Some of you may have heard me talking about my 40 by 40 goal.

My goal, first revealed on the radio a couple months back, is to lose 40 pounds by my 40th birthday. Hence, 40 by 40.

Catchy, yes?

And I am pleased to announce I am halfway there. I am down 20 to 21 pounds with 4 full months left to lose the other half.

It won't be the worst thing to ever happen to me if I DO NOT meet that goal. Losing 40 pounds isn't an easy thing to do.

But it's an exercise--no pun intended--in positive thinking, goal setting, and believing in yourself.

It's hard to believe that the same jeans that made me feel like a human sausage a few months ago are now falling off my hips. I am constantly pulling them up, lest I start looking like a teenage boy showing off his Calvin Kleins.

I am amazed at how much extra energy I have, and between chasing ghosts and six kids and radio and home life, I need every bit of it.

This blog is not for you to congratulate me. Lord knows people have set and met much loftier goals than what I have set out to accomplish.

It is merely to inspire and keep you up to date. If a schlep like me can do it, anyone can.

I need to average a 5 pound weight loss over each of the next 4 months. Doable? Absolutely.

Set your mind to a worthwhile goal that doesn't hurt others...put all of your attention and energy on that goal...believe it will be achieved...act as if you already HAVE achieved it...and watch miracles unfold.