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Fighting the cravings since school let out
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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 133

Monday workouts are always good workouts. Maybe that’s because I feel energetic every Monday and have that thought that this is the week that I’m going to make some huge progress. 


Day 134

My knees were killing me from last night’s workout so I decided to skip it and take a walk instead. I did my 4-mile loop around town and it felt good to exercise outside, but I also know that it is not as strenuous as workout that I would be getting at the gym. 


Day 135

The good thing about work is that it has slowed down and I get time to sit down and eat. The bad news is that I get time to sit down and eat. And since the pace has slowed down quite a bit I find myself wanting to snack much more. Had some appointments after work and didn’t make it to the gym, but was able to walk my 4-mile loop. This is an improvement because a few short months ago I would have forgone the walk to go to bed.


Day 136

Well, I guess it’s a walking week. Feeling bad that I haven’t hit the gym, but at least I am getting out and getting some sort of exercise. Plus, the weather has been beautiful so that’s an added bonus.


Day 137

Our family decides to take a spur of the moment camping trip. When we get to the campsite I realize that the food choices were not going to be too great! Definitely needed to pack some different food for myself, but lesson learned.


Day 138

Morning walk around Lake Alpine. It was gorgeous and felt good about starting the day off with a walk. However, one thing about camping is that you sit around a lot! Then you get bored and then you get hungry … well, at least you think you’re hungry! After lunch we decided to take a more challenging hike and walked to Duck Lake. Another beautiful hike, but my husband and I soon found ourselves falling further and further behind our daughters who were tackling the hills with no problem  and talked and texted the entire way.  I could barely breathe at times, let alone talk to my husband or text.  I will say though that I felt quite proud when we completed the hike and could see the car.


Day 139

Camping and hiking took a toll on my back and knees so I decided to rest today. I’m thinking that nap and frozen yogurt were just what the doctor ordered. Tomorrow is Monday again; just in time to get my energy going again.


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