I had dinner with a friend last night to celebrate some good news! Because I had dinner instead of attending the burlesque show as I had originally planned, I was able to be home by 8 pm. Over the weekend visiting my parents I was up later than usual every night and when I came back I was up later than usual with the plumbing issue I mentioned earlier this week. My sleep schedule has been sufficiently disrupted that the mornings are getting hard. I was far too close to choosing my bed over my run yesterday morning. I decided I had to skip this burlesque night and get my sleep schedule back on track.

When I got home from dinner I wished my dad a happy 65th birthday and he opened his present, the family all together and me on the phone. We got him (and mom too!) a display for his medals and race bibs. On the top is a quote from Yoda, “Do or do not. There is no try.”

When we got off the phone I did my 60-second plank followed by my pushups for Day 2 of my plank challenge! It was easier than it was the first day.

Today I got up and did Day 3’s plank in the morning and it was back to being as hard as the first day.

I might do another in the evening but I’m moving this to a morning ritual for the sake of clarity in my blogging. This is Day 3 of the 30-day plank challenge, and 28 days to go in the countdown. AM posts mean AM workouts. I still like my planks at night, so maybe I’ll be doing two 60 second planks a day after all.

My friend Savannah is joining me in this little challenge. She is an amazing woman. She recently had her third baby (I guess at this point the first two are what one might call ‘children’ and not ‘babies.’ They are strong and beautiful, just like their mother.) and she wants to plank with me! I feel proud to have such a supportive and inspiring friend. She told me she did 4 reps of 15 seconds rather than a full 60. That sounds like it might even be more effective than my 60 seconds at once but I am afraid if I stop after 15 I won’t want to do 3 more reps! She said she did another 20-second one later on in the day too!

Savannah and I have been friends since the 6th grade. In high school, we had gym class together and when they picked teams we were a two for one deal. If either she or I got picked Ms. P sent both of us to that team. We were inseparable and afraid of the ball. Friendships like this are worth more than gold.

Anyone who wants to jump in on this challenge should do so! And if you do, please post about how it’s going in the comments! Let’s all support each other.

As always, here is some information about St. Jude’s and the impact your donations make. Your donations are appreciated! 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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