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BIGGEST WINNER 2013

ONE YEAR LATER

So, here we are one year almost to the month when I was accepted for the Covenant Health Marathon Biggest Winner 2013 team.  I am still overwhelmed and privileged to have been part of such a great group of folks, coaches and manager.

As I write this post, I ponder where I was last year, where I am this year AND where I was four years ago in October 2009 weighing over 400 pounds.  The best way to put this past year into perspective especially the past few months is to make a list of the high lights.

GET YOUR MOJO MOVIN’


     It has been a year since the advertisement to apply for Biggest Winner 2013 came to my attention. Long story short, I dared to apply. They dared to accept my application. Oy gevalt!  What were any of us thinking?  I have struggled with a lot of regrets since the 2013 CHKM that I did not work the Biggest Winner Challenge like I had wanted, intended, or expected too.  One of the goals stated in my Biggest Winner 2013 Challenge application was that I wanted to run.

BIKES, BUCKET BOXES and HOPE

In one scene of the cult classic Harold and Maude, older seasoned Maude played by Ruth Gordon advises the young Harold that (my paraphrase) "you gotta go with gusto in this life".  In my minds eye I can still see the wizen character with a twinkle in her eye and fist clenched in determination trying to encourage this young man to take this old world by the tail and give it all you've got.
 
This brings me to my bucket box.  A few years ago the movie The Bucket List became popular.

On Cow Patties and Cosmic Sucker Punches

This past week of rains flooded a lot of farm land here in Sevier County.  I don't remember having  seen such flooding in this area.  The river at the greenway was swollen and angry.  Waves crashed against the pilings of the bridge and the banks of the river had seemingly disappeared.  The day was gray and bitter cold.  An awesome sight to behold.
 
I was reminded of the winters of my youth.  We children always looked forward to skating on the farmlands that would flood and freeze during winter rains.

CHANGES

Change is not easy.  Nor does change have to be a burden.  It can be as difficult or as easy as I perceive it.  I was taking a CrossFit class yesterday and the instructor whom I had known for a few years noticed how much I had changed.  She remembered me three years ago when I was 400 pounds plus and she has watched my journey.
 
She asked if it had been hard.  I only smiled as I know that the hardest thing when I decided to change was changing my mindset.  I had to care about myself enough to want to change.

RING IN THE NEW YEAR-LEARN FROM THE OLD

OK-so.  To be honest with you, I didn't think I had much to say.  I hadn't planned on a year end blog and thought I would let the New Year ring in by itself.  HOWEVER, we on the Biggest Winner Marathon Team 2013 weregently encouragedto update our blogs.
 
I woke up this morning with two sick dogs, a mouse in the house who at least is no longer in the pantry and one lone roach left from a Christmas gift that had been given a few weeks ago.  Did I mention that the washing machine has chosen not to work this morning?

REJOICING: REMEMBERING DAY 1

My debut on Missy Kane's Fit and Fun Show aired this morning.  As I watched I was reminded of my first day that I was to meet the team of Biggest Winner 2013.  We had to fast for a base line blood test.  I had a restless night and woke up around 3AM with a splitting headache and equally upset tummy.  I was scared, excited and not really sure what I had gotten myself into.  The only thing I knew to do was draw a tub of the hottest water I could stand and try to relax.

DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

In the spring of 2010 I was taking my daily walk.  I was burden with a few huge life issues and as I had learned to do I was walking them out through the soles of my feet.  On the horizon I saw a person who seemed to be lost.  Somehow I knew that no matter how small I wanted to make myself and how much I did not want to talk to anyone that day that person was going to approach me for directions. 
 
I quickened my step and bent my head down as to give the body language that I was unavailable.

A Morning With Missy!

Who would have thought when I first watched Missy Kane's Fun and Fit show a few years ago that I would be on her show this morning?    I remember watching her program from my couch wishing beyond all wishes that I could get off the couch even to do a small step.  I remember one morning I started crying because I knew I wasn't going to live too much longer and I felt helpless and hopeless.  Two of the most profoundly, black and void emotions known to the human experience.

Useless Chatter

Have you ever felt like you wanted to give up?  I mean just flat out, without question "throw in the towel (or in my case the do-rag)"? That's what I was feeling yesterday.  Yet the whole time I was rambling on in my brain (stinking thinking) there was the real me sounding like Charlie Brown's teacher--WA WA WA WA WA WA WA
 
I have learned to allow myself five minutes (usually only lasts a few seconds when I realize what I am doing)  of this useless, annoying chatter and then I go on with my bad self.
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