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Monday, April 04, 2011

Last week on vacation, my two teenage sons, myself and my husband set out to climb Camelback Mountain. I have climbed this mountain many times before- in my younger, fitter days.

Nobody thought I would make it. Although they smiled and said encouraging words, none of them believed I could reach the top. I knew they didn't believe in me. It was OK- I wasn't sure I did either!! I told the boys not to let me hold them back- they should go ahead and just check on me once in a while. I wasn't in a race...I wanted to make it, but on my own terms, in my own time.

There was no way I was going to let myself down and prove them all right...no way. I thought of my Sparkfriends and could hear certain ones giving me a pep talk as I went, and other ones giving me the tough love I needed to stop seeing myself as so old and weak! I thought about the blog I would write when it was all done- It wasn't about my journey, or my destination- it was about MY HAVING BEEN THERE- the feeling- that I would blog about!

Well, to everyone's surprise- I made it...and not all that far behind the boys! It felt GREAT in more ways than you know! I was filled with feelings of strength, power, determination- success!! One other Mom approached the top when I did, and her son said "Wow Mom, you made it"....he was much like my sons who sat in amazement. Her response..."Of course I did!!" I loved that! What a great answer! Her confidence sparkled- and it lifted me right into it! Of course we did it!!

I turned 45 in February, and I promised myself that the next few years until I turn 50, I would focus more on meeting personal challenges and having my own personal accomplishments. For many years, my feeling of accomplishment has come from my kids and my family. It still does- they are very important to me. But I need to strive to have my OWN things I can feel proud of. I picked up three rocks from the very top of the mountain. I will keep them, and a picture, as a reminder of one of my first big accomplishments- seeing the top of that mountain from my own eyes, pulling myself there with my own strength.

One accomplishment down, many, many to go!

My motivational song: "The Climb" Miley Cyrus www.youtube.com/watch?v=

Quote I like:The human body is truly an amazing thing capable of so much, so far beyond what we give ourselves credit for many times. Equally amazing is the power the mind has in influencing our success.( Motivational Tip from Body for Life)

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    Great story & pic, the smile on your face says it all!!! I'm only 20 min. from camelback mt. Let me know if you ever want a hiking buddy...
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  • LLTS01
    emoticon emoticon You just shattered some misconceptions and boosted your own confidence. All in one hike.
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    Woohoo! congrats. What a great feeling for you and your family to share this great moment with you.
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    Love It!
    How fun to get to do that with the kids & hubby!!
    I bet they are more proud of you than they will let you know...to cool teenager thing! emoticon Who by the way have grown up & still just as cute(handsome) as ever!
    Gee I can't decide if I was one of the pep talkers or one of the tough love emoticon people in your head!
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    I am so very very proud of you! You are such an inspiration to me and to many! Love the song too! Bright blessings to you AND to your lovely family. Thanks for sharing the "climb" and the pictures. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Wonderful blog and even more wonderful YOU!!! I don't know where you get the great graphics but they sure are cute too. Your boys are handsome young men and you look great and their smiles say they are proud of you too. I need to sit down and make some more tangible goals like climbing a mountain....hmmm, lots of hills here I can climb but no mountain nearby! I'[ve been thinking that now since I can walk 5 kms that I should sign up for some walking marathons but think I'll wait to get a bit faster yet. You should be so proud of yourself, and I know you heard me cheering you on....I know you can, I know you can...... emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    This is truly a wonderful blog. Congratulations on doing what you set out today. Of course you did!
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    Way to go!! Of course you proved them wrong! Don't you just love it when our SparkFriends are in our heads? Good for you and thanks for sharing your success!
    3615 days ago
    Great blog! I turned 44 in February, and I know what you mean about meeting personal goals along with supporting our kids and their accomplishments. You are definitely on the right track!
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  • LESLIES537
    You should be very proud of yourself! Way to go Super Mom! You're AWESOME! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    You OWNED that mountain!! emoticon
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    you rock angie!
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    OMG Ang!! I am so proud of you!! What a fantastic accomplishment...I can just imagine your feelings and thoughts as you got to the top. WOW.
    I'm so glad to see the picture as well...you look great!! You look like you BELONG on that mountain, girl!!!

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    I have seen the Camelback from a distance many times, but never from the top. Great accomplishment!
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