60 Day Countdown: Day 54, and weekly progress report

I cannot believe it is already Sunday. I also cannot believe how sweaty I have been all day. I long for autumn weather when I can be dry again. At this point today I have walked about 9 miles. Along the way I met up with my friend Vanessa, we got our nails done, and decided that a movie theater would be the only place with enough air conditioning to satisfy us.

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I asked for them to be sharp “like a witch”

We saw Suicide Squad (and it is not the disaster critics would have you believe it to be. It is a pizza movie, not a filet mignon movie. Get over it. It’s fun.). Vanessa was a great sport about my insistence that we walk the two miles from the nail salon to the theater in the heat. I feel that all the sweating made us appreciate the air conditioning all the more.

The first week of these 60 days has been pretty great. Part of my success has been an app called Productive. It’s pretty simple. You just set the habits you want to develop and assign frequency and time of day. The app reminds you in the morning, afternoon, and evening about the habits you have set for those timeframes and you swipe to label them as complete. Simple. Is an app really necessary to remind me to drink water? I guess not. But setting it as a goal to drink 1000 ml of water 3 times a day has me actually doing that rather than doing it only if I feel like it. Why? Because you get a solid circle on days when you complete all your habits and that little ‘gold star’ is enough motivation to take me from wanting to make something a habit to actually doing it. My daily morning habits now include 1000 ml of water, vitamins, yoga for abs, and walking at least 3 miles. Three times a week the morning habits include the gym and running.  It’s working for me.

As far as differences I can see from when I started this, I feel like my face looks… more beautiful? I don’t know. My skin is clearer and I think my face has thinned out a little. Oh, and I am cheerful and smiling more. I think this has to do with all the water.

I’d like to tell you I’ve lost weight but my scale is all over the place. I think the battery needs changing. Today my scale says I weigh anywhere from 198 to 174. That reading is obviously meaningless so I am choosing to go by inches as a marker of progress rather than pounds. Inches are more exciting anyway. At the beginning of the week my waist was 40 inches; as of this morning, it measures 38 inches.

Tomorrow begins another week. I’ll let you know how it goes.


As always, below is some more information about St. Jude’s and the impact your donations make. Please donate to this wonderful cause here!


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Donations make a difference

Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.

Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50

These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.

Wagon: $70

Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.

Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75

St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.

Creative Toys: $100

Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and it’s important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.

Delicious Meals: $210

St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.

One Day of Oxygen: $447

Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.

Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700

These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.

Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 Average

For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child and one parent or guardian.

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