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Received in my email - Do you have crabs in YOUR life?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Bucket of Crabs

Have you ever seen a bucket full of crabs? They pinch and pull as they struggle to climb over one another to reach the top of the bucket - to freedom.

Ask any fisherman and they'll tell you that a bucket full of crabs doesn't need a lid - they simply won't escape.

Why? Well, it's not impossible for a crab to climb to the top, and really if they worked together it would be quite easy. But crabs don't work together...

Instinctively crabs pull each other down-literally.

When one crab breaks away from the pack, reaching its pinchers toward the top of the bucket, the others promptly grab onto the escapee's leg, pulling him back down. That crab is then pushed to the bottom of the pile and his dream of freedom is crushed.

People have a way of acting just like a bucket of crabs. Have you ever decided on a personal goal only to have someone in your life talk you out of it?

Do you have crabs in your life? A crab is...

The person who discourages you from going to the gym
The person who scoffs when you mention your weight loss goals
The person who snickers when you choose salad over pizza
The crab mentality says "If I can't have it, then neither can you."
When you decide to do something different, to reach for a goal and to improve yourself, the crabs in your life will do their best to hold you back.

Keep Crabs at Bay: When crabs come snapping, remember the following:

Ignore them:
When someone in your life begins to pull you down with discouraging words, remember that you don't have to listen. Don't let them get into your head. Mentally tune them out or politely remove yourself from the situation. Who are they to tell you what you can or can't achieve?

Understand them:
Ouch! Insults and put-downs hurt, especially when they come from people that we care about. So what is the deal? Why do your friends, co-workers and even your spouse turn into crabs when you decide to improve your life? Do they really hope that you don't succeed? The truth is that crabs are thinking about themselves-not about you. They see you attempting to better yourself and to change your life. Whether they realize it or not, this scares them. If you better yourself will you still like them? Or will you leave them behind?

You hold the power:
Even the most persuasive crab doesn't hold a candle to your iron will. When you are ready to change, and you've made up your mind without an inkling of doubt, then 90% of the work is done. Your mind is the most powerful tool at your disposal-don't let a wimpy crab rob it from you.

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DRAGONWOLF 11/20/2008 4:53PM

    Uhmm what if the crab is yourself just joking only seem that way some days.
Very interesting, I have crabs in other areas of my life.

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CASSIOEPIA 11/19/2008 10:18AM

    Penny this is awesome. Thank you for sharing. It is soooo true, even for ones who love you very much.

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When I exercise, I feel....

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

energized! Granted, sometimes in the middle of a workout I want to stop and sit down BUT, when I'm done, I feel invincible. It must be the endorphins. emoticon

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FITGIRL15 11/18/2008 11:05PM

    Me too! I'll never turn down activity! :)

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BOA - Week 9 Monday continued

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

So my day turned out to be pretty interesting: go to work, go to the Medical clinic, go home, go BACK to the medical clinic..... You know, I think everyone in Calgary decided they needed to see a doctor today. I checked in at 11:30 this morning and didn't see a doctor until 4:00 this afternoon. It's a good thing that I was allowed to go home in the meantime. ANYWAY, he takes one look at my hand and all it's puffed up glory and says "it's infected". Gee...ya think? Next thing you know, I'm getting a tetanus shot and taking pills the size of a dime.
So no workout today. And I ate 7 cookies. (they didn't make my hand feel better but they sure were tasty) My hand hurts, my arm hurts and my shoulders hurt. I have a headache. I'm a mess. At least my blisters don't sting anymore.

Cardio/Strength: none
Fruits & Vegetables: 7 servings
Calories in: 2029 (59 over)
Calories out: none

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WONGERCHI 11/18/2008 9:17AM

    Glad you managed to get some antibiotics for the hand! I'm a long-time cat lover and have only been properly bitten once - again, infected, again antibiotics. According to our vet, if you get properly bitten by a cat then you're practically guaranteed to get an infection.

Fingers crossed that the drugs work quickly - I'm always useless the first day I go on antibiotics but then everything gets easier. And I hear ya about the wait - if I have to see the docs I budget an entire morning.

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BOA - Week 9 Monday

Monday, November 17, 2008

I'm up one to 122.5 this morning. Bleh. I'm betting that tomorrow it'll be gone again but whatever. :~)

Cardio - 15 kms! walk it, bike it, skate it
Strength - 2 full body workouts
Nutrition - Fruit/Vegs 6 Water 2L and stay within your calorie range on 5/7 days
**Bonus - try one new workout**

So far, this challenge has been about maintenance for me. Here's hoping that if I can't lose, I don't gain either.
I decided to skip Bootcamp this morning. Between my blisters and my cat bite, I'm not very chipper. I can't grip with my right hand and I'm thinking shoes are going to be a VERY painful accessory. LOL, sucks to be me today.


BOA - Week 8 Sunday

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Friday -
Cardio: 45 minutes of Bootcamp and a 40 minute run on the treadmill
Strength: Bootcamp!
Fruits & Vegetables: 9 servings
Calories in: 2503
Calories out: 777
Not a bad day until the snackfest......

Saturday -
Cardio/Strength: none
Fruits & Vegetables: 5 servings
Calories in: 1811
Calories out: none

Sunday -
Cardio: 1 hour/9km LSD run & 2 hour/10km walk
Fruits & Vegetables: 2 servings of fruit
Calories in: 1633 + chilli and two shortbread cookies
Calories out: 958

Today's run was SO awesome! I felt great... took the hills like they weren't even there. The weather was perfect (albeit snowy) and the company was fantastic. I absolutely love running in the winter. Even when we have to dress like this.

(This photo was taken at LAST year's Hypothermic Half)

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RUNNINGWILD 11/17/2008 10:14AM

    It was somewhere between -25 and -30 depending on whether the wind was blowing or not.

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WONGERCHI 11/17/2008 9:35AM

    Love the picture - you guys are hardcore! Wasn't it like -30 that day?

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CASSIOEPIA 11/16/2008 2:29PM

    Look at you in the picture - you're the tall one!

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