Surfing through my Prevent Cancer files for information for a friend, I came across my
old blog posts from 2009 when staff had challenged me to get into “better” shape and run the
5K that September. It was a lot of fun I think because I had to chronicle my progress in
building up my stamina for running, (which I hadn’t done in years), and give up my bad
Disclaimer here; I’ve always exercised and been a walker, so that part of the challenge was
no big deal. (Or so I thought.) But since I really liked my cokes and occasional fast food.
That part of the challenge was MUCH harder.
I got such a kick out of reading the posts, thought I’d share and excerpt from “Being Put to
“Just when I was making real progress, my knees flared up. I’ve done really well with the run/walk program, even running one night after work last week because my schedule was so packed I knew I wouldn’t make it in the gym a couple of mornings. Now that’s dedication!
Okay, it may not seem like much to you, but to me it is. I am not a night person, especially when it comes to exercise. And exercising at night comes with a curse for me – I’m always starving afterwards – and this time was no exception. Left the gym starving and the first thing I thought about was stopping for food on my way home. Not the kind of stopping where you park and walk into a grocery store to get good healthy food, but stopping for a burger. During my five-minute ride home I spent the time productively - rationalizing that it would be okay to get the burger because I wouldn’t get fries and a coke. Just a burger.
Even though I heard the “good voice” in my head saying NO, go home and eat healthy. The “bad voice” was louder, and hungrier. I pulled into Wendy’s with my mouth watering for a burger only to find the drive-thru under construction and closed. Did that deter me, no. I found an open parking space a marched right in for my burger – now with everything because I had further rationalized toppings could be like a little salad with my burger. Reach the counter sweaty from my workout and ordered my burger with everything when everything came to a screeching halt. The clerk rang asked for $3.75….for just a burger!
I reminded the guy I was only getting a burger. No fries, no coke, just a burger. He repeated: “$3.75.” In a burger craze by now I asked; “are you serious, $3.75 for just a burger? For $2 more I can have fries and a coke.” He smiled and said; “Yes, $3.75. Or do you want the combo with the fries and coke?” Well heck yes I want the fries and coke, that‘s not the point! I looked at him and politely said; “never mind,” and walked out. No burger with everything, just the “good voice” in my head calling me an idiot.
Will power hasn’t got a thing on my cheapness!”
So how’d I do in the 5k? I didn’t. Ended up stress fracturing both knees pushing too hard, too fast, I didn’t compete. But I lost 10 pounds, had broken my coca cola habit, and stayed away from fast food….for awhile.