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Awesome Weekend

Saturday, September 22, 2012

This weekend has just been so...positive!

On Friday I went home to visit my family. My 5 year old neice was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes about 1 year ago. She's an amazing, wonderful, spirited little girl, with a great sense of humor and wonderful personality. The high school that my sisters and I went to does these "nights"--you know, like "Autism Night"--and all the money they raise selling baked goods and braclets goes to the Autism Foundation.

Well, Friday, was Diabetest Night. This was a really big deal. My dad ("PaPa") bid in a silent auction over the summer for Tootie (my neice's nickname) to be the Ball Girl at the Friday night football game. Basically she was going to get to give the officials the game ball. He won it, and Toot got to give the officials a game ball, got a t-shirt and free food from the concession stand. Every 5 year old's dream come true.

Here's the thing. She was AMAZING! She went out there like a champ! She even slapped hands with the players and the coaches, and then called the football players "naughty" when she saw them hitting each other on the field. PaPa told her "This is football!"

I had to share a picture of me and my neice--she is just too freakin' adorable!




And then today I celebrated my friend's son's 2nd birthday. It was so much fun. He is such a little stinker! He didn't even want to play with his toys--he'd much rather play with the boxes and balloons. I'm convinced that people should not buy kids that age anything. Give them a box. They'll love you forever.

The really great part so far has been that I have been able to stay on track! I made it to the gym both last night and today, and I was able to keep on tracking! (I'm going to put in a plug for the SP app--if you don't have it on your phone, you should get it. It's soooooooooooo handy)

I guess it's just really neat that for me, it's becoming....HABIT! I'm feeling positive and optimistic that really, this weight will come off. And really, I will eventually be successful to the end with this goal. I have been in a funk the last few days because it seems so far off--like I will never get to my goal weight. But in reality, I'm making so many strides.

I talked to my older sister today, and I was telling her how frustrated I was that I couldn't run. In fact, I had to take the rest of the week off from really training because of my knee. She said, "Well, it's better this way. What if you really injured your knee and you couldn't run at all?" And she's right. I'm going to do what I can and do intervals, but otherwise I think, for my joints' sake, I'm going to try to get more weight off before I start heavily training again. This does not put me out of the running for next year's running season!

I hope you are all having a wonderful, blessed and healthy weekend!

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  • FIREFLY4407
    I could not agree with you more about the SP phone app.  Being able to log on the go really helps to make this a habit and to be able to incorporate this "lifestyle change" in with the other aspects of your life for an overall balanced approach - it IS possible to work on your health and fitness goals while still enjoying life with friends and family.  Way to keep on track!

    Your niece is adorable.  Over college summers (many moons ago) I was a counselor at a summer camp in NH for kids with type 1 diabetes (www.campcarefreekids.org).  They were as young as 6 and I leaned so much about strength and determination from those kids!  Maybe there is something similar in your area?

    Keep up the great work!
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