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The Puzzle of ME: My Magic Moment

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Yesterday, I posted a wonderful, yet vaguely mysterious status on the Friend Feed:

"Single best day of my career...ever. In 12 years. Not exaggerating."

Well, I think I've kept you all on pins and needles long enough! I suppose I'll explain now.

But first...I need to take you back to last November 2011. I had recently started working in my current position with a non-profit connected with Indiana University called The Kuali Foundation. www.kuali.org

Because our business is mostly virtual (we've got people scattered all over the country and the globe), we only get to see each other face to face twice per year. Our biggest face to face is called Kuali Days and it happens in the Fall.

The day before I left for Kuali Days, I was invited to attend an all-day conference at the IU Memorial Union that was hosted by the Office of Women's Affairs. The subject was "Re-Inventing Your Career Path". Honestly, I attended because my boss was speaking in a session and...to get free food and get out of the office for a day with pay.

The keynote speaker at this event was an amazing woman named Caroline Dowd-Higgins. This woman started her career as a professional opera singer and traveled the world. But, when that wasn't working out the way she planned, she faced a difficult career transition. Caroline is now an expert on career coaching, in particular completely re-inventing your career. After a stint at the IU Career Development Center, she now helps coach students in the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She has written a book called "This Is Not The Career I Ordered" and she hosts a radio show on CBS Radio called "Career Coach Caroline".

Here's a link. Isn't she pretty??? carolinedowdhiggins.com/

Why do I go on and on about Caroline? Simple...she has changed my life. After that conference, I went immediately into Kuali Days. I was brand new to this organization, as naive and shy as you could ever imagine, not knowing a thing about our software products, let alone about the organization in general. I didn't know anyone except the girl I shared an office with! It was really scary.

But...that week, something happened. I fell in love with my team and with my organization and with my job. It was the first time I ever thought (in 11 years of working!), "This is the one. This is my forever career."

When I got back, I was SO excited to tell Caroline all about it. I sent her a message on Facebook, not expecting any sort of reply. Shockingly (to me), she replied right away. She was thrilled for me and promised to be cheering me on and available if I ever needed her help. She was so warm...so approachable and so available to help me. We became fast friends.

And, a few weeks later when one of the ladies in our office left and I took on some of her work responsiblities, I approached Caroline about how to negotiate a raise in salary. This famous woman actually took time from her busy schedule and met me for coffee. We talked about raises, professional demeanor, tips for getting noticed in large meetings. It was a breath of fresh air for me and the first time I ever began to see myself as more than just a secretary. Since then, I have held Caroline in the highest esteem and frequently refer to her as my "career guru".

Fast forward to last month. I received an invitation from Caroline to attend the first annual Midwest Invent Your Future Conference for Women. Along with this invitation came a special request to attend a VIP Reception the evening before and meet all the conference organizers and speakers. Well, let's just say...if Caroline says, "Jump", I say, "How high, honey?" So I signed up.

I didn't know what to expect at all. To be quite frank, I thought it would be your typical "Yay...go women! Be happier at work and quit complaining about your job" kind of conference. You know what I'm talking about, ladies. A happy thoughts day, dedicated to getting as much free food as you can. Right?

Well....it was NOT that. And, you know, I should have KNOWN it wouldn't be that because Caroline was on the steering committee and had really talked this thing up. I should have trusted my guru, you know?

At this point, I begin to feel a bit choked up. Because I can't quite articulate everything that went down yesterday. Let me just start by saying...the speakers that were at this event were PHENOMENAL.

I'm including a link below with all their bios (seriously, if this interests you, totally get ALL these books!) But let me just give you a sampling of these ladies' achievements:

CHARLOTTE BEERS - was Undersecretary of State to Colin Powell. Was named "the most powerful woman in advertising" and has been on the cover of Fortune and Business Week.

SAM HORN - The Intrigue Expert. Has been on NPR, MSNBC and in the New York Times, Washington Post and Readers Digest

MARY LOVERDE - Work Life Balance Expert. Has been on Opray Winfrey 4 times, inducted into the National Speakers Hall of Fame and has several best selling books

BETSY MYERS (my new idol) - Former Director of the White House Office for Women during the Clinton Administration and COO of Barack Obama's presidential campaign. SHE WAS AMAAAAAAZING!!!!

Here's the official bio link: www.inventyourfuture.com/events/conf
erences/2012-midwest-iyf/midwest-keyno
tes-featured-speakers/


You know what the best part was? I would say there were only a couple hundred ladies at this event. That means that all of us got to interact, talk, ask questions and spend an entire day just being real with these remarkable women. Literally...sitting there and chatting with some of the most influential and powerful women on earth!

There were breakout sessions and every single one was fabulous. Great food. Lots of amazing networking. Not only that, but I discovered a newfound DEEP appreciation for my company and their openness to smart, intelligent women - that's not the norm in IT. And my own boss...well, she's just been so incredible in supporting me and modeling for me how to succeed as a professional woman.

But here is the best part...and the reason for my enigmatic status yesterday.

Somehow, somewhere in the middle of the day yesterday...something shifted in my mind. You see, I've always had my life segmented. There has been my home/family life, my work life, my church life, my health, etc. These things sort of overlapped...but never really melted together.

Yesterday...everything came together. Suddenly, all the amazing lessons I've been learning at church and all the discipline and hard work I've put into getting healthy translated directly into how I can do my job at work and, as a result, help to further our company brand. In addition, everything I learned about "business" yesterday was directly applicable to how I care for my family and how I use the gifts that God has given me. It's like there is this giant puzzle and pieces were missing. And, yesterday, they all linked together and formed into a beautiful, perfectly flowing image.

It's the ME Puzzle. And it's put together. And I feel indescribably complete.

Ask yourself this:

What would your life feel like if you truly understood how you were made and what your passions are AND you realized how to funnel that into your everyday job?

