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Looking at old photos....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I am posting these even though I still have a long way to go. They remind me that I have come so far. There was a time that I prayed that these photos would NEVER see the light of day. They were stashed on the computer and quickly forgotten. Here I am now, 5 years later, posting them for all the world to see. They are a source of pride now, a trophy. I look at that man in the "before" pictures and I dont recognize him anymore. We have nothing in common.

I am posting these because sometimes I need to remind myself and realize that although I am not at the end of my journey, I am doing things now that the "before" man would have felt was impossible.

For instance... as I write this, it is 2:50 AM. I got home from working afternoon shift and fulfilled a promise to myself. It was my goal today to go for a run when I got home.

I kept that promise and did 10K (6.2 miles). The "before" me would have simply ate the big plate of spaghetti that was in the fridge when I got home, watched some mindless drivel and fell asleep. It would have been far too easy to give in to the mental fog and write my self a "promissory note" to exercise tomorrow morning. Far too easy.

I am a different man today than I was when the "before" picture was taken.

Last year, I was only toying with the idea of participating in a triathlon. I had to learn how to swim. Not that I didnt know how but there is a difference between just splashing around and completing a set distance with a time goal in mind and still have a bike and a run to finish. Not only did I do that but just a few days ago I swam my first open water mile in a respectable 46 min 24 seconds and I have ambitions of completing a Half Ironman

That's a long way from wheezing after a couple of laps at the Y.

Also last year I finished my first marathon. That is a long way from not being able to bend over to tie my own shoes.

Sometimes I just need to remind myself that the best is yet to come.



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    Well done! You look amazing! emoticon emoticon
    1460 days ago
  • v KAYATLANTA2010
    You demonstrate hope on so many levels. I really appreciate reading about and seeing part of your journey. emoticon
    1460 days ago
    emoticon emoticon The best is yet to come!
    1460 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon You can reach the Ironman and all your goals! You've come so far and you have changed so much. You are moving forward and there is nothing you can't do if you put your mind to it! emoticon emoticon
    1460 days ago
    INSPIRING! you are defiantly on your way to victory! you look great, just yesterday I looked at some of my old photos it is defiantly an encouragement to think of becoming the person we truly are. emoticon
    1460 days ago
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