I'm taking a break from my usual programming to highlight a very remarkable young man. My good friend, Corey, over at Learning Patience has an 8 year old nephew who has taken compassion to a whole new level.
8 year old Cayden wanted to raise $60 to pay off the delinquent lunch accounts of some of his classmates. He didn't like that they were only given a cheese sandwich because they had no money in their accounts. He took back cans, asked friends and family for donations, and within a couple days he had that $60 to pay off those accounts plus add some extra in so his friends could have a real lunch.
His story has snowballed from there. Local and national news stations have picked it up and he was on the Today show yesterday. You can read more about Cayden on Corey's blog here and on the Today site as well.
As of yesterday morning, Cayden has raised OVER 14 THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!! If you are interested in helping provide a hot meal to a child at school, please consider giving to this incredible cause. 1 dollar can provide 2 hot meals to a child who might not otherwise eat at all that day. 20 dollars can pay for a month of lunches. You can donate through Cayden's FundRazr site.
I'm so thankful for kids like Cayden. We should all be so lucky to know someone that compassionate. Thank you, Cayden, you are an inspiration!
This week I managed to lose 1.8 pounds. As soon as it posts to Twitter from MFP, a bunch of my friends "favorite" the tweet or tell me good job. I need to turn that feature off. Now, before we get all excited and celebrate that loss, let's not forget that I basically GAINED that much last week, so it's really a wash. I'm still in the 150s and that's really too much, especially when you consider I maintained around 138 for so long and now here I sit, 14 or 15 pounds heavier than I should be.
sad but true
I don't doubt that my weight has something to do with the aches and pains while I'm running. Lugging around this much weight, even though I'm running almost as fast as I was before I got injured again, surely can't be good for my knees and feet. Plus, it's just a lot harder to run a 10 minute mile right now than it should be. (10 m/m should be my "easy" pace, 9:40 or 9:30 my "hard" pace)
My CrossFit friends will try and tell me that I'm doing too much cardio, which isn't a belief I share. Sorry guys. I still think burning calories is important and I like cardio. But, I will agree that I need to add in more strength training.
So, for the 40 days of Lent, I'm not giving anything up (because my giving up coffee or beer would be more of a hardship for those around me), but adding in something healthy. I'm going to do at least 1 strength move every day because 1 is still better than zero in the hopes that it creates a better habit for strength training. That move might be 10 triceps dips and squats like today, planks, pushups, lunges, bicep curls, whatever. I'll post what I do on DailyMile to keep track.
Do you give something up for Lent or try to add in a healthy habit?
I run. I eat. Sometimes I'm a triathlete. I parent 16 year old twins. (That last part also means I drink a lot of really great beer.)
Join me as I strive to: Live life to the fullest, Laugh often, Run free, and just Breathe.