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Remember Why Iím Doing This.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Itís easy to get caught up in the mechanics of training, the routine of healthy eating, and the day-to-day decision making on this journey. And thatís a good thing. But I canít lose sight of the most important thing.

Action 169 Ė Remember Why Iím Doing This. Yes, I want to keep losing weight. Yes, I want to be healthier. But those are side effects, benefits that come with my primary goal. The main reason I am doing all of this is because I want to make my life an adventure. And I want to do it right here and right now, not in a year or after I lose ten more pounds or I fit into a smaller t-shirt or pair of pants. Right here, right now.

On Sunday morning, I had the joy and fun of running a half marathon through the amazing streets of my own adopted hometown of San Diego. I ran through the Gaslamp District and down along the harbor and right in front of the beautiful Star of India .

I ran by the airport and through Liberty Station and past the place of my second emergence into this world, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. I ran into Hillcrest, by Balboa Park and right in front of the rooftop hotel bar where I met my husband fifteen years ago. And I finished with an amazing, must-be-experienced run through the tunnel into Petco Park with fans cheering from the stands as I finished, stood at home plate, and looked up and around with a mixture of shock and joy on my smiling face. It was truly an adventure.

This is what it is about. Instead of sitting home, sleeping in, and letting the days pass me by, I am making my moments count. Iím experiencing life and finding opportunities to challenge myself. Most importantly, I am sharing moments with friends that would otherwise not be happening.

I am living my life instead of letting it pass before my eyes. And that is worth every mile, every bit of sweat, and every sore muscle.

Originally posted as part of Project One Five, my 100 Days and 500 Actions project to prepare me for the Pasadena Marathon.
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FUNFROG79 3/15/2012 11:44AM

    Love this!

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CARRIEMT 3/15/2012 10:51AM

To live life as if it were ours to shape rather than letting it shape us- way to go.

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EQUINEJUNKIE 3/15/2012 9:31AM

    So true! Thanks for pointing that out and making me remember. I think we all forget sometimes.

Love the pics!! emoticon

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GODZYFAN 3/15/2012 9:20AM

    That's a great attitude and something I need to think about too! Thanks for this!

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_LINDA 3/14/2012 11:35PM

    Another fabulous reminder to live life to the fullest! Keep on with that grand adventure and thanks for taking us along with you!

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NAMMYOFTHREE 3/14/2012 5:56PM

  Great John.....three cheers!

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LUCYJOY 3/14/2012 5:11PM

    I read your first paragraph and though-man, I wish it was easy for me to get caught up in that part of it. I can't seem to make this routine or even begin to enjoy it(and it's not from lack of trying!!)

I've been giving lots of thought to the adventures of life and finding moments of joy. Going to take a lot of change in my life to get there.

It's nice to hear someone is finding the way to do just that.

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