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I am a 39 yr. old stay at home mom to 3 girls ages 10, 9 and 7. My goal is to be fit by 40! I want to lead a healthier lifestyle. I was banded on 4/5/2011. I tend to be a bit on the sarcastic and cynical side. I love to read, hate to excersise (but am learning to tolerate it!), love to shop and want to smack anyone who is a size 2 (not really!). I am learning to work with my band and my new self one day at a time!

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Motivational Monday

Have you been watching the Olympics?  If you have then you know about the double-amputee runner, Oscar Pistorius His story gave me chills and made me tear up.  He epitomizes the idea that anything is possible as long as you work hard and believe in yourself.  Pure inspiration.

He didn't make the Olympic finals.  But, it doesn't matter.  It only matters that he tried.  That he was there.  Because people told him he couldn't.  He proved them wrong and in the process made history.  The first double-amputee sprinter to make it to the Olympics.  He has paved the way for others.  Pretty amazing if you ask me.

Anyway, last week I was caught up in my own pity party.  Yep.  I had a reservation for one at the pity party table last Monday.  You see, the Friday before at boot camp someone asked me what I had done to my left leg.  She asked me why I was limping.  It just so happens that when I am tired or stressed my left side (the side affected by my stroke) does not want to cooperate with the rest of my body.  I limp and my left eye goes blurry.  I am very self-conscience about this. 

Why?  I mean those that love me could care less about my little deficit.  It doesn't matter to them in the least.  But, it bothers me to the point that I did not go to boot camp last Monday  because someone asked why I was limping.  I hate to admit to this..............I didn't go because of my own vanity.

It is something that I need to get over.  Because really, it is a very small inconvenience given the fact that the outcome of my stroke could have been so much different.  That I could possibly have died.

But, last night as I was watching the interviews about Oscar Pistorius, I couldn't help but think:  Here is a man that could have easily thrown in the towel.  He could have given up, felt sorry for himself and lived a completely different life.  But he didn't.  He just lived.  He is trying to be his best self.  It doesn't matter that he didn't make the Olympic finals.  It only matters that he tried.  He showed up, worked hard and gave it his best effort.  He is a winner.   He is a hero.  He is pure inspiration.

There is always going to be someone out there that has it much worse than I do.  There is always going to be someone out there that just wished their only deficit was an occasional limp or blurry eye.  There is always going to be someone that doesn't let any of their handicaps keep them from reaching their dreams and inspiring others.  I want that someone to be me.

So, the next time I feel a pity party coming on, I will remember Oscar Pistorius and repeat this to myself:

It only matters that you show up and give it all you got.  It only matters that you try.  All you can ask of yourself is that you do the best that you can do.  You are a winner because you tried.


  1. Amen Sista! There is always going to be someone who has it worse than we do and we have to remember that when we're having a big old pitty party. BTW, if you were having a party, why wasn't I invited...I would have fit right in last week...LOL

    Oh, and just for the record, I don't give a rat's ass about any "deficit" you might have...I love you because you're you and I wouldn't want you to be anyone else <3

  2. The olympics really have me thinking. These athletes put in so much work and effort that it is inspirational. It really makes me want to hit the gym.
    I am sorry that comment hurt you. I hope you can blow past this and make it back to boot camp!

  3. Please don't let that embarrass you into not going ever again. You're a survivor. You might not want to be identified/singled out as such, but you are truly an inspiration, just like that Olympian. Maybe you should clue your friends from bootcamp (if any of them are close enough to disclose it to) in on that part of your life, and ask them not to treat you any differently... just so they don't worry about you if it ever happens again. <3

    Anyway, I'm with Vicky... where was my invite to the party? ;)

  4. Oh no! Poor you. I can understand why you feel self conscious but you must remember that the person asking thinks that you probably twisted your ankle or pulled a muscle and has no idea of the impact it has on you when they mention it, thinking to be kind.
    You are right that there will always be someone worse off than you but that doesn't make it easier. Draw all the support you need from us, take a deep breath and drag yourself back. What's the worst that could happen? xx

  5. Oscar is such a inspiration! He really makes you sit back and reevaluate your life.
    Don't let others EVER make you feel bad for something like what you have been through! Before I had my last kidney transplant I had tubes that where coming from my heart and sitting on my chest, I couldn't hide them, they where big and ugly and often when I was in public people told me how bad they looked and how I should not be in public with such a hideous attachment.
    Random strangers where often so repulsed with the things keeping me alive that they felt the need to belittle me or abuse me for being in public but if anything that made me more proud of them and of all my scars!
    Be proud that you have been through something so harsh and not only have you gotten through it but then you have gone on to become such a strong wonderful inspiration to many other people out there!
    Keep up the wonderful work hun.

  6. Ohhhhh, this is the best post!!! I'm so self conscience about everything! And I need to stop.

    I've been following Oscar too, and it's just so awesome and amazing. He truly is a hero.

    The restaurant is closed and your pity party table is being cleaned! Time to get out there no matter what! I love it!