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My Inspiration for Continuing on this Healthy Lifestyle Journey

Sunday, November 18, 2012

So today for my Healthy Holidays 2012 challenge we are to write about what gives us inspiration.

I would have to say that my inspiration comes from my son, Lee, who died 20 years ago just before he turned 16. Lee really enjoyed life and lived life to the fullest, enjoying every minute. Lee died doing something he loved doing (downhill skiing) for which I will be eternally thankful.

Both of my sons were in Boy Scouts for many years and their troop was one that was very active and doing many high adventure activities, such as hiking mountains, rappelling, snow camping, a week long sailing trip, 50 mile bike ride, and canoeing trip to name just a few. All three of my children were also competitive swimmers for at least 10 years. As a result of all these activities I too came to love participating in them.

For several years there was a group of people from our town who participated in the annual swim across the Mighty Columbia River (a mile plus across). The first time Lee swam it and I took him up there and saw it, I was extremely hesitant to have him swim it. However, he wanted to do it so he was not hearing of backing out. About the third year Lee swam it, my other son and I decided to join the group. Let me tell you, I came so close to chickening out at the last minute, but with my younger son's assistance (waiting for me to surface after jumping off the boat), I did not back out and I actually completed the swim. What an amazing sense of accomplishment that was.

Anyway, 5 months later Lee died while downhill skiing. I can't tell you how eternally thankful I have been that I did not chicken out and that I have that wonderful memory.

After Lee's death, my life has changed. In more ways that just forever mourning his death, but my outlook on life. For me life is simply too short and too uncertain to worry about having a spotless house. Spending time with family and friends is much more important.

In order for me to be able to enjoy life my inspiration is


Keeping fit and healthy will provide me the ability to enjoy doing things with my kids and grandkids, and maybe even my great grandkids since my grandkids are quickly growing up and my oldest, my granddaughter, is turning 20 next week. So,


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUSTLLAMA 11/23/2012 11:18PM

    I'm so sorry for you loss. You truly have a special angel in Heaven. Thank you for sharing this incredibly personal story.

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SIOBHANKNITS 11/20/2012 12:01PM

    You inspire and motivate me, Barbara. What a beautiful tribute to honor your son by staying physically healthy and setting mentally healthy priorities. Your swim across the Columbia sounds awesome! I once swam a one-mile course across part of Lake Washington in Seattle. Open water is no joke! And to have the river current must have been something, too!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/19/2012 1:47PM

    Reading this with tears in my eyes. Big big hug.

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MARTY728 11/19/2012 1:09PM

    Sorry for your lost and thankful for your good memories. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/19/2012 4:49AM

    so sorry for the loss of your son lee he is an angel showing you the way. very inspirational blog thank you for sharing

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BARCLE 11/19/2012 2:04AM

    emoticon inspirational - thanks so much for sharing

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RFJSJ50 11/18/2012 11:39PM

    Thank you for sharing - you have always motivated me!

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/18/2012 11:33PM

    I'm sure Lee is very proud of you! It's unfortunate that sometimes something tragic has to happen in order for us to realize what's really important in life. Thank you for sharing this inspiring story with us!

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BEFIT016 11/18/2012 11:07PM

    Very inspiring! I'm sure Lee is looking down on you very proudly. emoticon

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WINNINGBATTLE 11/18/2012 8:04PM

    Lee would be proud of his mother for sure!

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DOODIE59 11/18/2012 5:56PM

    Thank you for sharing this. It allows all of us to learn from your wisdom.
Very best wishes on your journey to better health:)

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ERICADAWN1986 11/18/2012 5:37PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration. What a beautiful reminder that everyday is precious and making memories with family is truly the most valuable thing to do with your time. I am guilty of getting caught up in busy work and the day to day too frequently and it's nice to be reminded to stop, re-prioritize, and spend more time living in the moment with loved ones. Have a wonderful thanksgiving week!

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GARDEMON 11/18/2012 5:17PM

  Very inspiring.

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