Decisions, and a contest....

Monday, May 16, 2011

I posted on my feed earlier about having a hard decision to make...and I'm sorry if it felt/sounded more dramatic than what it actually is, but I didn't want to post a blog about my decision until I knew my mind was made up.

The choice? Proceed with my LASIK procedure on Wednesday OR run the Fargo Half Marathon on Saturday.

Through getting prepared for the procedure, it hadn't dawned on me that running 13.1 miles may not be a good choice 3 days after getting LASIK. Until my best friend, who also has had the procedure, told me about how you are not supposed to do something to get sweat in your eyes or rubbing your eyes. Hence why you have to take a bath for 2 weeks following the procedure and not a shower.

I argued that I would be wearing my Bondi Band, and sweat would NOT get into my eyes. Was I sure? was the counter argument.


And was I willing to risk hurting my eyes in order to complete this HM?


So, why can't I just reschedule my LASIK?

Because the procedure is $350 off as long as you have the procedure done before May 31, their spring special.

Yes, I know....Sounds like something straight out of King of Queens, but I have done my research on this doc, and he is pretty danged respected in the LASIK community, and I trust him.

And $350 is a LOT of money to us right now, especially with a cosmetic procedure.

A cosmetic procedure that will allow me to run and SEE!!! (I can't wear contact lenses and I refuse to run with glasses).

Umm, but I will still be running the Fargo 5K on Friday (yay!) and meeting up with a few Sparkers beforehand (yay!). And, with the change in plans, my daughter and DH will be watching us at the finish line (yay!!!).

I am still running the 5K for the Charity that I solicited donations for, and even if the doc says not to run the 5K, I will walk it.

I am seeing this as a sign that the half at this time was not meant to be. I plan on taking a week off after the 5K and then starting from scratch with doing the Couch 2 5K program over again, then after that running 3 miles Tuesdays/Thursdays and then upping my mileage on Saturdays by 1 mile a week (so 4 miles, then 5, then 6) and go from there. If I don't have any comeback of injuries, I plan on running the October half marathon in Fargo, the same one I ran my first half last October.

If I continue with nagging injuries for anything over 6 miles, I think I will have to reconsider half marathons and the idea of a full marathon for a few years and stick with 5K and 10K races. I need to do what is best for my body in the long run!

So, onto the contest....I have been in a serious rut with my workouts and eating, and while I am not out of control, I am gaining weight, and I really seriously need to nip this in the bud.

I LOVE competition, and a good reward dangling like a carrot ahead of me doesn't hurt.

SO, I challenged my husband to a contest. We weighed each other this morning (he was 184.8 and I was 166.4) and the first one to, in a HEALTHY manner, reach 180 or 160 pounds will win a reward of our choice. Mine? I started out with it being getting my hair done. But then I thought....that was my 155 goal. So, I changed it to a mani/pedi.

Then, I thought...that's small potatoes and really...will that motivate me to leave DH in my dust? Not really. So, I changed it to my serious goal of pedis for me, my mom, and my sister. I really, really want this because I want us ladies to get out and get pretty nails :o} And my sister bought me and mom a pedi last year and I really want to repay that.

SO, I told them about it, too, so they are on board with me kicking my DH's butt. :o} Yes, I have the fact that he has less to lose and that he is a man to my disadvantage.

But, I have the fitness (he doesn't work out). I have the lack of temptations (he is a teacher in his last week before school is out, cupcakes and other goodies GALORE while I work at home and can use my lunch hour and breaks to walk, mow, work out, etc). I also feel like my body will do my bidding, as long as I do what I am supposed to be doing. I feel as though my plateau is gone, and I just have to plow through into the 150s.

Once I win this contest, 155 is my next goal, and I am psyched to get there!

Well, I just wanted to update you all on where I am, and I will post an update on how my day went below this and will do this every day so I know what I am doing to win this "contest."

~Calories were GREAT today (if you're interested, you can look at my nutrition tracker). I was in range for most things.

~I drank 100 ounces of water

~I went spinning for 25 miles

~ I mowed the lawn, raked, weed whacked, and worked on the landscaping

~I walked my dog for a total of 2 miles

~I walked my daughter to daycare, and then took her for a before-bed walk for a total of 2 miles.

~I avoided temptation. I made plans, and stuck to them.

The only downside to this challenge is we are weighing each other every morning in order to truly see who hits it first.

