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The 2015 Weight Loss Journey


Last year I lost 50 pounds and I’m proud to say, I’ve kept it off for 7 months. Now the doctor wants me to lose another 20. Here we go again…

I know that I’m going to have to step up the exercises more and to continue to watch the food diet. I like mini goals…and I found some great tools. is one. I chose Couch to 5k, and I chose virtual runs. This sets up running events for folks but allows you to do them at your own place and time (even though a date is usually set up). I like being in charge of my own schedule.

My first virtual run was Happy Birthday USA sponsored by, scheduled for July 4th. I had to work on July 4th, so I participated the next day. This is the great thing about these programs. If it were a traditional 5K run, I would have missed it. This way, I did not.

There is another site called It creates monthly events like the 4th of July one. The August event is ET Phone Home 5k and supports the American Diabetes Association. Between these sites, I’ve committed to an event each month. Maybe soon, I’ll try more than a 5k, but for now, this works for me. Will it work enough to help lose the 20 pounds? I don’t know…we’ll find out together.

What about you? Are any of you interested in joining me in the ET Phone Home 5k this month or the Pirate run in September or any of the others? If so, check it out these sites.



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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