Thursday, August 22, 2013
A friend recently told me she was surprised at how risk-averse I am and it really struck a chord with me. I don't think of myself as afraid of taking risks -- I went to college thousands of miles away without even visiting the campus first; I quit my job and moved from San Francisco to Atlanta to see what else I might want to do; I quit another job and started working for no pay in a new industry to get the experience I needed.
But when it comes to truly committing myself 100 percent to achieving my deepest, most important goals, it turns out I actually am pretty damn afraid to put myself out there.
This makes me sad.
I think it's time to try a new tactic, and to get me in the mood, I'm putting together a nice long list of quotes about risk. Hopefully they'll inspire us all.
Come to the edge.
We can't. We're afraid.
Come to the edge.
We can't. We'll fall!
Come to the edge.
And they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.
~ Guillaume Apollinaire
Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.
~ Ray Bradbury
We fail more often by timidity than by over-daring.
~ David Grayson
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
~ Helen Keller
The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~ Mark Twain
What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
~ Robert H. Schuller
Of all the people I have ever known, those who have pursued their dreams and failed have lived a much more fulfilling life than those who have put their dreams on a shelf for fear of failure.
~ Author Unknown
The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
~ Robert F. Kennedy
A man would do nothing, if he waited until he could do it so well that no one would find fault with what he has done.
~ Cardinal Newman
Progress always involves risk; you can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.
~ Frederick Wilcox
Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?
~ Jimmy Johnson
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
~ T.S. Eliot
To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.
~ Soren Kierkegaard
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
~ Pablo Picasso
Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?
~ Frank Scully
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.
~ Author Unknown
If you don't take risks, you'll have a wasted soul.
~ Drew Barrymore
It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves.
~ André Gide
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little coarse, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
~ André Gide
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.
~ Leo F. Buscaglia
Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.
~ Katherine Mansfield
Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.
~ Andre Malraux
Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don't. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.
~ Philip Andrew Adams
The two important things I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavour is taking the first step, making the first decision.
~ Robyn Davidson
Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks. Perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned; perhaps she won't suffer the way people do when they have a dream to follow. But when the person looks back -- she will hear her heart.
~ Paulo Coelho
Prudence keeps life safe, but does not often make it happy.
~ Samuel Johnson
If I'm not free to fail, I'm not free to take risks and everything in life that's worth doing involves a willingness to take a risk.
~ Madeleine L'Engle
Wherever there is danger, there lurks opportunity; wherever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable.
~ Earl Nightingale
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Sorry for my absence the last few days. School days are usually looooong for me, and by the time I get home, I just want to go to bed. I actually turned my computer off on Wed. AM and only turned it back on today. Nice to take a break from technology, actually.
So, finally time for a proper check-in with my peeps!
I've been working with a therapist who has suggested I consider "Intuitive Eating." So, the general idea is learning to trust your biological body to cue you about when, what, and how much to eat. Obviously so much easier said than done, but ultimately, isn't that the end goal for all of us?
It's probably not something I'm ready to embrace yet, but I have started listening to the book of the same title (by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch) in the car on my rides to and from school. It's been eye opening, and a lot of it makes major sense.
Study after study has shown that dieting leads to more weight gain, and the book delves into the psychological AND BIOLOGICAL reasons for this. I'm pretty sure every single person who has been on more than one diet will recognize themselves in the examples they give. I'd definitely recommend checking it out, even if you're not sure it's something you're ready for (like me). They also have a webpage:
So, I'm officially on Spring Break as of today! Was going to go to the second day of an academic conference today, but decided to skip it. Of course, then one of my classmates tells me the first session was super relevant to my final paper topic - isn't that always the way? I'm fairly sure I can get a copy of the video they took, so it's not the end of the world, but it's still disappointing. But school is a 50 mile drive each way, and I've been up and back three times already this week. Yesterday was a full 12 hour day, so I'm glad to just be at home today.
Though I'd like to just sit back and relax this week, I backed myself into a corner last semester when I left everything until the last minute, and I've vowed not to do it again, so I am definitely going to work on my final paper over the break. I have about 30 library books that could be relevant, and am not 100% sure of my exact topic / thesis. I'm actually looking forward to it, but feeling a little overwhelmed about where to begin. As I think I've said before, school is pretty much the best thing in my life right now, so it's not really a chore.
I guess not much else to report. I'm please with the ~1 lb./week loss I've seen the last few weeks, and am feeling fairly confident that I will be able to hit my challenge goal of losing 17 pounds. I'll have to "make up" a couple somewhere since I gained the first week, but I think it can happen.
PS - Just for fun, and because I love Roald Dahl:
Monday, February 25, 2013
For Week 2 of the Springing Into Action challenge, we are supposed to create a workout game. Most of the examples were based on TV shows, but since I don't have a television I've created a game around my daily activities instead.
CRABADA'S NON-TV WORKOUT GAME
Snooze button - Once I'm up and out of bed, do 5 crunches for each time I hit the snooze button.
Teeth brushing - Do calf raises the entire time I brush my teeth, AM and PM.
Huck's business - Walk around the block every time Huck needs to go out (rather than just taking him out to do his business and going right back in).
Spark People Comments - Do 5 reps of some kind of arm exercise, with weights, for every comment I receive on my SP page (including my home page, blogs, and pictures). Repeat for the other arm.
Plank Points - I will do one second in plank pose for every Spark Point I earn. I can do this before bed or the following day, and it can be broken up into smaller increments.
Steps Round-Up - If I have less than 1,000 steps to go to reach 10,000 for the day, I will go outside and walk up and down the apartment walkway until I hit 10,000.
Oops! I Ate Too Much - If I go over my calorie range, I will take a step for every calorie I'm over. This will be at the end of the day, and even if I've already hit 10,000 steps for the day.
Jumping Into Bed - For every minute I am out of bed after 11 PM, I will do one jumping jack. This can be done the next day.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
I've been at a school conference most of the day today, where they fed us both lunch and dinner. The options weren't awful, but not exactly healthy either. I don't think I overdid it. Just impossible to track.
Generally feeling rather blue, though that's not new. I've been struggling a lot with feeling disconnected from myself, and it's getting me down. I'm also spending a lot of my time doing things that I have to do to pay the bills, etc., but I can't seem to find the time to also do the things I need to do to move my dreams forward.
The next week is again very hectic. They fired a girl at one of my jobs, so we're all having to pick up the slack. It was long overdue and I'm happy she's gone, but having to cover for her means I'll be working more than usual.
I also have a few meetings and a ton of school work to do, not to mention that I really do HAVE to find some time to work on my own company. I think about it all and my mind goes blank because I'm overwhelmed.
And, last but not least, I'm up almost two pounds since the 17th. Not good.
I don't want to beat myself up too badly, but SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE. I simply can't function like this.
Sorry to be a Debbie Downer. Thanks for "listening."
PS - Sunnies, sorry for the "old news," but I don't blog that often, so wanted to post this on my page too.
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