don’t give a damn about my bad reputation…

Actually if I’m being honest I kinda do care but it would seem that the gap between caring & ceasing the behavior the gives me a bad rep is too wide.

I ran into a friend this morning who had been on my two previous UL teams. Jen is great and as we were catching up she asked about my MS diagnosis.*

*aside: I’ve go no idea how people are finding out about this. Yeah, I haven’t been super secretive about it but I’m always surprise by the people who approach me and ask about the MS.

I told her what I tell everyone which is that overall I’m feeling good and I’m also feeling very motivated to become healthy and strong so that if I end up with a walker or in a wheelchair I’m not a fat person with limited mobility but rather a healthy (thin) person who’s legs don’t cooperate. She then told me she’d been told I was being very positive about the whole thing and I jokingly said “yeah, most of the time, I have my moments.” Then Jen, with a smirk on her face, quickly assured me that she was only referring to my attitude about having MS and that she was well aware that I still complain, a lot, about exercising. It would appear that my attitude proceeds me in all things fitness related 🙂

So far this week has been okay. Mostly just more of the same but I’m really trying hard to get my caloric burn to over 4000 calories everyday while keeping my caloric intake below 1400.  It has been hard to do and I feel, more than ever, that I have no life outside of work and the gym (I’m also craving chocolate with a mad, mad passion but that is another issue ;-). Don’t get me wrong, it’s rewarding to see that 4000+ burn when I download my bodybugg information. I just wish it didn’t take so much time on the treadmill to get it! I’m running (okay it’s more like a jog) more than ever and can see some progress with my stamina.  I can now run 45 seconds/walk 1 minute for 30 minutes and yesterday I ran a 16.5 minute mile. That, my friends, is a big deal in my world!



  1. Teresa Said:

    I have yet to see the fitness related “attitude” to the extent that I expected based on your stories from previous challenges. Perhaps my judgment is overshadowed by my own morning orneryness–this morning was ugly for me. Luckily, my friend Karen helped pull me out of the hole I was in and my morning ended much more pleasant than it started (and let’s just face it, if I had ended up spinning this morning, I would have been the one with the bad attitude reputation 🙂 )

  2. mok Said:

    Your 16.5 minute mile is certainly impressive to me! My friends at Thayne Elementary ask about you all the time and are impressed with your weight loss and good attitude about the MS.

  3. Bridge Said:

    I decided to run a mile today just to see if I could. The look on my mother-in-laws face after I hit seven minutes was priceless.

    My body hurts! I am just glad I am finally doing something.

  4. Lisa Said:

    yea!! I clapped out loud when I read of your mile time!! Wahoo! and for the record your rep in lots of other things precedes you as well… wordsmith, kind heart, super cute with the story-time kiddos, game master, book worm, cutting edge hip, asian devotee, and awesome friend. love you girl! keep it all up!

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