What could be worse than having to start your work day off with a two-and-a-half mile walk to the train station at almost six in the morning? How about doing it in the rain. Or better yet, having to do it in the hot, sticky, humid summer rain. UGGGHH! That was the scene for me this morning. Sometimes you can't help but feel like you're being punished...or being tested to see how bad you really want it. Those are the days where there is a fleeting thought in my head about skipping the daily walk and driving to the train instead. Those are also the days where I remind myself that I need to do it the most. There are no shortcuts. There are no easy ways out. I'll never forget the very first time I showed up to meet my trainer on a day that it was raining. We were scheduled to run that day and I very naively remarked to him, “It's raining out. What does that mean?” His reply was really simple and honest.

He just smiled at me and said “It means you're going to get wet.” It was that first day a few years ago where I realized that having to deal with certain obstacles only means that your day will be a little more difficult. It doesn't mean that the job doesn't get done. My trainer...let's call him Jonathan...because that's his name (ha ha ha) would always remind me that your body doesn't know it is raining. It doesn't know that it is a holiday. It doesn't know that it is your birthday. Or the weekend. Or that there might be something more fun going on. It just knows that it needs to be worked out. It is our responsibility to give our bodies what it needs...no matter what. So there I was in the rain and the humidity this morning. Even though my nice warm, dry car was sitting in the driveway. And there I will continue to be until I reach my goal and beyond. I'm going to push myself to keep moving. Hopefully you will too.

Before I sign off I just wanted to say thank you to all of the people who have read my first few blogs this week. I have gotten some great comments and alot of positive feedback and support in general so far. It really means the world to me. Keep on reading!

Thanks for stopping by. Until tomorrow...

Starting Weight - 225 lbs

Goal Weight - 199 lbs

Projected Date to Hit Goal Weight - September 19th, 2011