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Monday, November 05, 2012

My dear friend, SNEVIL1, just got into the 140s for weight. I made an off-hand comment that she is at my goal weight and I still feel like I have SO far to go. She looks and feels amazing and I'm so proud of her.

She's a math teacher and she had a quick response to my comment, which completely made my entire day. WOW. Thanks for the perspective, friend.

Thought I'd pass it along to all of you as well. You guys are making miracles happen every day, you know.

"Don't think about how far you have to go... think about how far you have come. You are a runner! You ran a freaking half marathon!

Let me hit you with some math.... in 2011 1.6 million people completed a half marathon. It is the most popular running event in the US. However, there are 314,712,000 people in the USA (as of Oct 1, 2012). That means that only 0.508% of the population has done what you have done. LESS THAN ONE PERCENT of the people in the US have accomplished what you have accomplished.

However, you may be thinking- Sara, you are being dramatic. What about babies? Ok fine... about 20% of the population is between the ages of 0-14. So that means there are 251769600 people in the US that are 15 and older. That still means only 0.636% of people 15 and older have done a half marathon. Still less than 1%.

Say you want to be really picky and exclude older people (even though we know a lot of older people run). We will be so picky to say that we are only going to include people 15-64 years old. 67% of the population is in this age group. That means that 210857040 people are between 15 and 64. That still means that only 0.759% of people in this group have done a half marathon. STILL LESS THAN 1%.

You are incredible! Look back at your old pictures and see how far you have come. You are an athlete. You have accomplished goals. You are fierce. You are doing things you never thought possible and have overcome so many obstacles. Yes, you have farther that you want to go... but you are now part of the elite. No one can take that away from you!"

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JURASSICSUE 12/4/2012 11:32AM

    That's a brilliant point of view. It's so easy to focus on what we didn't get done, what we still have left to achieve. It's very refreshing to look at it in such a positive light. Thank you!
Sue

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FAITHERSANNE 11/23/2012 10:57PM

  Positive perspective!!

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DOTTY7267 11/23/2012 4:01PM

    Great Perspective emoticon

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MCFITZ2 11/13/2012 4:26PM

    that's a great way to look at it! emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 11/12/2012 9:39PM

    I remember thinking the same thing... " I have soooo far to go... how will I ever get it done?" But get it done I did and you will too. What you are doing now is developing healthy habits that will last a lifetime... and developing those habits takes TIME. The journey is part of the process... Spark on!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/12/2012 12:29PM

    Heck yeah!! What you've accomplished so far is nothing short of amazing and inspiring - your friend is absolutely right. It almost doesn't even matter - heck, it DOESN'T matter how far you've got to go until you reach your goal weight. You've reached so many OTHER, more important goals in terms of health and fitness and wellness.

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JOYCECAIN 11/12/2012 5:29AM

    Your friend is correct. We all do what we can. You have come a long way. Keep up the great work. lol emoticon

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WONDERFUL2BME 11/12/2012 4:40AM

    That is right!

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VIMVIGOR 11/11/2012 5:17PM

  emoticon and what a wonderful friend to point this out!!!

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1GODGIRL 11/11/2012 8:52AM

    emoticon blog!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 11/10/2012 4:11PM

    Wow that is so true! Although I have done "only" a 5k, I am sure that I am one of the few out of many who have. The percentage may not be 1% but I know it is less than 50%! emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 11/10/2012 8:59AM

    Very true - this is one of my mantras and something my mother taught me as a young girl when we would be in the midst of a long project. "Don't look how far you have to go, look how far you've come."

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ALOZEE 11/10/2012 7:12AM

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PATTISTAMPS 11/8/2012 1:00PM

    I am proud to count you as my friend - what an awesome accomplishment! OK, I was impressed before, but less than 1%!!!! This is truly an amazing accomplishment. You ROCK!

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SPARKFRAN514 11/8/2012 12:33AM

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GREENGENES 11/7/2012 11:01PM

    Isn't math awesome!

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COCHRANE0511 11/7/2012 9:33PM

    I like the quote:
""Don't think about how far you have to go... think about how far you have come. You are a runner! You ran a freaking half marathon! "

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PENSIEVEGAZER 11/7/2012 8:25PM

    What a FANTASTIC way to look at things!

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GOOSIEMOON 11/7/2012 4:55PM

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BRELYNNDEE1 11/7/2012 9:57AM

    Well said!!! emoticon emoticon

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BECCABOO127 11/7/2012 9:48AM

    Very nice!

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NEWMOM20121 11/7/2012 8:32AM

    Well done.

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LORELLELAURA 11/7/2012 8:25AM

    very impressive!

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MISSFORTE 11/7/2012 7:21AM

    WOW! thanks for the insight!

also the number crunching!

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MANILUS 11/7/2012 7:00AM

    You will reach your goals, you are a fighter! Yes you had the courage for a half marathon after an injury, keep pushing!!

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M_FITBY30 11/7/2012 3:10AM

  wow I never considered the math! less than 1 %!

you ARE part of the elite :)

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DALID414 11/7/2012 12:28AM

    I hate math, but this does show how awesome you are!!

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CICELY360 11/6/2012 10:54PM

  good blog

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PCASEY7 11/6/2012 10:34PM

    Wow - what a boost from a great friend! Make sure you keep her close as you go for your next goal!

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CHARTHESTAR 11/6/2012 10:22PM

    so awesome! Great friend with awesome math skills!
I have my goal for 2013. a half a marathon. I want to be part of that group! it will be walking but still- a good one to have.
Thank you for sharing!

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DESERTJULZ 11/6/2012 10:13PM

    Love to your friend the math-nerd! I LOVE MATH!

You are awesome, you have done something that I have not (yet) done. Congratulations!

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SBANSCH 11/6/2012 8:41PM

    What an awesome response!

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LINDAK25 11/6/2012 8:02PM

    Wow, that's a great way to look at it! Thanks for the perspective!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/6/2012 8:00PM

    Awesome perspective!!!! :) Thank you!

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JIBBIE49 11/6/2012 7:33PM

    emoticon Once again, you're a STAR.

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