Please Consider Supporting Jess, Boston Marathon Charity Runner

My friend Jess is running the Boston Marathon next month! She’s a member of the Dana-Farber team, so she’s been offered a race bib in exchange for meeting a fundraising target of $4,000. All the money she raises goes to cancer research.

Jess is someone like me. She’s run both the Chicago and NYC marathons and she still calls herself a nonrunner. She runs a little faster than me, but is not a track star. When she ran the NYC marathon, I watched her tweets and parked myself in front of the TV to watch the coverage in its entirety because I knew someone in that race! We tweet to each other about Weight Watchers. She inspires me, because she just does things like run the NYC marathon and then run the Boston Marathon on only a little over three months notice.

I’ve been meaning to donate to Jess’s run (and another friend running on that team), for a few months. I just didn’t get around to it. Then I realized that Boston is less than a month away! Jess still has just less than half of her minimum of $4,000 to raise, and I know she’d really like to raise $10,000. Her job is to run, and I’d like to help her raise the money. My other friend that’s running hit her fundraising goal a few days ago, so today I donated to Jess to help her reach hers. I’d like you to consider donating as well. Any amount is fine. If you want to learn more about Jess, visit You can designate your donation in honor of or in memory of someone. My donation is in memory of my cousin Michelle. She was my favorite cousin, and she died while I was a teenager. She was only 30 years old, and she had brain cancer. Your donation can help fund research so awesome people like Michelle don’t have to die young. Please consider it.

I have other things I want to write today, but that was the most important.

Food Log

Breakfast: Morning glory muffin, light string cheese, one cup homemade unsweetened apple sauce, black tea
Snack: FF greek yogurt with apple butter, Diet Coke
Lunch: Chickpea & olive pasta salad with feta cheese, over salad greens and kale micro greens. Twix bar (I really like chocolate)
Snack: Four mandarin oranges, water
Dinner: Baked chicken (leg & wing), 1/2 cup brown rice, half a small baked acorn squash, sautéed kale, Crystal Light

Chicken Dinner

Total: 34 Weight Watchers Points
I also went on a 30 minute walk with a coworker at lunch, for a whopping 2 activity points.

How Much Am I Willing To Change The Way I Eat?

In general, I eat pretty well. I eat a lot of vegetables and lean proteins, many from local sources. I drink a good amount of water. I hardly consume alcohol anymore. That’s better than a lot of Americans. After posting my food log yesterday, I got some feedback from friends on Facebook. One bit of advice was to eat more protein and complex carbs for breakfast so I don’t have a ravenous-at-10AM moment. I think that’s a good idea, but my challenge is to find a breakfast I can eat in the car (I commute an hour each way and value my sleep too much to eat before heading out to meet carpool). So maybe some hardboiled eggs, or some kind of a wrap that I can make really quickly (or even better, ahead of time). This is a change I’m willing to make over time.

Someone else mentioned that Diet Coke might actually make me hungry. I’m already aware of that, and the fact that the artificial sweetener is horrible for me, but I keep drinking Diet Coke. I’ve quit drinking soda before for months at a time, and the fact is…I like it. I don’t need it, but I like it. I also probably shouldn’t eat Twix bars or ice cream as often as I do. But I like it. I’m not sure I’m willing to take every single unhealthy thing out of my diet, especially while I’m still successfully losing weight. If that changes before I get to goal, I’ll reconsider. If I decide that I don’t want artificial sweeteners or chocolate or whatever in my body, then I’ll make a change. But I’m focusing on small changes, and right now Twix & Diet Coke aren’t on the table. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Please Consider Supporting Jess, Boston Marathon Charity Runner

  1. I make baked oatmeal for my mornings ( and now I use pumpkin since blueberries are out of season. I use Splenda instead of sugar. however, the results of this is a baked product that can eat like a thick cake or bar in your hand. I wrap mine in saran wrap and eat it in hand when needed. If I’m not on the move, I heat it up and then put vanilla yogurt over it. Either way, I like it, it totally sticks to my ribs, and it is not anything like mushy gross oatmeal (can you tell I don’t like regular oatmeal?) I’d recommend, and the ‘fruit’ part is flexible because a friend of mine makes it with apples!

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