


Day 78

Ate clean! Worked out! If only everyday was this simple! Definitely preparing my food on Sundays helps to get the week off to a great start.


Day 79

Ate clean! Worked out! Two days in a row! Woohoo!! If tonight’s  workout was meant to burn out your shoulders and arms then mission accomplished. It is utterly amazing how heavy a 10-pound dumbbell can feel at the end of a workout. 


Day 80

I was having a conversation with some coworkers today about how I have lost seven inches off of my waist.  It definitely is a good feeling, but it also a bit disconcerting to think that I had seven inches to lose off of my waist and that I still have several more inches to go! I actually pulled out a measuring tape today and visualized seven inches … no wonder my pants didn’t fit. Workout tonight – did we really have to do arms again tonight after last night? And what the heck are those little yellow bars that Robert brought into the gym to do push-ups and dips with?


Day 81

Didn’t make it to the gym tonight. Got home late from work and it was my daughters’ birthdays. One thing I really have learned how to do though is to order much better off of a menu!


Day 82

Happy 46th birthday to me. Every week when I weigh in, Robert has to input my age. I asked him the other day if turning 46 was going to help with any of my percentages or measurements. Hey, I’m looking for any advantage I can get! I was a little bummed when he told me it didn’t matter. I did have a slice or two of birthday cake tonight. Hard to resist when mom makes your favorite cake.


Day 83

I’ve decided that I really dislike weekends. They are just too unstructured and I have freedom as to when, where, and what I am going to eat. 


Day 84

Back at a volleyball tournament today. It’s already been a two-protein-bar kind of morning and it is only 9 a.m. I am striving to get in some walking time in between matches today and not just sit around and visit all day.


Connect with Susan McCreath and CORE Athletic Performance trainer Robert Iniguez on the Year of You Facebook page at: