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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snow days and Inspiring people :}

This is how my front yard looked when I woke up this morning! Middle TN is covered in snow - the most snow I've seen in this area for a long time. It started snowing yesterday and was pretty mushy and wet, but accumulated enough to play in at the end of the day. The kids and I had a blast playing and throwing snow balls after I got back from the gym yesterday. Yes... I actually went to the gym when it was SNOWING outside - no excuses, right?
While I was at the gym yesterday, I was really inspired. While I was on the elliptical, an elderly couple came in and got on the recumbent bikes (the ones you sit in). They were both very short (around 5'1" - 5'3"), and very over weight. They both struggled with the bikes, but I was really inspired that they were at least TRYING. But the story doesn't end there...

When I moved over to the weight machines, I noticed they were also over there lifting weights! They would help each other on and off the machines, do as many reps as they could, and were working so hard! My mother came to mind (who is 5'1" and 300+ lbs and 75 yrs old), and I could only just wish that she had that same will. When I was done, I noticed the couple was struggling while trying to adjust one of the machines, so I went over to help them. I told the woman how I wish my mom would follow in her footsteps, and then she told me her story. How she used to be 350+ lbs, how she had to go through countless surgeries because of health issues associated with weight, and about how during her last surgery she died on the operating table. She was gone for 14 minutes! She said it was at that point she decided to take charge of her life.

She started off by walking to the end of her driveway (pushing her wheelchair). Then she started walking further and further until she could make it around the indoor track at the gym one time. Now she is trying to strengthen and tone. She has lost 100 lbs so far and says she will not give up! She has changed her diet, too, and now has got her husband on board with both diet and exercise. Honestly, I was so inspired by this woman I almost started crying! How can I ever complain about being tired, or not "feeling like" it, when this woman at her age and with her medical issues can do it?

A wonderful friend of mine always says, "It's never too late to become what you could have been." (Sorry, Ron, if I mis-quoted this!) You get the idea. Never give up!

I am very pleased that even though I've been stuck in the house today, I have stayed OP! Look at this delicious lunch!
SO YUMMY! I have a new recipe planned for dinner tonight... I will post if it turns out as good as I think it will! Oh, and guess what? My gym is CLOSED today due to weather! It was actually shutting down early yesterday when I was there, so I am glad I got there in time. I think the kiddos and I will have a Wii tournament this afternoon, which should burn plenty of calories and be a lot of fun!

14 comments:

  1. What a beautiful story. We are never to old....this is true! Here in West TN, our little town got 9 inches of snow. It's gorgeous! Have fun with the kiddos! Maybe we will get another "snow day" from it!

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  2. Enjoy the snow!!!! Photos look wonderful. All we have further south (Atlanta) is rainy, dreary day. But I didn't let it stop my workout. OK, I only ran 1 mile but I think that was more because I was tired vs the drizzling rain. At least I did something. Great inspiring story and its amazing the ones you hear when you put yourself out there. Love your quote and I have a favorite one too - "Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending". Good luck w/dinner!!!!

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  3. Your kids are gorgeous and that story about the couple at the gym DID make me cry. Thanks for the great post. Enjoy that snow. We have not had hardly any this year..the year that I splurged and bought all new sleds! I guess there is still time! Last year we had 80 inches in ONE WEEK...it was insane. Happy Saturday!

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  4. Truly an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing it.

    The snow looks beautiful. I'm in FL...needless to say I don't see snow.

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  5. No matter how bad we think we have it, there is always someone worse off. Let's be thankful for what we have and it sounds as though you have a lot to be thankful for!

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  6. i'm a new follower. what a beautiful story. this makes me feel horrible for finding excuses to not go to the gym. shame on me!

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  7. ♥Awww I miss the Snow sooo much! and Wow ur food looks yummy♥

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  8. I just got rid of the snow - woot!!! :) but I gotta say that recipe looks num num!!!

    BR.

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  9. Thanks for sharing that story! It motivates me as well!

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  10. What a touching story! That almost brings tears to my eyes. Next time you see her, tell her that someone in MN is cheering her (them) on!

    Enjoy that snow. I invite you to come to my house as we've had snow up to our mailbox since -- early Dec. I think. I like TN's snow much better!

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  11. This is such a lovely story - thanks for sharing it and inspiring me to do better.

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  12. I've been thinking of also getting a Wii. It would be a fun variation in my workouts. I'm so proud of you that you went to the gym despite the weather!

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  13. Great story, and your friend's comment is the truth. As that great philosopher and catcher for the Yankees, Yogi Berra said, "It ain't over til it's over."

    I am going to link to this post from my blog Fitness After 40 in just a few minutes.

    Great stuff.

    Don

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  14. I guess I'm lucky living down here in Texas where the weather isn't so cold. Fitness should be an all year round thing!

    Keep it up!

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