How would it be to work hard during the day for something you believe in and then come home and have it just be a continuation of your day...full of things you love?

I don't live in a dream world. I'm sure days will suck. I mean, we ARE talking about work here. LOL. But...the potential for this is off the charts.

I'm actually still working through it all mentally, but a friend of mine really summed it up best after I'd told him all about this. He said, "This is your magic moment, Leah."

It is. Magic. I can't think of a better word for it.

  
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JIVANA108 7/4/2012 9:44PM

    Leah...your blog was the magic i needed to hear:) Thank you so much for all the amazing links, resources and sharing your journey with us.
Keep posting you're inspiring.

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MARYJEANSL 6/30/2012 10:37AM

  You are very blessed!

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PASTORMAE5 6/23/2012 4:07PM

    Abundant life (John 10:10)

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JESSZZ123 6/23/2012 3:41PM

    Woo! It's always good to know who you are and where you stand. You're truly a remarkable woman, and you have so many great things coming. Good work!

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DEBK0923 6/23/2012 2:09AM

    great job

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CUDDLEY51 6/23/2012 1:18AM

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Every bit of your excitement is captured in this post.... watch out world, Leah is about to take you by storm!

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SLFGOLF 6/23/2012 1:04AM

    wow, what an inspiring thing to go through.

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MANILUS 6/23/2012 12:57AM

    Thank you so much for the links, the books look really good!

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GRANDMABABA 6/22/2012 11:41PM

    Enjoy every moment!

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REENIE131 6/22/2012 11:23PM

    Awesome! Congratulations! What a powerful feeling!

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VADAVICTORIA 6/22/2012 9:11PM

    inspiring and empowering and thought-provoking post...everything does happen for a reason!

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KJISHERE 6/22/2012 7:02PM

    Your blog inspires us all, thanks for sharing. emoticon

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SERENE_STAR 6/22/2012 2:12PM

    Good for you! I love days when suddenly everything makes sense...when, you finally realize that every move, every change, every step forward and even the steps backward were all preparing you for this moment. Some people realize the moment when it happens and can step up and seize it. Others wave at the moment as it passes them by. I'm glad you seized your moment.

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GROWNINOP 6/22/2012 1:25PM

  Good for you!

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DOODIE59 6/22/2012 1:01PM

    You will never know how important it was for me to come across your blog today:) Thank you so much, both for sharing and for showing the way. I am heading off to vacation with lots to think about.
Take care
Deirdre

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BBONET 6/22/2012 12:51PM

    Thanks for sharing such a great story!!

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LUCKYONE60 6/22/2012 12:04PM

    Wow, this is great. What a gift you've been given and accepted. Good for you and thanks for sharing.

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SWEETEYES0601 6/22/2012 10:57AM

    You have quite the gift for putting things in perspective for me. Thank you! I enjoy reading your blogs as often as I can.

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LIBRARYBELL1 6/22/2012 9:42AM

    Congratulations!!! Sounds like a great experience. I'm glad you took the initiative to reach out to Caroline and it led to that discovery.

I decided in January that I would start reaching out more to my women friends, particularly the older women in my theater group. They are beyond amazing and talented and I love hanging out with them. I was always afraid of bothering them, but decided that I needed to get over that fear and just let them know I was thinking about them, or feeling free to ask them questions. It's been wonderful. Closer relationships have been formed.

As always, thanks for sharing.



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CAROLZ1967 6/22/2012 9:39AM

    Very happy for you!

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THEIS58 6/22/2012 8:07AM

    Wonderful!

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REDSKINGIRL 6/22/2012 7:56AM

    Awesome!

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LOVELAUGHLIZ 6/22/2012 7:26AM

    congrats! :)

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1TRULYBLESSED 6/22/2012 7:20AM

    emoticon! Thanks for sharing the links -- the timing is perfect for me, as I prepare to re-enter the "real" workforce (have a job interview on Monday!). Sounds like just the kind of resource I need at this stage of my life!

emoticon on your successful and fulfilling career!! emoticon emoticon

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DEBK0923 6/21/2012 9:49PM

    great blog, liked it very much

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PCASEY7 6/21/2012 9:14PM

    Greeat blog, thanks.

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TARAH85 6/21/2012 7:10PM

    Sounds like such an amazing epiphany! Congrats!

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KAPELAKIN 6/21/2012 7:06PM

    Great blog, sounds like a wonderful experience!

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GALINAZ 6/21/2012 5:17PM

    I'm so happy for you, what a fantastic experience!

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NEWCHINELO 6/21/2012 4:19PM

    Great!

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/21/2012 2:32PM

  Hi, I liked what your shared.I'm going to think about it, and perhaps respond more later. emoticon

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TRACEYROCK 6/21/2012 1:37PM

    Congratulations! We all need that moment where it all comes together. I can't wait until mine!

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SAINTBETH 6/21/2012 11:29AM

    Glad you had a magic moment. Glad that it is coming together for you.

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TERRIJ7 6/21/2012 10:35AM

    Powerful, indeed, and something few of us get to experience!

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MOMMY445 6/21/2012 10:16AM

    that was amazing!

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STEADFASTNSEE 6/21/2012 10:15AM

  Sounds like some very empowering women--you included! HUGS

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TWEETIEBIRDIE 6/21/2012 9:56AM

    I am so happy for you! It sounds like you have a found a mentor who is taking you new places...with famous people!!! You are a connector!

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CBRINKLEY401 6/21/2012 9:53AM

    That's wonderful. I'm happy for you. Thanks for sharing the details of your wonderful day and the insight it brought you.

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PURL782 6/21/2012 9:04AM

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Next time you go to a conference, can I come in your back pocket?
It's so empowering just to read about it.

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Fitness Isn't Free

Monday, June 18, 2012

So, I've been on a "motivation" kick lately, I guess. This wasn't something that was planned...it just sort of happened. It seems like this would be a good time to move off of this topic of motivation and onto the next logical step, in my mind, of a complete health journey. Can you guess what that step is?

