Ideal Weight…What ever my license says

Jean LucTuesday, 18 March 2014

Yes I am a pirate.  And a Trekkie.  (This is funny only if you are a Parrotthead.)

Always be yourself, unless you can be a pirate.  Then always be a pirate.

Today I weigh what it says on my drivers license.

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The day I filled out my drivers license form (11/09/09), I weighed 150 pounds, which I’m delighted to weigh again, today.  It’s been 5 years, 2 months, and 26 days since the scale showed me that number.  The last time was on my b-day in 2009.  I was recovering from major surgery and hadn’t eaten much of anything for about a week.

Today, I am at my goal weight.  Somebody alert Weight Watchers…they’ve been waiting a long time to hear that.

I have a friend who is a paramedic in Sanger, CA.  He tells me that when people are on the gurney being taking to the hospital they LIE to the paramedics about their weight.  This friend tells me paramedics can guess a person’s weight within about 5 lbs.

At this weight I don’t lie.  I say the number a lot.  Because I don’t weigh 110.  Or 125.  Which is what women in our society are supposed to weigh.  Or 135, which is the maximum number I should weigh, according to the charts.  Although I think that I may be officially obese, weighing 15 pounds over some old white guy’s “ideal” weight for me.  (Where’s the calculator…11% over my pre-assigned maximum ideal weight…probably not obese, just overweight.)

I’d like to thank the Academy.  I’d like to thank the UCI Weight Management Program for providing the program that helped me get to my goal originally, a maintenance system that helped me manage my health, and the program that brought me back down to goal.  I’d like to thank Carlos Romero, who’s Ironman effort last year got me off the dime of “wishing” and moved me into action.  And me.  Thank you to me for doing the work to get here.

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I have a bunch of goals this year and I’ve already completed two of them — lose 19 pounds and try cycling — and it’s only March!!  Those were actually the two hardest goals…the rest require work but will flow naturally as the year moves along.  Tomorrow I start working on my #2 and #3 goals for the year:  (2) keep the weight off and (3) balance training fueling and weight management.

Training:  Running, 2 miles

The LA Marathon is tomorrow…

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Today is the day before the LA Marathon.  This is a picture of the LA Convention Center, where the expo for the event is held.

In 2008 I ran my first long distance race — 1/2 of the LA Marathon.  The reason my personal trainer (who is a GOD) is not my running coach is that he isn’t and wasn’t plugged into running enough to know there are 8-zillion half marathons every year, I didn’t need to run half of a full marathon.  But that was then.

On this same day — the day before the marathon in 2008 — I went to the expo — a huge trade show for runners.  It was not unlike Dorothy walking into The Emerald City.  There was so much to see and do.  It was the first time I even knew such a thing existed. Such extravaganzas probably exist in every field of “hobby” interest, but we don’t know about them if we’re not in the hobby.  (When I was in grade school my best friend and her family were totally enmeshed in some kind of junior soldier thing.  I went to lots of marching demonstrations with her.  I obviously don’t remember what it was called.  And I never did anything like it outside of that experience.)

Walking into the LA Convention Center today – knowledgeable of what I would find and who would likely be there – I was reminded of my first full-of-wonder visit.  What a great moment.

And the next day (tomorrow) was the day of the 2008 LA Marathon.  It was the longest run of my life!  That year the marathon started at Universal Studios, ran past the Hollywood Bowl, ran thought a bunch of other neighborhoods, and then ran by the Coliseum, which is where I stopped — at the water stop at Mile 14.  They played Randy Newman at the start.  We ran up a hill and then down a hill on Highland, right past the front of the Hollywood Bowl — I never to go the Bowl without remembering how wonderful it was to RUN past it on foot.  It was a perfect day.

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Two years later, in 2010, I ran the full Marathon on a new course — Stadium to the Sea.  We started in Dodger Stadium and ran to Santa Monica over a course that rambles all over LA.  Standing at the start I was again facing the longest run of my life!  What would happen?  Could I finish?  Would I finish?  I was scared – really, seriously scared.

And then, I finished a marathon.  What am amazing thing.

Tomorrow a new tide of humanity will take on the challenge.  What a great undertaking.

runners coming