Today has been a very moving day. Not only physically, but emotionally and it all started at the gym.
I woke up a little later than I wanted to, but I didn’t let that deter my trip to the gym this morning. I was shooting to arrive for 8:30 or 9 and I actually arrived at 9:15 a.m. I didn’t have a plan, but more so just wanted to run with whatever my body was feeling. Sometimes, those kind of days produce the best workouts.
I started on the elliptical machine (one of my favorites) with a quick warm up and then 10 minutes of solid running. I had my headphones on and I was just going to town. It may sound silly, but when I have my music on …. I feel empowered. I’ve loaded my workout list with songs I love to dance to at Saddle Ridge and other high-energy pop tunes. When these songs come on, I really take myself to a new level imaging how happy I’ll be when I can dance without pain and without worry of how I look.
So I was going about my workout when 30 minutes in, a lady came over and stopped me. Apparently she’d been watching me go to town on the elliptical and weights and was just so inspired by me. We chatted for a bit and she hopped on the machine next to me and told me about what she’s going through. I offered up some of the things I learned and gave her my contact information.
To be honest, I really never thought I was an inspiring individual but apparently my story is reaching more people than I realize. I don’t think I’m doing anything special, but this journey has been very special to me. It’s truly touching to see how total strangers react to me and my journey.
After the gym, I head up to the store to grab a few things. I took those home and then picked up Arabella. We had a date to pick out a Pillow Pet for our angel tree tag. We try to be good parents and I know we can’t to much, but I can certainly spare a few dollars to ensure some other child has a toy on Christmas morning.
This year, we’ve actually done a two gift programs. The first was sponsored by my daughters preschool where they had a giving tree. Each of the tags on the tree were not for toys, but food and other household items. The tags were meant for seniors in the area and homeless people who were desperately in need of simple things. Because of the nature of the items (and my stockpile of coupons), we let Bella select two. Her choices were Coffee Creamer and Kitty Litter.
This was several weeks ago so when the angel trees started popping up, we selected a tag from the gym. Bella’s tag was a 7 year old girl who wanted a pillow pet. It was a perfect gift for Bella to pick out at the store. So we headed up to Walmart armed with the tag. The bin for the Pillow Pets were overflowing with styles and Bella dug (and I mean literally) to the bottom to select the only multi-colored bear in the lot. She simply HAD to have it.
While so many parents will just grab a toy off the shelf and attach the tag, the entire process of picking out the toy was very special to us today. I talked to Bella a lot about why we were doing this and how it’s very important. While she kept asking what the little girl’s name was, I think she’s finally starting to understand. While she dug in the bin, she kept telling me she wanted to find the “perfect” animal for this little girl. With her love of unicorns, I thought that’s actually what she would go after immediately but she had her own agenda.
In the end, my little girl was happy with her choice. We purchased the animal and dropped it off at the gym so they could take it the center to wrap and present to the family. I know it’s not much, but it feels great to know at least one other little girl will have a happier Christmas because my daughter dug to the bottom of the bin in a quest for the perfect pillow pet. I hope she likes it, wherever she is.
It’s strange, although I’m on the journey to change my health – there is so much more in my life that has changed. I don’t look at things the same way, and I don’t just mean the food labels. My outlook towards my family and my entire life and being has changed as a result of the changes to my food and exercise habits. So many things I never thought possible are coming true and things that just “existed” in my life now have a purpose.
This weight loss journey is bigger than just pounds lost on a scale. I’m truly changing my entire life, my husband’s life and most importantly – my daughter’s life because through all the hard work Bella will have her mommy healthier, happier, longer and able to do everything she ever dreams!
For those that follow and see me as inspiring, thank you! I hope you realize how much your messages and following touch my heart. I hope it inspires you to make your own changes and see your life move to a better place.