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Never giving up

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.

Progress keeps happening as long as I keep moving. To stand still is to stop, to not proceed, to be motionless. If I stay motionless, the world keeps moving and I may start to slip backward. I don't ever want to go in that direction again.

I like the signature I have gleaned from a book I read. " Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just NEVER give up! There are many times I have crawled, and I know there will be many times I will crawl again. However, I am NOT going to put up the white flag and surrender. I'm not going to be a captive ever again. I have come too far to just stand still and stop, or even sit down and wait.

No...a forward motion, no matter how slow, how tiny the steps are, WILL get me to that goal. It is like the races and runs that I do, as long as I keep going, I will get to that finish line, that mile marker. It may hurt, I may have to slow down, the hill might be too steep or I am too tired to run, but I can walk. If the trail becomes to cumbersome and I can't even walk, then I will pull myself along, I will crawl until I reach that finish.

I maybe able to walk again, or even run to the end, but that really doesn't matter, as long as I crawl, I am going ahead, I am going to finish. I will NOT give up!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BFITNHAPPY 10/2/2007 11:32AM

    Mary..wow, you have such a gift for writing..this was just what I needed to read. Congratulations on hitting 1000 miles for the year. Thanks for all of your encouragement..you have no idea how much it was just what I needed at just the right time. I will be remembering this entry on Sunday.

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ANNE7777 10/1/2007 9:47PM

    Mary--keep that attitude! Know I am following in your footsteps!
I am facing some new challenges and you and T and my other best SP friends are always in my mind's eye! XOXO--Peace--Anne

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TLB513 10/1/2007 12:50PM

    YAY! Thanks for sharing that Mary... And ya know what? I'm right there with you... moving forward, no matter the pace...but NEVER going back!

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WASATCH84032 9/30/2007 8:14PM

    That is awesome! Thanks for posting!


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FITLIKENIC 9/30/2007 8:13PM

    WooooooooHoooooooooo!! You go Girl!!

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Being a turtle isn't bad

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."
James Bryant Conant

I could use the parallel of the story of the tortoise and the hare to how I proceed along with weight loss. However I think this quote is more like sticking one's neck out to make progress. The turtle could hide away in his/her shell and just stay in one place. No movement, no having to lug that heavy shell at a "turtle" pace. It's only in the sticking the neck out, and then moving the feet does the turtle make headway.

I have been feeling a bit like the turtle in my shell. Keeping busy with the things in the day to day and yes, doing what I need to do. I've not posted on SP due to my 24/7 life. It's been a very hectic 2 weeks and there were some days I didn't log my food in, do the exercise that I usually do. Not planning my food ahead of time and going on the fly. I don't like that feeling. I like being organized, knowing what to do when it's time to do it.

So now I am sticking my neck out. I'm moving ahead again. I am challenging myself to again plan and then log my food every day this week. I've planned my exercise (running) for the week, even adding some ST to the program. I'm willing to try some new veggies (if I can find some I haven't tried) or fruit at the store on Monday.

I want to see more progress and after re-evaluating my goals I'm taking the steps to reach them.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BFITNHAPPY 9/28/2007 2:29PM

    love the picture and the entry about the turtle..how true about sticking your neck out. Thank you for stopping by my page..I am getting terrified about those last six miles in the marathon..hope I get over it soon. Good luck getting back on track..you can do it!

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A journey of 1,000 miles...

Monday, September 17, 2007

...starts with a single step.

How true. Just getting anyplace takes some type of movement. Setting a goal 1,000 miles away and actually arriving there is an achievement.

That is how I felt while out on my run yesterday. Somewhere up on the moor I passed that line, stepped beyond the marker and into another set of goals. I didn't change visually, but internally I knew I had stepped through some type of barrier and left behind a part of me, to become someone changed.

I have run this distance other years, but not kept track of it. This year I had set a goal and recorded it for my benefit. I wanted to see what I could achieve, what I was capable of. I know that if I was in fall marathon training I would have passed the mark before now, but that is not the case. I've attempted to keep my weekly totals in a range of 25-30 miles to just keep me moving. I want to now lean more towards the 30 miles. I have also added hill repeats to my weekly or at least every other week workouts. I'm attempting to keep my mind questioning my actions to see if I truly have the mindset of a runner.

There is so much I want to do, so many things I hope to achieve. I want to see improvements, challenges, goals met and then reset. This is done a step at a time and perhaps a journey at a time. This 1,000 mile mark is not an end, but a waypoint as I continue along my route. There are other places I am headed, other paths I will trod. I reflect only briefly, and then continue on.

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TLB513 9/18/2007 2:24PM

    You, my friend, are amazing! and there is not a doubt in my mind that this is just a waypoint in your continued journey! I wish you sunshine and happiness on the road ahead.

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Balloons and Blueberries

Monday, September 10, 2007

Nice day to get out and enjoy. Went for annual hunt for blueberris and was rewarded with a quart full. Nice just being out and about. The air is turning crisp and the feel of fall is about.
Just sitting here at the desk I was rewarded with another event; a hot air balloon just drifted by and i scrambled to capture it with a picture.
Sometimes you just have to seize the opportunity when it happens. You never know when and more importantly IF it will pass your way again.
Enjoy, savour and hold tight to those things that are important!


3 goals for September

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

I want to see progress this month so here's my goals:

1. do something outdoors every day
2. Add to Running scrapbook to bring it up to Cardif Half
3. Finish counted cross stitch project.

I didn't put a specific weight loss goal as that gets me disappointed when I don't see it happening. So it's making wise choices. It's not just popping something in my mouth with out thinking about it. Results will happen. Going to see GP for bloodwork again and open to what the test say.


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