Today's weights: Me - 166.4 Him - 184.8

I am updating my tracker to reflect this now!
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    I wondered how you were gonna manage LASIK and then a marathon. Good call! Stay healthy and enjoy the 5K!
    2467 days ago
    Smart decision not to do the half given the eye surgery! There will be other races and I like your plan for getting back into it. I also like the little competition between you and your hubby. Competition is a great motivator for me, too! Keep up the good work, Erin!
    2470 days ago
    Sounds like the right decision; the long-term benefits of the surgery outweigh this one HM. Go for it with the competition; both of you will be winning by doing this together!
    2470 days ago
    You do need to take care of your only have two! Where there will be so many more runs in your life! I love the contest idea, I can hardly wait until you tell us who won!!!
    2471 days ago
    This is great! I am proud of you for making your decision and not letting it discourage you! I know that you can ROCK your contest!
    2471 days ago
    I understand it's a tough descions but I think you made the best choice considering your injury.

    Great contest idea. Smoke him then enjoy your pampering with your family!
    2471 days ago
    You got this!!! (: You want it more and the mind is 1/2 the battle (;
    2471 days ago
    Sounds like a good choice. Not easy, but good. You still have the fitness you got in training. That does not change. Good luck on the contest.
    2471 days ago
    That contest sounds great!
    I was thinking, it's probably too late now and you have your mind made up, but maybe the doctor would honor the discount price because you'd have scheduled the appt before the cut off time? I used coupons for my dentist all the time (and I don't think that knocks down on credibility at all!) and I sometimes call and ask if they'll take the coupon if I've at least *scheduled* the appt before the expiration. More times than not, they will.

    But just a fleeting thought and it's better for you to do what you think is best!

    2471 days ago
  • BRENDY_28
    good luck with the surgery. you know what decision is going to work for you. there will be other HMs :D take care! and have fun walking the 5K
    2471 days ago
    That had to be a very hard decision. Here is a suggestion: You can create your own half marathon. I had to go to this for mine. I had my first half coming up on May 21 and it was cancelled due to the park flooding. So instead of sulking about it, my friend and I are still going to run the half and have created our own race.

    So you can still run your half on a different day! It doesn't need to be a race to be considered a half!

    Good luck with your Lasik surgery! And good luck on your contest with your hubby! Great way to kick things into gear!
    2471 days ago
    You can do it, Erin! You may have to lose 1.6 more than him but I know you can do it!!!! That mani/pedi with the girls sounds so nice. I would love to do that.

    I'd say you made the right decision about the half. It's not worth the risk.
    2471 days ago
    I think you have made exactly the correct decision. I can run without glasses on so I have never thought about LASIK. But I understand those that can't and I think this is a great decision. And several 5K are a great way to work on speed AND motivate your DH to move it more. This is good. You are doing the right thing, and I am so proud of you for not pushing.

    2471 days ago
    Sounds like a great contest! And, great decision on the Half. I'm struggling with giving up my Half...the 2nd to get cancelled in 2 months. But, I guess it isn't to be! And, there will be others! I am proud of you for keeping your health a priority. And, I hope the LASIK surgery works wonders for you!!!
    2471 days ago
    I'm sure it wasn't easy, but it appears that you are making a good decision. I wouldn't want to take any unnecessary chances with my eyes. emoticon

    Good luck with your contest. I think it's easier for men to loss weight, so don't think you have this one in the bag. emoticon Hopefully, at the end of the contest, you will both be losers. L)
    2471 days ago
    Good luck with the surgery. I've been contemplating LASIK for a while...I'll be interested to get your feedback when it's all said and done.

    And best of luck with the challenge! You can do this! Kick your hubby's butt! LOL!

    - Michelle
    2471 days ago
    Man, look what happens when I don't visit your page or read your blogs for just a few develop multiple personalities AND drop the HM! J/K emoticon emoticon
    I can completely understand everything you wrote in the last two blogs.

    Good Luck with the challenge with the hubbie. emoticon
    Good Luck with LASIK. One of these days I will have it done! So nice to not have to wear glasses or contacts! emoticon

    If you decide to walk the 5k, I'll be right there with you. With my knees bothering me, I don't want to push myself on Friday.
    Can't wait to meet you! So excited for the Spark meet up! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2471 days ago
  • JEM0622
    So here is an alternative...because you have been training up...right? Check with a few area running clubs (your county and maybe on next to you) and see if any of them are having a half type run coming up and it is cheaper than what you paid for the Fargo one. GL with surgery. I have worn glasses since 4th grade and run with glasses. I am opting not to do the least for now. And my husband would get the surgery for me (bad astigmatism).
    2471 days ago
    This is a tough one for sure. However, I'm sure I would choose my eyes over anything else. However, you need to do what's best for you and your family. emoticon
    2471 days ago
    awesome contest! i would definitely lose something like that against my bf....he loses weight SO easily! he plays soccer, but that's about the only exercise he gets. and here i am, working out like crazy to lose 5lbs. sheesh.

    as far as the lasik surgery friend had that done as well, and had trouble going to spin class for about a week or two after, even with a head band.

    keep us updated!!
    2471 days ago
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