Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden, Hall of Fame college basketball coach
Believing In Yourself
Limitations can either define us or give us a challenge to outwit. When you look at your abilities, do you see boundaries and limits, or do you see possibilities and potential? Obsessing about weaknesses can blind us to the untapped abilities we already have. You have talent. Everyone does. The secret to success is to find that talent, develop it and push it as far as you can. Grandma Moses might have been a lousy bowler, Einstein probably couldn't sing a lick, Michelangelo could've been unable to speak well in public. So what? They knew what they were good at and rode that pony. Your talent might be right in front of you: where do you get the most compliments? What seems to come easily to you? What do people ask your advice for? Live there. Don't let the rest get in the way.
Finding out what you're capable of is one of the most important lessons of this journey. Learning it isn't always easy but essential to success. Finding the power within and removing all self-built barriers gives us the power to win the battle.
Today, I got my spin class in all 60 minutes, I kept the resistance lower than normal and did what I could without feeling any pain. In the end I got the workout in. I did skip the leg workout with squats and leg presses etc. in order to minimize the added stress on my leg. Also did my softball game today. Unfortunately, I got hit on that knee with a pitch...not pretty!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I can't believe that I took the day off from spinning class, but I did this morning. Knowing that I have games every day this week, and how difficult it was yesterday to do my game after trying to do spin class, I listened to my husband, and body and didn't go to the gym this morning. Now, let me qualify that by saying that I wasn't scheduled for a lifting session today, so it was easier for me to not go. However, I will be going in because it's a lifting day, and I'll give spin a try, but I'll wear my knee brace. I feel as if 'm being a big baby and just making excuses, but I'm 54 years old, and it seems that it's either/or for me when it comes to umpiring and spinning. I'm able to do what I have to do(that's manage the pain of the knee)when I'm not doing any umpiring. But when umpiring starts, I have no days off because I work HS games during the week and then do ASA/NSA games on the weekends(2, 3, or 4 a day). This week, unless we get rain, I'm scheduled every day then I have 4 games on Saturday(one HS game then 3 NSA games) and one on Sunday. My knee has been surgically repaired twice when I was in HS and there's a lot of stuff going on there. I don't let it interfere with my activities for the most part, but there are times that it gets too bad to continue, this is almost that time. So, I'l kee doing what I need to do in order to get my workouts and games in.
Pain is only temporary, I hope...
Monday, April 27, 2009
Pay attention when an old dog is barking.
- Old Proverb
Learn From Someone Who's Been There
You can learn a lot from someone who's been sniffing his/her way around the neighborhood for a while. "Experienced" individuals have unique skills and knowledge that come from years of experience. These talents are usually unappreciated and, in many cases, undiscovered. But others can make great teachers, ideal sounding boards, or valuable mentors. They can tell you where potential trouble spots are, how to score extra treats, and who's most likely to scratch you behind your ears. If you're a young pup still learning your way through the world (as we all are), you can use all the wisdom and street smarts you can get. Instead of baying at the moon, try keeping your ears open for older dogs.
After 3 years you would think I have it all figured out. That I would know when to back it down and what causes me to experience knee pain. And I suppose I do know these things, but I still continue to push the envelope when I should know better. Since softball has begun my knee is much worse, I've been struggling to get through spin class. I've been wearing a brace on the knee and that helped, so this morning I woke up and was pain free so decided to leave the brace off. Turned out to be a bad idea, I couldn't get through the class. That was on top of re-aggravating my shoulder that I hurt last week, after it had felt much better. Bottom line is that my body is telling me I need to back off a bit, and I'm not hearing. I can't imagine skipping the gym, but I have to lighten things up for a while until softball is over.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
The sun was shining and the temps where in the mid 80's! What a fabulous day it was. As the week has ended I reflect with great pride upon what I accomplished this week. I was struggling with my knee all week among other issues. But I didn't allow these aches/pains to interfere with my workout schedule and then I had a full compliment of days games with a night game thrown in to umpire. All told, it was a very good week.
The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
- William James, philosopher and psychologist
Living a Meaningful Life
Looking for meaning? Having trouble figuring out how to make a difference? The answer may be closer and simpler than you think. Ask yourself: If I were gone tomorrow, what will I be most proud of having left behind? The answer will be different for each of us, but it may tell you something about why you're here. Your answer can be as involved as a foundation you helped start, or as simple as a favorite picture that you took. Something will be here when you're gone. What would you like it to be? What one thing would tell the world what you were all about? Maybe it's your child. Maybe you're already working on something that could turn into one of your greatest accomplishments. If so, give it your all. The more of yourself that goes into it now, the more people will be able to see you later on.
A stale fitness program is like a stale pair of old shoes--you know how they'll feel and you once loved using them, but you just don't want to go near them anymore. We all need a little variety in our workouts. In fact, an excessively repetitive workout program is a major cause of fitness burnout.
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