I love the children’s story “The Little Engine That Could.” It’s one of the great childhood parables about keeping yourself moving forward, no matter what challenges lie ahead and make you wonder whether you “could” do something…if only you kept going.
If you haven’t read it…or if you just want the Amazon.com Cliff Notes version, here you go:
The unknowing progenitor of a whole generation of self-help books, Wally Piper’s The Little Engine That Could is one of the greatest tales of motivation and the power of positive thinking ever told. In this well-loved classic, a little train carrying oodles of toys to all of the good boys and girls is confronted with a towering, seemingly impassable mountain. As nicely as they ask, the toys cannot convince the Shiny New Engine or the Big Strong Engine–far too impressed with themselves–to say anything but “I can not. I can not.” It is left up to the Little Blue Engine to overcome insurmountable odds and pull the train to the other side. The Little Engine That Could is an entertaining and inspirational favorite, and the Little Blue Engine’s rallying mantra “I think I can–I think I can” will resonate for a lifetime in the head of every child who hears it.
And so it is with Every48, which in July continued to attract more readers. The blog found its way to 307 readers – more readers than any other month except nutty April, when bunches of folks found the blog because of my Boston Marathon posts. Page views were just about the same as in June (seven less, to be exact). Readers from 29 countries found the blog this month – and from 57 countries since its launch in January 2014. (Quick: Guess which country was in second place with page views, after the U.S., this month? Brazil. Yes, Brazil. Hello – or should I say “Olá!” – to Every48’s Brazil readers!)
And on the workout front? Even with a bum knee that curtailed my running by mid-month, I still notched 17 workouts in 31 days – easily surpassing my every-other-day goal for 2014.
And a couple of those workouts were lovely and different than my usual fare: an amazing, very long and aerobic walk with my hubby from the Cambridge side of the Charles River in Boston, across to the North End (the Italian section of town, home of my people) and then to Charlestown and the Bunker Hill Memorial and Old Ironsides…and back again. Experiments in the pool with keeping my knee happy while getting in a solid aerobic workout. Getting back into spin class with an awesome instructor. And of course, the best milestone of all: reaching the five-year mark since my 40-pound weight loss last weekend.
Research on long-term weight loss shows that once you’ve hit the five-year mark, you’re in pretty good shape to keep the weight off forever, because the skill sets associated with healthy weight maintenance are solid. That doesn’t mean I get to “slack off” now (whatever that means)…it just means I’m really, really happy with what I’m doing, and I can live with it. (Trust me: Eating ice cream for dinner years ago didn’t make me happy. It made me sick.)
So on we go to the eighth month of 2014. The Every48 journey continues. Please continue to spread the word about the blog – it’s great to know that it’s helping so many people to get and stay active. Like the little engine that could…just keep thinking “I think I can, I think I can!” And then, go. Do it. Do the thing you really, really want to do in life.
But first, get out there and get your workout on.