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When did I become an athlete?


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

This blog is inspired by one written by OVERWORKEDJANET, yesterday: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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In it she asks: "She is my friend. When did she become an athlete?"

I think Dr. George Sheehan has the answer: at birth. "We are all athletes, the difference is that some of us are in training and some of us are not."

Watch an infant sometime. First thing these little guys and gals do is strength training! Seriously, learning to lift the head, control the limbs, grasp something? Strength training for functional fitness.

Watch a toddler, beginning to prance around upright on those chubby little legs... look at the grin. That's an athlete in training!

This woman forgot she was an athlete:

This one remembered, and started training for her first 5K in 18 years. She had already dropped 55 pounds, on her way to "natural weight".


It took time not just to train, but to accept the label "athlete". That "remembered" photo was taken in December 2009. The next one comes from last weekend. The next one shows a woman who has triumphantly accepted that in fact, YES, I am an athlete. And I am in training.



LIFE is good. It's so much better when I'm fit. And it is at its best when encouraging and encouraged by kindred spirits on the path to wellness and wholeness (which is so much more than physical fitness). Creatively, consciously (even when that consciousness comes slowly), and consistently making choices to nurture ourselves, I remain GRATEFUL for each, and every day!

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WHITEANGEL4 10/19/2014 7:42PM

    Thank you for sharing

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MAYBER 8/8/2014 12:33PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey you are an inspiration
One day at a time love prayers peace
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MRSRIGS1 7/22/2014 3:32PM

    You are AWESOME!

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CORNERKICK 7/8/2014 3:05AM

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NASFKAB 7/4/2014 1:33AM

  awesome post thanks for reminding me there is an athlete in the making in me

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CICELY360 7/3/2014 11:22PM

  good blog

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COPOOLGIRL 7/3/2014 4:09PM

    Great blog!!

Great job ... emoticon

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NYARAMULA 7/3/2014 3:18AM

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MARYJEANSL 7/2/2014 11:10PM

  What a success story!

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SUSIEMT 7/2/2014 3:58PM

    One time my doctor referred to me as an everyday athlete! I almost said no that's not me. But as I sat there and thought about it that is what I have become! I don't get paid the big bucks as a professional does I get all the side benefits! Woo Hoo US!

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JUDYRAUL 7/2/2014 11:05AM

    I love this story. Thank you for sharing. I will now think of myself as an athlete in training. Thank you. emoticon

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ROXYCARIN 7/1/2014 2:19AM

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BLUEJEAN99 7/1/2014 12:54AM

    you look and sound fantastic and healthy!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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MJREIMERS 6/30/2014 8:01PM

    I remember asking about being a "runner" and you're reply was that I was. Yes you are an athlete, but you are so much more than that. You are a mother, a motivator, an inspiration, an example, and a friend. I think you are emoticon !

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CHARTHESTAR 6/30/2014 5:50PM

    Fantastic Blog.

Great reminder that we all naturally start with strength training.
Time to get back to the basics!

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JSEATTLE 6/30/2014 2:40PM

  Life IS Good!! I am so proud of you!!

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NONNAOF2 6/30/2014 2:13PM

  It's amazing what we can do if we stick with it! Congratulations and what a great picture!! :-)

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SHOAPIE 6/30/2014 1:00PM

    emoticon Life IS good.

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NEPTUNE1939 6/30/2014 12:51PM

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CFMOSS 6/30/2014 12:38PM

    I'm smiling.....thinking about how I'm not ready to call myself an athlete - but I sure do spend enough time acting like one....maybe I'll get brave enough one of these times and say I'm an athlete too.

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I told you last week, you are giving out slices of hope, and I wan to stand in line and grab a piece.

I never looked at the way I saw your quote.

I told you how must I know view it, and I like your view better.

I communicated this last week to a neighbor, and thought I might of sounded arrogant to her. We were having a discussion about middle age/ being a senior .

I decided that I would start a ministry .

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PATRICIAANN46 6/30/2014 11:45AM

  YOU deserve to be so PROUD and HAPPY with all that you have accomplished!!!!! emoticon

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DIANNEMT 6/30/2014 11:41AM

    No one would EVER have called me an athlete--I was the LAST one picked for games in gym, I hated running in gym or doing exercises. I did try to get healthier in my 20s--did Jazzercise and learned to ski but I wasn't into anything "athletic". Turn 53 and decide I want to feel better so join a gym--now I have 3 5Ks under my belt, I can lift weights and hold a plank--I guess I AM an athlete!! Next year--40 year class reunion--I want to go show off!

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LCRUMLEY81 6/30/2014 10:59AM

  thanks for sharing

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DJSHIP46 6/30/2014 10:39AM

    Yup, life is good!!!

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SHERYLP461 6/30/2014 9:03AM

    What a great story, be proud

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JERICHO1991 6/30/2014 7:53AM

    Thanks for reminding me to think like an athlete.

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WATERDIAMONDS 6/30/2014 7:32AM

    Absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for the encouragement and the inspiration.

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PENOWOK 6/30/2014 7:05AM

    You are an athlete, a writer...so much more-a success!!

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NUOVAELLE 6/30/2014 7:01AM

    Wonderful blog! I hope it inspires many readers to wake up the athlete within them. Thanks for the inspiration!
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SHARON7464 6/30/2014 6:30AM

    Way to go...keep training! Years ago when I ran my first half my son wrote me a beautiful letter about persistence. I've kept it in my wallet ever since. It is what has inspired me to go back to training after an injury put me out for a year. It's what inspires me during miles 8-10 to continue. Your transformation photos are inspiring as well. emoticon

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IMLOCOLINDA 6/30/2014 6:16AM

    emoticon I agree, that athlete was always within us!

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BESSHAILE 6/30/2014 5:25AM

    so perfect for an early Monday morning! emoticon

Thanks!

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SWEDE_SU 6/30/2014 4:47AM

    wow - i've said it before, what an inspiration! i love the way you end each blog in an affirmation - life is good. and it's even better… thank you for lending positive energy each time i come to visit your blog. emoticon

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JIBBIE49 6/30/2014 1:12AM

    Hugs

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PHEBESS 6/29/2014 9:09PM

    Thank you for the reminder!!!!

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COASTAL6 6/29/2014 8:55PM

    Read your blog 3 times, that's how good it is!
Cheering you on!
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SLENDERELLA61 6/29/2014 8:31PM

    Another wonderful blog, remembering where you came from and celebrating where you are. It's good to remember where we came from. It's even better for us to be in training. Glad I know you. You rock!!

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DALID414 6/29/2014 8:16PM

    I love chubby little legs!

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