Consistency.

Look, you can be inspired by my words and they can even motivate you to get on your treadmill or go do your workout. That is INCREDIBLE to me...that something I say when I'm just talking about my own regular everyday stuff could actually move someone (or more than one person) to DO something. Believe me...I do fully grasp how amazing and powerful that is.

Still, that's one workout. What about the rest of your life? What if my motivating blogs suddenly stopped? Would you be able to carry yourself on and do it for YOU?

I came across this cartoon several years ago...WAY before SparkPeople. I have never been able to stop thinking about it. Yeah, it's funny. But, when you really think about it...it's not funny. It's spot on.



Have you seen Jamie Oliver's show, "Food Revolution"? This man opened my eyes wider than they've ever been opened to what I was doing to my body by feeding it junk and only moving to get from my house to my desk at work, where I'd sit all day long.

I have a lot of motivators on SparkPeople. And, yes, a couple of them really were instrumental in getting me going in this particular phase of my journey. I acknowledge that I wouldn't have done it and I wouldn't have stuck to it in the beginning if I wouldn't have had them on my mind the ENTIRE first month or so.

But, at some point, I had to "leave the nest" and figure out my own stuff. A trainer is great, but he can't be here with me every single day and he can't call or text me every time I'm supposed to do a workout. And he won't always be there to post an uber-inspiring blog, which will motivate me enough to keep going.

Simply put, it clicked in my brain that I have limited time on this earth and I was wasting it being unhealthy. And, well, I don't want to let unhealthy habits slowly (or quickly) kill me and leave that legacy for my children.

I wake up ridiculously early 6 days week (yes, even Saturday). I feed my soul with some quiet time in my Bible and with my God. I feed my body with a morning run or cross-training. I feed my stomach with a healthy breakfast.

I don't LIKE to wake up at 5:30am. It's HARD for me to get out of bed. I usually DON'T WANT to exercise.

But I don't NEED a partner to force me to do it. I don't HAVE TO have perfect conditions (sunny weather, etc). I DON'T MAKE EXCUSES. I just DO what I HAVE to DO. And I do it over and over and over and over again.

And...now you know my secret. It's yours now. What are you going to do with it?

"If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work." -Beryl Markham

  
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CHUM48 9/19/2012 10:32AM

    Awesome! Your writing is fantastic and straight to the point! Thanks for the motivation of motive yourself!

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SHOES17 7/3/2012 8:38AM

    definitely TRU DAT! emoticon

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CHRIS4338 6/25/2012 12:03PM

    Thank you for saying what needs to be said - it's not easy and somedays you would rather be doing something else. However, what you said about wasting your life being unhealthy really resonated. I don't know that my son can even remember me at a healthy weight. That is a darn shame and really just inexcusable. It's time to stop wasting time, stop making excuses and just get back to the business of living!

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MONKEY501 6/24/2012 6:41AM

    Fantastic advice. Thank you. Love the cartoon too, and so true emoticon

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JEANNINEMM68 6/23/2012 3:33PM

    You Go Girl!!!!

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MISSIGESWEIN 6/23/2012 3:16PM

    I love your words...I love your writing style, too! My English teacher would be proud. :) Thank you for posting.

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STAIRA1 6/23/2012 12:51PM

  TRU DAT!

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MARIJO150 6/23/2012 12:05AM

    Great blog. Sounds like you are making it work because you have cut out all the excuses. You are an inspiration to me! Thanks for the words.

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LEAHFELICITY 6/22/2012 9:59PM

    That comic really hits home. Wow. I might cut that out and put it on my wall.

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MORNINGWALKER 6/22/2012 12:46PM

    I have the same routine, up early for my bible time and then exercise......if I don't do it early I do not get it done!

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KATIEM929 6/22/2012 12:30PM

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Good things to think about. Thanks for sharing.

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ELLENSANGEL 6/22/2012 12:25PM

    Right on!

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CHEEKYKEEKY 6/22/2012 12:00PM

    But I don't NEED a partner to force me to do it. I don't HAVE TO have perfect conditions (sunny weather, etc). I DON'T MAKE EXCUSES. I just DO what I HAVE to DO. And I do it over and over and over and over again.

love it!

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4KWALK 6/22/2012 9:37AM

    Thank you.
I was quoting one of your lines to myself the other day when I didn't want to get out and walk. I remember reading on your blog "Just DO IT'
I used that one line to motivate myself to get out and DO IT.
Only my dogs heard me when I said it out loud but I recognized at that time that it was entirely up to me to DO IT.

You have motivated me by the words you posted and now I'm going to use those words as my own (hope you don't mind) and remember to JUST DO IT.

Wishing you the very best as you do it for yourself.

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THEIS58 6/22/2012 8:13AM

    Amen to that!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 6/22/2012 8:11AM

    I totally agree. No matter how much someone else motivates or inspires you to become healthy, YOU have to actually DO the work in order to accomplish it!
Consistency! Consistency! Consistency!

Thanks for sharing!

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MRE1956 6/22/2012 6:34AM

    Ya got that right!

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 6/22/2012 2:00AM

  AMEN!!!

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PMFISH 6/22/2012 1:59AM

    Right on Lady!!

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FITMEDEANNE 6/22/2012 12:31AM

  Thanks for sharing! This really was encouraging and reafirming of where I need to put my priorities. I will be printing out or emailing the cartoon to my Doctor. Thank you for speaking to my heart.



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SHOES17 6/21/2012 11:54PM

    I was so excited! This motivated to be where I should in the morning... emoticon

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    Thanks for inspiring those of us who need a little pick me up every once in a while emoticon

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AATKIN01 6/21/2012 10:26PM

    your blog is spot on. at the end of the day you can only do it for you and you have to be able to do it on your own. way to go!

