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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.

THEN:









NOW:




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IMEMINE1 7/27/2012 7:12PM

    The smile says it all. emoticon

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 7/27/2012 4:40PM

    Your smile says it all! Awesome!

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MOMS100 7/27/2012 1:53PM

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PATTYGRAY 7/27/2012 1:49PM

    WOW You look fantastic!!

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OUBACHE 7/27/2012 11:44AM

    Very inspiring! You look 15-20 years younger and must feel a lot better, too. Thanks for sharing.

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LEALOWE 7/27/2012 11:22AM

    Congratulations. You look so awesome.

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HIPPYCHICK5005 7/27/2012 11:02AM

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BEWELL48 7/27/2012 11:01AM

    So inspiring! Thank you!

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DIANEINVANBC 7/27/2012 10:46AM

    What an amazing transformation of mind body spirit! Best of luck on your journey! emoticon

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MITCHARVEY 7/27/2012 10:21AM

    emoticon Great job! Your story reminds me to the quote "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
Going for a run after an afternoon shift is defiantly a accomplishment! You are so motivating.

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MBOART 7/27/2012 10:17AM

    You are proof that the mind can overcome! Congratulations on your success! emoticon

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SUPER-MOM_ 7/27/2012 10:06AM

  You are inspiring and amazing!. Way to go. YEAH for you. I am just starting my journey from Fat to Fit (or as I call it from O-bese to OMG). You did it. Let your Spark SHINE SHINE SHINE

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AZURELITE 7/27/2012 8:52AM

    Take pride in how far you've progressed!
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TFUNKSGIRL 7/27/2012 8:20AM

    You look really amazing, keep up the good work!! emoticon

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TODAYIAM 7/27/2012 12:15AM

    I keep photos too.. I have them in my phone and my computer. They really help when I feel like I've gone no where!

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KENZYE 7/26/2012 11:59PM

    congratulations

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SWEDE_SU 7/26/2012 11:59PM

    you have come so far and you look amazing! emoticon

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GBAUM0432 7/26/2012 11:40PM

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CHRISH5000 7/26/2012 10:49PM

  congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! You should be really proud of your self.
Keep going


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LOREENLC 7/26/2012 10:25PM

  Wow, what a great accomplishment. You should be so-o-o-o proud. As I sit here typing, I've been trying to figure out how to change some really bad habits that I have that are causing me to not even start the journey. One of my biggest problems is tea when I get up in the a.m. I usually drink two huge cups of tea with 2 tbsp creamer and 1 tbsp of sugar each. I am addicted to sugar. I find that it is so comforting to me in the a.m. after I feed the dogs and they lay down to just sit in the quiet and think or read a magazine to start my day. I'm really struggling.

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MCONNORS82983 7/26/2012 10:23PM

  way to go

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CHUNKYMONKEY36 7/26/2012 9:36PM

    You look AMAZING, way to go!!!!

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ROTCHV 7/26/2012 9:03PM

    You must be so proud of your accomplishments. Awesome.

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JUDASES 7/26/2012 8:54PM

  Its hard work but its worth it. Keep up the good work. Remind yourself to eat to live and not live to eat. That has become my mantra.

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ONE-HOT-MAMA1 7/26/2012 8:49PM

    way to go keep it up you are doing awsome

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TXGRANDMA 7/26/2012 8:03PM

    You are looking so much better! I am sure that you are feeling much better, too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 7/26/2012 7:05PM

  Great job! Very inspiring.....keep doing what you are doing!

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NEWCHINELO 7/26/2012 6:15PM

    WOO HOO!

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KDYLOSE 7/26/2012 4:18PM

    Whoa, who IS that guy?

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NENA1448 7/26/2012 3:56PM

    Confidence shows! Keep it up. emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 7/26/2012 2:30PM

    You are doing great... spark on my friend!

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2SOULMATES4LIFE 7/26/2012 2:28PM

  One thing I noticed was your smile. Before it didn't reach your eyes, there wasn't any sparkle. Your now pictures express true happiness and pride in yourself. An amazing feat. Way to go!

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LALA_1012 7/26/2012 2:23PM

    Wow! You look awesome! Congratulations on your progress!

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TREASURINGLIFE 7/26/2012 1:58PM

    Woo-whoo!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!! You look GREAT! :)

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ROADRUNNER201 7/26/2012 12:44PM

    Great job! Your photos show great success! Keep up the good work.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 7/26/2012 12:23PM

    Looking good! Quite an accomplishment, I am very impressed with not only the swimming feats, but the triathlon completion is amazing. I am in awe of anyone who can do one of those!

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TIFFANIE150 7/26/2012 12:02PM

    Yep, the best is yet to come!

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SWEETLILCARRIE 7/26/2012 11:57AM

    You are doing great! You can never forget where you first started. You always have to remember that so you can really appreciate how far you have come. You may still have a bit to go, but just keep reminding yourself how much you have already done, what you have already accomplished. =) Keep it up!

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SUPERSYLPH 7/26/2012 10:56AM

    emoticon You've come so far, so don't quit now!

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NHEMBERGER 7/26/2012 10:49AM

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Great attitude! Keep it up!

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MRSGOAD 7/26/2012 10:49AM

  Wow. BRAVO!
That is so brave posting befores! You sure have come a long way! emoticon

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SBNORMAL 7/26/2012 10:45AM

  WOW!! CONFESSIONS GOOD FOR THE SOUL!!

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GARDENQE2 7/26/2012 10:09AM

    Great blog!
It reminds me of an old saying: "I may not be perfect, but parts of me are excellent!"
Your attitude is the BEST! emoticon

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