Random Thoughts about Celery, New Shoes and Strange Sounds

First off, I need to brag.  I lost 10.5 pounds since joining the Janathon and Shrinking Jeans: The Power of One!  WOOHOO!  I dropped a whole dress size and that feels GREAT!

But the good news of losing weight was overshadowed by the bad news I received at my physical last week.  I learned my cholesterol was high (225) and my liver enzymes were elevated.  Jokingly, my doctor asked if I enjoyed the holidays.  Um…yeah…Based on those lab results, I think I enjoyed them a little too much. I tried to dig myself out of my unhealthy hole by explaining that I already had begun to change my eating habits.  “That’s good”, she said, “Because it could have been worse.”  *Insert game show loser sound effect* Wa wa waaaaaaa.

In a couple of months, I’ll redo my blood work to check my cholesterol and liver enzymes.  Of course, in the meantime, I’ll have to continue with the low fat, small portions and no alcoholic beverages.  But now, I have to omit cheese out of my menu.  Good Lord!  That may be the death of me!  I’d rather eat cheese than eat dessert.  And just how am I supposed to get through the Super Bowl not eating cheese or fatty foods?  Oh the humanity! I’ll have some wings with blue cheese and celery.  Hold the wings and blue cheese. Blah.

Unfortunately, I was unable to combat my cholesterol with running when hubbie got sick and I couldn’t leave the baby under his care while I snuck off to run.  Thankfully, last Tuesday I got 4 miles in before my 9 miles on Saturday.  And despite needing new shoes, Tiffany and I did really well.  Better than last week, that’s for sure!  So I guess the forced rest paid off!

9 miles

Time 1:58

Ave Pace 13:10

Max Pace 8:50

Calories Burned 892 (LOVE THAT!)

After our stellar Saturday run, I rewarded myself with a pair of new running shoes and they are so SWEET! John at Suncoast Running really knew his stuff and matched me with a pair of
Brooks Trance 10.  They’ve got this mac daddy gel cushioning system in the heel and a really wide toe.  Plus, the shoes are stretchy on the
side so I don’t get that weird pain on the side of my foot.  My new shoes ROCK!

Another rest day on Sunday and then on Monday, I met my friends, Jackie and Chrissy, at Suncoast Running for the Mom’s Mid-Morning Run.   Holy Hades, it was hot and pushing a cranky baby in a stroller while trying to chat run didn’t help, but at least the company made it bearable.

3.1 Miles

Time 36:23

Ave Pace 11:45

Max 8:40

This morning, like many other dark mornings, I ran my miles with pepper spray in one hand and a flashlight in the other hand.  However, this morning, when I felt someone sneaking up from behind, I readied myself to spray the lurker.  Once I realized the lurker was another runner, I lowered my aim and giggled.

“You startled me and you almost got sprayed” and then I made some weird guttural juvenile scream that sounded similar to Pee Wee Herman.  I’m sure the male runner wished he had his own pepper spray after hearing that strange sound I made in the dark.

5 Miles

Time 57:41

Ave 11:32

Max 7:43

If it wasn’t for my ridiculous Pee Wee Herman spasm, it would have been a really nice 5 mile run this morning.  The weather was perfect, cool with no wind.  I hope the weather is like this for the Gasparilla Half Marathon at the end of the month.

***Proudly submitted at The Un Mom’s Random Tuesday Thoughts, because when I blog about my runs, it’s usually pretty random.***


  1. Lori says:

    Good job! And don’t sweat the cholesterol stuff too much, I wish mine was only 225. I started at 280 last July, I’ve gotten it down to 252 last month just with dietary changes. You can do it!

  2. Heather@Shrinkingjeans says:

    About the cholesterol stuff – what’s your family history look like? I started showing high cholesterol in my mid twenties. It’s controllable by diet and exercise, kind of, but my doc said I’ll probably end up on meds, eventually. JOY! Got to love genetics. Hope yours is easily reined in!!

  3. Julie@Momspective.com says:

    Congrats on the weight loss. Mine went up but I’m still hot so I’m okay. It’s the beer. I’ll drop it with my new job, I’ll be running around like crazy and only able to go out once a week lol.

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