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    Great post!!! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 6/21/2012 10:08PM

  Your cartoon is "SPOT-ON"!!! We are here for such a short time...........we HAVE TO take care of the only body we will ever have. emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon for a great blog!!

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KRYS210 6/21/2012 5:13PM

    You have a good plan and have put it into practice! Good for you!

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    Yeah, that's exactly it! emoticon

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PRSPLACE 6/21/2012 2:51PM

    thanks so much for sharing!!! i too have had those thoughts about exercise and it is the consistant thought of getting healthy and reaching my goals that keeps me getting up in the morning and exercising when i don't feel like it or don't want to... emoticon

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LUCINDARW 6/21/2012 2:31PM

    Thank you for the blog a much needed reminder what works.

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TRISHMO1 6/21/2012 2:23PM

  Thanks for that

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LYNETTEMOM 6/21/2012 1:34PM

    you are very inspiring--- tks for this

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BLESSED2BEME 6/21/2012 12:58PM

    Very wise!

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  So true - thanks! emoticon

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  Thanks for the encouraging words! emoticon

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JEBARBAREE 6/21/2012 12:07PM

    Thank you so much for sharing! So many people ask what my secret is. I reply, "there is no secret." I find some way to exercise regardless of weather, emotions, mental attitude, etc. My motto - NO EXCUSES!

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    emoticon spot on!

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 6/21/2012 11:28AM

    emoticon Well said and so right!

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ASTASOLEY 6/21/2012 10:51AM

  A motivating blog from someone in a similar postion as myself can do a lot for me! :) I also decided to be totally honest with my trainer an d I have gotten so many inspiratinoal - upbeat emails from him and also in the gym he picks me up if I am having a difficult day!
I΄ve got thousands of pics to motivate me :) But as you say everyone needs to motivate themselves .. in every way possible :)

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MILPAM3 6/21/2012 10:29AM

  There is peace in your blog, yet a powerful underlying determination. Keep moving on and moving the rest of us with your words.

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TONYVAND1 6/21/2012 10:25AM

  emoticon emoticonBlog You are right that is the secret Do it over and over and over again.

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    Cool Cartoon!
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MOMMY445 6/21/2012 10:14AM

    thanks for the cartoon and the blog! have a terrific day!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 6/21/2012 10:13AM

    Thanks for the cartoon and blog :)

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JANIED10 6/21/2012 10:07AM

    you are so right. Other people can help you along the way but at some point you are the only one that can make it happen.

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    That cartoon hits one right between the eyes.

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Evidence of Changes Made

Sunday, June 17, 2012

So, wait...something weird is happening. This weekend, we had very old friends (from back before we even had kids) come visit us from Iowa. We were pretty excited to see them and spend time with them. Things were going very well the first night. But things took a strange turn yesterday. And, without going into too much detail, this visit did not end well. To be quite honest, it was sort of an emotional upheaval for me. A pretty awful time. Put it this way...when you think to yourself, "I wish they would just go home", you know some serious stuff has gone down.

They finally drove off and our entire household released their collective breath and peace returned. Of course, sadness remained. It's no exaggeration to say that I'm mourning the loss of an old and dear friendship this afternoon. I hate that this happened, but I've determined not to internalize it and take someone else's dysfunction and make it my own. I've done far too much of it in my life and I'm just done with it.

My good friend, MOM2IAN, has been my texting lifeline this weekend as all of this has gone down. At one point, I said to her, "I don't feel like I should have to apologize but I'm sure I will because that's what nice little Leah always does." She responded, "No...that nice little Leah was 25 pounds ago. New Leah doesn't take any sh&t and she doesn't give false apologies just to please other people and make them feel more comfortable!" (Or something along those lines...probably not those EXACT words...haha).

You know what else New Leah did today that surprises me? New Leah DID cave in and have an ice cream cone...for the sole purpose of comfort. But, it was a small, normal-sized cone that was within the daily calorie limits. New Leah has an insatiable desire to unwind by cleaning the kitchen and then making a delicious, well-rounded, healthy meal for her family, using fresh herbs from the garden.

Who ARE you, New Leah? The Old Leah would sulk, pout, cry, and probably lay around in bed all day. The Old Leah would take the entire weekend onto herself and blame herself for things she didn't do and hold onto that horrible, icky, angry, bitter feeling for years. The New Leah is already letting it slide off of her...because she knows she did nothing wrong. And bitterness will kill the soul and, eventually, the body. New Leah is blogging out her frustrations and then letting them drop.

You know what else? New Leah has really hot legs. She just noticed that this morning after her shower. Perhaps 20 lbs of the 25 lbs lost must have come from her calves alone. LOL.

New Leah realizes that she has SO MANY WONDERFUL and AMAZING friends...and she feels sorry for a person that pushes away one of their only friends in the world instead of asking for help.

New Leah loves herself. And she's determined to make this a great week...and she's praying her dear Spark Lovelies have a great one as well!

  
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JOANNHUNT 2/14/2013 11:11AM

    I know this is an old BLOG but LADY YOU ROCK ON. You did nothing wrong your company needs to look in the mirror and judge themselves. SORRY emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHUM48 9/17/2012 12:19PM

    It is truly amazing how when we lose weight, we seem to lose our own bad attitudes and realize how great we are. It amazes me how being fat covers us in not only unhealthy physical living as well as unhealthy mental living. Great victory for you in discovering what a wonderful person you are!

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SPSPSP1 8/31/2012 3:01PM

    So happy for you, but one thing does stick out and it's that you used ice cream as a way of comforting yourself. The justification was that it was "a small cone". I'm all for eating ice cream, but like you I have used food as a way of comforting myself and I know that it's a slippery slope. Still, you have clearly made tremendous strides and it is very inspiring.

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SHARIPAM 7/24/2012 1:52PM

  Life continues, and sometimes friendships don't. New Leah took it all in stride, and I hope she is proud of how far she has come! Kudos, Leah!

