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Getting back into playing volleyball
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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 has kept a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of her fitness journey. These are her latest thoughts and feelings.


Day 354

Heading into the final stretch and just made plans for the final weigh in. I don’t know if I’m shocked at how fast the year has gone, nervous about the final result, or relieved that this part of the journey is coming to a close. It is shocking how fast this year has gone. Time truly does fly the older you get. Nerves cause me to eat, so I am trying not to be nervous about the weigh in. Relief … I should be feeling relieved that my weight will never again be in a paper.


Day 355

I had a meeting today with a lady from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. We reviewed our game plan of how we are going to make the staff and students at French Camp healthier physically, mentally, and emotionally.  It’s always motivating when we have these meetings as we are trying to formulate our action plan. I have many staff members wanting to be on the committee to change/enhance this part of our school which is a reassuring sign. It’s definitely baby steps, but I am looking forward to these positive changes we are planning.


Day 356

It was time to do some clothes shopping since I am tired of my frumpy looking clothes and decided that I needed a boost. Thank goodness it was a successful trip with many of the items I brought into the fitting room fitting pretty nicely. I still have a habit of buying most of my clothes in black which seems to slim and hide in all the right places. Maybe someday I’ll break out of my funk and add some color to my wardrobe. 


Day 357

First adult volleyball game tonight and thank goodness I showed up late. I missed the first game, but played in the next two games and oh my goodness. Mentally, I can still play. I know how to read a hitter and a ball, I know where to be on the court. However, my body just did not want to cooperate. Talk about feeling like you are in slow motion. It was fun though and something I can see myself sticking with. I need to practice and hopefully the physical part of the game will come back quickly.


Day 358

I received a text this morning from a teammate last night wanting to know if I was sore. I replied that I wasn’t too bad; much better than expected. As the day wore on though I could feel the cramp wanting to start in my calf, but I refused to give into it. I kept myself busy walking around the playground and classrooms, encouraging the children who were at recess to join me. We had a nice little walking club going throughout the day.


Day 359

Every day I will read something on the Internet that says to stay away from this food, don’t eat that food, how to get rid of your stomach, etc. Why do I keep reading these stupid things? It’s like there is going to be some new, amazing trick to lose that belly fat! That is one thing I have learned throughout this journey – you have to eat clean.


Day 360

Wow, did I just really write Day 360?!  In Dallas and we find ourselves in a hole-in-the-wall Mexican place. How can you not order something authentic? A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity;  plus, the food is cheap. Super cheap!!  How can I go wrong?  I know I did not make the best choice tonight, but I also realize that one meal is not going to ruin everything.


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