Thursday, March 15, 2012

That Was Easy

Today we went to River Legacy Park to take a walk with the dogs.  As a family we love to go hiking, so this is the next best thing.  I have not been back to this park since last Spring Break.  Last year, I will still in a great deal of pain due to my TOS and was still obese and very out of shape. 
 We started, just like last year.  Then we came to this sign near a bridge.  A year ago, I pushed myself harder than I should have to make it to this point.  I was exhausted, out of breath, in pain and had only gone about 3/4 mile.  To top it off, we have to walk the same distance we came to get back to the car.  I was so frustrated.

Now spring forward 1 year, we came to this sign again and I was thinking "That was easy".  I was so excited/ proud of myself and the progress that I had made.  No one but me knew the significance of this spot.  When I told them all, we were all high fiving.  

River Legacy Park, Spring Break 2012

Then guess what we did - we kept going forward.  We walked about another 1/2 mile and stopped for a picnic lunch.  Then we kept going.  We went all the way to mile marker 4 (we started a little after mile marker 1).  I had to have a picture showing my progress.  I was so excited to have made it that far. 

River Legacy Park, Spring Break 2012

At this point, Jon (my biggest cheerleader) said that he wanted me to show how strong I was.  He took this picture.  At that point we started back.  Honestly it was pretty easy getting to mile marker 4 - it was much harder coming back.  But I did it.  At times, I had to have them all slow down, or stop to take a break.  But we made it back to the van.  We walked 5 + miles today! 

Today's walk was a lot like my journey to health.  At the beginning it is easy.   I am so excited about the progress I am making.  There were times along the way, I had to stop and rest because I was tired.  Even more times, I needed to slow down, so that I would stay the course. My cheerleaders would encourage me to go on.  When it seemed like I was about to drop, I prayed for more strength.  Then I just keep walking toward your ultimate goal.  With the support and encouragement of my family and my God - the prize is just ahead.

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