Practical Payment Forward...
Friday, July 16, 2010
Hey Good Morning!
Well, the scale said I gained a pound...no big deal, probably some kind of water, humidity fluctuation. I'm ok with it, Annette said even if my weight stays the same all summer long, I'll still be getting smaller! I put in 4 solid work-outs at the pool this week and did lots of extra walking...my new summer schedule is going ok, so far so good!
Yesterday at the end of my work-out, I was goofin' off and hot doggin' it for Cindy who was there keeping me company...I tried to doing a hand stand under water and to my total surprise I stuck it no problem, Cindy said my legs were straight up in the air out of the water. I guess I wasn't surprised that I could do it, I was just happy that I wanted to try and then I proceeded to do about 10 of those until the chlorine up the nose got to be a little too much.
Interesting day yesterday, got a call from an old boss..it's been about 10 years...lots of history between us and alot has changed for both of us...it was good to talk with him. Then I got 2 seperate e-mails both from the news story they are doing about my weight loss. One local young guy, struggling with his own weight issues and asking for specifics about my meal plan, my struggles etc.. And then the 2nd e-mail was from a guy that used to work for me and is also really struggling with his weight and feeling the squeeze of his world getting smaller and smaller.
It was a no brainer, first things first...I asked them both if they'd be interested in setting up their own SparkPeople accounts and that I would be happy to help them get set up and 'show them the ropes'...and just let it unfold from there. My take on it is that when you are on the water and see a stranded boat, you help get them into a safe harbor!
It's real good for me to see that even though I have such a long way to go, I have come a long way and that even though I'm not finished or some sort of expert...I can help, not save...but help. Real key there for me being 'help vs save'...I'm a big softie and I know the best practical way for me to help anyone is first by taking care of myself and then by being an example and sharing the tools that have helped me along so far. Practical Payment Forward...
So another Friday, sun is shining and for this moment everything is as it should be!
Have a Smooth Day, Ryan