Weigh-In Wednesday: A Moral Victory

My junior varsity year in basketball was a rough one. Even though we were talented, we were a young team. (Note: I was not one of those talented folks. I had to work very hard at basketball, but I was lucky to have the gift to really "see" the game, and through hard worked, worked my way up to being the sixth "man".)

Our coach knew that we wouldn't win many games, and he also knew that he had a very competitive group of girls on his hands, so no matter how much we lost by, he would never talk about the negative right after the game, but rather he would focus on what we did right. Then at practice we would focus on what we needed to work on.

One game in particular, we played like we never had, and in the fourth quarter, I was certain we had a chance of winning that game. We all could feel it, with 2 mins left in the game we were only down one, and we were running our best offense. The girls on the bench were on the edge of their seats, and those of us on the court were playing our asses off. We wanted this win so much.

We lost by two.

But our coach was so excited when we met as a team in the locker room. He was acting as if we won. We were all like he had lost his mind, didn't he notice the score? But he said that he had never been prouder of us, and that we didn't lose that game. The only thing that didn't go our way that game was the score, and so he was declaring that game a moral victory.

Last week was a rough week. I had a stomach bug and was in a serious work out funk. I didn't eat as well as I could have. I did remember my vitamin except for the days that I was sick, though!! Despite all of those bad things, I was able to keep enough control to only gain. 0.4lb, and my mostly over my funk. So, I'm declaring last week a moral victory. And now it's back to work.

So, how did you do? Great I hope! Wanna see how others did? Head on over to the Sisterhood.

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Mendie said...

That's a great story with a good point, we can't win them all...but at least we try and will keep trying! Glad you are feeling better!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful story -- it made me a little teary-eyed.

Great job on keeping yourself reined in, and for moving on from your funk!

Christie O. said...

I loved that story! I was sitting there on the edge of my seat, great storytelling! And what a great example of finding victories everywhere!

Christy - The Sisterhood said...

GREAT POST!! Like Christie, I was on the edge of my seat reading it. You do have a way with words, hooker!

You are so right, even though we don't win every week, we still have victories to celebrate.

Brooke said...

sounds like you had an awesome coach. :) someday i'll share how my 7th grade basketball coach will always be in the back of my head, telling me that i'm not worth it.

Lanel said...

Great story, moral victories are the best victories I think. :)

Heather D said...

Love your story! I also rode the pine in JV basketball!
You did great, I know you had an icky week, so I say only .4 is pretty damn good.
Dust yourself off girl, it's a new week ;)

Anonymous said...

Moral victories are sometimes the best kind. It's all a mental game anyway, right? This being healthy isn't for other people. It's for us.

Now get back out on that court and show us what you've got!!

*Lissa* said...

Good story! I am glad you are finding your way out of your funk. They suck.

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