I mentioned in the first of these countdown posts that I started my sober march three days early with the idea in mind that I would slot three cheat days in- specifically for my birthday, but not strictly.

Last night for my friend Mike’s party (Oops, I mean, “get together” because parties get out of control) I decided to use one of my ‘get out of sober free cards’ and enjoy some wine. It seemed like a good use of a cheat day and I have no regrets. Mike is a great friend who I met while I was bartending and who I run the Rugged Maniac with every year. I learned last night he is also a great cook. The food was amazing and the company was even better. Naturally, everyone I met there was amazing and hilarious. Mike is a great collector of interesting and funny people.

Mike and me at the 2015 Rugged Maniac.

I have requested several recipes from last night’s spread.

Mike’s place is about 4 miles from mine and I decided to walk. Google Maps vastly underestimated how fast I walk so I was unreasonably early (TBH this is not the fault of Google, this is the fault of me being neurotic about time.). Thank goodness he forgives me for being a crazy person who shows up early to everything.

Progress this week! I have lost another inch from my waist and I finally changed the battery in my scale. When I started this I, unfortunately was at an all time high of 198 lbs but I am happy to report that as of this morning I am down to 191.2 lbs.

I’d like to say that I don’t care about the number on the scale but that just isn’t true. Aside from the fact that weight loss makes running easier, this is also a vanity issue. I am a complete person regardless of my weight. I am not waiting to live my life until I reach some arbitrary goal weight. That said, I would not be pleased with myself if I ever saw a number beginning with 2 on that scale. I wish I was not a person who is concerned with weight in this way but I am still a product of the society in which I live. I feel pretty proud of this progress and the longer this goes on the more I think I will be able to keep it up after the half.

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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