Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Gaga Over Lupus

An article just came out on that says that Lady Gaga confirmed having borderline lupus. I wonder if this means that having lupus is going to become one of those celebrity fads like adopting children from foreign countries? Lupus can definitely use the attention. Many people suffer from lupus and if it helps foster awareness and understanding, that will be a great thing.

I'm pretty excited right now because I just completed my 39th day on my Wii Fit, and I feel tremendously better. Actually about a week ago, when I was using the Wii Fit running feature, I noticed that I had run over a mile and a half, and I thought to myself, "Hmmm. I wonder how that transfers to real world running?" I tossed on my athletic shoes, strapped on my heart monitor, filled up a bottle with water, asked my daughter (an avid runner) to tag along in case something went terribly wrong, and hit the running trails of Forest Park.

We took it very slowly. My daughter said that when you're starting off, it's better to run a little and walk a little, so we would run for a minute and a half and walk for a minute and a half. Today, I'm happy to report that I managed this for 1.888 miles, and this is my third attempt in a week. The first attempt I ran a little over a mile and the second attempt about a mile and a half. I'm very excited considering that I haven't run prior to these times in over 20 years when my doctors told me I couldn't run again.

I still have a bit of pain everyday, but I realized that pain is just a part of my life. I can either be in pain with a fit body or in pain with an unfit body. So no matter what, I drag my tail out of bed everyday to get on that Wii Fit.

My last post said that I fantasized about running a marathon. I think because of this, my daughter has it in her head that I can do this by summer's end. That is a bit of an ambitious endeavor I think. I will be happy if by the end of the summer I can run for a continuous five minutes without needing to take a walk break.