I would like to start by thanking everyone who reached out in public comment and via private message after reading my post yesterday. I almost didn’t put that one up because I worried it was too heavy but now I’m so glad I decided to post it. All day yesterday I received an outpouring of messages both public and private from people who read and shared it. For anyone who found inspiration in it to free themselves from unhealthy relationships or who said it made them feel less alone in their own struggles to be kinder to themselves, I’m glad to be in this together with you. Now, onward…
My planks are getting better, but not really easier. As my form improves the time remains difficult. Naturally, it is harder to do a plank with good form than to do a sloppy swaybacked plank with my butt sticking up. Getting to that 60 second mark is still a struggle that is part mental and part physical. But my form IS getting better.
Today after my plank I did two miles followed by two sets of 10 lunges. It feels good to start the day by tackling a physical challenge. When I got to work I repeated that phrase to my coworker Michelle as we climbed the stairs to the 4th floor because some people were trapped in the elevator. She agreed that it was nice to take the stairs especially considering the alternative of being stuck in a tiny elevator. I would really like it if they left the stairs open every day. I do not like elevators.
For breakfast today I got the last two good avocados at the green market I pass on the way to the train. I’m looking forward to fall but I am bummed about avocados going out of season. An avocado with sriracha along side a scoop of low fat cottage cheese is one of my favorite breakfasts.
As a reminder, I am running the Rock n’ Roll Brooklyn half-marathon for a cause! (You think I’m doing this for my health?) Each day I’ve included this information and links in my post so that I might garner a few more donations to help St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital to save a few more young lives. I have to admit, while I post this every day, donations are at a standstill. So even if you only have $1 to spare, every little bit helps and I hope you will throw a few dollars this way.
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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.
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.