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A reminder that we all need reminders on a regular basis (from a SP article):

Consciously choose to eat well and exercise as often as you can. This isn’t something you do once or at the beginning of your diet. It is something you have to do multiple times each day, whenever you are thinking about eating or figuring out what to do with your time. It is a matter of trying to be mindful about what you are doing, instead of mindlessly reacting to your emotions, your circumstances, or your habits and natural predispositions. This can be as simple as taking a second to ask yourself, "Is this what I want to do?"

And another important reminder for myself ... when I look around at my fellow runners, cyclists, exercisers and start feeling down about my speed, reps lifted, or slightly cushiony bottom, this is the quote I have to remember (from, because that average American was me not so long ago:

When you feel like your fitness has a long way to go, stop comparing yourself with other cyclists. Go to the mall and compare yourself to the average American. You feel better now, right?

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Some favorite quotes from SparkPeople's motivation resources:

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still." -Chinese Proverb

"Always strive to add rungs to your ladder of life."

"I can feel the wind go by when I run. It feels good. It feels fast." -Evelyn Ashford

"Stop living life for what’s around the corner and start enjoying the walk down the street." -Grant L. Miller

"If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average."

"Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance, and, above all, confidence in ourselves." - Marie Curie

Member Since: 2/25/2008

Fitness Minutes: 9,437

My Goals:
Exercise dates - to keep me going!

4/20/2008 - Recycle Run 5K - 30:08
5/4/2008 - Arboretum Bud Break 5K - 33:04 (hilly course!)
6/28/2008 - Time to Fly 5K - 29:23
7/26/2008 - Heart of Summer 5K - done
9/13/2008 - Twin Cities Purple Ride (50 mile route) - done
9/28/2008 - Women Run the Cities - 30:05

My Program:
Cardio at least 4 days a week, strength training (usually Jari Love videos) at least 2 days a week, pilates or yoga at least 1 day a week.

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I have one wonderful preschool-aged child, a fabulous partner and a full-time job that I enjoy.

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