As I was starting my run on Saturday, I noticed my neighbor finishing hers. Well…at least I thought it was her. As she got closer, I doubted myself. But I’d already waved, and stopped my run to greet her. Is this L? I kept wondering to myself. It kind of looked like her, but not really. L is not a close friend, and I hadn’t seen her in probably 6 months. When she stopped running and started chatting with me, I realized it actually was her. Just a MUCH diminished her.
A little back story here. I know from Facebook that she is my age (53). A few years ago, I noticed that she and her husband had really gained quite a bit of weight. Well it turns out that their youngest (and only boy), a teenager had some health issues that required a kidney transplant!! After a lot of prayer, one of their daughters offered her kidney to her brother. I can only imagine the fear and worry for both of their children these parents had to go through. Not only the operation, but also the worry about rejection and infection…(It has been several years now, and both son and daughter are healthy).
Really, no wonder the parents gained weight!
Now back to this Saturday: During the course of my conversation with L, I learned that she had started running and had dropped 50 pounds!!! Wow! 50 pounds alone is truly inspiring. Then combine it with the fact that she is WELL into middle age and lost the weight! It seems like it would have been so easy for her to just slide into her senior years overweight.
Three days later, I still feel inspired by her accomplishment! What an awesome lady.
Now here’s the tear-jeryky part. She said I inspire her.