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The Gifts of Health and Fitness

Monday, July 14, 2014

When I chose to clean up my life and to begin my journey to become mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically healthier, I was somewhat unaware of the amazing blessings that would follow. I knew life could and should get better, but I underestimated the joy of each and every day. Don't get me wrong. Life is still hills and valleys, high hills and deep valleys. But, I accept that now, and look for the small miracles and have gratitude for God's grace in my life.

Oh, what I could have missed.......Oh, what I could have missed!!!!!

As I share this I am leaving for a 4 day trip to Sacramento to visit my favorite aunt (my "mom"). She is 81 years YOUNG and has just downsized and moved from the Silicon Valley to a senior community outside Sacramento. I visit her at least 3 times a year and can't wait to see her new digs. I could have missed a relationship with her and my cousins had I continued on the path I was on a dozen years ago. My boys are all coming home to be with my husband while I'm gone (when the cat's away the mice will play?) But, what a blessing to be an active mom for my grown boys.

I am also sharing a picture of my two grand children from last week when we babysat. I could have missed the indescribable elation I feel when they wrap their arms around me and yell "gra-ma, you're here!" Ahhhhhhhhhh!

Our good health is so very much more than the number on the scale or the size jeans we buy. We all know this, but it is finally becoming a deep thread in the fabric of who I am.

I have a LONG way to go to be the healthiest me, but instead of bemoaning that, I am now excited for the lifetime challenge.

Thank you for letting me share, Sparkfriends. We are all in this together.
Hug,
Leslie

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  • IMAQUALITARIAN
    I means so much to me to see that you are still going strong. What a motivator you are! I enjoyed my first ever visit to San Fran last summer. What an extraordinary place!
    1299 days ago
  • BABARR67
    Yup... being smart enough to count your blessings is probably the biggest blessing of all!
    1437 days ago
  • GOCALGAL
    emoticon emoticon I am beginning to experience an inkling of what you expressed so perfectly. emoticon Thank you for sharing and thanks to Kanoe 10 for pointing out such an inspiring, thought provoking blog!


    1451 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/29/2014 8:46:26 AM
  • WATERMELLEN
    Absolutely second that emotion! There is so much sustained joy and pleasurable potential in every day of feeling fit and healthy -- that the momentary pleasure of potato chips cannot begin to compete with (greasy salty nasty things anyhow).
    1453 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    What a great journey we are on! Great job on getting healthy and being the best that you can be to enjoy everything that life has to offer! Have a fun time visiting your aunt!
    1453 days ago
  • TINAJANE76
    As NUOVAELLE once wrote, maintenance is a great life coach. This journey isn't just about being smaller and physically healthier, but being healthier, more aware and more vibrant all around so we can experience and live life to its fullest. Glad to be along for the ride with you!
    1453 days ago
  • IMEMINE1
    emoticon Love the picture. emoticon
    1454 days ago
  • SHARIBEAR2
    Darling picture. Thank you for sharing your story. Soooo encouraging!! Best to you always!
    1464 days ago
  • SHERRY666
    THANKS FOR SHARING LESLIE.......... I THINK IT'S GREAT THAT YOUR DOING SO WELL WITH YOUR HEALTH AND HOW LIFE HAS CHANGED FOR YOU....... YOUR SUCH A POSITIVE FORCE FOR CHRIS YOUR BOYS AND GRAND CHILDREN.... LIFE IS SHORT AND WE NEED TO LIVE EACH DAY TO THE FULLEST...... BEING SOBER AND CLEAN IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT..... HOW WONDERFUL THE BOYS ARE GOING TO KEEP CHRIS COMPANY WHILE YOUR GONE.... I KNOW HOW MUCH YOUR AUNT MEANS TO YOU.... I'M SO HAPPY YOUR MAKING THIS TRIP..... YOU DESERVE IT.... I JUST LOVE THE PICTURE WITH YOU AND THE GRAND KIDS..... YOU MUST LIKE WALKING AROUND IN BARE FEET... LOL
    1466 days ago
  • AJDOVER1
    thanks for sharing your joy!
    Sometimes I feel I have so far to go. At least I can take comfort in that I'm on the right path.
    1466 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Our good health is so very much more than the number on the scale or the size jeans we buy. We all know this, but it is finally becoming a deep thread in the fabric of who I am.

    That was so well said. Being healthy defines our lives. That was a lovely blog with such appreciation for living a happy healthy life and the joy of family.

    I am glad your present life is filled with blessings. Thanks for making us aware of the true value of health in our lives.

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    1466 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    I am so happy for you.
    Thank you for reminding me to look a little deeper and think about how very lucky I am to have so much love and joy and ease in my life and not focus on the struggles
    ...or the double chin. emoticon
    1466 days ago
  • TRAVELGRRL
    What a great picture, and a super blog! We ALLLL need to be reminded of this some days. I read a couple of blogs yesterday where women were bemoaning the size of their arms or how they hate their thighs, and then I'm gobsmacked by your blog that puts it all in perspective. We really need to focus on the joys and blessings that this journey teaches. Thanks, have a wonderful visit with your aunt! I know the men in your life will also be making special memories!
    1466 days ago
  • ADIOSALL
    Thanks for sharing Leslie! I'm happy you're going a little deeper! I think I need to look closer and find those unexpected blessing in my own life because all it is about for me is Sparking, food, scales and new dresses!. emoticon
    1466 days ago
  • KRISZTA11
    Thank you for sharing, Leslie!
    It is good to read how happy and active you are, able to live your life to the fullest possible. Your family is happy to have you as a source of positive energy, love and health.
    I wish you a wonderful visit at your aunt and family.
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    1466 days ago
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