Monday, May 10, 2010

Motivational Mondays (May 10)

This stuff never gets old.

If you're a longtime reader of this blog, you probably know all about my previous struggles with weight. Well, actually, there wasn't much struggling because weight won out. Of course, my life's in a much different place now and I am far more active than I ever used to be.

On Yvie's second birthday, Oct. 2005

With a very young Kennedy, Feb. 06
While I don't feel like this anymore, I haven't exactly forgotten what it was like to be the super-sized version of LB.

Christmas 2009

At Disneyland Summer 2008

I'm still the same person inside now as I was back then, although now I've been injected with a jolt of confidence and self-esteem that I did not possess before. Motivation too... well there are a lot of qualities I unearthed under the 120 pounds I shed, but those are ones that stand out.

Part of the reason I love to run is because of how I used to look. I could never have dreamed of running one mile before. That would have been next to impossible. One mile for 300-plus-pound LB was just not going to happen. And seriously, a marathon? Yeah, right.

But of course now things have changed a lot. One-mile runs also don't happen these days simply because I've barely broken a sweat a mile in.

So if I'm not stressed over my pace too much, if I don't ever qualify for Boston or break the four-hour mark of a marathon, or break any of the PRs I've set, you know what? I'm not going to be too upset over that.

Every race, hell, every run is a gift. It really is.

And that won't ever change.


Lauren said...

wow! I am not a long-time reader (pretty recent subscriber actually :D) so I had no idea about your struggles with weight! That is so crazy you look soooo different.

Congrats! You are setting such an amazing example for your children. Especially the older one that knows what you used to look like!

Tricia said...

you're right, it never gets old.

Whitney said...

Good heavens - you look so great! And it's awesome to hear that you still appreciate every single run that you do.

Katie A. said...

As a former fatty, I can totally relate. But don't give up on your time dreams. I never thought I would qualify for Boston, but it's amazing what you can achieve when you put your head down and run - I don't need to tell you that!
I also still fear going backwards, even though I know that isn't possible. But none the less, it's still a fear. You are doing amazing things and I know you’re still full of running surprises!
Have a great Monday buddy!

Manderz said...

Great post - I totally relate. Keep up the great job. You are such an inspiration to me.

Becky said...

LB, thank you for putting it all in perspective for me again. I have kept off 118 lbs for almost 7 years, and I forget sometimes that each run is a gift. Who cares what our finish time is in a race? It is totally not important.

Thanks again for your great blog. It never gets old.

Michelle said...

Amazing accomplishment! Way to go!