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A&I Challenge blog What I am Proud Of

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wow. It amazes me that every single person started their "what I'm proud of" blog with "wow this was really hard!!" ... and of course I feel the same way!! How sad is it that we will extol the virtues of complete strangers we know only through cyber space and reading posts and blogs, but think we ourselves aren't worth much!! Could that be part of why we are on this seemingly constant struggle to lose weight?

Okay, things I am proud of:

emoticon1) I am proud that although I have gained back and yoyo'd with my diet I am still, and have always been since I lost it, 35 lbs lighter than my highest weight and that was like 18 years ago.
emoticon2) I am proud that I have educated people who have gone on to touch others. One particularly has always touched me: there was a young girl I used to work with and I tought her HIV education (this was back in the early 90s when people still weren't sure if you could "catch it" from casual contact). One of her managers at a 2nd job was having a really bad night and she cornered him and asked what was wrong. He told her his partner of 26 years had just died from AIDS. She reached out to him and told him how sorry she was. He broke down in tears because she was the first person who knew who had TOUCHED him. Everyone else was afraid of being contaminated. Can you imaging? Grieving your loved one after 26 years and no one would touch him much less hug or hold him while he grieved.
emoticon3) I am proud of being the type of person who people come to when they have problems.
emoticon4) I am proud for learning how to ask for and accept help from others.
emoticon5) I am proud of being "good" with kids and dogs.
emoticon6) I am proud for not having done "something stupid" last spring/summer when I was critically clinically depressed.
emoticon7) I am proud of forgiving my parents for being imperfect.
emoticon8) I am proud that my sister knows she can rely on me to be there for her while she's going through treatment for breast cancer.
emoticon9) I am proud of embrassing opportunities for doing walks, rides, volunteer events, camping, sports and other things that many excuse themselves from because they are "too fat".
emoticon10) Most of all, I am proud for trying and trying and trying and trying no matter what and no matter how many times I may fail. You can knock me down and you can drag me though the dirt, but you can't keep me from getting back up.
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  • MISSA9
    Love all but especially number 10!! great blog!
    3348 days ago
    Lou, you did a fantastic job on your blog!! You are right, that I think that it is part of the reason why we are all on this journey because we don't think ourselves worthy enough of our own praise! I think it's awesome that you taught a young girl about HIV and that she was able to console her boss during such a difficult time! It's not always easy to forgive our parents but like you said they were not perfect. When you think about it though, like Oprah has said, children don't come with instruction manuals. I think it's so great that your sister knows she can count on you while she is dealing with breast cancer! You are a great person and especially a great Spark Friend!!!

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    3350 days ago
    Being able to acknowledge being proud of oneself is a wonderful accomplishment. I'm so happy you can see in yourself the great things that others already do.
    3350 days ago
    I am so proud of you! I love reading your blog, and I really needed to hear something like this...especially today.

    Thank you so much Dar!

    3350 days ago
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    Thank you for sharing your proud side! You have a lot to be proud of and I'm glad to know you better. Thanks!
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  • ANH102712
    This is a great blog! You have alot to be proud of! Keep up the good work and have a great weekend!

    3350 days ago
    Lou, you have every right to be proud! You have accomplished a good deal. Someone said once that the only one standing in the way of your progress is you. I hold that pretty much as a challenge to me I don't want to be standing in my own way any longer.

    3351 days ago
    To quote FlyLady, "I'm so proud of you!" Wish I had a purple pen to send you as a constant reminder! This was a great affirmation!
    3351 days ago
  • BARBIE176
    Like Amy, I am glad that many of us have overcome the difficulty of the blog assignment and wrote what they are proud of. I have really enjoyed reading the ones that have been posted so far and I look forward to reading some more.

    It is emoticon that you have been able to keep so much weight off for such a long time. Keep up the good work! Item 2 is really sad, to think that someone who was grieving the loss of a loved one never had someone reach out and touch them. The fact that you were able to educate that co-worker so she could reach out is fabulous. You should be very proud of that.

    So happy that you overcome your depression without doing the "something stupid"

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    3351 days ago
    I am really glad we have this blog assignment and that everyone is slowly deciding to write their proud accomplishments. I love reading them, because they reveal so much about our unique personalities and what we have overcome to be who we are today - very special individuals! That's great that you were able to forgive your parents and you chose not to do the "something stupid" thing you alluded to! I also think that it's fantastic that you were able to educate that young girl about HIV and AIDS so that she was able to comfort her manager in his time of need. I am very glad to know you, Lou and have you for a SparkFriend!!!
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  • TRISH261
    That is really awesome! And it really is true that is so hard to be proud of yourself, but it's so easy to be proud of others!

    3351 days ago
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