A minor milestone

I set some ambitious goals this year, and I completed one already by running 600 miles so far this year. I’m about 350 cycling miles away from achieving my second goal, which shouldn’t be a problem.

I’ve had a harder time with my third goal. I wanted to lose 40 pounds, which would take me from 215 pounds down to 175. I would finally no longer be overweight. I knew it would be hard, but I still underestimated just how hard. I got to 205 fairly quickly, and then basically stalled. Several demoralizing months later though I made the right changes and the trend is downward again. And today was the first time in many years that the first number on the scale was a 1—even if it was 199.9. It will still be a few weeks before the trend line catches up, and since weight moves around by a few pounds a day I know I will bounce back above 200 for a while.

But as motivation seeing a weight below 200 pounds is a big deal for me. And I know that if I keep working that will become permanent.

— Steve


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Hi, I’m Steve Block. I’m an Iowan, but have lived in Denver since 2007.

I write, take pictures, run, and ride my bike when I can. Most of my writing is in a journal, though the best ideas find their way here. My photography is a long ongoing hobby, and I have photographs on 500px and Flickr along with a smaller photo portfolio at ev-15. I started running last November, where I have progessed to regular 10k distances. For 2014 I set some nice goals for both running and cycling, and plan to issue regular progress updates. I brew beer pretty regularly too, and started developing my own recipes last fall.

I’m reliving the past, in a way, over at retro focus.

My day to day life is best found on twitter and the pictures on tagisu.

This site is has a collection of essays, short notes, quotes, and photos, in no particular order. It trends towards longer articles, posted about twice a month.

— Steve