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Excuse me, Obesity? Could I have a word with you please?

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Excuse me, Obesity? Could I have a word with you please? Thanks.

As you probably know, I've had some issues with my tendonitis flaring up since my last run. I've been bewildered by the feelings of frustration and anger that have been rising up inside of me.

Why am I angry? Good question. I'm so glad you asked because I've been dying to say this for a couple days now.

I'm so angry at you, Obesity. I loathe you. I detest you. I'm angry that you have a stronghold in our country and in our world. I'm angry that I had so little respect for myself that I let you into my life and allowed you to take control. I'm angry that you are not being labeled correctly by our media as a disease. I hate that you are a killer. I truly believe you are linked to cancer. And I hate that cancer has hurt so many loved ones.

See, I don't just hate the physical effect that you bring (like my ankle issues or heart problems or diabetes, which destroys so many lives). I hate the emotional baggage you bring. I hate that you make us hate ourselves. I hate that we feel powerless against you. I hate that you bring hopelessness. You are evil.

You have tried to destroy me. And I finally woke up and decided that enough was enough. But you wouldn't just slide away quietly into the night. You had to have your vengeance and inflict injury upon me. You knew my sweet, little tiny ankle bone couldn't handle over 600 lbs of pressure while running. Thanks for the souvenir.

But, here's the deal. This is what's going to happen. I have two races to get through between now and October 20th. I am going to train cautiously and intelligently, using bike and swim to build my endurance if necessary. I'm not going to expect fast times or PRs on the next two races. I'm going to take it easy and finish, no matter how slow I am. I will no longer be a slave to you and give into fear and quit just because you're hanging around.

What's more...after these races are over, I have an entire winter to lose weight, heal, crosstrain and pretty much get you out of my life forever. And that is what I plan to do. So...you can flail around and give me your best shot for the next little while...but, rest assured, you are leaving soon. And I won't ever see you again once you're gone.

Even better...after you are gone from my life, I will make it one of my life's passions to drive you from every dear friend or family member's life that I come in contact with. I plan to do everything I can to disarm you and pretty much annihilate the fear and hopelessness that you spread over your victims.

You are going to be so sorry you messed with me.
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MOMMY2MADILYN 9/16/2012 9:30PM

    Your words are so true! emoticon

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CDRFLORES 9/16/2012 8:38PM

    I've gotten rid of toxic people in my life that way. Why not obesity? Thanks!


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GIGGLEBOXGIRL 9/16/2012 8:14PM

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NATALIEGENZ 9/16/2012 7:34PM

    Damn straight. Obesity IS a disease and it's one that affects us both physically and mentally. So inspirational to see you getting your footholds in to reestablish some mental ground.

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KANDY4ED 9/16/2012 7:19PM

    Love your blog, truly inspirational. I also believe that obesity is a dirty word and should be labeled as a disease. It causes so many problems and kills people every day. emoticon

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MISSILENE 9/16/2012 6:57PM

    great..

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QUINNY1958 9/16/2012 6:38PM

    Both funny and profound! Well said!

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MYTIME75 9/16/2012 5:36PM

    Thank you for this... you pretty much made my day with this post. I'm trying to get back into running - something I loved and lost while doing my own battle with obesity. But I'm going to find strong role models (like you) and continue to try to kick butt my way.

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JUMPINJULIE 9/16/2012 5:32PM

    That is so inspring thank you for the reminders how much obesity hurts us. You can do it. Tell obestity were to go and never come back. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRAFTINWIFE 9/16/2012 4:39PM

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XXEDRA 9/16/2012 4:34PM

    emoticon Great blog!

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NESILVERS 9/16/2012 4:31PM

    Well said!!! Get lost obesity--you are not welcome in our lives!!!! emoticon obestiy!!!

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JULIA1154 9/16/2012 3:39PM

  I wish we could distill your attitude and add it to soft drinks!

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FIT@401 9/16/2012 3:39PM

    I think you could do it. You are an inspiration to many emoticon

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GOULDSGRANITE 9/16/2012 3:22PM

    Great attitude Leah!!! No matter how far, how long, just keep showing up! You are winning the races everyday!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PURSUEJOY 9/16/2012 3:05PM

    Good for you!!! I soooo agree!! We ARE fighting for our lives...physically, emotionally, mentally & physically! I am cheering for you!

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MAMA_CD 9/16/2012 3:02PM

    Out with emoticon in with emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 9/16/2012 1:05PM

    This needs to be embroidered on a pillow... except it would be a pretty big one! I am printing it and hanging it on my wall. Kick butt!!!

