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I am proud to be a failure!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Did you know:

Albert Einstein was 4 years old before he could talk...

Ludwig von Beethoven's music teacher said he would be hopeless if he tried to write music...

Thomas Edison's teachers told him he was too stupid to learn anything when he was a young boy...

A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he lacked imagination and had no good ideas...

J K Rowling was homeless and destitute when she began writing the Harry Potter series...

Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade and barely made it through school...

Michael Jordan was cut from his High School basketball team...

Abraham Lincoln lost election after election before he was elected as president...

Bill Gates is a college dropout...

Steven Spielberg is a High School dropout...

Marilyn Monroe was fired by FOX because she was 'unattractive'...

Henry Ford's first two auto manufacturing companies failed...

If you have failed at something you are in great company! Remember making mistakes does not make you a weak or bad person. The worst flaw in character is letting your problems defeat you or keep you from trying again. Let your failures be your teachers. Learn from your mistakes and become one of history's great failures.

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THEWINNER33 3/25/2011 4:47PM

    Wonderful reminder. We cannot succeed if we don't try. Some trials are bound to be failures. This is how we learn.

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RWALTON730 3/25/2011 4:33PM

    Thanks for the reminder that those who fail are part of an outstanding group! I think I will share this one with my students next week when we return to school if you don't mind.


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WALLAHALLA 3/25/2011 12:17PM

    Great reminder!

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The Tale of the Girl Who Hated to Exercise, Part II

Thursday, March 10, 2011

One of my favorite books is The Hobbit by J. S. Tolkien. The main character Bilbo Baggins says something that has resonated with me and especially my journey to become a runner. He says, "Itís a dangerous business going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you donít keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to."

In my first blog entry I described how I had hit a plateau. Until then, I had a great deal of success losing weight just by changing my diet. At this point in my healthy lifestyle journey I HATED everything to do with exercise, especially running because of poor physical education teaching in my middle school years.

I equated exercise with torture, which is what my sadistic gym teachers did throughout my middle school years. They physically and mentally tortured me and other students, expecting us to run miles without prior physical training and ridiculing us viciously if we could not; making us do push ups, sit ups, flexed arm hangs, and climbing rope with no instruction on proper form and publicly shaming students who did not meet their expectations. I carried the idea that I was weak, fat, lazy, and lacking will power for years and years.

And then I decided to leave my ideas at home and follow Bilbo out the door and step onto the Road. Two things made me reconsider my idea of exercise equals torture philosophy: Biggest Loser and a group of women who wanted to start a walking club in my apartment complex.

You will probably laugh when I tell you this but watching The Biggest Loser really changed my mind about how hard it is to exercise. I know they start the season with dramatic scenes of really heavy people being pushed to the limits of their physical endurance and fortunately I did not start watching the show in the beginning of the season. The first episode I watched featured a track workout where the contestants had to run 400 yards with as much weight as they had lost added in a weighted chest vest and see how much just their physical fitness had improved. The man who won the challenge ran the slowest but he improved the most from day 1 to the time of the challenge. I had a light bulb moment. Aha! It's NOT about how I compare to others and their expectations! It's about how I compare to myself- Am I making progress...? I felt a profound sense of relief, I was only responsible for doing 'my best.' I did not have be perfect, I only had to make progress.

I have written a little more than I intended to for one sitting and have come to a convenient stopping point. Next time I'll write about the walking club...

Until then,

Keep on Keepin' on!

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CASJ57 3/10/2011 11:44AM

    Yes, comparing oneself to others is just an exercise (heh) in frustration, at least for me. Great lightbulb moment!


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The tale of the girl who hated exercise, especially running. Part I

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Once upon a time, in a kingdom far away...

No! No! No! That's the wrong story!!!

My story goes like this... not so long ago, in a place not far from here there was a girl who was stuck. She had worked very hard to lose 100 lbs and was very proud of her accomplishment but her doctor said she needed to lose 10 to 20 more pounds to be healthy. The girl loved fresh fruits and veggies, she ate them everyday! She ate lean protein and made sure her diet was very respectable and clean. She tried and tried for months to lose those last 10 pounds but they did not want to come off. The girl was loth to be hungry and cut back calories too much so she decided to go on a journey to find an answer to her quest.

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ALICERABBITS 3/8/2011 7:41PM

    I can totally relate to the not liking running. I don't because I twisted my knee, and if I go running, or even walking too much, it brings back the pain. Losing 100 pounds is a spectacular achievement.


You've come this far, I know you can go all the way!

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REDSHOES2011 3/3/2011 3:07PM

    Don't like running why run, bike or walk.. Gotta do this journey for life and exercise is a essential part- so make it something you like and your friend....

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Making bread the semi-old fashioned way...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Alright, this might sound gross to some of you but I bought a bread machine at Goodwill for less than $10 on Sunday. I cleaned it well and did a little research on how to use it (my machine did not come with instructions or a manual but I was able to find the necessary info on-line) and a couple of recipes. I tried making bread last night... boy, oh boy was it easy and cheap and GOOD!!! Holy crow! I've been missing the joys of fresh baked bread, the taste is just the beginning. My whole apartment smells awesome.

If you have not tried making your own bread, may I strongly suggest you try it out. When you make your own bread you control the ingredients. No artificial crap, no preservatives, nothing but quality ingredients for a fraction of the cost of a loaf you buy at the store.

It does take a few hours to mix and bake a loaf but if you do a little planning you can set the delay start function and have fresh baked bread for dinner when you get home or better yet awaken to the wonderful aroma of fresh baked bread and have a nice warm slice first thing in the morning. I can't think of a better way to start my day.

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OLSEN9310 1/25/2011 4:01PM

    I also love homemade bread - biggest bonus - none of those nasty preservatives or the sodium of store bought bread. My husband is the baker in our house, so even better for me! did you put your recipe in Sparkpeople recipes and figure out serving calories, etc??

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My body is not the "enemy."

Monday, January 24, 2011

I was reading through the backlog of emails I got this weekend and I was really struck by one line from a Sparkpeople email. It said "Your body is not an enemy to be beaten and starved into submission." How often do I treat my body like a hostile entity bent on overcoming my resolve? I'm ashamed admit I treat my poor body like an enemy all the time. I am constantly frustrated by it's limits and frailties, I push it harder than I would push any one else, and I am never satisfied by the good things it does. No wonder I feel tired all the time! I'm fighting a losing battle with myself.

How do I make peace with my own body? How can I change the way I think about myself? I think I'm going to draw a big red dot on my hand and every time I look at my hand and notice that big red dot I'm going to say to myself, "My body is not the 'enemy.' It does not deserved to be beaten and starved into submission. My body was formed with loving care by God and I am it's steward. I will take good care of it."

If anyone out there in Sparkpeople land has suggestions, I would love to hear how you have changed your thinking about your own body.

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LADYBUG0805 3/29/2011 3:39PM

    If anything I am my body's own enemy. Over the years I have not given my Body the respect it deserves. My Body has birthed 4 children all healthy and strong. It has carried me through a wonderful 56 years. it droops a little and sags a little, and if I keep it strong and healthy I hope, exercise and healthy food, it will carry me another 50!
Keep up the good work!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/24/2011 12:25PM

    So true. We should love and pamper our bodies particularly since it is the only one we get, no exchanges no returns. Glad you are turning it around.

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OLVAJE 1/24/2011 8:39AM

    What a unique idea!!! Keep up the good work!!

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