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Having The Courage To Start And The Will To Finish..

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Monday, April 02, 2012

In short, the people that inspire me the most are found right here on Sparkpeople. This is why I stay and have made my virtual home here. There is something very real about the level of interconnectedness that I have with alot of people. People, while specializing in one goal or another, are all pulling for the same thing. To rise above the mundane hum-drum of daily life and responsibilities. To reach beyond what they thought were limitations and then share their joy and enthusiasm when they realize that they were actually capable of finishing the 5k, losing the weight, cycling their first group ride, or achieving some new capability that gives them hope that they might actually be able to finish what they set out to do.

To me, life without goals that go beyond the daily to-do list, isn't life, it's an existence.

It isn't the professional athlete or the contestant that loses alot of weight on TV that inspires me, it is the 'everyman's hero'. The pro's have a carefully controlled environment, diet, and their life revolves around training and being their best under expert guidance. That shows me what a person is capable of IF the right circumstances exists. Interesting, but no more inspiring than a beautiful flower that was grown in a climate controlled greenhouse. The same flower would probably not exist if it had to endure winters, blistering heat, floods, frost and such.

Life is not about living in the greenhouse of perfect circumstances, life is about taking the hand that is dealt to you and, somehow though it all, managing to blossom. Blossoming in spite of being cooked in the sun, blasted, flooded, trampled and yes, 'sprinkled' on by the neighbors pet. That's the flower that I want in my garden.

I no longer live my life waiting to magically be transported into the greenhouse of life, where everything is right and perfect. Never more a temptation to make poor choices, all conditions set to optimal. I want to walk in the footsteps of those unsung champions who, in spite of the myriad of obligations that life threw at them, lost the weight, trained for the event, and achieved the extraordinary.

Are you waiting for the greenhouse experience or are you ready to fight for what you want?

This isn't just something I'm putting out there for everyones benefit, this loaf of bread came out fresh and hot this morning and I had to have a couple slices myself. I need strength for my journey too.

I have to renew myself in my mantra that I had when I trained for my marathon- "I had the courage to start, I have the WILL to finish"

I will see this through because life isn't getting any easier and my goals will not wait.
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JOANNHUNT 1/28/2013 11:41AM

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IFEOMA4 9/7/2012 4:00PM

  great emoticon . inspiation seems more real when you can identify with those who have gone ahead

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ALADY2BE 6/4/2012 2:54PM

    GREAT BLOG...Thanks for adding another stoke to my fire!!! emoticon emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 4/29/2012 10:20PM

    You got that right! We need constant remotivation. Life can be hard, but goals propel forward when we keep them in sight and have supporters cheering us on.

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KRKNOCKS 4/20/2012 9:10AM

  Enjoyed your blog.

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STATS2332 4/12/2012 10:14AM

  Good Job emoticon

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STEFFIROCKSIT 4/12/2012 2:41AM

    Right you are! Great and inspiring blog, as always! emoticon

Make great things happen by taking control! Sometimes it's hard because life is HAPPENING and there will always be obstacles to overcome. But isn't that the thrill of it all? To have all these things thrown at you and STILL be able to push through it? Yeah, that's it!!!

I have adapted a great motto by Dean Karnazes:
"Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up". Works for me. When I injured my knee and ankle back in November I wasn't able to work out for over THREE months, AND I feared that I might have to face surgery. But thinking of that motto I was willing to do WHATEVER it takes to resume running in 2012. Turned out that I did not need surgery. The knee is fine, the ankle still a bit tender - but I AM RUNNING AGAIN. Slower than before, sure, but speed is just a matter of time and training.

It's the dedication that matters. emoticon

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ARIZONA33 4/11/2012 12:48PM

    Wow! This blog is truly inspiring. How many times have we all said to ourselves that someday when things were this way or that way, better, the weather cooler/warmer, when I have lost 10lbs, found the right person to be with, get a better job, finish school...the list goes on--that then we would finally be happy, make positive changes to our life or start something that we have always dreamed of doing? How many times have we sabotaged our efforts because we just can't seem to get to that perfect place in life and so we give up just when success is actually within our grasp?

Thanks for the reminder that “life is not about living in the greenhouse of perfect circumstances” but rather about blooming as we fight for what we want no matter what life throws our way. It is the journey and what we learn from both the ups and downs of life that strengthen us and lead us not to utopia but instead to a place of understanding ourselves and appreciating the process of going from a small bud of possibilities to the majesty of full bloom as we reach for and achieve our goals throughout our life.

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SHAOLINWARRIOR 4/10/2012 7:01PM

    Just the title says a lot. Courage to start, and Will to finish is often the 2 hardest parts of any journey.

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NEW_PARADIGM 4/9/2012 6:29PM

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LIMIG2 4/9/2012 4:39PM

    Nice posting!

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AUSSIEFLOSS 4/7/2012 2:51AM

    Ah! I want some of your 'bread' !! love that symbolism.
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123ELAINE456 4/7/2012 1:07AM

  Awesome Blog. Happy to hear your healing continues on the right path also. The list of runs looks fantastic. THE WAY TO GO!!!!!!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful week.

