B Grateful – Moving Along

In the last couple of months I was lucky enough to escape the cold by going to places like California and Arizona.  You can’t beat the heat!  I live in a mostly damp environment so it was a welcome change for winter.  But I also managed to gain a few pounds and go up at least a size.  Even one size makes a huge (no pun intended) difference when you’re not so tall to begin with.  Then my running suffered because it was either too hot to run, not convenient or I was feeling the worse for wear from the night before or just plain didn’t feel like it (on vacation after all).  That combined with eating everything in sight and partaking in happy hours (which always makes me happier) did not make me a happy camper on the return home.

Now I have to start all over again – back to square one and not only that but my sister signed me up to do the annual 10K Sun Run right after I got back and I tried to figure out how to get out of it.  I was feeling anxious and sorry for myself.  My first yoga class in almost 3 months was a disaster and my “starting to get back into shape” run started out with me eating a freebie (although tiny) bag of promotional potato chips handed out at Granville Island within the first 10 minutes.  I could have said No but I weakened. They were pretty good.  

Then something happened to put everything into perspective.  We found out that our lives can change in a Boston minute.  Life is full of ups and downs but sometimes it’s not even in OUR own hands.  What happened in Boston was tragic and unthinkable and lives were lost and many more could have been.  Innocent people died or were maimed.  This should NEVER have occurred and it hit home for ALL.  The fact that it took place at an event where people trained for months on end to run for hours on end to cross a finish line at the world’s most renowned marathon is even more difficult to fathom. It makes you stop and think –  about life and the stupid little pressures we put on ourselves.  At least we can change them.

We have to WALK before we can RUN and not take that for granted (that we’re able to run in the first place is something).  So…

If we’re healthy enough to begin with we can work a little bit harder to lose those measly extra pounds (even if it means pushing ourselves), eat healthily, laugh lots and just ENJOY LIFE.  Because……you never know what’s around the corner.  Moving on

After all that I did a lot better than expected - 1 hr. 4 min.
After all that I did better than expected (even though in the past it’s been well under one hour) at  1 hr. 4 min.  I’m pleased.

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Why GOOD will always outweigh EVIL – Re BOSTON Tragedy

Many celebrities took to the Internet yesterday in response to the Boston Marathon tragedy, but it was comedian *Patton Oswalt who seemed to strike the biggest chord.

On Monday, Oswalt took to Facebook to post his reaction to the bombings. His thoughtful and beautifully written message has been “liked” more than 260,000 times and shared nearly as much.  So I’m sharing it again just in case you were not one of the many who read it.  I find it quite touching.

After noting the “darkness” of the tragedy, Oswalt wrote, “The vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.”

As he did in a tweet earlier in the day, Oswalt noted, “You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out.”

He concluded on an uplifting note, stating, “So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, ‘The good outnumber you, and we always will.‘”

*You may not know Oswalt by name, but the 44-year-old comedian just happened to be the voice behind Remy in “Ratatouille” and also starred as nerd Spencer Olchin in “The King of Queens.” And apparently he has a knack for writing, too.comedian

Taken from Soraya Roberts article on  The Juice