The Shamsathon is what I have taken to calling the race between my cardiologist, Dr. Shamsa and I. Our race is to take place at Drake Stadium at UCLA. What started out as an off hand joke has become a serious mission for me. He has laid down some rules for the race to take place.
1. I must lose forty pounds
2. I must be able to run 4 times around Drake Stadium, which is FOUR MILES!!!!
To go from zero to four miles seems like a total impossibility and the man must be insane, but somehow I will run around that stadium four times!!
The race is set to take place January 25, 2014. So I have five months to get myself in shape. I have been trying to watch what I eat but the last few days I have been a bit depressed and so I have not been on it as I should. And while I am allowed to have two free days on the diet that I am on, I have noticed the minute I start eating carbs, the weight comes ballooning back. It is really pissing me off, if you want to know the truth. Carbs are not my friend, apparently. Giving up bread and starch is like giving up air. I like sweets but that is a little easier for me to forgo, but forgoing carbs is worse than the triple bypass and the two valves I had replaced.
Oh I should tell you the history of all this shouldn’t I?
THE HISTORY OF THE SHAMSATHON
Well I describe how my illness came to be in I Heart UCLA on this site so read that story for the background on my illness and the whole bypass thing. However, during one of my visits to Dr. Shamsa, he asked me, “You know Drake Stadium.” I told him I didn’t. He was like it is at UCLA, how can you not know Drake Stadium. “Anyway, ” he continued, “when you are better we are going to go running at Drake Stadium, just me and you.” I laughed and told him, “Okay deal.” I don’t think either of us took it very seriously that day. Then I got to thinking, “Maybe that wouldn’t be so bad.” But still again I didn’t consider it a true “thing.” It wasn’t something I was actually going to do. But then one day I decided, “Oh no, this is going to happen.” It was at that point that I decided to get serious about it. So I sat down and wrote him and told him, that we were going to run Drake Stadium and I gave him the date. At that point he laid out his rules. So now it is on.
The last recorded weight was 219.2 (okay I am trying not cringe here.)
Today I had a bagel, eggs and bacon.