It was almost to mile 10 when I heard someone calling my name. I initially thought I was hallucinating, but Connie and Tom (my son's girlfriend's parent) were standing in the street with a great sign encouraging me. It was just what I needed. I picked up the pace and made up my mind -- THIS RACE WAS NOT GOING TO BEAT ME! I had to stop again at mile 11 to massage the bottom of my feet but I made it! I will definitely do the pig again next year and am considering the Columbus Half-Marathon in October.
New weight 173, I FEEL GOOD!
A funny thing happened on the way to the marathon. I was really excited about my dinner the night before. I planned to "carbo-up" eat a lot of pasta maybe even have some desert. We went to an Italian restaurant; I studied the menu and ordered a grilled chicken breast, asparagus and cauliflower potatoes. I did splurge a little with a bedtime snack of M&M's and almonds. I really feel like I have turned a corner -- I want to eat healthy. I think I finally realize I feel better when I eat right and making good choices is becoming more natural then making bad choices. It is a great feeling.
Every day workouts, good morning, Mary Sunshine!
I have been getting up at 4:30 a.m. four times a week to make sure I get my strengthening workout in. I really didn't think this practice was going to last but I thought I would try it because some days I have no idea when I'm going to get home from the office. Well, it has been almost three weeks and I haven't missed a day. The Self Challenge exercises are getting easier for me and I am doing 3 to 4 sets of each one. It really is a great way to start the morning. The early morning exercise gives me more energy and I have more time for family and friends after work.
April 23, 2007 will definitely be listed in my book of life as an exceptionally happy day. I had a great time with all of the "GMA" and Self staff. I think what made the biggest impression was how committed Lucy Danziger is; she really wants to help women through her magazine -- SHE WALKS THE WALK! She praised my accomplishments, she gave me some insight on what I could do better and what I really needed to work on and she listened to what I had to say.
Sam is great, I don't know how he did it, but I actually felt comfortable on national TV during the live feed, (I thought I was going to throw up before they got there!), Anthony and Liz had everything taken care of before anyone even asked for it, both of them were like old friends before I even met them. I feel so lucky to have been offered this opportunity! As always special thanks goes to my husband, kids, parents, all of my sisters, nieces and nephews, no matter what I do I always have a built in support system.
Meredith, my daughter, got here early on Sunday to help me through pre-taping jitters, she was also here on Sunday when I decided I hadn't picked out the right clothes, we immediately went shopping and took care of all of that unnecessary stress. Just the presence of Marilyn and Heather (part of our great PR team at Lifeline of Ohio) helped me relax and I know how busy they are this month at the office, I really appreciate them taking the time to come to the gym and support me.