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Jealous Much?

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Friday, November 02, 2012

Have you ever found yourself jealous... of your future self?

I used to always dream about someday being able to do so many things. When I was 455 lbs it was certainly the only hope I had of having any real life. "Someday the Mrs. and I are going to lose this weight and we'll do all kinds of amazing things together". After kind of plugging away at the weight loss for several years now, I guess it occurred to me that I'm now that "future self" I was jealous of.

When I was 455 I dreamed that someday I would be able to cross country ski, stand up paddle board, ride a roller coaster, fit comfortably into a seat at a restaurant/theater and run a 5K. I can now say that I've done all of those things except ride a roller coaster. I know that I will do that soon enough but I am amazed at how far we have both come. Just the other night we both went to a dance show at a local theater that we've never been to before. In the past we would have talked ourselves out of buying tickets because we'd be concerned about fitting in the seats. This time we not only went but sat quite comfortably. Neither one of us had a problem with personal space and I kind of marveled to myself about the fact that I didn't even need to hog up the arm rest or contort my arms into a T-Rex position in order to keep from lopping into the person next to me.

Another thing we've done several times without even really thinking about it is go on several trips where we log many miles of walking every day. While we may feel tired by the time we make it back to the hotel room, we don't seem to notice just how much walking we're capable of until we check the FitBit and see that we sometimes average 5 or 6 miles per day.

Then on Halloween morning I accomplished something that I've basically been kind of putting off for the better part of 2 years. I have been running on the treadmill off and on for awhile now. I was never a runner before (obviously) so this is definitely new territory for me. Before we went to Traverse City for my birthday, I signed up for the SparkPeople virtual 5k Walk/Run and decided it was time that I commit to something finally. My intent was to run it but have the option to walk if absolutely necessary. Then when I hurt myself on the Dune at Sleeping Bear Dunes, about the only workout I could do was walk on the treadmill. It hurt to take deep breaths so I was sure that I was going to have to pretty much walk it but I was determined either way. Luckily the pain is almost completely gone. I still have some very deep rooted pain that seems to be most aggravated by sit-ups but it definitely hasn't hindered my running or movements now for a good week. So the 5K was on! I surprised myself actually. I did walk the first .15 just to warm up but I did not stop at all after that. I ran the whole freakin' time after that and it was tough at times but I found little ways to motivate myself and managed to finish in 45:17. Not sure how good or bad that is but I don't care because I did it!

So here I am. The future is now and nothing can stop me. And the best part is that it only gets better from here on out. I still have a lot yet to lose but there is always an increasing number of things I can accomplish and I know that it is all within reach now and not something that I have to be jealous of my future self for anymore. I just wish my past self could have realized just how great life could be so he would have gotten off his butt sooner!
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LIBBYL1 12/20/2012 11:14PM

  wow

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MADZOE 12/6/2012 5:29PM

    Congratulations! And thank you for the reminder.

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LAWANDMUSIC 11/24/2012 12:50PM

    Thanks for sharing your story. You give me hope!

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MARYHENNIG 11/23/2012 11:24PM

  Inspiring!!!

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SURVIVOR61 11/23/2012 8:09PM

    Congrats! It is indeed an inspiring story, when a husband and wife can work together to achieve great accomplishments in this day and time. And a special congratulations on your first 5k. God Bless You..... emoticon

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FIRECOM 11/23/2012 10:54AM

    Your story is indeed inspiring. I am glad that you have made your life style changes at a young age. I regret that I did not. Now I am at my goal weight for the first time in my adult life and now that I am 77 years old, I lament that I didn't do this earlier.

But I will not beat myself up over it but rather rejoice in my success, albeit late in life.

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 11/22/2012 4:35PM

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CM_GARDNER78 11/21/2012 11:38PM

    LOVE this blog!!! That is awesome! And as a Yooper, I am familiar with the places you speak of! :-) Keep at it - I'm glad you can be jealous of...YOU! ;-)

Happy Thanksgiving!
~ Christa

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LIBBYL1 11/21/2012 9:57PM

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ASHPATCH11 11/21/2012 9:12AM

    great work!

