Sunday, September 09, 2007
This is the story of Shun Fujimoto, who has bold determination.
After severely breaking his knee during the floor exercise, Japan's Shun Fujimoto ignored his injury as long as possible, knowing such news could shatter the confidence of his teammates.
The injured gymnast continued on to the pommel horse routine, miraculously scoring a 9.5 out of 10. He then faced the rings, which would be his final event of the day. Shun performed extraordinarily, ignoring the inevitable consequences of dismounting from eight feet off the ground. Upon completion of his routine, he hurled himself into a beautifully executed triple-somersault dismount.
When his feet hit the floor, the pain sliced through him like a knife, but he kept his balance. Gritting his teeth, he raised his arms in a perfect finish before collapsing in agony. He was awarded a 9.7, the highest score he had ever recorded on the rings.
After winning the closest gymnastics team competition in Olympic history, Shun joined his team at the podium to receive his gold medal, and he did it without assistance.
"My desire to win was greater than my moment of pain."
"The pain shot through me like a knife. It brought tears to my eyes. But now I have a gold medal and the pain is gone."
My pastor brought up this man in service this morning. He endured something painful and, to put it lightly, unpleasant, that lasted a short while for something that would last a lifetime.
I can apply this to my weight loss journey. I, too, can endure learning this new way of eating, of changing my habits, which is painful and unpleasant in the beginning, for something that will last me a lifetime, a longer lifetime at that.
Very inspiring, in many ways.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
what is it about exercise this go 'round that eludes me? I just can't seem to get motivated to get up and move. I know all the benefits, all the wonderful things it will do for my spirit and my body, but I just can't seem to get off my duff and just do it. I feel a bit daft over the whole thing. I should know better and do what I know is right... just getting in 30 minutes for my latest challenge is becoming quite taxing. I just don't get myself this time.
Last time... I did so wonderful! I was treadmilling about an hour a day, working with weights about another hour each day, and doing floor exercises. I couldn't go to bed without my workouts!
Now... well, I have to FORCE myself to just do a little.... I dream of having a place to set up my weights again. I have a nice set, with a nice bench and all, but it's in the overly crowded shop of junk right now. Dh and I have been discussing building a room off our room... sort of... we have a large closet, with a back door, and we'd like to pour a porch and add a building for the treadmill (which is currently at home in my closet... ok, my closet is a 12x12 room divided with storage area :) anyhow...) we want to move the treadmill and set up the weights, maybe add another piece of exercise equipement, a small sauna, and hot tub. Sounds so great... my own home gym. Maybe it can come about sometime next year, maybe not.. I also want to go to Hawaii and Fiji!!
Well. that's my big thing I need to get over, my lack of enthusiasm for exercise. It's out in the open now,... time to do something about it.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
The appointment went well. We got good news... but let me back up and explain... see, my daughter (age 13, 8th grade) has scoliosis. It was discovered at the end of the 5th grade with the regular school screening. After trips to various doctors we wound up seeing a spine specialist. She began wearing a night brace right before the 6th grade began... but it wasn't doing enough and after about 6 months, she was measured and cast for a day brace. She's been wearing that since the end of the 6th grade. It's a hard plastic, foam lined brace that she wears under her clothes. The night brace is similar, but she wears it over her pajamas. both have to be pulled quite tight.
It's been quite a time, these last couple of years. Many tears, many doubts, many questions of why. In the beginning we were scared about how the brace would work, if it would work... would she still have to have surgery, how would it look, as it turns out, you can hardly tell she has it on. Now the hard part is finding clothing. we have to buy a size UP so that it will fit around the brace, and she can't wear the latest syles because the jeans are too low cut, they come below the bottom of the brace when she sits down, and unfortunately, most of the jeans made for young girls today are the low cut/hip hugger style. Shopping and trying on clothes oftentimes ends in frustration or even tears, but occassionally we are able to find something. Luckliy she is tiny, and the size UP is a 3. She has to wear a shirt under the brace, and can't wear a tank top over it because the brace shows under her arms, so we have to make sure the tops we pick cover adequately.
But she is a self-motivated and determined type of person. She is diligent about wearing the braces, every night, every day, so together they are doing their jobs. As she's grown, the curves have actually lessened, something we didn't expect, something we were told not to expect. the jobs of the braces are to keep her spine from getting worse and in turn preventing a need for surgery. The fact that they are resulting in improvement is wonderful and a blessing.
Yesterday, more good news, the curves are slightly less again, and her doctor said she may have another year and a half to keep wearing the braces. We were expecting 2-3 years more. Her next appt is in 6 months. And as long as things continue like they have been, Surgery will not have to be considered!
Today she's back at school (and btw, she's an honor student I'm proud to say :) ) and I have to go put in my few hours as financial secretary at my church.
Many thanks to those of you who uttered a prayer for her/us yesterday.
May God bless you abundantly!
ps... the pic is my daughter and 2 of her friends. she's on the far right with the longest hair. and yes, she's wearing the brace in this pic.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Today ended up being a busy day. My son got his schedule from school and I've spent a few hours trying to work him out a better one. Our school is very small, so courses he needs aren't offered at every period, so we have to work around what he needs and when he can take them. I'm sure our counsellor is tired of me calling :). We're getting it worked out though... just not exactly how we would like it.
Tomorrow will be extremely busy as well. I'll be leaving for work (my one day a week job) early in the morning, then coming home and meeting up with my dh, only to go back to church for a funeral. A member of his Sunday School class died unexpectedly Tuesday, very sad. Then dh will leave to go to back to work, and I'll pick up my daughter and head to the school to pick up her schedule and work out the bugs on it, along with meeting with the counsellor to work out it all out. First day of school for us is the 20th. Summer is just too short!!!
Today I have been extemely sore all over from our waterpark day yesterday. I definitely got a full body workout! If we lived near, I'd get season passes and by the end of summer... I'd be... woohoo! :)
I really miss being on here like I normally am. I miss y'all!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
One of those things ya get in the email... I got this one from a friend, and wanted to share!
Words to Remember...
Someone will always be prettier.
Some will always be smarter.
Some of their houses will be bigger.
Some will drive a better car, their children will do better in school
and their husband will fix more things around the house.
So let it go and love you and your circumstances.
Think about it, the prettiest woman in the world can have hell in her heart
And the most highly favored woman on your job may be unable to have children
And the richest woman you know has the car, the house, the clothes ~
but might be lonely. . .
and the word says, "If I have not Love, I am nothing."
So, again, love you.
Love who you are.
Look in the mirror in the morning and smile and say,
"I am too blessed to be stressed and too anointed, to be disappointed!"
"Winners make things happen~ Losers let things happen."
Be "blessed" ladies ~ and encourage one another
To the world you might be one person,
but to one person, you might be the world!
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