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Sunday, April 28, 2013

This weekend was our second weekend attending planet fitness. My husband and I thought it was time for him to go. Hes diabetic overweight and will be 50 in June. The doctor has been after him for a while to add activity to his life. He signed up for a black card so I could go with him. My attitude has been I was going to support him and I would be able to get some time in to add to my SP tracker. Not really pushing myself at all while there. I basically knew what I wanted to accomplish while I was there. Believe me I know I'm capable of a much harder workout. Today I went in and did the most important thing first I turned on the tv and found my channel. When I wasn't watching the tv I was watching my time, I new once I hit the 2 mile mark I was done. Then I looked up past my tv and there he was. On the machine directly in front of me was a man missing his right leg. I watch him long enough to see the pain and discomfort on him face. I have never felt so ashamed and disappointed in myself. God gave me a healthy body with healthy arms and legs and I am taking all of that for granted. This man managed to push me I spent twice as long working out and I did 4 miles not 2. I don't know that I will ever be a gym person or a fitness junkie. But I will be thankful for the gift of health and the ability to enjoy it. Juliexoxo
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    Very inspiring blog. Thank you for sharing!!
    2163 days ago
    GREAT LESSON FOR ALL OF US, JULIE! It reminds me of the adage...I once complained I had no shoes; then I saw a man with no feet.
    The problem with disliking our bodies so intesely simply because of a little extra weight is that it keeps us from being able to see, use and enjoy the BLESSING of health, in tact limbs and the abilitywe still have to get our bodies up and moving. I've been a nurse for 28 years. I've seen so much disease and deformity. And yet, so many of those people smile and do what they can, irrespective of their limitations. Those lessons were never lost on me! Even at 347 pounds, I knew to be grateful that I had my health and the ability to MOVE! Love the reminder! Thanks for sharing!

    2181 days ago
    Wow. Reading your description really helped me put things in perspective too. Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!
    2181 days ago
    You are amazing. A really inspiring reminder. Thank you!
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