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Success Revisited

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Just before leaving home for a family visit to Manitoba, I received my Boston Marathon certificate.

It says: Julie Belanger (yeah - that is my official name - I prefer Julia!) successfully completed …

I showed it to Jeff and he asked me if I was going to put it on display somewhere? Not that I ever put my certificates on display anyway, but just as in "Are you proud of it" type question? My first reaction was - No! and then…. Wait - yes… this is a success - I completed it!

What if success is not a PB? What if success is not measured in numbers?
What if "what it is" is enough! And Enough is success!!!

I recently posted this quote: "The end is a new beginning" - Working on building a new warrior… and I mean by that many thing:

- I am transitioning to the staff college - so I will be learning … military stuff!
- I am working on building resilience - peace of mind.
- I am working on building back strength so I can move again…

I would not have considered holding a warrior 1 pose a success a year ago because I thought this is basic. Now, I am happy and proud of this. (My yoga teacher training taught me that what seems easy can be very challenging!)

… So no number? Well, I am not ready to give up tracking and numbers all together! I am not tracking my distance anymore, however I am tracking my steps with my fitbit.

It is a good motivation tool to keep moving. Tracking success - I did not bad last week considering that the days that I did not meet the 10000 steps were travel days of 12 hours and more of sitting. Let me tell you that sitting is killer! We just drove 24 hours (2 days); the walk and stretch were a MUST at the end of each day! Some stops along the route are really nice too - like this beach at Superior Lake.

Another success - I am tracking my food but I can’t really tell if my numbers are right…. The real success was resisting the temptations (the fast food stops, the unhealthy snacks and nibbling eating in the car just to keep busy!)

I packed grapes and I made myself an overnight oatmeal… It was unbelievable!
Key lime and coconut oatmeal: 1 Cup of Young Coconut water with pulp - 30 gr (1/3 Cup) Dry Oats - Juice and Zest of one Lime - 100 gr Plain Yogurt (to add some smooth! - and 1 Nectarine (diced). (Just mix everything together the night before - put in the fridge and enjoy the next day)

We made a stop for dinner at Muldon's in Munising for their famous pasties - Good stuff! The other side of no number success when it comes to food is enjoying the food without turning it into a binge - it is moving away from the all or nothing mentality. Cheers to a good day of tracking (yeah - even the tasting flight - shared with Jeff) was tracked and under calorie range. Fun fact - I like the dark beer (bold with at strong taste - same with wine, I prefer the reds; not a fan of hard liqueur); exception to this is the white beer with a fruity twist. So I had the brown and stout.

And no, it is not the beer - this is a converted ambulance - PC Medic!

Another success - I completed the 21 Meditation challenge... with gratitude! Noticed any changes - I do. I can take a big breath in and a big breath out and quiet the noise to find calm... (mentioned before that I was bringing my yoga journal to draw... here is my latest...

That is it for now - gotta go spend time with family... Big breath in - big breath out. emoticon
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    Success is how each individual defines it. I noticed you are blogging more often - that's a good thing to me.
    2144 days ago
    It is good to celebrate the successes and the victories! Often they are very hard fought!

    Looks like you had some great travels, even if they did involve a ton of driving! Yummy eats too!
    2145 days ago
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    Congratulations! These pictures look like they reflect some serious victories in life.

    (Btw, I have a soft spot for ambulances converted to PC repair vehicles.)

    What branch of the military? (I ask because I've been putting off committing to Region Staff College for Civil Air Patrol, admittedly civilian volunteer, not full military).

    I hope you have excellent health for the marathon!
    2145 days ago
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