Sunday, September 11, 2011
I'm very surprised and proud to say that I managed to meet two of my goals this weekend. What a hoot I had.
Some of you know my story so, I'll try to keep this part short. I took early retirement in 2007 and moved away from Corporate and city life with my shoe box full of medications. Convinced that if I stayed I would surely die at my desk. I was determined to save myself. Eventually I found Sparks while searching for Weight Watchers on line. There have been big and little challenges along the way but I've never given up. The first thing I got under control was my blood pressure. I promised to keep this short right? So, the box of medications is gone. I have one medication left and that's for sleep. (note to self -work on this one)
First goal was to sing a solo and this weekend I did three. Now the challenge here was that twice in the past year I lost my voice and once recently my voice and hearing. I was scared to death and shaking like a leaf thinking my voice could fail me. I sang one Patsy Cline song, one Barb Streisand song "Somewhere" (I love that one) and for fun "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". I won two prizes. So, some confidence in my voice has been restored.
Second goal to take part in the Relay for Life. This is an all night from 7 pm in the evening on Friday until they serve breakfast the next morning at 7 am. I did 16 laps. Our team was new so we had only 5 members compared to teams of 10 and 12. Someone has to be on the track at all times. Our team raised $1000 plus for Cancer research. As a whole the Race brought in $50,000 plus. Not bad for a small town.
I was surprised near the end of the evening when I was presented with a gift bag and told that I won because I was the oldest participant taking part in the race. There was a prize for the youngest also, she was eight years old, I am 66.
Why am I proud? This weekend I gain a lot of insite into myself and know I can acheive anything I set my mind to. Proud because I kept up and finished with people who are half my age. I'm healthy and happy that I met a goal I set the year after I retired. My only loss will be two toe nails.
My journey isn't over yet and I still have to get back on a bike, my skates and my skis. Now I can see these few goals as reality and I owe a lot of my success to the support of my Sparks friends and SPARKPEOPLE.COM.