First of all, I was shocked this morning when I woke up to find my very SHORT post (only 10 lines of type!) had received a "popular blog post" award. I've spent a lot of time this morning reading the comments & visiting blogs of my friends & others I've never encountered. Thank you ALL!
But, more than that, I hope my daughter's reminder to "never give up on your dreams" has embedded itself into my heart and to yours. We won't see our dreams become reality if we don't keep working towards them. We might have to 'modify' them (as several people mentioned), but we need to keep reaching! We might have to change the time frame of our dreams, but we need to keep pushing!
The other lesson I learned from this post (& the award) was about support. Who is supporting your dreams?
I am thankful to have the support of my family. My daughter is 12 and I don't always 'feel' like she's supporting me, but her comment ("never give up on your dreams!") meant so much to me! My husband supports me by taking my daughter out to eat on the weekends as I do my long rides & runs & he even goes in to work later than he'd like to some days so I can get my workouts done before he leaves. My sister-in-law supports me as we text back & forth while she trains for her marathon & I train for another half. And so many in my family support me by their encouraging words & even showing up to cheer me on at my events!
I am thankful for the support of my friends. I now am thankful to have cycling buddies... and running buddies... and triathlon/duathlon buddies. It wasn't always that way! I trained for the first year all by myself! And, I still do a lot of my workouts alone, but it's great when I have friends around me!
I am thankful for the support of my SP friends, too. I started this journey with SP a little over 3 years ago and would not have lost the weight... or ran my first 60 seconds... or ran my first 5K... or my first half marathon... or my first triathlon... without the support of SP!!! And, I saw the pounds start packing themselves back on to my body when I stopped being part of the SP community!!!
Can someone achieve their dreams without support of others? Probably. But, I know it must be so much harder. And, I'm sure some of you have family members or friends who are anything but supportive. I don't know how you do it, but I hope you keep going. You are worth the effort (as someone commented on my last post)!
And, we all need to know that our SP buddies are out there. There's always someone willing to listen & to encourage. What an incredible online community we have! (And, it's neat when you get to meet an SP buddy in PERSON as I've been blessed to have done once. I hope I meet many more of you!)
Thanks again for reading my other post, for reading this post, for the comments & suggestions & encouragement. For now, I guess it's time I get off the computer & do my strength training!