Film club was last night and as promised, I did not drink, even though the happy hour was a pretty great deal. Attendance was a little light, but because the folks who get out of work later let us know they could not make it we were able to start an hour early and thus I was able to leave a little early. I chose to walk to the Canal stop about two miles away. This added two miles to my day and subtracted one subway stop. I always try to minimize time on the train whenever I can. I would walk an extra 4 miles just to be on the train for less time. And by would, I mean I do, almost every morning. Case in point, today I walked 4 miles before I got to work. And while I did not feel like it at all, I got up early for a run. I spent the first half of it kicking myself for not having today be the rest day instead of yesterday when I didn’t even want it. The second half was better though. Thanks Spotify!

Last week my nemesis bought some pickles at the farmers market in Union Square and I was full of envy when I tried one. Since then I have been looking for them. Today… I GOT THE PICKLES!!

It’s true love.

Changing my diet has been a big part of this. Cutting out fried foods and noodles, unnecessarily cheesy foods (like fried cheese) and saying no to doughnuts and bagels that are free in my office. The fruit is also free. I am choosing fruit. But I love snacks, so finding something I can nosh on and not feel guilty is important. Pickles are one solution to that problem. Smart Balance popcorn and spiced baked chickpeas are another.

I love snacks, and I know that trying to give them up completely will only set me up for failure in the long run. So trying to make better choices while still living my life is a big part of this challenge.

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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