Sunday, April 17, 2011

A New Beginning



It has been almost two years since my husband had gastric bypass surgery.  Over the past two years he has worked so very hard to make this surgery a success.  He truly has made a total life style change.  To date he has lost 225.  He wakes every morning at 5:00am to go for a jog at the gym and just recently he has been taking our beagle for a run at the local park.  One of his goals after surgery was to be able to participate in a 5K race.  I am so proud to say that this weekend was his first.   We woke early to find that the weather was not going to cooperate  It was a cold and rainy morning but it could not dampen our excitement.
We arrived early at the race site.  Alex checked in and received his number.
Number 125----As we were pinning it to his jacket, he said "What do you think 125 means"  I thought a minute and quickly added the numbers in my head... 8    He said the number 8 means New Beginnings---how perfect for his first race. 


The race site could not have been more perfect either.  Alex chose this race because he liked the name.  It is a beautiful site with lots of Pittsburgh history.  If you would like to read more about it just click the links below.
The race was to start at 9:00am.  All the participants gathered at the start line to receive some last minute instructions.

And then they were off.........

I headed off to the finish line to await my runner.   It only took Alex 33 minutes 12 seconds to complete the race which placed him in 4th place in his age catagory. An overall finish of 56 out of 125 participants.  Words can't express the pride I have in him.   

It was a perfect Saturday morning.  A wonderful way to celebrate Alex's NEW BEGINNING

21 comments:

MAXMOM IN SA said...

What an amazing achievement!!!
What a truly proud moment - for both of you. My words seem silly in the light of your obvious tenacity.
Wow! Heartiest congratulations!!!
I wish you a wonderful, new and healthy life. Quite Amazing!!!
Sending lotsaluv to you.
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

Shirley said...

Hi Mimi, I know that it must truly be a great pride for his accomplishments. I think that it is fanastic and I know you are really proud of him. Our weather has been cool and cloudy very crazy with the snow to the north and the tornadoes to south. We were lucky and only got wind and rain. Have a wonderful day. Your Missouri Friend.

Becky said...

Many, many congratulations! True - words seem inadequate at times but what we have. All the best!

Amber-Mae said...

OMG!!! In just 2 years he lost ALL that weight? That is amazing! WOW!!! And his dream came true! He lost all the weight just in time for the race & he placed 4th out of hundred over people! Amazing! This story is TRULY inspiring & your wonderful hubby has truly inspired me to get back on track with my weightloss.

I lost 34 kilos about 2 or 3 months ago but now I've gained back quite a bit & I'm quite disappointed with myself for not staying on track. But after reading this amazing post of yours, I'm inspired to get back on track. I do not want to gain all the weight back after ALL this hard work of losing this weight. I do not want this to be my 3rd failed attempt of getting to my ideal weight.

Again, this is truly an amazing story!!! Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. You must be SO proud of your hubby. I am proud of him! Oh & he looks really good right now.

houndstooth said...

That's an amazing achievement -- both the weight loss and the way he finished the race! Congratulations to him on such a great finish and the start of a wonderful new chapter in life!

Sandy said...

WOW! Congrats Alex!!!!!! I can only imagine how hard this whole journey was.....I am very happy for both of you! Sandy

kks said...

Wow, you are truly an inspiration!
(found you via Maxmom)

GerryART said...

Congrats to Alex. That's a darn good time for his first 5k. And to come in in the middle of the pack is just great !
Again, CONGRATS, Alex.
Gerry

Janelle said...

Yay for Alex!!!! What a great achievement... this year the 5K, next year the half-marathon? :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

My Dear Mimi, what an inspiration your husband is and what an accomplishment that shows how much strength, commitment and inner strength he has--And of course your love and support (and your sons) that I know helped him to reach his goals! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

PS: I'm so sorry I've been missing your blog posts...I really need to pay attention!! :-)) I have really come to value our 'cyber-friendship' and so hope YOU are doing well!

Scout 'n Freyja said...

What a wonderful affirmation of life, just wonderful.

Suka said...

Maxmom sent us! What a wonderful story of determination, hard work, and success! Congratulations on finishing the 5k! That is a great accomplishment!

K and Suka

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

WOW! Inspirational. Best wishes for a happy healthy life.

Miss Rhea said...

Wow, that is AWESOME !!! And how wonderful that you will have a healthy happy guy for many years to come :) :) Hugs :):)

Sierra Rose said...

What a story! Maxmom sent us, and we are so in awe of this amazing life change! Cheers to continued health, many adventures and the wonderful events you are inspired to take on!

Sweet hugs,
Sierra Rose

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

What an incredible story. You must be so proud of your husband. Wow!!!
Also, thank you for the update on Joyce. Of course she continues to be in my prayers.

Creative Breathing said...

Mimi, What an inspiration! Thank you for sharing this accomplishment with us. Also, thank you for updating us on Joyce. Please add my prayers to all of her friends here in this community. She is such a special person to so many of us! Elizabeth

Jeffersion said...
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Jeffersion said...

We’re touched by your story and are very proud of your husband for achieving such an important personal goal with this race.

Congratulations to both of you and we hope to see you again next year!

- Your friends at Jefferson Regional Medical Center

Mimi Sue said...

How wonderful!! He's a new man for sure. I know how much work losing weight is. Congratulations on your awesome achievement! Mimi

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

This is such an incredible accomplishment for your husband!! I can't even imagine how proud you must be of him!! Absolutely phenomenal!!!!! XOXO

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