Friday, August 10, 2012
Failure to win.
“But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for.” -Paulo Coelho
Everyone has moments of defeat. In every goal there is an opportunity to succeed or fail. Do you know what you're fighting for? Does it mean enough for you to fight for it, even though you might fail at times?
I have struggled with staying in the right mindset while pursuing my dreams. How you view your failures and moments of defeat can really alter the path you take afterwards. If you look at a setback as the end of a dream, then more dreams will die than those that come to fruition. However, if you can view a failure as a step that points you in a new direction, that still chases after your dream, then you will be successful.
Ask yourself this: Are you setting yourself up to fail? If you don't have a firm goal in mind, then it's hard to create a plan to reach that goal. And if you can't embrace the moments of defeat and learn from them, your dream will never be more than just a dream. There is victory in defeat, if you can stare it in the face and say, "I'm not giving up."
So today, I'm not giving up. I'll take a moment to grieve the set back, and then get right back to it.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
The good news is, she thinks I will be able to start slowly adding cardio back in next week. I just have to use my inhaler before exercising and take it easy until I'm fully recovered. The not so great news is that it will take at least 10 days of strong antibiotics to get me well again.
I choose to look at it from the perspective that it's not pneumonia, I'm not stuck in the hospital, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. All of that leaves me feeling blessed.
I can't wait to get back to my normal workouts. I've really missed them!
Thursday, August 09, 2012
I am so excited this morning! SparkPeople featured a post I wrote in July to encourage myself and anyone else who wasn't feeling it that day. And the response has been overwhelming. It reminded me of the absolute number 1 reason for why I love Sparkpeople so much. And it actually has nothing to do with recipes, trackers, and workout ideas. It has everything to do with the users!
Being surrounded by people who either cheer you on, or need to be cheered on is encouraging and motivating. We all have the same big picture goal in mind, and that is to be healthy. What that looks like to the individual may vary, but the end goal remains the same. I have been encouraged by several Spark members both directly and indirectly. And at times when I've encouraged someone else, it motivated me to follow through on my own advice.
Sparkpeople.com is a great website, and I love the tools and articles that are on here. But what makes Sparkpeople great, is you!
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
I'm so excited I can't stand it! Last night, while hubby and I were watching HGTV, we got very inspired to work on our kitchen and dining area. We are working on paying off debt, so we don't have thousands and thousands of dollars to pour into this project. What we do have is a small house budget that we can use to update it some. So now I am writing out what needs to be done, and when hubby gets home tonight we will work out a timeline for it. This house has great bones and tons of potential. It just needs a little TLC to make it really nice.
We are also planning on updating the master bath. We have huge plans for that bathroom in a few years. But in the meantime a coat of paint, a new toilet, and cheap but nice looking new floor will do for now. We've already updated the other 2 bathrooms in that manner. Later on we will add cabinets, counters and new floor to the laundry room.
Lots of projects to tackle (one at a time, of course) and new motivation to do it! It's easy to get frustrated and give up on updating the house. It takes so many little steps before you can see the final result. So I'm very happy that we found that spark again.
Watch this space over the next few months. I may add pics as things progress.
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