Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wise Words

The sweet and fiesty Tamara left me this comment:

Heidi: maybe you can stop thinking this way as a public service. Because if you don't feel like you belong, how am I ever going to feel it? Or the next person who's just starting the C25K program?

Repeat after me: You're a runner. A great runner. An inspirational runner!

Say it. See it. Believe it.

This girl makes me laugh my butt off so often, plus she's kinda scary when she wants to be.  So ... I think I better listen to her advice! As a "public service" (hahaha) I will from now on always consider myself a true and competent runner.  Thanks Tamara!  She's so right too.

I went onto facebook today and my dear friend's daughter is going through some emotional and mentally challenging times right now with relationships, completing university classes (while still in high school) and just the future in general.  Her aunt, who I've yet to meet - her brother is our best friend - posted this advice to her ...

Remember... each morning when you wake up... YOU decide what your mood and attitude is going to be.. we can choose to feel sorry for ourselves.. or we can accept it as an opportunity to learn and grow and become stronger!

WOW - these words really struck me.  A couple years ago I spent more time being cranky & moody than any person should ever be.  Really, I didn't have a reason to be that way, but I just wasn't happy with life.  My weight was a big part of why I felt that way - and I believe my negative reaction to it just made matters worse.  I was choosing every day to focus on the things in my life that weren't ideal.  Consequently, I was blinded to all that was good.  It was a downward spiral.

I made a conscious effort to change how I felt about the world.

I ended a friendship that was tearing me down for quite some time.  I made a huge effort to change my attititude about things that I couldn't change.  And I also made an even bigger effort to change my reactions to other's attitudes, personalities, judgements.  I used to be pretty bad about sitting and talking with a friend/family member and bashing someone else - I REALLY didn't like that about myself.  It wasn't the type of person I was deep down, but I had let myself become that person. 

For the last few years I have really tried to live my life in a more positive light ... and I'm way happier because of it.  These words from my friend's sister really hit home for me and I think it's the motto I've been looking for for quite some time.  Thank you Kelly!

I just want to give a quick shout out to my Momma.  Yesterday was her very last radiation treatment after having uterine cancer last fall.  It's been a tough battle, but she made it through with shining colours.  I love you Mommy!  I'm so glad this has turned out so well.  Enjoy your well deserved vacation in the sun.  Wish I could be there with you!

Oh, and I had said that last night I would start with the first workout from Jillian Michaels: Making the Cut.  I didn't!  A bunch of stuff came up and I was really tired, so went to bed early.  BUT ... I got up early this morning and did it before work.  WOOOHOOO!  Tonight I will do Day 2, plus a little run.

Have a great day everyone! 
The sun is shining here and it's a wonderful day.



Anonymous said...

I thank you, Heidi for all your Love and Support. It really helps when you know you are loved by great kids like you and your sister - and cared about by lots of supporting friends and neighbours. I couldn't have done it without you.
As for your running - you are doing absolutely wonderful. Wish I had a quarter of your energy and determination. You will complete the next half and beat some butt. Keep up the good worth.

Syl said...

one bad run that was completly not your fault does not make you who you are.
Take some time, get up and be the Heidi we all know and love!

You are an inspiration to me every day, your bad run time would have made me scream from the roof tops, these things were out of your control and you still finished with flying colors - you my friend are a success.

As for the moron in the line up, you need to learn two little words...BITE ME!

Love ya girl, chin up :-)

Fran said...

I love this post, it's so true and an inspiration how you changed yourself.

Tomorrow my mood and attitude will be sad as my heart cries right now. But maybe Friday or Saturday I will be better.

Fran said...

Thank you for your kind words Heidi, it means a lot to me!

kimert said...

This is a great post! I needed to hear it today. I struggle so much with even calling myself a runner. I run but feel like I cannot call myself a runner since I am so slow or not making a "typical runner's pace" every time I run or heck, even more so the fact that I DO NOT have a runner's body. LOL But I run. And the words from your friend and the one's you posted have inspired me even more today to really reach for my goal and push harder to get there!

ajh said...

Good post! Much of what you said is so true. Yeah for your mom!

Alicia said...

Loved Tamara's comment. "Say it. See it. Believe it!"

Wow for your mom! So happy she's had such good results. Quite a relief for you, I'm sure!

Michelle said...

So great about your mom!!

Marlene said...

Hi Heidi! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment.

Some great inspirational words here today... thanks for sharing the positivity!

Also, congrats on your recent half marathon!