On Facebook recently I have seen an article going around about people who post their workout routines being narcissists. It’s funny I guess, but in response to that article I’d just like to address the reasons I post these updates.

  1. Accountability. Posting these updates keeps me honest. Can’t announce you’re going sober for 60 days and then have people see you out at the bar being a dirty liar. Can’t write about hitting the gym and running if you are really just eating Cheetos and chain smoking.
  2. Motivation. Aside from the encouragement from you, the people of my internet life, knowing I have to write something every day makes me feel I have to DO SOMETHING every day. Or else… what will I write? You think I’m doing this for my health? I am doing this to entertain you. You’re welcome.
  3. Time Keeping. Seeing the numbers fall steadily day by day has really given me an appreciation of how fast this half is coming up. I have had to change the titles of the last 3 posts because I wrote the number of the day before. Time is flying. It really makes me want to be mindful of making not only every day count, but every meal, every commute, every opportunity to make a healthy choice. Good weeks are made of good days. Good days are made of good hours.
  4. People like it! Maybe not you, poster of that article… but why are you reading this if that is the case? You can always unfollow me if you don’t think it’s interesting or if it makes you feel bad in some way. If seeing fitness posts from me makes you unhappy, unfollow me. It won’t upset me. I won’t even know. I unfollow anyone who posts motivational memes featuring minions or things that start with “90% of my friends won’t read this.” It’s cool. We’re still friends. 🙂

Anyway, with that said, this morning I got up and ran 2 miles without headphones. Alone with my thoughts. I used to hate that, but today it felt good. Today my thoughts were clear and positive. It’s something I’ve been working on.

Somehow this graffiti, seen on my walk yesterday in Brooklyn, seemed to fit this post.

After my run I went back and grabbed my backpack and walked to they the gym for a strength workout and then walked to the furthest train stop in Brooklyn that would get me to work. I walked 4 miles in total before I arrived at the office. I also realized this morning that a lot of the walking I’ve done recently has been while wearing a heavy backpack.

Now it’s time to eat some fruit and begin the work day.

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



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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