Never hide behind busy work. It takes just as much energy to fail as it does to succeed.

January 28, 2013

– Og Mandino

This was actually the quote for Friday and I really liked it.  I think this one is pretty self explanatory.  Although it could possibly be argued that it takes a bit more energy to succeed.  After all, I do burn far more calories participating in a 5k than I do sitting on the couch watching tv 😀

Today I will succeed at tracking everything I eat.  It really doesn’t take much time and energy and I feel better if I am accountable to myself.

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.

January 24, 2013

– Michael Althsuler

I really like this one today.  I think it’s amazing how much we forget that we’re in charge of ourselves; we’re the ones flying our plane and charting our course.  And as much as I’d like to blame my parents for where I’m at (I was just thinking this morning, if our family has a skinny gene, why couldn’t Mom and Dad have passed that onto me instead of some of the genes I did get?) I am an adult.  I have to take responsibility for the choices I make and the path I choose.  Do my parents hold some blame?  A little bit.  After all, McDonald’s for dinner before dance class probably wasn’t the best choice.  But they also taught me some good things to, like enjoying salads and how to have a balanced meal.  It’s not their fault I “over balance” my meals by eating too much.

It seems to me that there are too many people passing the buck these days.  They’re placing the blame for the negatives in their lives (not just diet and exercise either) else where.  That only works for so long.  At some point we all have to stop and realize that we are in charge of ourselves.  We are the ones capable of deciding if we want to keep our plane on autopilot on the path we were originally set on or, to quote Robert Frost, if we want to “take the path less traveled”.  And the path less traveled doesn’t necessarily mean taking a path no one else has taken before.  This is MY path and for me, it might be the less traveled path that actually mirrors a path hundreds and thousands of others have taken before.  And that’s ok.  I’ll happily travel along a path that others have forged because I can; because I choose to learn from the lessons others have already discovered. 

I was chatting with Mom via e-mail recently and she said that she had worked all weekend this past weekend.  She not only was on call for her actual paying job, but, knowing her, she also did a lot of cleaning and was, in her way, complaining about the fact she was the only one doing so.  I asked her if, when she’s on her “death bed” and no longer capable of doing stuff like cleaning, or going to that show she wanted to go to which is she going to regret not doing more.  She never really answered me; she said she was busy at work and I was confusing her.  So Mom, if you’re reading this, which one would you regret not doing more?  And do you want people to remember you because you kept the table cleaned off and the floors shiny and sparkling?  Or do you want people to remember you because you decided that hey, those dishes can sit for a little longer; this show/event/whatever won’t. Remember, you are flying your plane.  Chart your path.

On another topic, and this might in some way actually indirectly relate to today’s quote.  I was driving home last night, about 4:30.  I was going through my neighborhood just after a school bus had made its stops.  I have never realized before, in the 2 years I’ve lived there, how many kids are actually in my neighborhood.  I frequently walk the dogs and go running in this area at various times after work.  And I think I can identify maybe, MAYBE half a dozen houses that I know of where kids live.  And not because there are toys and other kid items in the yard.  Because I’ve seen the kids there.  I don’t really see or hear kids playing outside and I wonder if that’s because they are spending their leisure time playing video games or on the computer.  It saddens me that this is the thought I automatically jump to but at the same time I know it’s really reflective of our society right now.  And honestly, I’m just as guilty.  That is something I’m aware of and I really need to work harder at changing.

The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.

January 23, 2013

– Lily Tomlin

I freely admit that I’m not sure how exactly I can make this one match my weight loss journey.  Ohhh, maybe it’s because I’m constantly moving through this maze that is life trying to get to my cheese.  Which is this case is a healthier me. Although I wouldn’t say no to some cheese.  Which doesn’t exactly help me get to my goals.  But dang is it good.

Speaking of goals; I had weigh in last night and I maintained.  I was very happy to see a maintain instead of gain.  The last week plus I’ve felt like a bottomless pit.  I would eat and within 15 minutes be starving again.  It’s not a feeling that I like.  It didn’t matter what I ate, although somehow it did seem that the healthier the options the longer it took to fill me up.  Which was very strange.  J and I decided that my metabolism ramped up a bit and that’s what it is.  Sounds good anyway 🙂

In non-weight loss journey news.  I saw on this morning that Boyz II Men, NKOTB and 98 Degrees is touring together this summer.  I actually want to go; more for Boyz II Men and NKOTB.  Boyz II Men was the very first concert I ever went to; they toured with Tevin Campbell and Babyface.  If you don’t remember, Tevin Campbell had a bunch of ballads that were hits.  I was looking forward to them, and then his portion of the show sucked because he tried to make them all more upbead/hip hop and it didn’t work.  But I loved Babyface and BIIM.  What do you think the chances of convincing J to go with me are?  Yeah, I’m thinking slim to none too.

