Last Monday I tried two new things. Both very painful, but very beneficial. And I’ve got to forget the pain and go back and do them again.
First up, burning laser to the face. That sounds awful, yes, and it was a little painful…let’s step back…
For Christmas this year, Mike gave me a gift card to the skin spa I like locally, so I went last week and used it to buy three IPL treatments to get rid of the yucky discoloration and sun damage on my face. Growing up, I used to tan my face just like I did the rest of my body – and until recently, wore very little sunscreen on it. I liked that glow – that no makeup in the summer fresh from the beach look. But that’s not gonna happen anymore.
It was kinda painful while it was happening, but I’m already seeing great results from the first treatment. I told the lady if I could handle childbirth, I could handle any pain. That got a good laugh. I go back two more times and hopefully that will take care of most of the spots. And for the most part, I’ve already forgotten the pain, so I’m ready!
The lady at the medi-spa said,”So you’ll just have to stay out of the sun or wear lots of sunscreen on your face and a hat.”
I said, “For how long?”
She said, “No, you’ll just have to stay out of the sun or wear sunscreen period.”
Here’s a pic of how it looked that night. The treatment basically brings all of the discoloration up to the surface and the spots eventually flake off. I will be sure to post another pic later this week as it already looks so much better.
The second thing I did last week – I finally started my Runbuds program at Bull City Running. It’s a ten week running training program I signed up for thanks to my friend Jenny. I’ve wanted to be a runner for years, but kept giving up. But I think this time, it just might work.
There were 61 women there Monday night, all at different stages in our running training. But it was so inspiring to see women from all ages, all sizes and all backgrounds to come together to do something for ourselves. It was rainy, a little cool and dark. I thought for sure I wouldn’t make it.
I was placed in the beginners group. One minute running, and one minute walking. We did 25 minutes like this, in a big group (there were about 10-15 of us in the beginners group) and it felt great. You can’t give up when you’re with a group like this – everyone was cheering each other on and we were all so proud of each other for what we accomplished.
So to keep up with my training, I was supposed to keep moving this week. So I went for a run two additional times this week, and I did the elliptical two nights.
Year 2013 – also 20 year high school reunion time. That will kick my droopy butt in gear.