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JPANNELL0 4/6/2012 8:42PM

    Great blog! Thanks for the inspiration I needed today! emoticon

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CYNTHIACYNTHIA1 4/6/2012 8:51AM

    What a great way to put it, "Living in a Greenhouse".

I think living in a greenhouse wouldn't really be living, as I define it anyway.

Real world living gives marvelous real world rewards; I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thanks for sharing.

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PEPIPOI 4/6/2012 1:15AM

    Well done. emoticon

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JAYLYNNE31 4/5/2012 10:36PM

  That was great.. I love reading your blogs ... they are all so real .... thanks


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AMBER461 4/5/2012 10:16PM

  Great blog! Thank youi for sharing. No more greenhouse for me.

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KLEMIE 4/5/2012 7:20PM

    Well put. I have been "living in a greenhouse" so to speak. Until about 3 months ago, I was expecting the weight to come off just because I signed up for SP. Or any other program for that matter. I finally realized I was going to get out of this weight-loss journey exactly what I put into it. Being on a "Get Healthy" kick is so much more fun than being on a diet. emoticon

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PRAYINGSUZIE 4/5/2012 12:07PM

    Thank you for sharing!!!

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XANDRA724 4/5/2012 12:04PM

    This is awesome. I love encouragement from spark people. Keep it up!

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GINA180847 4/5/2012 11:21AM

    Of course attitude is everything!!!

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DENNETJ 4/5/2012 11:18AM

    your blog is very well written thank you

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MOMMY445 4/5/2012 10:16AM

    what a great blog! thanks for sharing!

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HEARTS116 4/5/2012 8:43AM

    Great blog!
Thanks for sharing!
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ARCHIEMITCHELL 4/5/2012 8:28AM

    Thank you for this inspiring message to start my day. emoticon I loved your analogy. No more greenhouse expectations for me.
Nancy

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DEBK0923 4/5/2012 8:27AM

    GREAT BLOG AND WELL STATED

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GRACERINGER 4/5/2012 7:55AM

    I will be keeping your mantra in mind and passing it on to others. Keep on keepin' on!

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BRENDAF761 4/5/2012 7:23AM

    Loved your blog! Thanks for sharing! Good luck for continued success!

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CAM2438 4/5/2012 7:04AM

    Great Blog. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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FUZZYBEEZ 4/4/2012 11:53PM

    Thanks, you keep me encouraged and believing that I can do it. I appreciate that about your blogs.....some how they always speak to me on that level that I'm needing at the moment.

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LELERS 4/4/2012 11:21PM

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J2740LOU 4/4/2012 7:46PM

    Thank you for sharing. You are so very right......and you can apply that attitude to anything you want to accomplish in life, in spite of all the odds. It's a "No Matter What" decision. emoticon

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MELINDAM85 4/4/2012 7:07PM

    Very well said!

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TAMGEAS 4/4/2012 4:57PM

    Thanks!!! I needed this!!! emoticon

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CATIATM 4/4/2012 4:10PM

    Excellent post!

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2WHEELER 4/4/2012 3:20PM

    Great post. Just the right words at the right time--I've been craving chocolates all day and was just about to give in--after all, I went to the gym at 6 a.m. today. But I have goals that I'll never meet if I don't stay on track. You reminded me I have the will to finish. emoticon

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SP_COACH_NANCY 4/4/2012 12:41PM

  I love your blogs, Buddy! Will you be my ghost writer emoticon

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SHEILA-45 4/4/2012 12:31PM

    I must say you have a way with words. Thx for the uplifting blog; it came at a perfect time for me~ emoticon

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JACKJACK91 4/4/2012 12:25PM

    I am ready to fight for what I want! Love love loved the blog! Awesome analogies, very motivational! emoticon Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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LUCINDARW 4/4/2012 12:09PM

    Great blog very right to the heart of the matter. Job well done. Lucinda
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MIZMAC4 4/4/2012 11:18AM

  I needed some motivation today. Thank you for giving it to me. emoticon

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TEACHER1220 4/4/2012 11:15AM

  I was inspired by your plog. Thanks so much. I felt like you spoke for me, too.
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RUNGIRL96 4/4/2012 10:59AM

    Very motivating

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/4/2012 10:53AM

    emoticon this was perfect for me to read today. I'm inspired by your message. In the last year I have become a runner. I remember reading your blogs and thinking "I could never run a marathon" but over time, after reading more and more Spark members blogs and starting to think that I COULD do it. and I completed my first in March. Thank you for sharing your mantra, a gem I will hold on to. I have signed my dad and my daughter up for their first races. I'm excited about setting goals that go beyond the daily to-do list.
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KWADHAMS 4/4/2012 10:53AM

    Another great blog. Love you hunny.
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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 4/4/2012 8:26AM

    Great post....

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PUPPETGIRLKY 4/4/2012 7:52AM

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