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My 1st Half Marathon and Reflections

Sunday, January 20, 2013

So, I did my first half marathon, yesterday! It was a virtual run in honor of the Sandy Hook victims and their families. All proceeds went to United Way in CT who have set up a fund for the families. Having small children, every time I think about this tragedy, I can't help but tear up. My youngest daughter is six years old. I can't even begin to imagine. Even though this run was barely a drop in the bucket, I was humbled to be able to do even something...no matter how small.

I have also learned to be thankful. I'm thankful for the noises and disruptions my children make...because it means they are here, healthy and happy. I am thankful for my messy house...because I have a roof over my head. I am thankful that I have to count calories and exercise, because it means I have an abundance of food and a healthy body that can move and sweat. I am thankful for the hour wait at the doctor's office, because I have access to modern medicines. I am thankful for Sparkpeople...who helped me log my calories, posted encouraging stories...all for free. There is nothing...absolutely nothing, I can complain about, because I am beyond blessed.

Even looking back at how far I've come...I get choked up with gratefulness. How great is our God that He rescued me and helped me find the path to health and fitness?? I am grateful to Him and everything He's done including sending His only Son to this dark world.

So, I post these comparison pictures with an attitude of gratefulness and thankfulness.

Me yesterday after my half marathon:



A few years ago, I would never have thought a half marathon possible:

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NICOLELOVESGOD 5/1/2013 11:43AM

    Somehow I hadn't realized you'd done a half - WOW!

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JENNIEQKA 4/29/2013 8:46AM

    you are a totally different person. ALL is NEW, the old is GONE forever! you look awesome and healthy and happy. totally motivating. I have similar goals after my weight loss journey is over... and your story is so encouraging. thank you! emoticon

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 1/20/2013 9:40PM

    Wow! You have accomplished a lot!!!!
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I love this blog!!! You are so right about looking at things differently. Sometimes it takes a tragedy for us to stop and realize that we are lucky with what we have. It really makes us get less upset with the messes, less yelling, more loving, more enjoying. Life isn't perfect, never will be, but there is a lot more good in the world than bad.
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