On the running front, I’ve been pretty consistent with going out on Tuesday and Thursday’s. I still haven’t managed to be consistent with a long run on the weekends.  My co-worker and I didn’t make it out yesterday during lunch so I went after Weight Watchers.  I got to break in my pretty new running pants that J got me for Christmas as the temps dropped a bit.  I found I was fine with those and a t-shirt but my hands got too cold.  My hands are very cold sensitive thanks to the MS and the constant “wind” on them was a bit much.  So I only did two loops instead of a hoped for third.  And it looks like I’ll be adding some gloves to my cooler weather gear.  If you see someone running in pants, a t-shirt and gloves, it’s just me.  Feel free to laugh at how silly I look

Take what you can use and let the rest go by.

January 22, 2013

– Ken Kesey

This one is very fitting for me right now.  The last few weeks I’ve been batteling hunger which is resulted in me eating a lot of food.  Some of my choices were healthy and some, well, some definitely weren’t.  But it is very frustrating when one eats and almost immediately after one is hungry again.  I’m starting to feel normal again so this week my focus is to get back on track.

In other news, I had an awesome long weekend! Some of my invisible friends were in town and I got to meet Jimmie in person!  If you haven’t read her stuff, go do so; I’ll wait 🙂  I think one of my favorite posts of hers is choosing her football team.  That or her story about the new puppy.  I do know that Jimmie participated in the November writing month thing and I hope she actually decides to publish something.  Because her writing is awesome. 

I got myself sidetracked.  I got to meet her for the first time and she is the cutest thing (I’d say little, but she’s taller than me!).  And she has the most adorable Southern accent.  As she put it, I met a new BFF I didn’t know I had or needed 🙂  Vonnie (the same woman who is an inspiration if only for her dedication to getting up in the middle of the night to work out) was also in town and so was Laricha; another invisible friend who I had the pleasure of meeting in person for the first time in August.  All three were staying at Nurse Bananahammock’s place which is thankfully only about an hour away.  Their time here was too short and, although nothing is yet planned, I’m counting down to when I get to see them all again.

A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn’t will find an excuse

January 14, 2013

– Stephan Dolley Jr.

After yesterday’s training run, this is incredibly fitting.  I finally managed to do a six mile training run; something I’ve been planning on doing for a few weeks now.  And for various reasons, some of them excuses, it hasn’t happened.  I wanted to go Saturday, but my feet were really sore on Friday and still a bit sore on Saturday.  So I waited, and went yesterday instead.  At the end of my run, when my feet hurt and my back was a bit sore (I really need to start doing sit ups and more core work) I was doubting my ability to do the half marathon. I was even wondering if I could cancel.  But you know what?  I want that bling.  I want the crown shaped medal.  So I’ll find a way to earn it.  Even if it means I have to alternate miles; and by that I mean do interval runs for a mile, walk for a mile.  Some how, some way I’ll find a way to finish that run.  No excuses.

Those who believe they can do something are probably right

January 8, 2013

– & so are those who believe they can’t.

– Unknown

What do you believe you can do? I believe I can achieve my goals, I can do what I have set out to do. I believe I will complete the Disney Princess Half Marathon in an upright position 🙂  And I believe I can lead a healthier lifestyle.

Pain is temporary.

January 4, 2013

It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place.  If I quit, however, it lasts forever.

– Lance Armstrong

I know he’s no longer considered the “golden boy” by many.  But despite what he did or did not do (honestly, I’m very eh about that whole thing), what he said is true.  Yes my legs may hurt from doing lunges or squats and the simple act of sitting down leaves me whimpering.  Yes my arms may hurt and I keep forgetting to not do this, or that and let them rest.  But if I didn’t have that pain, it would mean I’m not doing something good for my body.  And it would mean I’m not doing what I can to counter the MS and make sureI stay as mobile as possible if that’s a situation I face in the future. 

With that being said, remind me of this when I have to face a long run this weekend and I don’t want to because my feet still hurt from the blisters I have developing after the last couple of runs.  Don’t worry, I’m going to do it.  I already plan on making a trip to get moleskin, or whatever it is that is needed for blisters.  And new shoes are in the plan for the weekend.

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