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MISSLISA1973 7/15/2012 2:19PM

    Great blog to go with your great legs. I am sorry about the lost friendship, and am proud of you for finding the new you!

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GINIEMIE 7/6/2012 2:15PM

    Good job Leah, and congratulations on the weight loss and the stronger more positive self-image.
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1STICKBLUES 7/5/2012 4:32PM

    I like this New Leah! Didn't meet the old one, but the confidence is contagious! I found myself reading this and nodding, "That's right, no apologies needed!" Good for you, and remember no matter how bittersweet the changes are, it's just growing pains as you grow down to the new you!

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MARYM1962 7/3/2012 10:46AM

  good for you! Do not blame yourself for anyone else's problems - if your friendship has ended because you bettered yourself, then it was not worth saving!

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JWOURMS 7/3/2012 7:13AM

    Change is never easy is it. But sometimes it can just about be worth it. I'm struggling with that one right now. My best friend and I in the midst of a trememdous upheaval that may be irrepairable. But despite the loss there is hope too. Thanks for sharing.

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    Great blog. Thank you. emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 6/25/2012 2:48PM

    The New Leah sounds great. She is a person that has it all together. Enjoy the new you

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KATIE0701 6/25/2012 4:09AM

  New Leah, sounds to me like you've come a long way. I didn't know you as "old Leah" but really that doesn't even sound good. LOLOL

I'm a newbie in spark world! I haven't commented on anything except this blog. I guess it me of "old me" whose still "old me"! :( I'm working on lots of parts of me at the moment so for now, I would like to congratulate you and all other spark people who are changing their lives. I will get there, I'm just taking babysteps.

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DEADEND-DREAMER 6/24/2012 3:55PM

    I think many of us can identify with moving on which almost always involves some level of pain. Good for you Leah and thank you for sharing!
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4RASCALS 6/23/2012 3:37PM

    Way to go New Leah. You handled the situation great. S o o happy for you and the progress you've made. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 6/23/2012 7:28AM

    You did GREAT!! Pat yourself on the back for going forward and not backward!!

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BEACHGIRL328 6/22/2012 10:09PM

    Good for New Leah! I too have been making changes in my life and I am beginning to become less willing to be the peacekeeper for the sake of everyone else, I finally am getting the fact that I have to come first for my health and sanity!

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F8CONE8 6/21/2012 2:14PM

    I like New Leah and I have been where you are. I got a phone call from a "friend" that totally ripped my face off. The reason - I was going to have a fun weekend and she had to work" The upshot of this was I cried, raged and ate my way through the rest of the weekend. She came and apologized but our relationship was pretty much different. See, I never trusted her again.

Now that I'm really able to look back I can honestly say I was lucky to be rid of the poison relationship and sorry that it ended that way. I don't blame her or me anymore. What's the point? Over is over. Come to think of it that is how I feel about my ex-husband. LOL emoticon

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DB6864 6/21/2012 11:55AM

  Go Leah!!!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 6/21/2012 6:59AM

    Welcome home, New Leah! You are doing amazing things!!!!!!! emoticon

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QQUEENB 6/21/2012 5:22AM

  What an excellent way to view a decidedly horrible situation! Good for you!

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TRESA7 6/20/2012 10:06PM

    Hello, New Leah. I hope to become a New Theresa that's a lot like the New Leah, but I'm still in the foundation stage.

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IOWEIT2ME 6/20/2012 4:18PM

    Here's to new Leah! Congrats!!

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CAMAEL100 6/20/2012 2:56PM

    I like the new Leah!! I read somewhere that bitterness is like taking poison and expecting your opponent to die (not meaning your were in a battle, but you know what I mean)

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TRISHMO1 6/20/2012 2:27PM

  an ice cream cone should factor into your healthy lifestyle once in a while if you enjoy that sort of food, just keep within your daily calorie units, as you did congratulations. emoticon

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1DERLAND14 6/20/2012 11:49AM

    Way to go NEW LEAH!! :)

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    emoticon Way to go!! emoticon

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SQUIRRELLYONE 6/20/2012 9:18AM

    Good for you! It's really difficult to overcome those urges (the ones to apologise for others' mistakes AND the ones to eat because you're sad)

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CYNTSATIONAL 6/20/2012 9:06AM

    Congratulations! You deserve a HUGE GROUP HUG for so many reasons! AWESOME!

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EBONYSOL 6/20/2012 1:59AM

    I like it that you refer to yourself as the NEW LEAH. This new person has had a cognitive shift; you think and react differently to events in your life. Good for you! Just remember that old habits are hard to break. They have a habit of sneaking up on you. So enjoy your new self and when those old habits pop up, you can use your new skill sets to set yourself free.

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ROSEBB 6/19/2012 7:32PM

    I'm sure you will be glad you made the choice you did. It is good to know you can now get it "off your chest" in a productive manner. Good for you! emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/19/2012 6:08PM

    Way to go! Sounds like you did what was right for you and took care of you aat the same time!

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EMMIELANE 6/19/2012 5:24PM

    New Leah Rocks!! Way to go, girl!

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VALANZA1 6/19/2012 4:36PM

  TOTAL INSPIRATION....
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ANGELALYNN82 6/19/2012 3:53PM

    I once heard that people come into your life for a reason, season, or a lifetime. it is unfortunate when old friends are not who you expect them to be when you see them after a very long time. I have been in the same scenario. We all change. You are becoming the person you want to be. This is a very difficult step.

Way to go for not apologizing for something you didn't do. Too many times we take others' issues and turn them into our own guilt. I do it myself, way too often. Your friend was right on. Congrats to both of you.

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KMSIMMONS1 6/19/2012 3:46PM

  Once I wake up, I have my quiet time until I'm awake enough to trot out the door - works out quite well doesn't it?

