I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I have been experiencing some foot pain in the tendon running from my big toe across the top of my foot. Dr. Google suggested I may be tying my laces too tight.

After this morning I think that really was the problem. Before my run this morning I loosened the laces almost to the point where tying my shoes became difficult (I also put in supportive insert) and I realized I have been tying my shoes like a 4 year old with sensory issues. Loosening the laces helped immensely. My foot is still a little sore so my run was a bit shorter than planned but the pain in my foot is subsiding and I feel pretty great!

I also turned into a snack monster last night. Yesterday was not a great diet day, I had drunken noodles for lunch (my favorite day-after-party lunch) which are not terrible for you but surely have more sugar and fat than would be desirable to consume on a regular basis. Sometimes I find that the less healthy my lunch is the more difficult it is to make healthy choices for dinner. My dinner was a healthy curry dish I made. Mostly quinoa and vegetables, no one could argue this is not a healthy meal. The problem was portion… and the second meal of scrambled eggs.. and then the snacking began… Why did I eat 4 mini cliff bars? Because they were there. It was not ideal but it could have been worse. Thank goodness I threw out all the really really unhealthy junk weeks ago.

Today I am committed to making better choices. Fruit for breakfast and I have already decided on my favorite salad place for lunch.

Tonight I need to pack for Maryland. I leave straight from work tomorrow to catch a bus home! My sister will be tattooing me, I’ll be running with my folks to the Chesapeake Bay, and we will be having a crab feast Sunday. I am very excited to change up the routine and see my family!

Soon I’ll have a new spider tattoo to show off!

As always, below is some more information about St. Jude’s and the impact your donations make. Your donations are all I want for my birthday! 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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