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Day 402 - M

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"Motto of the day: Challenges make our life interesting, overcoming them will give meaning to our life."

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I saw this on Facebook, it wasn't attributed to any author, but it struck me as being so relevant to this SP journey. This is a huge challenge in our lives, when we persevere and overcome the obstacles & set-backs, educate ourselves about nutrition, physical activity & this lifestyle change it gives SO much more meaning to life. Sweet, sweet victory!!!!

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Mileage: 9.25 miles
ST: Core; upper body

Had a great day, but it was super busy - as always!! Lots of extra things had to be done. There was one real special thing that I'll share tho. Special for me anyway! My Dad died 6.1.80 when I was only 28 years old. He had a gold ring with a diamond in it that I think someone gave him. Living thru the Great Depression, he'd never buy something like that for himself - of that I can be sure, although he never told me the story behind the ring. We all know everything has a story! My brother got the ring upon my Dad's death. He kept it until about 5 years before he died when he gave it to me. A lot of years have passed, no one has ever worn the ring because it is specifically for a 32nd degree Mason - it could only be worn by my Dad. I thought about this for a long time. What to do with the ring now?? Enough time had elapsed that I finally came to the decision that no one would ever get any use or enjoyment out of the ring in it's original state. I wanted to find something extra special to reward myself with for the 50# loss and reaching maintenance - something enduring to remind me that this special reward was earned. I decided to take the ring to the jeweler, have the diamond removed and remounted in a ring that I could wear to celebrate the lifestyle changes I made and as a keepsake of my Dad. The gold body of the ring will be melted down & remade into a gold wedding band for DS so that the whole ring can stay in the family - although it will be in a different form. But maybe that's OK.... I'm sure in a different form than I was when I began this journey and DS is also far different from the person he used to be before he was married. Older, wiser, better.

The jeweler called today. The ring was ready. When I saw it, it far exceeded expectations. I know I made the right decision about it and am at peace with it. Now the ring has been multiplied, it will remain a family keepsake but now two of us will be able to enjoy it and think of my Dad every time we look at our hands. All is well.

Thanks for stopping by today if you had time. Hope your Wednesday was great and that you had a good workout!! emoticon
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TATTER3 1/31/2013 6:34PM

    What a wonderful thing! Blessings!

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WALLAHALLA 1/31/2013 2:52PM

    That was a wonderful idea! Gives me some idea as to what to do with some old jewelry that was handed down to me.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 1/31/2013 9:40AM

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1CRAZYDOG 1/31/2013 9:31AM

  Awwwww! What a sweet story. What a wonderful way to remember you Dad. What an exquisite reward for your efforts and constant reminder to emoticon !

HUGS

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HEIDISHOPE 1/31/2013 8:59AM

    What an awesome idea!!! Brilliant!!

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MSLZZY 1/30/2013 10:53PM

    What a wonderful tribute and lasting treasure. Neither
of my parents had wedding rings so I have my mom's
birthstone ring that we gave her years ago. A nice
something to remember her by. How great that you
can share the love with DH. That is as it should be.

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