When I look back on 2014, I think of the challenges that have been overcome, the progress that's been made, and most of all, the many adventures that took place along the way! One of my favorite poems has always been Dr. Seuss's "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" and I can't help but think of it when reminiscing on the opportunities that training presents. Yes, training is an impetus of improvement and a means of achieving goals, yet it's also a fun and exciting way to experience and engage in the world around me. To close on 2014, I'd like to share a mini collage of the fun that has taken place this past year.
Oh, the places you'll go!
There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored.
There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with
that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
OH! THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!
You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed).
You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!
Thanks for a great year, 2014.
Looking forward to many more adventures in 2015!
Success is the Sum of Small Efforts:
Inspiration often comes from the most unlikely sources. Sometimes, it's just a matter of slowing down and opening our eyes to see it amongst the busyness of everyday life. Yesterday, I walked into a room of one of our new skilled rehab patients to conduct my standard assessment interview. This so happens to be an individual I've met and talked with in the past. The resident is chair bound with limited mobility, but as soon as I walk in she lights up to greet me with a huge smile.
I ask her about her appetite. "I don't have one at all, but I eat because I know it will make me stronger." Then, I ask about her progression in therapy. She tells me how every day she pushes herself to try something new. "Today," she said, "was a milestone for me," and she proceeds to show me as she stretches her arms together overhead. "Yesterday, I could not do this, and today I can." It was something so simple that I am able to do daily with ease, and here she was SO proud and glowing with excitement regarding her progress.
The moment warmed my heart, and though I was having a rough morning, I left with a refreshed perspective. Here was this sweet lady, comparative to most standards had so little to work with sitting in that chair, yet she had a joyful heart and looked for ways to push herself beyond her comfort zone. In the face of so many obstacles, she is keeping this attitude of hope, perseverance and progress. Little steps in the right direction. While many of my goals and efforts are centered around race outcomes and career objectives, here she was working to build up the strength to go home, one milestone at a time.
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and endurance athlete residing in southwest Virginia alongside her husband and dog. Through this blog she aims to share favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
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