Monday, March 21, 2011
To all the people in the world who have ever stood in front of there mirror and wished for some one else's -------- fill in the blank this blog is for you. Today I was in a clothing store with my little girl helping her try on pants, as she pulled on pair after pair of cute little jeans, she was chatting to her self but I could not realy hear what she was saying because I was talking on my cell phone. I smiled and nodded at a pairs of pants that looked good on her then almost dropped the phone in shock at what I heard my beautiful baby girl mutter under her breath... "These pants are so cute to bad they make me look so FAT!" she said with a sigh What?? She is 6 and weighs 55lbs soaking wet how can she already believe this about herself?
Then the truth hit me like a tone of bricks, I am the culprit, I am to blame for planting these negative patterns in my child head. She has sat on my bed and listened as I try on outfits and talk about my "thunder thighs" she has watched me step on the scale and wither in horror at any gains or losses, she has bean there to witness me berate and belittle myself as I evaluate an ill fitting bathing suit or the muffing top on my "skinny jeans" so why am I so surprised. Isn't this the same girl who puts on my shoes and carry's my purse around, who dresses up in my old dresses and plays house, & mimics me on my cell phone or driving my car? Of course she is going to fallow my lead just as I fallowed my mothers.
So what can I do? I could waist time blaming my mothers bad example I guess but that is yesterdays news, I could try to talk her & try to make her stop saying things like " I'm fat" but that's just putting a band-ad on tomorrows problems. No I am going to start today to change how I talk to me, how I see me and the exampled I put in front of my little girl so that she will never have to battle low self esteem, so that she will know how to positive self talk and see herself as the beautiful person she is no matter what size she ends up being. That is how I can change tomorrow.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Today I got up the courage to sign up for my very first 5K race.
I want to believe with all of me that there is a athlete hiding some where inside of me just like "The spark" book says but I have never gone out and competed in anything. When I was a child I was active but never encouraged to do "boy" things like track or sports. My mother was convinced that I would get hurt, that I was to much of a "tom boy" already & that I needed to act more like a lady so she did not let me get involved. By the time I was a teenager I was convinced that because I was heavy and have inherited week ankles I could not participate anyway but there has always bean a secret competitor in me.
I have watched from the bleachers as my brothers played football, watched from the sidelines as my boyfriend ran in track meets, and even now I watch as my children go to baseball and soccer games with the same feeling deep inside. There is some thing about the thrill of pushing yourself to do your best, being apart of a team, working with others who are giving it there all, and win or loose knowing you have accomplished something that took every last ounce of your strength that just thrills me to my core.
I know I have limits, I can not run due to my ankles but I CAN speed walk, swim, bike, & dance with the best of them. Nothing is holding me back now I am looking forward to my first Taste of a race from a competitors perspective
NOT from the sidelines
My race is on April 17-2011 I will let you know how I do
Saturday, February 19, 2011
A few years ago a group of scientists took an interest in the bumblebee. They thought that this insect held some secrets to flight that might be useful in space. Their wings are too small, Their body is not aerodynamic, How do they fly? After months of study the scientists came to this conclusion; Bumblebees can not fly
Fortunately nobody told the bumblebee. The silly insect goes right on believing that it can, despite all the scientific facts. So how can you do impossible things?
So here is a story that inspires me...
At 380 lbs "Bonnie" could barely walk across her living room floor. Her family had a long history of weight problems and she didn’t think anything would work. Then a friend encouraged her to try a program she heard about on SP.
She went on line and was Inspired by all of the weight loss testimonies. She joined and followed the program to the letter. With in the first week she had lost 9.6 lb. In the next few months, She began to believe that this could work for her. On New Years Eve 2002, weighing 323, she decided to walk a 5k race. As she approached the finish line just ahead of a man pushing his wife in a wheelchair,
She had to work hard to stay ahead of them. She thought to herself “I have to do better than this I’m only 25 yrs old”. After that she started doing small races and then a friend suggested that she do a triathlon.
Just in case you don't know what is involved in one let me explain it. The race starts with a 2.4 mile swim, then you jump on a bike and ride for 112 miles, then you git off and run...walk.. shuffle or even crawl 26.4 miles to the finish line. WOW and If that’s not enough of a challenge try doing it in Kona Hawaii, swimming in the unpredictable Pacific Ocean, Biking the world’s windiest stretch of highway & running in a sauna. sounds Impossible right? ( baby steps all the way)
She had been on a swim team in High School and College and so she started swimming again and biking a little at a time. She finished ahead of 500 people in her first triathlon. With each race she finished she gained confidence. In 2007, she competed in her first Ironman triathlon and she completed her 2nd in 2010. She has lost over 160 lbs. When i asked her what inspired her, she said” I focus on my weight loss campaign in the hopes that my story would help others to change their lives.
How did Bonnie lose 160 lbs and become an athlete?
She was inspired, She believed that she could do it, She committed herself
Now imagine that you are Scott Rigsby and you have no legs.
What? Swim, Run and Bike, Complete an endurance triathlon with out legs?
That’s completely impossible! Yes I know but… Don’t tell Scott Rigsby (Ironman and double amputee.)
This is the guy that had the made a in the shade, until an at age 18 auto accident changed his life forever.
He spent a decade as a “professional patient” Undergoing 26 operations on his leg before deciding to let it go and embrace his future. It would have been easy to give up but at the end of his rope Scott decided to change his life. His accomplishments are truly phenomenal, and are only surpassed by his personal mission to inspire others to overcome their challenges.
How did Scott Rigsby, double amputee become an Ironman and change the worlds definition of athletes? He was inspired , He believed he could even after many failures, He committed himself. The people who really inspire us are not the ones who have an easy road. They are the ones who despite all odds have overcome huge obstacles. Like the Bumble Bee they don’t pay attention to the facts that are stacked against them. They go
ahead and do what they are inspired to do. They believe in themselves. They make a commitment and they follow through.
So what is holding you back?
If the bumble bee can fly – So can you!
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