In one of my favorite songs, Rod Stewart said, "The First Cut is the Deepest." I am nowhere near as talented or creative as he is. But I do have a saying of my own. "The first steps are the hardest." It won't sell a million records unfortunately, but it works for me. I came to that conclusion the other day while I was out for a quick run (and please keep in mind that whenever I say "run," I am using the word very loosely. lol). With the 5K run at Yankee Stadium just a few short days away and the Warrior Dash right behind it, I wanted to make sure I kept pushing myself to get out there and keep myself moving. I have a few friends that are in good shape and have no problem going to the gym or working out, but HATE running. I know it sounds crazy, but I have to say that I really do kind of enjoy it. Jogging is something that my trainer Jonathan introduced me to in one of our earlier sessions together. I have quoted him before on this topic, but he always told me that "if exercise is a tool, then running is your sledgehammer." We started out slow on the track at Juniper Park. Jogging slow on the straight-aways and walking the turns. So we were only actually "running" about 200 yards at a time. We built on that little by little and after awhile I was out clocking miles on my own.

If you are ever wandering around my man cave at home, among all of the autographed sports pics and memorabilia I have (and there is a LOT of it) will find the framed certificate I received from my trainer the day I completed my very first mile without stopping. It's a day I am still very proud of...partly because I think I weighed around 350 pounds at the time and never thought I could do it. It definitely wasn't pretty. But another quote of Jonathan's that I have always loved goes like this "It only has to look good if you're making a video...and we ain't makin' videos here son." Okay, so I jogged myself off track a litle here. I tend to do that on occasion when I get nostalgic. Anyway, what I noticed on my run the other day was that for me the absolute hardest part of any run is getting those first few steps out of the way. I know that once I get myself into a nice comfortable rhythm, with good tunes blaring from my ipod, I am good to go for a mile or three. It is just those first few steps when everything creaks and that voice in your head goes "oooooh man....really?" that I have trouble with. And it dawned on me that most thngs in life are that way. They can seem tough, even impossible at first, but the most important thing is to get yourself all gets a little easier to deal with...and maybe things aren't as difficult or as impossible as you thought after all.

Thanks for checkin in...Keep on movin!

Starting Weight - 225 pounds

Current Weight - 218.5 pounds

Goal Weight - 199 pounds

Total Weight Loss So Far - 6.5 pounds

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