Saturday, March 24, 2012
So I remember years ago being contacted about them using a quote from me in the Spark book, but I am just getting around to buying the book. I started reading it and stumbled upon my quote on pg 32 of the book. My words really stood out to me and caused a lot of self-reflection...
"I personally started last summer and HATED working out. Now I find exercising very enjoyable and just signed up for my first triathlon! I never thought that was possible. I was the girl who couldn't run the mile in gym class, and the teacher just finally stopped timing. But with SparkPeople it has become fun. I look forward to working out, and it ahs become part of my day. I look forward to future challenges, and I now know that I can accomplish anything. ANYTHING! Why should athleticism be reserved for only an elite few? If I can make it this far, then you can, too!"
Seeing this quote made me stop and re-read it a few times. I had forgotten how I was feeling when I was at that place in my life and the amount of drive that I had. I never ended up doing the triathlon, but I am proud of myself for pushing myself past where I thought my potential was. I was taking risks and trying new things. Seeing this quote also ironically comes at an interesting time. I just started working out again and don't particularly care for it lol. I was also ironically looking this morning at essays I had my students write at the beginning of the year as to what factors were standing in their way of being successful and what they were going to do to turn themselves around (at that point almost all of them were failing Alg 1). I was going to print those essays out for them and give them back to them next week. I was telling another teacher this morning that nothing is more motivating than their own words of encouragement and their own plans on how to be successful that they developed a few months ago. Then I happened to read my own quote from a few years ago. What is more motivating than my own words? I clearly got myself going, even though I had started with nothing at the beginning of this journey years ago.... so it is definitely possible to do it again. What an interesting experience to start this wonderful saturday... my first saturday with absolutely no obligations, plans, or schedules. I am loading Rosetta Stone and reading more of the Spark book. It's funny how the world works sometimes.