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When Tragedy Strikes

Friday, September 30, 2011

Most of us have experienced events that seem absolutely unbearable. Something you never thought could happen to you, and it does. The question that comes to mind is how do you deal with it?

I decided to do my blog on this topic after seeing the first episode of this seasons “Biggest Loser” (this is your spoiler alert!)

Her name is Becky, she came onto the biggest loser wanting to change her life, she had promised her dad she was going to change because he had health issues.

Her first week on campus, she gets a call in the middle of the night that her father had passed, what does she do? She goes to the gym and starts working out. She then went home for a few days to be with family and for the funeral but returned for the following weigh in, not only that but she blew the scale away. Determination was all over her face and she continues to work hard.

Had she not already arrived at the campus how would she have reacted? If she had not already started to change her life, what would be the outcome? My guess would be a form of depression, along with laziness and weight gain.

I do NOT know this for a fact, but I would say it’s likely. I would guess that’s how most of us would react.

A month into my journey, a tragedy occurred. Something I never imagined would come MY way… did.

I can say with certainty that had I not already begun my lifestyle change I would not only still be over 200 pounds… but even heavier and still unhappy with my life. In a month’s time I had learned to not always turn to food and discovered that running brought me relief from tension, and stress; a real way to clear my mind and just blow off steam.

So for me, when tragedy came, I started running more, running further, running faster, and running longer. I believe the same to be true of Becky. I just can’t even imagine not having some sort of outlet when it happened.

Do you have the tools, the knowledge, the spark… to keep going if/when tragedy occurs?
Or will you not only fall off the wagon, but get on one going in the other direction?

I would highly encourage you to find that outlet, the thing that brings you relief from tension and stress. So that whether you’re sad, angry, or just plain numb, you have something to give your body that feeling it craves… PEACE!

If the one thing you could NEVER imagine happening to you, happens a month from now, are you ready?

Get informed, find that outlet, and rock it out.

Much love!

-20 just after my "tragedy"






-60 before and after...total of -65 now, I cannot even imagine had I gone the other direction.
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    That is an amazing transformation! I'm so glad you found the strength to push through the unthinkable!
    3406 days ago
    This really spoke to me - I had already decided to start training to run again 2 weeks before my mOm died. I totally agree with your thoughts - it's totally possible I could have gone the other way but instead I went out running and kept with it. Every run and every race I think of her rooting for me even through she never got to experience my running career.
    3406 days ago
    Oh, my. I love your blog! I am so excited by your pictures! You give me hope! Great hope! Thank you.
    3406 days ago
  • LENKA763
    No one is never prepare for tragedy. I'm an emotional eater. So it was very easy for me to sit back and stuff my face to try and find comfort.I have gained 15lb which I was losing for so long time in a flash after my mom ended in a comma.She went for simple surgery of a gallbladder and she had only 5% to survive kept working out, that was my outlet but it wasn't enough. But I now know that just because I define myself as an emotional eater, it doesn't have to define me!!

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    This post made me think. A year ago I was on anti-depressants, and not moving my body much at all. Now I go to a great aerobics class twice a week, and chase my boys the other days. My mood is so much better and the medication is gone. I feel like i'm better able to deal with my life issues. And, in general my healither eating makes me a nicer person (no more sugar rollercoaster.) Thanks for the inspiration today, and keep up the good work!
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    This blog was so timely for my "return". While I was gone my dearest and closest aunt passed away. My heart STILL hurts so much!

    And I'm an emotional eater. So it would have been very easy to sit back and stuff my face to try and find comfort. But I now know that just because I define myself as an emotional eater, it doesn't have to define me!!

    And by the way.....you look awesome!

    3487 days ago
    I KNOW what tragedy did to me the last time I got to goal and maintained for 2 years. I flipped out. Even though I thought this was a life change.

    It pays to be prepared. It pays to care about your health regardless of OTHER stuff, no matter how awful. I started this time with more weight to lose than last time. This time, I hope, I have a built in support network that would pull me through.

    Great blog!
    3490 days ago
    WOW! What an awesome testimony! Thank you for sharing and inspiring so many through this. You look great! emoticon
    3490 days ago
    I remember seeing this on Biggest Loser and my heart just broke. I was so glad to see her come back and rock it out. Keep up the great work! Your pictures and blogs always motivate me and keep me going!
    3490 days ago
    Wow good story! I get sick to my stomach when I think of the worst thing that could happen to me and I honestly think that even with the amount of knowledge I have and the tools and the progress I've made, I would probably go into a deep deep depression! Just thinking the unthinkable makes me want to start crying right now. I just always pray for the things I have no control over and pray that God helps me control the things I can and always protects and watches over my loved ones! Thanks for the story and great job so far on your journey I know you want to lose a bit more and I know you can do it.....even though I think you look fabulous right now!!!
    3490 days ago
    Great blog. There are many of life's lessons that are right in front us, so close, so true. But many people don't take the time to think and reflect. And when (and if they do), it can be a great motivator, a way to see what you've done or just see that you're not the only one going through the highs and lows of life.

    Keep going! You look great!

    P.S. Don't get the tree moss at all! :)
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    Comment edited on: 9/30/2011 1:29:29 PM
    Your photo journey is amazing!

    I deal with life changing events by promising not to do something that makes it worse for myself.
    3490 days ago
    No one is never prepare for tragedy, but you took something bad and turn it around to something postive. What a way to look at that. i like it. emoticon
    3490 days ago
    Well said and congrats on your amazing weight loss! You look fantastic and I bet you feel even better! emoticon
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