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DEBK0923 6/19/2012 3:21PM

    great blog, good for you

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DROPPINGWEIGHT 6/19/2012 2:33PM

    It is nice when we can see the changes that we are making. Good for you!!1 The new Leah is fighting back.... keep up the good work! emoticon

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IRONBLOSSOM 6/19/2012 2:09PM

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Don't let other people emotionally hijack you! Exactly! I'm still working on this with my family, but I agree with MOM2IAN, you don't need to internalize the bad.

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WILDFLOWER521 6/19/2012 10:59AM

    Congrats on sticking with the new Leah and for your hard work paying off both mentally and in the form of hot legs.

As for your visiors this weekend, I'm sorry that you had to experience that. I don't know the details and I'm not claiming to know you but I'm glad that if it did have to happen that the experience is now over and can be chalked up to sh*t happens and then we move on.

I will definitely try to have a great week thank you.

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ANCLIFE 6/19/2012 10:51AM

    Good for you! I can so relate to the apology thing. It can smooth over the bumps in a relationship but it can really leave nasty feelings to put the other person ahead of yourself and then not have yourself come in at all.

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KARIN1972 6/19/2012 9:39AM

    Thank you for sharing this. It shed some light on my life - I too tend to let "drama" around me impact my actions, stress levels, and yes....eating habits! Hearing your story makes me realize that this is something that I need to tune into. Good for you for being in tune with "dramas" potential impact and preventing it from sabatoging your efforts!

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Rest!!! (excuse typos...stupid phone)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

This morning was my Long Slow Run. 4 miles today, as I'm attempting to slowly build my endurance up to 7 miles (which is the first official LSR of my half marathon training schedule, which starts the second week of July). In case some of you are really paying attention, yes...I switched out my training program for a different one that struck my fancy a bit more. I'm following a plan from the book, "Run Like A Mother". It's a 15-week plan with hill and interval training built in.

I've done 4 miles before, but today I was able to start up with a 6-minute walking warm-up and then run for 48 minutes straight (total distance of 3.5 of 3.5 miles). It was a wonderful run!!!

Then we took some visiting friends to a local artists' colony and walked around for about 2 hours in the 90° heat.

After some down time and a delicious healthy dinner, we're all going to take a walk on our trail.

I've always hated rest days...but, for the first time ever, my body is telling me that it is ready for a rest day. I absolutely can't wait to relax tomorrow. I've worked hard this week and a rest day has never sounded so great!

REMENBER TO REST!!!

  
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LANGHAM71 6/18/2012 8:43PM

    "rest" is key to recovery. But I am not thrill about resting either. It only takes 48 hours for the body to start getting out of shape.

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MFLYNN8 6/18/2012 1:15AM

    I need to stop resting so much!

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MOMMARUNNER77 6/17/2012 9:41PM

    rest is important... take time to rest, and enjoy it!!!

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MARATHONDAD 6/17/2012 9:02PM

    good for you rest is very important

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PRAYINGSUZIE 6/17/2012 4:28PM

    I hope you are enjoying your rest day

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GODIVADSG 6/17/2012 10:49AM

    Rest well and don't cheat! Your body needs to recover so you can work hard the coming week. way to go on 4 miles. Run happy girlfriend! emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/17/2012 8:10AM

    Proud of you.

I always look forward to my rest days - especially when my body tells me I need it.

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ON2VICTORY 6/17/2012 12:39AM

    Enjoy it, you earned it.


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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/16/2012 10:41PM

    I have difficulty with accepting that it's okay to take a rest day. Thank you for the reminder. :) You're absolutely right, it's so important to let your body recover. Congrats on your awesome run and finding the right training plan for you!

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LINDAK25 6/16/2012 10:04PM

    Kudos on all your hard work! Have a wonderful rest day.

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TAMMYINPA 6/16/2012 9:53PM

    Enjoy your rest day.

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CORYGIRL42 6/16/2012 9:22PM

    You are doing so awesome!! Keep it up!! I know you can do it girl!! Enjoy your rest day!!

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GOING-STRONG 6/16/2012 9:17PM

    You are making great progress and your routine sounds very balanced. Spark on!

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JEREMY723 6/16/2012 9:11PM

    Rest is important, so is not increasing to far to fast. 10% both total for week and for long run is often mentioned. More is often cited as leading to injuries.

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BOSS61 6/16/2012 9:07PM

    Good for you! My take on running: eww stinky yuck! In awe of people who learn to do it, and well. Have fun!

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AMEHHH87 6/16/2012 8:55PM

    emoticon Holy cow that's awesome!! You are such an inspiration!!!

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FORBANDE 6/16/2012 8:11PM

    You earned it!! :)

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MOM-MOM8 6/16/2012 7:47PM

    A rest day sounds great and you have worked hard and earned it. Enjoy your rest! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 6/16/2012 7:31PM

  Sounds like you had a Fantastic Day. You have a Great plan for sunday. Enjoy it very much. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. This is the WAY TO GO!!!

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DENNETJ 6/16/2012 7:20PM

    Sounds like a great day. Enjoy your rest tomorrow if your body is begging for it then by all means listen to it you have worked it hard today.

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WILDFLOWER521 6/16/2012 7:20PM

    Sounds like you've had a wondeful day.
You deserve it!!

Enjoy your trail walk.

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DIANNEMT 6/16/2012 7:08PM

    Yes--resting is good for you!!

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SWEDE_SU 6/16/2012 6:59PM

    rest is important too, and it is so easy to forget it in our enthusiasm (not to mention those of us with a little OCD involved...). thanks for taking us with you on your journey again!

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Top 10 Motivations for Working Out When I'm Not Feeling It

Friday, June 15, 2012

For the past two mornings, I've had training runs scheduled (yesterday, a 3.1 mile and this morning, a 2 mile).

For the past two mornings, my alarm has sounded and my body has gone into all-out war with my mind.