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MKLEINSC 11/21/2012 3:19AM

    Congrats! Keep it up!

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ALIWVU121 11/19/2012 7:24PM

    Awesome job! I know exactly how you feel! I've done some things recently that I just dreamed about doing before and some things I had never even thought to dream about! I'm working on my list of things to do and am excited that I'm reaching my goals with weight loss and my life! Congratulations and keep up the great work!

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MANILUS 11/18/2012 1:26PM

    Amazing, congrats to you and the Mrs! Keep going, you can do it!!!

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ANNE007 11/16/2012 11:54AM

    Good for you! What a great story!

Congratulations on all your successes!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 11/5/2012 5:09PM

    So awesome! Congrats on a fabulous first 5k! (And that's a really, really decent time for a newbie by the way!!!)

Go enjoy being your future self...you've earned it!

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BURBANOVSKY 11/5/2012 3:21PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing on here. Way to go on not only finishing your first 5K, but running it! You're Awesome!

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PCASEY7 11/4/2012 11:25PM

    Great blog! Congrats on all that you've achieved to date! Best of luck with the next phase of your journey!

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YATMAMA 11/4/2012 7:24PM

    What a HUGE accomplishment. I am so proud of you. Now, I have to get proud of me again because I'm messin up a lot. You and your beautiful Mrs are such an inspiration.

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NEWMOM20121 11/4/2012 10:42AM

    Great blog. Congrat's on your first 5k, well done.

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PENOWOK 11/4/2012 7:34AM

    That is SOOO awesome!! Great news for you both!!

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TERRIJ7 11/4/2012 1:50AM

    Congratulations!

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JACKIE542 11/3/2012 11:40PM

    Congratulations, you have accomplished a lot a should be very proud! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CICELY360 11/3/2012 11:36PM

  good blog

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CYPATAYLOR2 11/3/2012 11:28PM

  Congrats on your 5K! You did awesome. Also, thanks for sharing. Your blog is very inspiring.

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GOOSIEMOON 11/3/2012 5:49PM

    That's great! Keep up the good work!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/3/2012 5:16PM

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GLORYB2014 11/3/2012 1:40PM

    emoticon You are doing great!

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FAVORITEAUNT84 11/3/2012 1:35PM

    Good for you!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/3/2012 1:27PM

    WOW. Your progress is AMAZING. I can't even wrap my head around what you've managed to accomplish! Congratulations on your weight loss, the 5k, your increased freedom to go out and enjoy life - how wonderful!!

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ALOFA0509 11/3/2012 12:20PM

    Awsum job Bro!!!! You were killing me with the T-Rex pose!! BWAHHAAAAA

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WALLINMW 11/3/2012 11:38AM

  Jealousy is a fear of rejection...Great blog!

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KARRENLYNN 11/3/2012 11:22AM

    What a great accomplishment for you and your wife and very cool to be supporting each other. You also realized that your future self isn't necessarily at your perfect weight but also better than your original overweight self. Isn't it great as you realize that there's more things you can do and that all movement accumulates.

I'm really proud of you both and look forward to cheering you on as you reach all your goals and dreams. Keep going, don't stop - Life only gets better!


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JANEMARIE77 11/3/2012 10:16AM

    What a great blog and congratulations emoticon emoticon You are doing it

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VOLLEYGIRL77 11/3/2012 10:08AM

    Awesome! emoticon

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SASSYLJB 11/3/2012 9:37AM

    That is a great time for you first 5 k! Hey any amount of time is a great time! The fact that you completed it. and you ran the whole time, is a HUGE accomplishment!

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LJCANNON 11/3/2012 9:18AM

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Congratulations!! The Future is Truly What Ever WE Want to make of it!!!

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DJSHIP46 11/3/2012 9:11AM

    emoticon you've come a long way... emoticon

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MIMIDOT 11/3/2012 9:01AM

    Congratulations!!!! You did it! You should be very proud of yourself. Keep on keeping on!

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