Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Don't Take Things For Granted

Never Say Never

I often will post a quote that I find inspirational.  However, when I saw a quote the other day that included the words "running", "rain", and "crying", I thought that's not a quote I will post.  I thought to myself that I don't run crying in the rain.  So what happens this morning?  I listen to a podcast from Radio Labs that got me tearing up as I was running.  Stupid show!  If you aren't a Radio Labs listener already, I highly recommend it as a podcast to listen to.  This one in particular was powerful in many ways.  If you are interested you can listen here.

Kohn Ashmore
Kohn Ashmore

There were several things that got me thinking as I listened to the story of Kohn Ashmore.  He was severely injured when he was hit by a car when he was eight years old.  He was in a coma for five months and when he awoke, he couldn't talk or walk.  He had to relearn many skills and had to learn how to cope with his permanent disabilities.  One thing that stuck out was how he never realized that his speech was so slow until he recorded himself trying to sing.  He came to an abrupt realization of how he sounded to others and it devastated him.  It took him a long time to overcome that devastation.  Luckily he found friends along the way who helped him in his struggles.

Like I said, there were many things I thought about as I listened to this podcast, but one that really stuck out was how it took a moment like that in my own life when I realized what I was doing to myself and others with my weight problems.  It was a devastating moment of my own.  Thanks to others encouragement and my willingness to work hard I was able to turn things around.  Thanks to all of you who have encouraged me and I hope I have helped you as well.

No Exceptions
With Thanksgiving weekend behind us now, I wonder if you like me made too many exceptions.  We not only had the holiday and the food to deal with, by the time this week is done, there are three birthdays and a family Christmas party we have celebrated as well.  I made way to many exceptions when it came to food choices.  I need to get back into No Exceptions mode for a while. It's too easy this time of year to make too many exceptions and gain weight over the next several weeks.  I'll be accountable in my blog about how I am doing through the New Year.

Hang in there and I will too!


  1. I had one of those moments about a year and a lalf ago and when I got on the scale and they said my weight I though is that right, that can't be right. I wondered how accurate the scale was. I didn't even want to accept the fact that I had indeed gained the weight. It is so easy for us to not realize what we are doing or maybe we choose not to realize what we are doing to ourselves. I know have have said this a lot but I am amazed at how far you have come and how you are still trying to reach that goal. I know you can do this and be strong during the holidays. It is really hard for me this year because it is easy to justify eating more than usual. I will also do my best to eat smart. Love you dad and I know you can do it.

  2. Inspirational story. I recently heard about a New York City police (or was it fire?) man who was hit by a bus, nearly died, and recovered to become a runner. Puts life's little challenges in perspective. If he can do it...

  3. I love coming to check in on you, Bruce, because I am always rewarded by a thoughtful, yet, no nonsense post. This one was no exception. I have not heard about that person, but will download the podcast and listen to it.

    I waited far to long to take care of myself. Now that I am I find it hard to believe that I waited so long. It is slow, but not that hard. Just do it is my mantra right now.

    Happy December First!