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I finally created a vision collage...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Actually, it's my 2012 memory wall. But because LeanJean (Lynda) asked for it, I will pull one of my "before" pictures out before I toss the memory wall photo in. Here's where I started from:

The woman in this photo was close to her top weight, having trouble walking across rooms without becoming out of breath. She certainly couldn't walk up the flights of stairs in her workplace without hyperventilating! She was so unhappy with herself, so "down" on what she'd done over the years through overeating and bad health habits. And she really, really worried about the little boy in the foreground.

That was then (1989)... a couple of weeks later I started a cycle of Weight Watchers at Work, which led to an 80 pound loss. I still consider this my true starting point, despite having regained in between then and now. Why? Because it became my vision of what I wanted back, even when I had those lapses.

When I first joined and read the recommendation to create a vision collage I rebelled. I was not crafty. Cut things out of a magazine and paste them together for motivation? Nope, not ME! And furthermore, I really didn't have a clear idea of where I wanted to be.

A couple of years ago, I determined that I had "arrived" at the lifestyle I wanted to live for the rest of my life. I not only got back to where I was after that initial 80 pound loss, I had dropped an additional 20 pounds in "maintenance"... and it was even better than before.

Today, in an effort to put the finish line of the trip and the athletic season (at least the competition season) of 2012 to rest, I pinned up all my race bibs, swim caps, medals, and a few photos on the big bulletin board in the basement, and snapped its photo. I was thinking of it as a memory board... but you know, it is ALSO my vision collage.

This is the me I want to be for the rest of my life. Or as much of it as taking the best care of my body as I know how will allow.

Life IS good. Spark on, through the Winter, and into the rest of YOUR life! emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PMRUNNER 11/27/2012 10:28AM

    What a great collage! And an inspiring story that motivation and persistence pay off in the end, even if there are a few ups and downs along the way. But they are part of the journey too, right?

Spark on!

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ROXYZMOM 11/27/2012 8:34AM

    I liked this blog! You are amazing! Way to go!!

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BOILHAM 11/27/2012 7:53AM

    I like the collage! You may not be "crafty" but ya got a good lookin' collage right there.

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/26/2012 2:21PM

    Awesome! I still haven't done that either, bad IB. :-)

You're awesome!

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LINDAKAY228 11/26/2012 10:22AM

    I love it!!

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KARIDIAN1 11/25/2012 10:17PM

    Great way to display your medals, bib numbers and race memorabilia. Should be in the living room front and center.

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_LINDA 11/25/2012 10:04PM

    This I know. Your room isn't going to be big enough for all your accomplishments!
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You go, you runner super athlete you!

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WATERMELLEN 11/25/2012 7:46PM

    What a thrill! You had a vision . . . a bit like motivation: after-acquired!!

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READY4CHANGE81 11/25/2012 7:39PM

    LOVE THIS!!!! so motivational!!!


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STRONGDAWG 11/25/2012 5:10PM

    Great Collage! I keep my bibs on my refrigerator.

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DALID414 11/25/2012 3:13PM

    That is an awesome collage!!

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DLDMIL 11/25/2012 1:32PM

    emoticon you are such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your journey with all of us.

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-AMANDA79- 11/25/2012 11:38AM

    emoticon You should be so proud!

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NIKKICOLE83 11/25/2012 11:19AM

    First of all, I absolutely love the new background picture. You were so right, the scenery was beautiful that day. I love your memory board/vision collage. I had actually considered doing this myself and now you have motivated me to do so.

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ANDI571 11/25/2012 10:47AM

    You my lady have come so far. I am so excited for you. I don't think I can say it to often that you are such an inspiration. Whenever I think I can't do it, I just think of you. I am always bragging on you to my daughter. She has started her wall also with her race accomplishments. I am so proud of her.


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SLENDERELLA61 11/25/2012 10:06AM

    Love your vision/memory collage!! Thanks for snapping and posting it. Good to remember where you (we) came from, too. Helps keep us motivated. So glad we are together on this journey.

I should commit to do the Lincoln Half in May, signing up in December, to pay you back for your trip here and all your support. Only I'd have to train harder, because you can run faster longer than I can and you need to go for a PR. Maybe we'd just commit to run our own races and celebrate together after. Not sure I can work a May trip into my child care duties any way-- or is that an excuse?? I could pay child care for 2 weeks for the kids. It's $185 a week. Not that big a deal. Let me think. Then I could go visit mom in Spearfish after. Do I want a road trip?? I'd have to rent a car as I couldn't leave hubby without one. Or I could fly. It's just money. You definitely going to do the Lincoln Half?? I'm thinking....

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2012 9:51AM

    Wonderful, absolutely wonderful!!! Looking over my old pictures I cannot even relate mentally to that person anymore. I want to continue being the NEW ME as well.

HUGS and a wonderful Sunday to you.

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LEANJEAN6 11/25/2012 8:45AM

    Oh Barb--SO so hard to believe that was you!!!--I will show my hubby---who is a DR and gets discouraged trying to help overweight people with health problems---YOU are so amazing-----YOU have been there and YOU show us that it can be done----Wonderful!!!!---Lynda "'I"" inspire you?-----Lordy be!!! emoticon mm emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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