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My best friend amazes me again & an update

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I was telling my 'best friend' over the weekend, while at Cracker Barrel.... I just LOVE the pecan pancakes at Cracker Barrel. It was a real treat. Anyway, I was telling my friend that a few of my spark friends have written a letter to their 16 year only self. I mentioned that I thought this was real interesting. I was thinking of what I would tell myself.

I said, wouldn't it have been nice to be able to tell yourself that everything was going to be all right. He said immediately with no hesitation something like...

I already knew. There was no option. I was going to succeed no matter what.

This blew me away in a way. He really meant it. It is just that way. He would literally die trying. There is no way he would not succeed. I think it wI know him well. But still to hear this. He was out on his own by 16. He had his own apartment and multiple jobs to pay for it and buy bread for food. He had to drop out of high school for a year and then they would not let him in. He had to then get hiould be letting "others" win andhe would not let that happen. He had to drop out of high school for 1 year. They would not let him go back. He had to get his GED. He now has an MBA and a Masters in Psychology. He is the best of the very best.

It amazes me. It is so interesting how someone with such a horrible childhood can build himself into such a strong person. He is very independent and hates to lean on others. I suppose that is because he could not depend on others for anything. He is not very trusting. He remembers everything.

My childhood was totally different. The most difficult times in my life were relationship based. I would tell my 16 year old self that the best time of my life would not start until after 25yo (when I met my best friend). I would tell myself to do more and care less about 'friendships'. Well, I would have to think on it a while.

Odd blog I know. It is just what was on my mind.

Today, I was a bit crabby and flustered. I had a hard time sleeping after 3 or so, got up at 4:30. Jumped on the treadmill for 2.5 miles. Got a bit of jogging in. I need to start jogging again. I realized later that I was crabby because I was feeling rushed. I decided to not leave quite so early to get to work.

I went ahead and emptied the dishwasher, made the bed and straightened up quite a bit. I was still the second one in to the office and felt much better. :)

I am happy (yet VERY scared to type) that I have been at 111.+ lbs or 112.+ for a full week now. I am scared to change my tracker. Not even sure what my tracker says. Is this real? I REALLY hope so. I am still not logging food but am watching carefully and doing a bit of figuring on scrap paper to track a bit. I am getting in my steps and 2miles a day on the treadmill (on average). I need to log food. I know. Not sure why I resist so much.

I still need to get more toning in. My rear end is not my own. YUCK. But I think I am moving in the right direction.

Hair trim Thursday evening and Dentist Friday at 10:30. I am in significantly less pain then last Thursday through Saturday, thank God!

Well, that's the update for now. Sorry, no pictures. I am on my work laptop at lunch and feel hesitant to do more than this.

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    Thanks for sharing the "old blog" and glad you are not in as much pain as before! You've made me seriously think about getting back into jogging again. I haven't jogged in over 2 months and then it was once for only about 20 min. Thanks for helping me mentally " kick my butt'. :)
    1661 days ago
    Aw, that is awesome; what a cool thing for your best friend to say and what an amazing life. It's hard to know what to say to the hypothetical younger version of yourself, but I know my letter would include something like "life is precious, cherish every single minute." emoticon
    1661 days ago
    Sounds like your friend pulled himself up by his own bootstraps. It's interesting to think about how some who come from such hardships make so much out of their lives while others who come from pure privilege, let the tiniest bump in the road completely derail them for life. I guess it's all about having that indomitable spirit. It's always inspiring to hear success stories such as that of your friend! Sounds like you are doing awesome too.. congrats on your weight and keeping your treadmill workouts up. emoticon
    1661 days ago
    That is great that your friend had so much drive in him to do what he did to make his life the way he made it! I am so proud of people who do that.

    1661 days ago
    What a great story. Thanks for sharing. It is amazing that some people just "know". If you want a good read - google Colin Kaepernick. He is the QB for the 49's. Very interesting.

    1661 days ago
    What an amazing story about your best friend! What a truly special person. Reading that really does reenforce my belief that people can do anything if they really want to. Thank you for sharing that.

    I very much like the idea of writing to my 16 year old self. I will have to think about that.

    Great job on getting back in the game and the weight loss! I am glad you are feeling better and getting to the dentist. You are so organized!
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    1661 days ago
    Good to get an update from you.

    Interesting to hear about what you shared concerning your best friend. I never felt I'd be 'successful' over the course of my life as a 16 year old. I was terrified of everything. I might have to write to my 16 year old former self too. I will do it privately in a journal though. I have too much to say that I don't want the world to see.

    I think you are doing tremendously well right now and I'm so proud of you!
    1661 days ago
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