Monday, April 25, 2011

Zoo trip and so much more...

So around 8 am Saturday morning my sister called me and randomly asked if I wanted to go to the zoo with her, my brother in law, and nephew. I said YES, I love the zoo. So I got up and got dressed and off
we were on our hour and half drive to the zoo. So fast forward we got to the zoo and had to wait in line for about 20 minutes to get in, it way a busy day for them.  Once we got in we started walked around and looking at the different animals. The weather wasn't too bad, it was kinda hot but nothing crazy.

As I was walking around I began to think about my trip to the zoo last year. I had a horrible time physically, I felt so sluggish, my feet hurt, I dreaded all the hills, and I was literally counting down the minutes until it was time to leave. This time was different, I had a little extra pep in my step. I was actually enjoying the walk around the zoo and I actually ENJOYED the hills! I didn't feel tired at all and my feet didn't hurt or feel swollen. In fact I pushed my nephew in his stroller around most of the day because my sister and brother in law were too tired! Now mind you I am still a 400 lb man but it was very obvious that my fitness level has changed in the last year, in a positive way.

 I also noticed as I walked around the people who were half my size, my size, and also bigger than me that were huffing and puffing on the hills and forced to take breaks in between animal exhibits. Now I am in no way judging anyone, I been there and I know what its like, it was just something I observed. Its just felt good to see some positive effects of all the hard work I have put into my health in the last year or so. At the same time it gave me some inspiration to keep pushing myself to the next level. It was one of those non scale victories!

I also witnessed something else at the zoo that day that was truly amazing. It has nothing to do with me or my quest for health. While we were waiting to get into the zoo there was a Caucasian couple in front of us, probably in their late twenties. They had a stroller with them and I thought nothing of it until the baby started to cry and the woman picked her up to comfort her. The thing that I noticed almost instantly was that the little girl was African American, she was an amazingly beautiful little girl. The only reason I mention race was because it was apparent that the little girl wasn't their natural born and I am assuming she is/was adopted. So I stood their and watched this Mother hold her baby, it was so so so very obvious she loved her more than anything in this world. I could literally feel the connection and the love that this couple had for their child. Witnessing this was the best part of my day. In today's day and age you sometimes question if humanity still exists. Witnessing a beautiful act like I witnessed on that day restores my faith in humanity, which we all need from time to time. In my opinion there is nothing more selfless in this world than opening your home and heart to a child. I have always told myself that I will adopt a child one day, its just something that I need to do and I hope I get that opportunity to change a strangers life.

Anyways that's all I got for today. I'll post a couple silly pictures that I took at the zoo! Enjoy!

My Nephew and Me :)

Me Fighting A Giraffe!!!


Marie said...

Another touching post that inspires!

Amy said...

I love how you focus all the time on being grateful for the progress you have made and use that as a launching place. Your nephew is a cutie! I want to squeeze him! :)

Cathy Cox said...

This post makes me smile a whole bunch :)

Amy said...

Fantastic! Don't you love the moments when you can tell a difference because of all of your hard work?

You didn't hurt the giraffe too bad, did you?

lanae said...

Really nice post! How inspiring that your hard work is paying off. Thank you for sharing.

♥ Shrinking Kenz ♥ said...

Well, I already have a crush on you, but if I didn't I would now. ;) What an utterly touching post from the progress you've made to your restoration in the belief of humanity. I needed to be reminded of that today.

You look incredible...and I hope you didn't let that giraffe kick your butt. ;)

You're the best Alan!

Samantha said...

Fun Pics! :) LOL