That’s the first goal. Flat out, direct and specific. I am frustrated again with the weight I have gained, and it is time to change that.

Last year, at my lowest, I got from 218 to 183. Now, after months of no activity because of this stupid cough, I am ready to get started again. And I will go from 215 to 175 by my birthday. It’s a lot of weight to lose, I know, and no crazy diet is going to make it happen. It will take healthier eating and regular exercise. The basics. And there is no time to start like now.

I won’t be perfect, but I will continually ask myself – is what I am doing right now helping or hurting my pursuit of my goal? If the answer is hurting, I will have to decide if it is worth the setback. Being realistic, I know sometimes the answer will be yes. But hopefully, the thought process alone will help me make better choices along the way.

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