Hope your ankle is feeling better.

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JUNEBUG4967 9/16/2012 12:56PM

    keep up the good fight!

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HEATHOG 9/16/2012 11:55AM

    emoticon

Well said!

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SHOAPIE 9/16/2012 9:48AM

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PHEBESS 9/16/2012 9:43AM

    LOVE this!!!!!

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MYBABYGIRLS 9/16/2012 9:16AM

    Go for it! Keep the attitude! emoticon emoticon

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CATHGREEN8 9/16/2012 8:33AM

    Brava! Stay angry, just lose the fear. You are a spitfire!

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SHARONSPARKLE 9/16/2012 8:27AM

    We all need to get riled up and fight just like you! I'd like to get in the fight starting right this minute.

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FATHINSN 9/16/2012 1:22AM

    Yeah, show big O who's the Boss! Keep on fighting!

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SLFGOLF 9/16/2012 1:02AM

    What a great attitude!

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JEN0817 9/16/2012 12:33AM

    Awesome attitude! emoticon emoticon

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MY4KITTIES 9/15/2012 11:55PM

    I loved reading this! I can identify with the frustration you've endured with obesity. It's like a toxic friend. It drains your energy and willpower to do the right thing. You will reach your goals and obesity will have no choice but to leave. You can do it!!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 9/15/2012 11:09PM

    AMEN! That is so true and I love that you wrote this blog!

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JESSIEJACKS76 9/15/2012 10:10PM

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FRANCIEVW 9/15/2012 9:48PM

    Nice post, Leah. You WILL have the last word on this topic. Rule it.

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BELDONDOG1 9/15/2012 9:34PM

    What a great blog! Never thought about it the way you have. You go girl and good luck on your runs!!

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HEALTHYOTTER 9/15/2012 9:32PM

    emoticon You are power, energy, spirit, sparks of inspiration. Obesity will roll to fetal position as you clamp down on its jugular! So glad you put into writing the amazing feat that your next races represent, so much more than the numbers on a clock. Grit and strength and determination with every training session. Victory with your very first step!

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AJB121299 9/15/2012 9:29PM

    Nice

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CAROL494 9/15/2012 9:26PM

  Great attitude! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEATLETOT 9/15/2012 6:57PM

    Last line is PRICELESS!

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MARYJEANSL 9/15/2012 6:34PM

  I love it! Well said. :-)

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ISABELLE31 9/15/2012 6:29PM

    Wonderful post, as usual.

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NEEDBU66 9/15/2012 6:09PM

    emoticon Very well done post. However, it's my back that's got me tenderly moving along and unable to do the exercises needed to keep the pounds not just coming off but keeping from jumping back on. It's the injury, doing just what I was trying to do to get/stay healthy, that gets my gander up.

May we both heal quickly!!!

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ANIHAKA 9/15/2012 6:00PM

    It's a pity that we have to become obese and reach a turning point before we see our own strengths. We have to arrive at a point where we turn the tables and we are stronger than obesity & then the way is clear before us to use our potential.
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EWL978 9/15/2012 5:45PM

    Kudos!! Your spirit and spunk are heartwarming and I'm sure that your positive outlook will show that darned old Obesity the door once and for all. So, ice that ankle and prepare yourself....I have the feeling that you'll run the run of your life!!
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TERID816 9/15/2012 5:05PM

    As usual Leah, you nailed it! Hang in there! emoticon emoticon I've got a race coming up on October 14th and I want so much to finish it... Me and Jeff Galloway are working hard to get me ready! Keep training - keep blogging - keep inspiring! emoticon

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SELENAPEPPERS 9/15/2012 4:38PM

    Love this post, so encouraging. emoticon

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NESSAGIRL67 9/15/2012 4:30PM

    I loved your blog. Continue with what you are doing. Great job!

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CAMAEL100 9/15/2012 1:44PM

    That is a fighting spirit - obesity stands no chance!!


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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/15/2012 1:35PM

    Great post

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DALRYMPLY 9/15/2012 1:09PM

  This made my day, have a sore knee and will ice it and do another form of exercise - good blog! Thank you

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DVIRGADAM 9/15/2012 12:49PM

    Obesity will never mess with you again, because you will not allow it to. Once it is gone from your life, you will be sure it stays away forever by healthy eating and living a healthy lifestyle. I know you can do it! You have what it takes to be successful!

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MILLEDGE2 9/15/2012 11:39AM

    Love this! You've started my day off with inspiration! emoticon

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