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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I was cleaning out a bunch of old papers and ran across a picture from a 2007 church directory of my family and I. It was printed on an inkjet printer, hence the big water stain on my face (of all places) but I had forgotten that this picture even existed. There weren't too many of them around since they had been mostly purged because they never showed me in a good light, or angle, or anything else for that matter. Thankfully a few survived.

I sat and stared at it for a LONG time. I looked at my non-existent neck, face, arms, even the fact that I was hiding behind my youngest daughter Emily. That WAS ME, the old me.

I then looked at me from a few days ago, the picture of me in the finishers shirt.

Then:


Now:




I just realized something.

I don't have the RIGHT to stay down in the dumps for any reason.

There are so many who are striving every day to try to get to a place where they can have such a picture and here I am whining about a few things and allowing that to spoil my personal victory.

I remember a long time ago I told someone who was struggling and was discouraged about not being what they thought they should be a few things that came to back to me at that moment...

Let me share:

So what if you didn't run the perfect race, or even come close to doing as well as you thought you should. So what if you jiggled and didn't look suave and cool for the cameras. So what if you had to "lower yourself" and walk because you needed to.

So WHAT?

If the race course ran by a hospital, there were patients that watched you run by and longed to be able to breathe like you, to have use of their legs, to have the sun on their face, or to simply breathe fresh air and not have to listen to the moans of the suffering.

If the course ran by a residential area, there were those that sat in their chairs wishing they had your courage, wishing they could be active like you. To know what it is to do what you are doing and not feel like they are going to die.

If the course ran by a prison, there were inmates that felt a stab of regret about what landed them there, and felt some sort of longing to just be able to have a choice in their lives and do something without being watched, locked down, or herded from one area to another.

Then there are those at the finish line, the waiting families and friends that wonder what it has to feel like to do something like that and wear a medal, to finish something they started, to endure and see it through.

It all came back to me and I realized that with so many people who would give anything to have what I have, I am a debtor to them. To make sure that if they cannot experience it themselves, to not make it worse by making them watch as I act foolishly and squander away what they have dreamed about.

So what if I am a little off track, I'm still charting a course to ultimate victory because I have learned that in the long run, I will accept nothing less.

Happiness is a choice and ultimate success is also a choice because each decision lays the ground work for the next like one foot in front of the other. I know from experience that no matter how fast or how slow, one foot in front of the other will get you to the finish line be it a 5k or a 70.3

I don't have the right to be crabby.

It's time to smile.


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LORIVIOLA 3/25/2014 8:21AM

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TERRIJ7 3/4/2014 12:01PM

    Perfect!

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SWAN47 12/16/2013 12:25PM

    Yes indeed - we don't have to look far to see those around us who can't do what we're doing or are in circumstances that they can't change. Sometimes we forget that we are blessed and have so much. So for today lets all be grateful for what we can do and strive for our best. Blessings!

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GRAMPIAN 12/14/2013 11:45AM

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CATNCAG 12/6/2013 2:58PM

    Right on! What a success story! I hope mine goes as well as yours!
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DRTOVAH 11/13/2013 11:19PM

  great pics!

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WHITEANGEL4 10/31/2013 10:08PM

    Great blog....regardless of how bad you feel you are doing something there are others who would give anything to do it that well. Always be thankful for wha you have

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ALSGIRL4 10/29/2013 1:44PM

  I loved your story! Very inspirational AND TRUE! I am off the wagon and have been for the last two months. Unfortunately, I am in the middle of a remodel of my daughters house for the past two month's. They are supplying the food and it isn't healthy. I limit my intake but Subs, McDonald's, Burger King, and Chinese are killing me. I can't say I don't eat it once in a while myself but not every day for two months. I have only gained about 6 pounds. I'm not happy about the weight but looking at the big picture if I wasn't watching all the other meals I am eating it would be much worse. I have no idea how I use to eat this food like I did. I can't wait to get back into my old routine again. Hopefully the house will be done this week end and I can star cooking again. Thanks for the reminder that it could always be worse AND it could always be better too!!

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TEACHFIRST268 10/28/2013 7:46PM

    THANK YOU! Just what I needed to read today!

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GEORGE815 10/28/2013 10:54AM

    Don't stay in the dumps! Good words to live by!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 10/26/2013 10:01AM

    As usual...........well said..........and the "Kick in the pants" I needed today.

Thanks...............
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BARBARAJ73 10/25/2013 8:54AM

    emoticon Lots to think about - well said!!

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MYRNA929 10/24/2013 3:45PM

    Great blog! Well said! thanks for the pep talk emoticon

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TAFFYKIDS 10/24/2013 12:55PM

    Wow! Congratulations to you! What a good choice you have made to be healthier and around for your children. I often think, while I run, that I am lucky to be out moving too.

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DESERTJULZ 10/23/2013 10:34AM

    You are fortunate! You also worked hard to get where you are now... congratulations!

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    Congratulations. Thanks for sharing.

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XRAYLADY65 10/20/2013 11:03AM

    I sometimes have to remind myself of how far I have come

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ALOFA0509 10/19/2013 11:55PM

    Ok I laughed out loud when I saw that water mark!!! I have a water mark pixthat was taken at corporate fundraiser .. and the watermark is rt in the middle of my shirt perfectly round looking like a 3rd Boob!! lol Luv the post brutha!!! emoticon

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BETHLOVESBIKING 10/19/2013 9:12PM

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TWINZMOM7 10/19/2013 9:08PM

  Excellent

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NEWMOM20121 10/19/2013 8:01PM

    Loved the blog. Very well said


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KELLYD2112 10/19/2013 6:26PM

    It is truly a good thing to count our blessings. Thanks for your cheerful reminder.

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GRACILU 10/19/2013 6:05PM

    Great job! Wonderful motivation.

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SUSIEMT 10/19/2013 12:19PM

    Yea you! Very Well Said!

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WINDSWEPTACRES 10/19/2013 11:06AM

    Glad you're feeling more spunk and less funk. Sometimes it helps to pause and look back at how far you've come, and why. I don't believe you came across that picture by coincidence. If you hadn't turned your life around when you did, it might well have been you sitting on a porch, maybe in a wheelchair, watching the race go by. Instead, you're our hero.

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AMBER461 10/18/2013 11:33PM

  Great blog, thanks for sharing.

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REBELBLITZ 10/18/2013 11:21PM

    Keep smiling! You will have many smiles right back at you! emoticon

Great blog with an abundance of wisdom. Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl

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  God bless you !!! Congratulations on your emoticon emoticon successful weight loss. You are an inspiration !!!

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KIPPER15 10/18/2013 8:25PM

    Wonderful blog. Great attitude.

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    very nice blog!
Congrats on all your accomplishments.

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CAROLYNL8E 10/18/2013 4:13PM

    I was in tears reading this blog. It really spoke to me. Thank you for writing this!

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TEAROSE22 10/18/2013 4:00PM

    This is the first blog I have read and I am on day one with Spark, but have already come half way in my quest for healthy wt. loss with 145 pounds down.
A lovely story that you share and I am so glad to have found it.

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COMPLIMENTS1 10/18/2013 3:45PM

  wow I just joined and this really inspired me , Thank you so much , Comp

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    *BRAVO* emoticon You brightened my day with this very insightful post!

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