Okay, so I got my usual 2-mile walk in this morning. I also got in the 2-mile walk home from the train tonight, banged out a solid ab workout using my trusty deck of cards, AND I watched what I ate all day today. But because motivation comes in all shapes and sizes, I am going to focus less on what I did for ME today. If you will indulge me, I'd like to take this entry in a bit of a different direction. The people in our lives definitely help shape who we are.....and the decisions we make. On this special day I would like to recognize one very special person who unfortunately is no longer with us. Today is a meaningful day for me personally...and for alot of the people in my tight little "circle" of friends and family...because exactly four few summers back on this very date we lost a great person, friend and member of the family named Belinda Salzman. Belinda was 35 years old, two months shy of her 36th birthday when we lost her. No warning signs, no explanations.....just one of those things. One of those awful, horrible, heart-wrenching things. We were all together on Friday night, celebrating Donna's birthday. On Saturday she was gone....just like that. Needless to say it was a total shock to us all. To make matters worse, I was getting on a cruise ship the day they found her. I got the call as we were boarding.

So Lori and I were cut off from everyone all week. We missed her wake AND her funeral.....never even got to say goodbye. Ever wonder what it would be like to have your whole world suddenly spin out of control? Well I have been there...and it's not fun. The reason I am sharing this with you....aside from it being Belinda's "anniversary," is because she had a HUGE influence on the person I am today. Belinda and I were in the same first grade class. She dated my brother, was in my wedding party, and was one of the first people at the hospital the night Lori went into labor with Meghan. She worked hard, laughed harder....and if you were her friend....she would do anything for you. If there is one lesson that I tried to take from her loss....it is to enjoy life and never lose sight of how precious and fragile it truly is. Belinda is one of the reasons why I work so hard at what I am doing. To honor her memory....and to make sure that I am here for my friends and family...and especially for Meghan.....for as long as possible. So with the Warrior Dash just two days away and my goal weight in sight, I want to say happy anniversary to you BB. Whether you know it or not, you are missed every day. You continue to motivate me without even being here. Love you honey...hope you are enjoying yourself up there. Check in on me Saturday at the dash...hope I make you proud.

Enjoy your night....thanks for checkin in.

Starting Weight - 225 pounds

Current Weight - 218 pounds

Goal Weight - 199 pounds

Total Weight Loss So Far - 7 pounds

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