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So You Ate a Cookie!

Did you ever have one of those days when everything just seemed to go wrong? I've had a lot of them. There was a time when cookies were the answer. I am coming up on a 3-year streak on MFP. When I started MFP, I was sick with heart disease, I was obese, and I didn't know anything about food except what kinds I liked. I liked cookies.

Everyone needs a treat of a cheat, right?

After a while I began to read the message boards where the MFP experts are! Some people applauded eating junk food as long as it was within their calories. So I tried it. It worked really good for me for 2 days. Then I went on a binge and ate the whole package of Oreos in a day.


It took me some time figure out I can't do that. But in case you are wondering, I did eventually get some smaller underwear. (Makes my privates tingle just thinking about it.) The only thing that seems unchanged is my sock size.

I started running. It took a year to do C25K and so many on here were killing it in a few months time. I felt like a failure, but I kept running, only forgetting to put my running shorts on once. Fortunately it was early in the morning and only one neighbor called the police. I was home safe before they showed up.

I ran a 5K and then a 10K. The next year I ran a half marathon and finally a marathon. I even wrote a book about it. ICU to Marathon. My MFP buddies helped me with it a lot! 

I was doing good and then, BAM! I was diagnosed with cancer. If left untreated, it would kill me. I kept running. I explored my options. I ran the Boston Marathon. I PRd my 5K, 10K, 15K, 5 mile, 10 mile and 1/2 marathon as I ran with cancer. I took first place in my age group for the 10K and a 3rd for the 5K too. I kept eating healthy and logging. Interestingly, diet kept coming up in regards to cancer - a lot. While I was managing a treatment plan, KaPow, I was diagnosed with melanoma. If left untreated, that would kill me too. 

I kept running.

This past weekend I ran 59.45 miles in 3 days. After 33 miles the first 2 days, I woke up and ran a marathon on day 3.

Tomorrow I have a melanoma excision. I will be down from running for a bit, but I will still be on MFP logging in and trying to mange life, food and cookies.
Thanks for the votes, comments and prayers. They all encourage me to keep running. 

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tonybalony01 wrote 97 months ago:
What we need is a cancer killing cookie. That would be awesome. I'll make a few phone calls and see what some of my researcher friends come up with.
johnwhitent wrote 97 months ago:
In for a cancer killing cookie!
turkeyhunter60 wrote 97 months ago:
You continue to be an amzingly open book. Allows a lot of us to relate, without being so public. I know you will lick the melanoma.

I have done the boot camp, calorie control, and independent workouts for two years, down about 30 pounds, and lots of inches. It is great to be able to buy pants that don't say "relaxed fit". I am 62, and my wife was shocked this past weekend that I announced as one of my life goals was to run a 5K, since I haven't even run around the block in years. We'll see how it goes.

Keep up the great inspiration. You're in our thoughts.
Tonigirl519 wrote 97 months ago:
You are teaching me on so many different levels.. keep doing what you persistent and life.
Tonigirl519 wrote 97 months ago:
Persistent and live.
Mustangsally1000 wrote 97 months ago:
TonyBolony has the right of it. A cancer killing cookie! That would be the ult! You continue to amaze me. Get your surgeries done, and off you go. Hubby still running 12 years after his surgery. You got this! Can't be any other way.
TrailRunner61 wrote 97 months ago:
Faced with all of your challenges, you still continue to amaze and inspire people. You've got this! Keeping you in my prayers, always.
P.S. Loved your book!
SkinnyMel78 wrote 97 months ago:
truly an inspriation! Best of luck to you!!
hotsungirl wrote 97 months ago:
Inspirational! I look forward to your story about kicking Melanoma to the curb!

lasombrs wrote 97 months ago:
truly inspirational and we totally need cancer killing cookies. But they'd probably taste like crap like all other "healthy" cookies do!
bllowry wrote 97 months ago:
I had all ready closed my diary for the day, but then red wine and dark chocolate called my name. I'm now over by 48 calories; I'm okay with that.
mrshewitt1975 wrote 97 months ago:
All I can say is, wow. This is my first time running across one of your posts, but I believe I am now a fan! You are an inspiration to people like me!
perseverance14 wrote 97 months ago:
You have a great attitude, I think you will beat the cancer!
perseverance14 wrote 97 months ago:
You have a great attitude, I think you will beat the cancer!

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