My name is Theresa Borawski and I have been blessed with a miracle! I have lost 275 pounds, without surgery or fad diets, and went from a wheelchair to a treadmill! This is my story! To read more about my miracle, visit my website: www.theresaborawski.net and/or join my Facebook group: WE CAN CHANGE OUR LIVES!
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Is summer really over?
I had to give myself a little “pep-talk” this morning
because I’ve been feeling a bit melancholy this week about the rapidly waning
summer.Labor Day always does that to
me. Every year I say this, but it seems like summer just flew by.This morning the temp is in the 40’s and the
furnace just kicked on as I’m drinking my coffee. Yikes! Is summer really over? A few weeks ago at this
time of morning (a bit before 6 am), I was drinking my coffee outside on my
patio, watching the sunrise. Today, I’m snuggled under a comforter, with 2
kitties on my lap, listening to the furnace run, and gazing into the
darkness.Fortunately, it is supposed to
warm up for the weekend, and perhaps…just perhaps….I’ll get another day or two
of floating in the pool before it’s time to close it up.
While having a “pity-party” of sorts, I started to think
about all the things that I had planned/hoped to do this summer that I “never
got around to”.This includes:
·Going to the zoo
·Going to Comerica Park for the first time to see
the Detroit Tigers play
·Taking a day-trip drive up to see the Mackinaw
·Taking my bike to the Pere-Marquette rails to
trails bike path
·Visiting Dow Gardens in Midland
·Starting my book
·Visiting my cousins/uncles up in Indian River
·Cleaning and organizing the garage
·Listing a lot of “fat clothes” on EBay
·Learning to dance
·Spending time on the boat with my brother and
·Writing at least 1, preferably 2, letters to
The list goes on……sigh……
It’s easy to be down when I think about all these…could
have, would have, should have’s……But in reality, even feeling ONE BIT SAD about
my summer is absurd, because although the items on the list above are still…Hope
to, want to…going to do’s someday, I had a truly amazing summer!So instead of focusing on what “I didn’t get
to do, or what I don’t have, or what I wish …”, I’ve decided instead to focus
on “what blessings, what experiences, what joys” I have been given!
So…I’m making a list of all those incredibly wonderful….often
unplanned and unexpected….things/blessings/joys that I did enjoy this summer:
·Attending the wedding of my long-time, very dear
friends, Theresa (age 73) and Philip (age 87) and being privileged to help the
bride dress/prepare for the wedding ceremony, not to mention getting out on the
dance floor for the first time in more years than I can remember and “dancing
like nobody was watching” because I was truly JOYFUL.
·Taking a trip to Dayton, Ohio to see a very
special high-school friend, Joe, for the first time in 22 years, attending my
very first “in the park-outdoor” concert….and fitting in the stadium style
seats for the first time in 2 decades.Climbing to the top of a 50 foot tower overlooking a gorgeous nature
park, catching up, laughing, visiting, just simply enjoying myself for a few days.
·Garage saling multiple times…finding lots and
lots of treasures, mostly clothes and shoes….in size 10/12/M’s and being able
to go from house to house for hours without tiring or depending on a walker or
·Buying and riding a 2-wheel bike for the first
time in 30 years…and biking between 5-7 miles on a regular basis….Oh yes, I
·Sliding down a child’s play-set slide…..after my
11 year old niece said…”You can’t do that, Aunt Terri”… Well…let me tell you,
YES, I CAN!
·Flying a kite for the first time since I was a
·Building the winning float for the family’s
annual Lake of the Pines 4th of July parade. Participating in all the
activities/games that I’ve been instrumental in planning for the Brinkmeier
Family week-long camping/reunion, and not having to sit and watch others have
·Building, digging, designing, planting MULTIPLE perennial
gardens in my yard….massive landscaping projects.
·Learning to do a cartwheel!
·Turning “50” and beginning my YEAR OF
JUBILEE.Going on an incredible day-trip
to the Sleeping Bear Sand dunes with a dear friend, seeing them for the first
time, climbing/hiking to the top of the dunes/bluff….just enjoying the best
birthday of my life!
·Taking a ride on a Harley Davison
motorcycle!And a dune-buggy….and a
Polaris all-terrain vehicle
·Going to the river….having a lot of special times
with my ‘other half”
meeting a lot of new friends.
·Having the privilege of sharing my story with
Woman’s World magazine!
·Launching a website
·Taking multiple “days off” to use up accrued
·Laughing, loving, learning, growing
The list is endless……so much joy!!!!!
After all of that….why on earth would I be sad about things “left
undone?”I’m not one that ever believes that
“another day” is a guarantee, but as long as God continues to bless me with the
gift of life, and I stay focused and motivated to keep the weight off, there
will be opportunities to do some of those things that I’d still like to do….maybe
even in the next month or two. On the other hand, there will also be a lot of “unexpected”
and “unplanned” blessings that will come my way in the future. It’s absurd to
dwell on anything but the blessings of the day….and to look with hope to the
SO….in terms of our journey….. I encourage you to take a few
minutes to think about those things that you would like to do…..perhaps, it
will contain many things that you can’t do now because of weight, immobility,
finances, life situations, addictions….whatever……and then think about WHAT you
have to do….WHAT changes you have to make….WHAT behavior you have to alter….in
order to make it happen.Two years ago…
I would have never ever imagined that I’d be able to do ANY of the things on
either list above. It just wasn’t possible/feasible at 400+ pounds.You might not think that you will EVER be
able to the things on your list either....BUT TRUST ME…..YOU CAN!You can make the changes necessary….lose the
weight, break the habits, get stronger, beat the depression….whatever…..and YOU
CAN do whatever it is that you want to.Make that list….use it as motivation…use it as inspiration…use it as a
goal….and JUST DO IT!IT might take a
long time to get there….gosh, it took me 22 months….but little by little, day
by day…meal by meal…choice my choice…YOU WILL get there! But you have to START
now….or CONTINUE on.
BUT…in the meantime….don’t fall into the ‘blues” or “be
depressed” as I found myself dealing with. Instead, focus on WHAT YOU CAN DO…WHAT
YOU DO HAVE…WHAT JOY/BLESSINGS God gives you each day….WHAT YOU HAVE
ACCOMPLISHED…..AND CELEBRATE that!Tomorrow
may never come…Rejoice in today!AND
most important…Don’t give up!