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Better off than I was 2 months ago
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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 will keep a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of her fitness journey. These are her thoughts and feelings shared with you.


Day 57

Spring break and I’m headed to San Diego. This week could either make me or break me. I have high hopes of working out, relaxing, and eating healthy in the beautiful surroundings. However, I do know myself and realize this could possibly be a disastrous week of lounging around, eating good food and having a few drinks. 


Day 58

The morning started off well with oatmeal and fruit and a great walk. The place where I am staying is on a hilltop overlooking the ocean. So, as I walked up and down the hills I had some amazing views. After walking on the hills, it reminds you of how flat Manteca/Ripon really is. After my walk I headed over to the on-site fitness center. I wandered around like a lost puppy before I decided to go back to my room to do my workout. So here I am in my hotel room doing push-ups, sit-ups, dips and burpees. This is about as uninspiring a place as you can get. And let’s be realistic – how many burpees is the average person going to do on their own? Plus, I kept thinking about the poor people in the room below me having to listen to the burpee commotion. 


Day 59

I start the day off right with another huge walk. I figured that was the best thing to counter the beers I had by the pool yesterday afternoon. I also drank a ton of water because I have this theory that if I just drink more water it will push the beer out. I tried again to do some exercises in the room, but honestly I did not do any burpees. As I sat in the hot tub this afternoon I was thinking that wouldn’t it be great if you could burn calories from the heat and the jets hitting you. I also like to imagine that if the jet hits my thigh enough it will make the cellulite vanish. 


Day 60

Hard to believe that this is Day 60 … two months. In some ways I think that I should be further along in my weight-loss journey, but on the other hand I am better off than I was 60 days ago. I feel much stronger, my clothes fit much better, my overall mood is much better. Lots of positives – and many more positives to look forward to. 


Day 61

Thoughts from my vacation: Wouldn’t it be amazing if the jets in a hot tub would get rid of pounds and cellulite? That is definitely an invention worth pursuing.


Day 62

I told myself that I was going to get outside and walk in this sunshine today, but it didn’t happen. Sometimes I wonder what I do all day and why I can’t squeeze in at least 30 minutes for exercise, but if vacuuming and folding laundry burns calories then I should be OK for today. My family tried out a new Mexican restaurant for dinner. I ordered a taco salad with shredded chicken and told myself that I wouldn’t eat the bowl. We brought the food home to eat and when I opened my container I said, “Are you kidding me? Look how small this taco salad is!” Geez, it’s like the people at the restaurant know that I’m not supposed to be eating massive amounts of food. When I had finished though I decided that it was the perfect amount of food and it really made me realize how huge the portions usually are at restaurants.


Day 63

I took an amazing four-mile walk around town today enjoying the afternoon sunshine. I even followed it up with some crunches and some push-ups. I am anxious to get back to the gym tomorrow. It feels like forever since I have been there.


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