Inspiration from a quote...

It's day two of my quest to write 30 posts in 30 days.  Today, I am in search of a quote and to use it as inspiration.

One of my favorite quotes (okay, running quotes - because if it was movie quotes it would be "I'll be back!" - Arnold) is from a guy that wrote the Penguin Chronicles in Runners World, John Bingham.

He said, "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."

I read this one day and I was like, "No way! Other people feel this way too?".

The hardest part for me was to get up the courage to face my weight issues.  It was so easy to just keep thinking that this was a bad patch I was going through and I would slim down sooner or later.  Or I was just a big guy and I actually looked pretty buff (seriously, I thought this at one time).

At least I wasn't like all those fat guys at the beach walking around without a shirt (ah man, that was me).

I had so many excuses, because its scary knowing that you have to face something that is not just going to go away.  Its terrifying to finally realize you have a problem.  And yes, I do have an eating problem.

I'm strong enough now that I know I still have an eating problem and I will have to work on it for the rest of my life.  But its something that I can deal with now because I am facing it and it just does not seem as scary as it used to be...

So yeah, finishing a race or anything you start feels pretty good.  But having the courage to start something or face something feels freaking amazing!

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  1. Love it :). I always tell people that just by getting to the start line of a race they have already beat everyone who sits on the coach, everyone who runs but will never have the courage to race, and everyone who started training and gave up. I love reading about your journey on here too!

  2. Thanks Amy! Writing this stuff reminds me each day of how hard it was to start. I never take for granted the fact that I had a supportive family and friends who wanted me to be happy. Thanks for following my crazy stuff.


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