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:
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?
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.
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.
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.
Fruits & Vegetables: 7 servings
Calories in: 2029 (59 over)
Calories out: none
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.
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