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Inspiration is everywhere

Friday, June 24, 2011

Since I began writing this column back in March, I have been blown away by the level of support I have received from the community.

This past Friday I was covering the Relay for Life event and something very awesome happened. I was walking around the track, in the opposite direction from everyone else, and a gentleman stopped me. He asked me how my weight loss was going and congratulated me on my progress. He then informed me that he, too, had been working to lose weight and that he was down 40 pounds since December. As we parted I wished him luck and continued success and he wished the same for me. He was a super-nice guy and now I kind of wish I got his name.

Again at the same event, just moments later, a woman stopped me and informed me she would be keeping an eye on me to make sure I didn't drink any soda that night, in reference to my column that ran in that day's edition. I informed he that I had already had my one soda for the day and there was no need to worry about me.

Just a few short weeks after the first column had run, I can recall people stopping me on the street to wish me luck, congratulate me on my progress, and tell me that they, too, are fighting the struggles that come with losing the extra pounds. In fact, there is one woman who owns a shop just down the street from The Tribune and every time I see her she asks me how my journey is going, including the time I ran into her at Papa Don's as I was getting a couple slices of pizza for lunch.

I feel blessed that I have people in the community who are keeping an eye on me and letting me know when I mess up. I really appreciate it. In addition, I am honored to hear that through my little column I have been able to inspire other people to push though the struggles and get on the road to a healthier version of themselves.

I have been in a great mood the last few days and I have come to the realization that when you wake up in the morning your day can go two ways -- it can be a great day, or it can be a terrible day. It is up to me to decide which direction my day will go and having the support of so many people, it just keeps getting easier to point my day in the right direction.

Weekly Walking Challenge -- I came up a little bit short on my goal this week.

I only came out to about eight miles. I went for a three-mile walk, plus I walked some at the Relay for Life and I mowed one large yard.

I usually mow two yards, but I wasn't able to get to the second before Thursday. Next week will be better. I will make sure of it.

Michael Pommier
The Shrinking Man