Monday, November 05, 2012
What a nice day! My daughter does Special Olympics bowling, and my son volunteers with that program. Yesterday was the first time I got to go watch. I had a great time! I have rarely seen such sportsmanship in people. There was clapping, fist bumping and high fives all over the place! I was thrilled by the joy in the faces of these wonderful people. They allowed me to take their pictures. They welcomed me into their world and I was amazed at the goodwill and happiness that enveloped me. There are no words to describe how good I felt when I walked out of that bowling alley.
The Special Olympics athletes made me realize something. There is so much joy to be found, even in small successes. We so often beat ourselves up because we didn’t do as well as we had hoped, but any progress is still progress! Here is an example: There are a couple of young men that can throw the ball down the lane and it sounds like an explosion as the ball plows into the pins. When they get a strike, the athletes, parents and sponsors burst into applause and cheers. There is also a little girl and a little boy that roll a gutter ball almost every time. At best, they might knock over one pin. However, when they do knock a few pins down…. Boom! The roar of applause goes up, followed by hoots of joy, high fives, and big grins. We should learn a lesson from these great athletes. Take pride and feel joy over ALL of our victories, no matter how small. If you are bettering yourself, who cares if it’s fast or slow? Sure we would all love some fast weight loss. Every one of those bowlers would love a strike too. They celebrate what they get though. They cheer each other on and there isn’t any resentment when someone beats them…. There are congratulations. So I am here to say CONGRATULATIONS AND WOO HOO! To all my buddies out there. Whether you’ve lost an ounce or ten pounds, it’s progress and I’m proud of you! Treat yourself! Give yourself credit! I personally have lost thirty pounds, fifteen of them with Sparkpeople. I am definitely going to treat myself. It may be a pedicure, or maybe a new book or haircut. Maybe I’ll spend time with a good friend shopping or maybe I’ll go on a special date with my hubby. Whatever happens, it’s going to be a celebration. Life is short. Love it up!
Now for the business end of things (boring)! Yesterday’s food: Breakfast – Banana and a cup of milk. Lunch – Nada I got busy and didn’t have time. Supper – UGH! We went to Wendy’s. I had the Bacon Portobella Mushroom Melt and some French fries and water. I was sick, sick, sick. Apparently, the grease or the chemicals or both in the food didn’t agree with me. I was sick before I left the restaurant and sick all night long. I think I’m done with fast food situations! Bleah!
Peace and Blessings to all,
Here is a picture of my daughter and one of her bowling pals, Nate. This picture was taken by my good friend, and Nate's mom, Sue.