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Day 67: Down one pound!!

I woke up this morning feeling quite sore and stiff.  Mostly in my hamstrings. I think it was the stretching session with my daughter Monday night. But this kind of pain is good. It tells me progress is being made. So before my run, I am doing more stretching (and groaning!).  I usually stretch afterwards or in the evening, and throughout the day. And admittedly, I stretch my neck too much - the first few pops are a great relief, but as the day progresses, it gets really sore.  And at a certain point, it stops popping and then I get headaches.  So we are putting an end to the neck popping today!

I am hoping by dong some good stretches in the morning as well as evening, that I will have better runs.

I also hopped on the scale this morning, and I am down one more pound!


This puts me within 1 pound of my goal of 195 on 08/08/2015! I can do this. :)

I am giving a concert 08/23.  I hope to be closer to 190 (and further from 200) by then. One step at a time.

My next improvement on my eating, besides stopping all food at 6:00 p.m., 7:00 at the latest, extra water, lots of whole grains, fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and low sodium is to make small substitutions.

For instance, last night I had a dinner break at 5:45 after teaching classes and before rehearsal. I didn't have much money, and had eaten my lunch I had packed. So I decided to go to Wendy's.  I looked on their site and compared caloric content on their dollar menu. I had planned on a cheeseburger and a baked potato, but I went with a small chicken sandwich. And I found out they sell a bag of apple slices for $.99!  I also ordered a small chocolate frosty. I probably could have done without that, but it was hot and a nice treat. :) With this meal,was low in carbs and sodium.  I don't eat much sugar, so I feel like I need a treat now and then.  Plus I woke up one pound lighter!

Well, I am off to the trail. Today I teach group piano and then am practicing on a Steinway downtown at the complex where I have retired musical friends.  It's on the waterfront. And they don't mind me coming in and tinkling the ivories for several hours.

Happy Friday! :)

Update: I did 450 consecutive steps on the trail today! :)


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