Finding my inner athlete (she's in here somewhere)
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Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart

In my quest to find my inner athlete (see last week's post), I've been searching out 5Ks in the area. This time of year is stinkin' miserable, heat-wise, so I'll be doing more of them in the fall and winter months but I found an evening 5K next weekend so I signed up the whole family for that one.

Workout_every_day I'm making exercise more of a priority because as the weight-loss psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic said to me, exercise is helpful for weight loss but is crucial to maintenance. She said that I should plan on doing some sort of hourlong workout every day, because even if I skip a day or two I'll have worked out five days a week.

My old plan wasn't working:  Workout Monday through Friday with weekends off. But if I missed a couple days (or more) I was barely working out at all.

This morning, since I'm now officially training for next weekend's 5K, I pounded out an hour on the treadmill at the gym, with Wimbledon and the World Cup on all the TVs. I felt very "jock-y."

A new tool in training, provided to me by Omron, is my pedometer. I'll be trying it out for the next eight weeks, coinciding with the eight-week Cleveland Clinic Non-Surgical Weight Loss Program, which officially begins Monday morning. (Check out my review at Shrinking Sisters Reviews.)

Last Wednesday I met with the dietitian and the psychologist one on one. This week the regular group sessions begin and I get my food plan.

And by the way, July 4th is the deadline to leave a comment on the Gold Medal Fitness post to receive one of two copies of the book Gold Medal Fitness by Olympic swimmer Dara Torres.

And you can still leave a comment on the Don't Worry Be Happy post to receive either Denise's Daily Dozen or The O2 Diet book. Brenda Kaye gets the book Finally Thin.