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Day 5

Going That Extra Mile (Or 1,000 Steps) To Reach My Goal

Sunday is designated as my writing day. I’ve added editing to that list with pieces now coming in for The Hub News that I have to put my eyeballs on. I’m working on a book, which I’m very excited about. I gave myself an end-of-June deadline, which means I have just a week to finish. I’m working with someone who is very driven and I want to make sure his book is great but I haven’t done this in a while. The last book I penned was with La La Anthony (The Love Playbook, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller in 2014).

I get lost in the words when I’m writing. The process, some of which I will be explaining in my writing Master Class in thehub.global next month, makes me laser focused. I spent most of the day writing and by the time I came up for air it was 11:26 p.m. and I had only gotten in 4,878 steps.

I put on my sneakers, popped in my earbuds and jumped on the treadmill. I managed to get in more than 4,000 steps in 30 minutes, but I fell short of the 10,000 for the day. My initial thought was, “Oh well. I did my best. I’m human. I’ll get to it tomorrow.” But just because it was after midnight and my vivofit had reset back to zero didn’t mean that I couldn’t get in my 10,000 for the day.

The vivofit day had ended, but mine had not.

I hopped back on the treadmill and knocked out another 1,000 steps. I was drenched, exhausted and too wired to sleep. So I watched the first episode of Luke Cage on Netflix. I drank lots of water, which meant I was running to the bathroom around 3 in the morning. I didn’t get much sleep, but I reached my goal and physically I feel better than I’ve felt in a while.

I’m in a no-excuse zone. I have 25 more days to not just lose 18 pounds, but to be in the best shape I can get in. There are a lot of things I cannot control in my world, but this body is something I can. If you’re not on the #30Days journey, that’s fine. You should be doing something, however, everyday to improve your life. It doesn’t have to be fitness and weight. It can be reading or writing or learning a language or studying the Bible or practicing kindness.

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Karen Hunter

Written by Karen Hunter

A former sports and news reporter with the New York Daily News for 16 years, Karen served four of those years on the editorial board of The News, where she was a member of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize- and Polk Award-winning teams. She was also the paper’s first African-American female news columnist. As the head of Karen Hunter Books (KHB), an imprint with Simon & Schuster, Karen has published No. 1 New York Times bestseller True You by pop icon Janet Jackson, New York Times bestselling Kris Jenner and All Things Kardashian by Kris Jenner

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