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Letting my girls know they can do anything

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I was not a jock in HS. I played field hockey 2 years. I cheered basketball in HS too. But I was not one of the girls that went from Soccer to Basketball to softball. Always training for the next season.
As an adult I have found that I have inner strength to try things that I would never have tried. My Dad died 10 years ago in August. 2 years later I walked the 3 day breast cancer walk. 60 miles in 3 days. I dedicated this walk to everyone that I loved that had died from cancer. Every time I drive to Boston I think, " I walked this". It is a feeling of accomplishment that I can not even begin to express. I remember the feeling of seeing John, Amy, and the boys as I walked into the Boston Common with the group of walkers. The feeling of seeing my husband and girls cheering me on. As I walked on bloody blistered feet. It took weeks for those to heal. But I did it. I wanted my girls to see that you could do anything that you put your mind to!
So here I am signing up for a triathlon. I know I will finish it. I know that Amy and I can do amazing things when we team up together. I know that this will be another milestone that I reach in my 40's, just as the 60 mile walk was in my 30's....
I just keep replaying in my mind how many years I did not go to the water park because that would mean i would have to wear a suit and have people stare at me. Or how my weight would hold me back from trying things. NO MORE.
I will swim, bike and ride! I will keep sparking and get the emotional support I need and give some too along the way. I will continue to show my girls that there is no mountain too high or race too long that determination can't get you through.
I am thinking ahead to what will be the next challenge, Mount Washington? I have a while to think about it.
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    We lead by example. You are doing a wonderful thing for your girls - showing them all the things you (and they) can do. Including having a glass that is half-full. You never need to preach it - they are seeing you live it! What an awesome mom you are Jeanne!
    4354 days ago
    I have always told both my children that they could do anything they set their mind to. I want them to feel encouraged and positive and accomplished. And, I hope they look at me and see that I am not only talking the talk...but walking the walk. Just like you!!!

    4354 days ago
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    A triathlon!! That is awesome!! What a great role model!! Good luck...and keep climbing! emoticon emoticon
    4354 days ago
    You are setting such a good example for them of what lifelong fitness means!
    4354 days ago
    My parents had two daughters. They raised us that we could do anything and encouraged us to prove it. Daddy owned a construction company and taught us how to run a backhoe, drive a dump truck, etc. Mama is a landscaping genius who used Daddy's bobcat to move large boulders to the exact spot she wanted them. Watching my parents and being allowed to try anything (even if it was just once, like when I tried out for cheerleading) definitely set my sister and I up for success. Failure is a part of life. Teaching your girls that it's okay to try something, and if it doesn't work out, it's still an accomplishment because a lesson was learned. I never did learn to do a split!
    4354 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/13/2009 8:49:05 AM
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