Some days, I'm thrilled to run. I can't WAIT to get up and get out there and hit that pavement.

Other days, I just can't even imagine moving a muscle or throwing off my cozy comforter to go outside in the brisk morning air and move my entire body for 30-60 minutes.

So...what makes me actually pull myself out of a mound of comfort and get started? What makes me keep going once I'm on the road? And what keeps me from saying, "To hell with this today!" when a run isn't going as smoothly as I'd like? In short, what motivates me to keep going?

I think you will agree that some cool pictures with motivational quotes on them aren't going to propel my lazy butt out of a cocoon of joy and into a 50-degree world of short breathing and muscle cramps.

The truth is, there's not one specific thing that motivates me. As with most areas of life, I have a myriad of resources to draw from that keep me going. These are in no particular order, but at some point in time, I have certainly drawn on every single one of these to fuel my workouts.

1. Inspirational Stories

This can be someone famous, like a sports legend or Olympic hero - my personal favorites are speed skater, Apolo Ohno, and swimmer, Michael Phelps. Doesn't have to be a sports figure, either. Have you SEEN Gwen Stefani's abs? Wow!

In addition, I draw inspiration from average joes like you and me and ON2VICTORY and ABSOLUTZER0 and WUBBY82 and GODIVADSG and MOM2IAN and FREEDOMSTAR and SANDIEGOJOHN. People that are REAL and that are friends on SparkPeople and that have worked hard to get results. Truth be told, I think about my SparkFriends FAR MORE than I think about Apolo Ohno when I'm struggling to get through a run.

2. Music

Sometimes, I am ready to give up. But then, that PERFECT song comes on that keeps moving me forward. Anything by Daft Punk tends to perk me up and keep me running, in particular the song, "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger". Some songs are just IMPOSSIBLE to walk to...like "Tik Tok" by Ke$ha. Never underestimate the power of music to pull you through those tough spots!

3. Endorphins

When I don't want to run, I think about all the other times I have had successful runs and how I felt afterwards. That feeling is indescribable and it really does last the entire day. This is addicting. And sometimes just the THOUGHT of it gets me moving.

4. Small Treats

Now, we know that we should never reward ourselves with food, right?!! Well, I say that's bull. This morning, this was the trick I used to get up and go (really!) I said to myself, "Self, if you go run a little teeny tiny itty bitty two miles, you can come back and have coffee with Cinnabon flavored creamer." Notice this was a SMALL treat!!! We're talking 45 calories people. NOT an entire 1,000 calorie Cinnabon!!! Other great low calorie "treats" are Banana Fudge Sundae Jello Pudding (60 calories) or just Jello-O (something like 15 calories). There are DELICIOUS and sweet things that you can bribe yourself with that won't even break 100 calories. Get a list...and maybe you can use it as motivation next time you're tempted to hit snooze.

5. Future Body

It sometimes helps me to visualize my future body (or the body I had in the past) in the midst of a hard workout. It reminds me that it will all be worth it and that this "pain" and effort is a temporary thing...that will pay off in something much greater.

6. Sex

Listen, we don't have to get raunchy here. But can we all just agree that this activity is a lot easier when you weigh less? And, in addition, you feel better about yourself so you are less shy about things and there are just more...flexible possibilities. Are you pickin' up what I'm putting down???

7. Pride

Sometimes I exercise just to prove to myself that I'm awesome. Plain and simple.

8. Kids

There are three sets of little tiny eyes in my house and they pick up on everything. They absolutely adore me and I am the queen of their universe. Will they see a Mom who is strong and consistent and hard working? Or will they see a Mom who chooses laziness and breaks promises that she makes to herself?

9. People I've Inspired

In short...YOU! If you are reading this blog, it's possible you've left me some sort of comment or note to tell me that I've inspireed you or given you hope in some way. You can never understand how much everyone in this community contributes to my health. Some mornings I literally do my runs JUST because I know people are waiting to hear about how things went today. Accountability, pure and simple. (THANK YOU, by the way. You guys are helping me to choose to LIVE! This is something I could never possibly repay. And I love you for it.)

10. Frustration/Stress

Look...I tend to find that when I'm upset or pissed off or frustrated, my runs are exponentially better. There's a lot of fuel in stress and anger...and I can't tell you how GOOD it feels to just know that all of that has been lifted when a run is finished.

So...there you have it. If I haven't provided enough reasons for you, well...I simply can't help you. At some point, we all have to find our sources of motivation. I hope that some of you can use a few of mine that I've outlined here.

I believe in every single one of us. Go out there now and take over the world, guys!

  
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WILSON1926 7/14/2012 6:21AM

    You are AWESOME.
Thanks for all the blogs that motivate me every day.
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EMILYDOODLE 6/24/2012 9:53PM

  great blog, very inspirational. i also needed this today, i overindulged in food yesterday, went to red lobster with family. overdid it!!!!

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OCEAN_BOBBER 6/22/2012 5:20PM

    I have really enjoyed getting to know you through your blogs. Thanks for these 10 reasons to work out when you don't feel like it. I will definitely be using some of these for my own list. Reasons 5-8 were particularly inspiring. I don't have kids, but I do have a lot of people watching. The thought of "what will they see" struck my heart deeply. I want them to see me; the determined, hard-working, beautiful woman I KNOW I am. I want my husband to be proud of me. I want to be proud of me. Thank you for reminding me of these things.

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STEFANIESHERE 6/22/2012 11:40AM

    Thanks so much! I loved all of these (and they are so true!)

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/22/2012 6:26AM

    I love your blog. I have all these excuses all lines up ready for whenever I might need them, and I then I read your posts and they just get knocked down like dominoes. I'm at work right now, but I'm going to take a break and do some quick exercise!

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BEE_GIRL1 6/21/2012 9:06PM

  Awesome blog! Just motivated me to go for the run I was avoiding by scanning Sparkpeople blogs haha.

