We ran a 10K this morning, HCRP and I. Well technically it was HCRP, me, and about 600 other people. This was a first time 5K/10K for a local organization I have a world of respect and gratitude for. In the early years of my life here in Memphis CHC was my Primary Care Physician. I worked for either small businesses that couldn’t afford to offer health insurance; or for wages that didn’t allow for my portion of the premium. So when either my son or I were sick that was where we went.
The first affordable health insurance coverage I was ever offered was their MEMPHIS Plan which I believe is a model for other communities and their medical communities!
/Steps off Soapbox . . .
My first 10K was back in June and I beat my stated goal time of 1:15:00 by 29 seconds.
My stated goal time for today’s race was 1:10:00 and I missed it by 54 seconds.
But I still beat my last time so that makes it a PR and I’ll take it!
It is still a PR even if it’s only your second race of a particular distance. Right? Of course right!
We’ve been running, building up miles towards December’s St. Jude Half Marathon.
Last Sunday we ran one of our local greenway trails. “Greenway” translates to “There are probably snakes out here!” and there were. Right around a mile into our seven mile (utterly craptabulous from Step One) run there was one of THESE right smack dab in the middle of the trail. (WARNING: It’s a wikipedia page about the Nerodia Rhombifer.)
And of course Samuel L. Jackson was nowhere to be found with his mighty powers of snake defying profanity. (WARNING: There’s a lot of Samuel L. cursing at that link. Mom, I warned you.) Thanks Sam. I’ll keep this in mind the next time you need running advice or a home-cooked meal or pretty much anything else. This is twice man. Twice. Not. Cool.
Given Samuel L’s
betrayal . . . err . . . absence HCRP came to my rescue by going around the snake first, creating a distraction so that I could pass unnoticed by the legless beast.
(I am not a fan of snakes. In case you haven’t picked up on that particular vibe.)
Update on Project AwesomeBoobs
(Name suggested by one of my uber-cool online friends)
Got home from work yesterday to find a letter from my insurance provider informing me that they have APPROVED my “Reduction Mammography”. I am approved for 0 (as in zero) Visits and 2 Procedures. I’m guessing that’s one for each side or something. It struck me as funny anyway.
So this afternoon following my PR setting 10K I could think of no better way to celebrate than to switch out my Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter wardrobes. And since I was pulling every stitch of clothing out of the closet I figured I’d go ahead and divest myself of the things that no longer fit. Which is most of my Spring/Summer shorts, skirts, and everything from the waist down.
I started last summer in a size 16 and am now wearing a 10 in jeans and a 12 in slimmer cut skirts, etc. That’s from the waist down. Waist up I’m still a 16.
Anyway, as I was going through Le Wardrobe I started looking at my Spring/Summer tops and blouses and realized that next year I will be swimming in them!
This really is going to be a substantial change in every area of my life.
Last weekend HCRP and I were strolling through Macy’s and it hit me that for the first time in . . . well . . . ever I am going to be able to wear button-up blouses without using dress tape or safety pins. I very nearly cried standing there looking at a really cute, size 10 blouse.
A friend – a couple of them actually – had suggested that I see a therapist between now and when I have this done next February.
Oh. And yeah. My target date is Tuesday, February 26th. I’ll be calling Dr. Awesome Boobs’ office on Monday to get that on his schedule.
And speaking of “between now and then” I’ve also been advised by other women who’ve had this done that if I have any more weight I want to lose I need to try and do that before the surgery. I happen to have a few pounds I’d like to go forward without, so I’ll be beginning that effort next week.
Several months ago I came across the documentary Fat Sick & Nearly Dead on Netflix and I was absolutely riveted by it. I watched it three times in as many days then made HCRP watch it with me one afternoon. I’ve decided to kick off my efforts by following Joe’s Reboot Your Life program.
Before you jump me about ‘extreme diets’ and ‘boomerang effect’ and ‘fads’ go the the Reboot Your Life link up there and click the link to watch the film free on Hulu. THAT – if nothing else – is how I know this guy is for real. He has put his entire film (that he otherwise sells on DVD) out there For Free to get the message out. AND the plans and a ton of recipes are available For Free on that site as well.
I’ve researched and considered this for several weeks and I think the two week reboot is going to be good for me.
So now my Running Blog has become a Running and Breast Reduction Blog and Pre-Breast Reduction Weight Loss.
Who saw that coming?!
When I said “Running changed my life” I really had very little idea exactly what all that was going to entail.