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Weight Loss Led to a Meaningful Moment with My Son


Third, I set my goals. I set concrete short, medium and long-term goals based on my interests. Some I knew were attainable, like doing cardio four days each week. Some were a stretch, like climbing Mt. Fuji someday—something that would take a lot of hard work to reach. I needed to have something on the horizon to aim at, a target. It was important for it to be realistic enough that I could focus on it instead of my overall weight loss goal. If I had begun by focusing on losing the whole 70 pounds, I would have become overwhelmed and possibly given up.

Fourth, I put a concrete plan in motion to help me succeed. I wrote out my plan on my SparkPage to keep myself accountable. This included making my Nutrition and Fitness Trackers public so others could see what I was tracking. I devoted myself to following my plan, even on the days when I wanted to quit. I determined there were only two choices: to quit or continue. And quitting wasn't an option.

Along the way, a funny thing happened. I found me! Each honest step I took loosened the control food had over me. Once I began to see the fruits of my labor, I realized that I could have done it all along. I had been making excuses and giving away my freedom to choose a better life. Through overcoming the old me, I realized that my personality had been stifled. I wasn't energetic enough to be on the outside the person I was on the inside. Now, I have a zeal that was lost for years. I am alive! I've even tackled new physical challenges and along the way come to think of myself as an athlete. In August, I climbed to the top of Mt. Fuji. And in November, my whole family decided to run the Marine Corps-sponsored Toys for Tots 5K on Yokosuka Naval Base. I'll never forget what happened between my son and me that day.

The horn blew and we started at a good clip, with my young son jogging easily and setting a good pace. It wasn't long before he was ready to slow down a little, and not long after that, he was ready to quit altogether. He had brought a lime green bandanna to wear around his neck but had taken it off. As he was about to give up, I took the bandanna from him and grasped one end tightly. Handing him the other end, I said, "Come on, I won't let go. We can do it together every step of the way." I wanted so desperately for him to overcome all that held him back and simply persevere to the end.
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  • I have been making my own yogurt for years! - 10/16/2014 11:30:45 PM
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Yes, I had to grab a tissue to wipe my eyes before I even got to the end of your blog. Truly inspirational and beautiful. - 8/9/2014 4:07:50 AM
  • That was beautiful and inspiring! Thank you for sharing your story with us - 1/27/2014 9:56:06 AM
    NICE and happy to learn I can make this is a crockpot :)))))) - 11/7/2013 12:03:08 AM
  • What a beautiful story and person you are! It brought tears to my eyes! - 10/11/2013 12:37:06 PM
  • That was really uplifting and inspiring. Thank you for sharing, and congratulations on achieving your goals! - 10/9/2013 11:40:18 AM
  • This was a beautiful story! Truly inspirational and touching! - 10/8/2013 10:04:49 AM
  • Fell a bit off track with my progress and was looking for inspiration...the story is very sweet and I too have done a 5K with my kids...however a 5K is 3.1 the data is wrong cause it doesn't add up...but otherwise a good story. - 9/23/2013 5:06:42 PM
  • What a STORY !!! What a gift you gave your child. That lesson, is a lesson we all need to learn at some point. He WILL be a better man because of it . WAY TO GO MOM !!!
    Congratulations on a very successful journey & thank you for inspiring us with your story ! - 8/17/2013 9:54:34 PM
  • You are so inspiring..Thank you for working so hard..and sharing your thoughts , trials, and triumphs..It is so nice that we can inspire each other to have a better , healthier life..Your inspiration is a tender mercy..!!. - 6/21/2013 7:28:55 PM
  • What a great article... how touching... - 6/21/2013 12:47:19 AM
  • That was so beautiful. Thank you. - 6/15/2013 7:06:44 PM
  • The story about your son made me teary (I'm not a cryer). It states very similar lessons that I strive to teach my lil one :) Thank you for sharing. - 2/23/2013 12:51:03 PM
  • There is nothing better than being told that you look good or have done well.
    But you can't inspire those that don't want to be.

    What you have laid out should help others to get starts, fingers xxxx

    - 2/23/2013 3:31:52 AM
  • Thank you for such a wonderful and inspiring article!! I'm sitting here crying because i was so moved by your story about your son. Reading this has pushed me out of the rut the i was in and it's gotten me motivated to go for my dreams.
    I had never thought about my weight and personality being so interconnected but when i read your words i realized that it was true for me too. I looked back over my past 8 fat years, and realized that the emotional eating i used as a comfort in the beginning turned into a bad habit. Slowly, as the pounds crept on, my personality got buried underneath. I turned into a sad, depressed, shy, anxious person. I hid from the world literally (not leaving the house for weeks on end) but i avoided all contact - cut off all my friends and family. I was ashamed of my appearance, but also ashamed of myself as a person, believing i was lower than dirt.
    These past few weeks have been an eye opener for me. I resolved to change - not just lose weight as i had so many times before. My mood lifted and the active, vibrant, happy person i once was began to peek through. Then i had a bad spell, and the defeatist attitude began to creep back. I knew that spark had some good motivators, so i started reading some articles and came across this one. It was just what i needed to get moving again. Thank you! You've inspired me more than words can say! - 1/17/2013 11:30:15 AM

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