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Bold Determination... an inpiration.

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.

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COFFEE_KISS 9/17/2007 6:19PM

    What a powerful story. Thank you so much for sharing.

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 9/14/2007 11:33AM

    That was a great story. Thanks for sharing! So how are things going now... it's been a few days since your blog. You read my post in the walk challenge... I'm hoping to do a little more for you today, assuming that it's not raining when the hubby gets home. I'm trying to get everything in order quickly this morning so that I can have my time on the road this afternoon.
You just keep on being my inspiration, Renee.

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ZIEGLERJ 9/11/2007 8:58AM

    What an incredible story! Thanks for sharing.

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/9/2007 10:56PM

    Thanks for sharing...what a great inspiration to stick with it.

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SPARKNMOM 9/9/2007 10:17PM

    Thanks for sharing this story!!

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JNORMAN1969 9/9/2007 8:23PM

    That is so ture Renee, there is a lot of pain in giving up the things that we love, but it is well worth it. I have never looked back. Great story thanks.

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my exercise woes

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.

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OHANAMAMA 9/7/2007 9:34PM

    You're doing great, Carla :) it's not that I'm bored with it, it's lack of motivation more than anything I reckon, but I'm working on it. I've walked for 3 days in a row now... I hope I can keep up the momentum!

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    You ever consider changing your routine a little bit? You know, this exact thing happened to me. I got so unmotivated to walk. It's not that I didn't like walking at all! I wanted to want to. I just felt like I needed to do something new. So now I'm doing the spark generated workouts and trying to do somekind of cardio... using my aerobic twister and cellercising. So... I don't know... change it up a bit. Go for a walk outside or something. Try to do a challenge on another team... I just joined one today... hopefully, I'll make it.

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OHANAMAMA 9/6/2007 9:59AM

    Hmm... good question, but I don't think that's it. Last time I lost weight I was averaging about 600-700 calories and under 20 carbs per day. I don't actually feel energy-less. I really don't know what it is, to be honest... and that makes it difficult to overcome, but not impossible. Take yesterday for instance... at 9:10, after I got the kids settled, I did force myself to get on my treadmill for 30 minutes, walked 1.6 miles, and felt great. I did 80 crunches this morning before getting the kids up for school... another step in the right direction... just gotta keep it going! Oh... and a lottery win would just be dandy! :)

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LISA32989 9/5/2007 10:20PM

    Were you this light on calories and carbs last time? You're losing fast but I'm wondering if that is sapping your energy?

I'm not finding fault...you're doing fantastic.

The exercise room sounds great but so does the trip. Maybe a lottery win is in your future!

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my daughter....

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.



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OHANAMAMA 8/30/2007 9:52PM

    thanks again y'all. I am a very lucky mom and I am very proud of her.

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LISA32989 8/30/2007 9:09PM

    I guessed that was her on the right before I read it. I couldn't tell she was wearing a brace but her posture is so much better than her 2 friends, that's how I guessed. She's absolutely beautiful! I can only imagine what she goes thru, especially with summer clothes. It sounds like you are a very supportive mom. What a lucky mom to have such a motivated daughter!

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OHANAMAMA 8/30/2007 7:06PM

    thanks! Guts? not really. I only planned on having her pic up just today :)

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    "Nani," glad to hear your girl is improving and I'm just happy for you. Oh, being a mom has it's bad days doesn't it? She is beautiful by the way and you have much guts sporting her on the site. So how are YOU doing?

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TESSA_NJ 8/30/2007 5:50PM


I am so happy to hear your good news! What a blessing to find that things are progressing better than expected. Your daughter is absolutely adorable! My sister also wore a night brace, but never a day one, also for scoliosis. She is in her 40's now and hasn't had to wear a brace since she was in her early teens. I hope the same for your daughter!


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JNORMAN1969 8/30/2007 1:27PM

    Renee you have beautiful girl, and she looks very happy, I too have a son in the 8 th grade, so I know it must be hard ecpically in the clothes dept. Yall are doing good and it looks like the Lord is healing her, both of you keep your heads held high, yall are doing great.

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CVMOM123 8/30/2007 10:15AM

  Oh Renee,what a sweet photo of your daughter and her friends. I have a son who just started 8th grade and I have seen how awkward these middle school years can be. It sounds like she is doing well and I am sure you are very proud of her. Thank you for sharing your good news and I wish blessings to you and your family!

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Aloha Friends!

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!


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LADYBUGG66 8/9/2007 7:58AM

    Looks like you have a busy couple of days. Glad to hear the waterpark was fun (aren't they always). The closest amusement park to here is Marineland. Too expensive to take 5 of us for a day. We used to have a waterpark close by but now the nearest one is an hour away. I wish I could take the time off to go. We have about 3 weeks before school starts so maybe we can do something. Have a good one...Kim

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LAURA1122 8/9/2007 12:34AM

    Hi Ohana, it's sounds like you have a busy and somewhat sad day ahead of you, I hope you get throught it okay. I bet the waterpark was quite a workout. What Island are you on? I've only been to HI once, we went in feb/mar to Kona and plan to go back in Dec. My goal is to be from 105-110 maybe i can wear a bathing suit this time. HI is absolutely gorgeous, I cannot wait to go back.
I hope all works out for you tomorrow (today)!

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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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