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CHANGINGEMMY 6/21/2012 5:13PM

    Awesome blog!! Inspiring and motivating!!!

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JESSZZ123 6/21/2012 10:36AM

    All great ways! I'll have to start visualizing them.

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RIET69 6/21/2012 10:35AM

  Very inspiring. Thank you. I too Getting up and going to swim was a daily game for me. Will I , won't I ? Then I decided that it was not an option for me. No choice necessary. Alarm goes off, get up and get going. It has made it a lot easier for me.

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My favorite workout song is "Eye of the Tiger" and every time it plays, I feel a surge of motivation! If you remember "Rocky 3", you know they played that song about a million times. But, I never tire of it!

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CLHENDY1 6/20/2012 10:40AM

    Thanks for sharing! I can definitely relate to most of those motivations!!

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PEACHTEACH50 6/20/2012 8:28AM

    I needed this today! I sprained my ankle 2 weeks ago and I'm still using it as an excuse even though it is much better. I'm going to the YMCA and ride a bike! And maybe swim later!

Thanks!

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MRSTABER 6/20/2012 7:53AM

    Some of those are my motivations too! Great job!

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DITY1990 6/19/2012 5:57PM

  Thanks for sharing this, god knows I have my days as well :)

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LAURENBNJ 6/18/2012 1:01PM

    I think many of the same things motivate me, as well. Thanks for sharing!

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MYKIDSFAN 6/18/2012 12:02PM

    Great blog.... you are an inspiration. emoticon

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ELLENSANGEL 6/18/2012 9:09AM

    Awesome blog, thanks for sharing your motivation and journey.

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LRSILVER 6/18/2012 8:45AM

    Great inspirations. I find music move me too, when I am having trouble finishing a work-out.


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MARIASPARKLE 6/18/2012 4:20AM

    Great blog, thanks!
I love the reference to your comfy bed being a "coccoon of joy"... I hear you!

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MFLYNN8 6/18/2012 1:13AM

    Great job! I'm going to think of this when the sun rises too early! emoticon

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VESUVIOUS 6/18/2012 1:12AM

    Great blog. I have been missing my movitvation this last week. Maybe it's spending the night at your house!!! Sometimes you hafta do it just because.

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MOTHSY 6/18/2012 1:09AM

    Fantastic! You've given me somethings to aspire to. X

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SLFGOLF 6/18/2012 1:01AM

    What a great blog. I can learn from these motivators to keep me going. I've been trying to get in my walks in the morning before the heat of the day.

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NELLBELLA26 6/17/2012 11:58PM

    Great Motivators! Enjoyed Reading this. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TISTEN23 6/17/2012 11:53PM

    I LOVE all your blogs! That is great...I think I will keep this in mind when I just dont wanna do anything!! Thanks so much!!!

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CM_GARDNER78 6/17/2012 10:39PM

    This is awesome!! Thanks for sharing this....these are the kinds of things that I NEED in order to keep myself moving forward in the day to day...when I don't FEEL like it!!! :-) Thank you!!

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KEIPONY 6/17/2012 10:24PM

    thanks, love reading your blogs

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    Great Blog!! emoticon

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GUITARWOMAN 6/17/2012 8:06PM

    Thank you for some well-written inspiration!


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MELROSE13 6/17/2012 7:37PM

    This is the best blog yet...and I can relate to so many of those inspirations...the song one is so true, it has pulled me through many a workout and helped me add on minutes or miles...You are a great writer :)

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J2740LOU 6/17/2012 7:22PM

    Thank you for sharing such an inspirational and motivating blog. Yes, thinking of the motivation we give others, and we don't even realize the influence we have on others, is motivation.

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FALLNTENN 6/17/2012 7:17PM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. They gave me the boost I needed. emoticon

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ONEATATIME3 6/17/2012 5:45PM

  Thankyou!! Your motivation will work for me too! emoticon

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MYBLUEIRIS 6/17/2012 5:18PM

    I really liked the part about kids. I need to focus on mine more and really be the type of mommy that I've always wanted to be: fit, strong and motivated.

Thank you for this blog. Your blogs always make me feel a little better, a little stronger, a little more like I too can do it.

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PATTOMMC3 6/17/2012 5:16PM

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TAURUSGIRL3 6/17/2012 5:11PM

  Thanks for the reminders of why we do all of this! I like you list of motivators!


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NIKO27 6/17/2012 5:09PM

    Thanks for sharing

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BLOOMING52 6/17/2012 4:25PM

    Thank you!

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RDGISME 6/17/2012 4:18PM

    Visited your blog for the first time today and MAN am I impressed! You just shared a few really great ideas of what to say to myself when the alarm goes off! Been feeling crappy for a couple of days and now plan on getting to the gym in the a.m. I always feel terrific when I am done and thans for the reminder!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/17/2012 3:35PM

    Thanks for the fabulous reminders! And yes, you ARE an inspiration! Keep up the great work!

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PASTORMAE5 6/17/2012 3:23PM

    I simply like your blogs, you are honest, funny, and just plain real.

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HAPINANA 6/17/2012 2:43PM

    emoticon I needed this today... gotta do my cardio and didn't want to....but this was perfect timing... I LOVE this community and YOU!! emoticon

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CHANGING-TURTLE 6/17/2012 2:36PM

    great blog you inspire me thank you emoticon

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BRENNYREN 6/17/2012 2:09PM

    Well said! Thanks for sharing.

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DEB2653 6/17/2012 2:00PM

  Leaving the computer and going to the treadmill. Thanks for the encouragement. emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 6/17/2012 1:51PM

    great post

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 6/17/2012 1:29PM

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good motivation factors here and lol on the sex! Thank you for sharing with us. I, so hate to exercise..haven't found the one thing I really love yet, but I know it will come soon enough.

Hugs,

K

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IAMHERETOWIN 6/17/2012 12:41PM

    Great blog!

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