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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

What 3 things could I possiby like about me? That would have really been hard for me not too long ago. I have learned to like myself alot better.

It easier to find all those things I don't like but for this week, I'll focus on three things each day that I do like!!

1. my hair...the color is great and it is a very flattering style for me.
2. my legs, they are strong and the muslces are more defined because of my running.
3. my complexion...with all the water I drink it has a great glow about it. Nice and fresh looking.

Not bad for starters!

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ANNE7777 7/19/2007 1:46PM

    15 good things I like about Mary

1. Inspirational!
2. Funny
3. Dedicated
4. Leader
5. great wife & mum
6. English road runner
7. supportive to all
8. cute
9. Fabulous writer
10. Runner's runner
11. althlete's athlete!
12. photographer
13. healthful
14. careful
15. Nice hair, legs & complexion

Not bad for starters! hee hee hee Peace--Anne

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BAYCORNER 7/18/2007 8:04PM

    You silly girl. I look at your webpage and see all sorts of thing you should like about yourself. I bet you have made it a habit to beat yourself up. Well, this is one of your camp mates here to tell you to quit that and finish up the 3 good things aobut yourself all week and be wild and wacky! Hugges and blessings and sparklove.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

Now THAT is something to really think about. What is it that I repeatedly do? Does it speak of excellence? or does it speak of just doing?
What am I aming for? Am I aiming for excellence, or just getting by, of getting whatever I need to done, done?

I know that I am far far from a perfectionist, however, I will sometimes fall into the mind set of all or nothing. (see previous post). So here is where the self examination comes out again. What if, I repeatedly aim for excellence in what I do, it will become a habit says Aristotle. It won't be that once in awhile sought after thing, it will be a regular occurance.

So for today, there will be excellence. Because today is all I have.


All or nothing

Saturday, July 14, 2007

It's another wet, windy morning. Supposed to be summer, but I think it looks more like March or April. I can see the clouds moving quickly past and they look low. I'm thinking...do I REALLY want to go out in that? Don't I want to stay inside instead? I could crawl back into bed, take a nice nap and just do a by on the run.

See, that's my all or nothing attitude. I planned to run 10 miles for my long run. Looking out at the skies I am making up all kinds of excuses of why 10 miles is NOT a good number on a wet, rainy, wind blown day like today. The list of why not to run is getting to about my elbow, when my husband's voice nudges me out of my self indulgent attitude. He simply says, "why don't you just run less miles?" Geezeee...that is such a simple thought. Why didn't I think of that.

Because, I was in do the 10 or nothing mind set. I was focusing on all or not at all! Now what would be my reason to not get out there!? Nothing. I agreed with him, saw the wisdom in it and put aside mental elbow long list, and laced up.

I'm really glad that I did get out there. The rain had stopped, the wind was still brisk, but felt good, and the run went well. Along my route I came upon 2 other women who I had spoken with about a year ago out on another run. We were going in opposite directions but we stopped to talk. They had been in the Preston 10K on Sunday and remembered me from that and our previous run/talk. It was great learning that they both had run the London UK Marathon in April, were now both club members/committee members and were planning more races. It was like talking with old school mates after years of not seeing them. We were all running the same loop this morning and would pass again later on but we said we would just keep on running as to keep our momentum going.

If I had crawled back to sleep this morning I would have missed a wonderful chance encounter with two other running women. If I had kept that all 10 miles or no miles attitude I would have missed out on the 600 calorie expenditure, the feel good buzz feeling I still have hours after finishing and all that I saw and mentally captured while out on the road.

I'm glad I got out there and ran today.. I just feel better for it.


"It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are."

Thursday, July 12, 2007

e.e. cummings had it right. How easy it is to not become who we really can be. I could be what some one else wants me to be. I could be something that I end up being because I am afraid to be what I really want to be.

I think both of those have happened to me in the past. Not letting the true me show and just evolve into what I thought someone else would be happy me being.
Also, just the fear girpping hold of "what if" and just remaining as is..and not letting the whatever I can be emerge.

Today I am who I really am. I have grown up, I've become the person I am meant to be.. but I am not finshed, the process is still going on. Each day I become more and more what I am supposed to be. There is always something to go through, something to deal with. I don't know how I will deal with something until it has happened.
And so the I go on and on...becoming

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BARBCHAN 7/12/2007 8:00PM

    Truer words have not been spoken! Good for you!

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strong and active

Thursday, July 12, 2007

That is what I have become....I AM A STRONG AND ACTIVE WOMAN!
WOW...just saying that brings strength and a real sense of postiveness.
It wasn't all ways like that...nope...I had lots of other words to discribe myself and those two weren't in the list.

So what has changed? Me... and how I see me has changed. I have grabed life and now am squeezing it like an orange...getting every drop out of it and then even eating the white stuff on the inside of the peel. Not letting anything go to waste. Using one of those little contraptions that peel the rind to use the zest for added flavour. And then when nothing is left but the scraps....I'm thinking what I could do with those? Hmmm..a smoothie maybe??

That is all a medifor for life itself...to look around, see what can be done and then giving everything to do it. Not leaving something undone. If there is something left....go and re-examine the activity and get even more out of it. Then I can look and what I have accieved and say.. "I HAVE given it my all!"


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