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What if I knew I couldn't fail?

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Ok, I have to admit this started as a Daily Challenge, but, it's turned into so much more... and for that I am thankful.

What if I knew I couldn't fail? The phrase seems so basic and uncomplicated, but it goes way beyond that.

What if I started out in the morning thinking I would succeed at everything I did that day? Would I do things differently? Would I have different results? Would other people see me differently?

Thoughts guide us through our daily lives without us even knowing it. If we think we'll struggle keeping on our nutrition and fitness paths because it's a rough week, we will. If we think we will get passed up for that promotion because people underestimate us, we will.

Of course, there's a flip side to this as well. If we wake up knowing we will succeed just imagine the possibilities. Instead of my relay team in the Detroit Marathon, would I be running the whole thing? Would I try for an extra 10 push ups? Could I contemplate jumping to the next size of dumb-bells?

What it all boils down to is this... it's the same for me as it is for everyone. If we knew we couldn't fail then we would push ourselves because we wouldn't be afraid of not succeeding. We would be like the Wright brothers and the bumble bee and there would be no limits to what we could accomplish together!

Thanks to OUTOFCONTROL for this Challenge... may I take this from a daily challenge and turn it into a lifestyle. emoticon

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FITGIRL15 8/6/2008 8:50AM

    I've always been an optomist... and it shows! There is no gain in thinking or acting negatively!

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Detroit Marathon

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Today marks Day 1 in my training for the Detroit Marathon. Granted, it's as part of a 5 person relay team, but, still, it's more organized running than I have done since high school.
I'm proud that I signed up to do the second longest leg of the race and I just hope I can train hard enough between now and then to do my team proud.
Anyone have any suggestions?

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    That is great! I am doing the full there and it will be my first. My advice is to train smart. Start slow, increase slowly-10% per week, and listen to your body. Also make sure you have good shoes! Let me know if you need any help. I have done 3 halfs and some other longer runs.

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MONARCHMERI 7/31/2008 12:14PM

    Wow! That's exciting stuff!!! I don't have any suggestions, but great job on getting involved and I wish you all the best in your endeavor! Yay you!

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:) Meredith

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Selfish purchase?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

While wandering through the store yesterday to purchase birthday presents, I somehow ended up in the 'fitness' section.

A quick look at the videos was enough, after all, I've been able to find all the videos that I've needed of late here on SparkPeople.

The next area was full of jump ropes, bands and sauna suits... so I didn't even slow down there. A quick glance at the adjustable dumb-bells (a little something to keep in mind for my birthday and Christmas lists) and I just kept moving.

Then... for some reason a hanging display caught my eye and next thing you know, I'm looking at the heart rate monitors. Do I need it? No. Would it be nice to have? Sure. So I picked up one, strapped it to my wrist and played with it the rest of the night.

So, while my purse is a bit lighter, I am too because between the hula hoop, the jogging in place and the running up and down the stairs to check my heart rate out, I managed to burn 856 calories... and I know this because my new toy told me so!


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ANOTHERAMY 7/31/2008 3:06PM

    It sounds like a worthwhile purchase to me!

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JULIE99S 7/23/2008 11:36AM

    I don't think that's a selfish purchase at all. If you're using it and it's going to be helpful to you getting to your goal I think it's a good purchase.

I'm gonna put one on my birthday want list for my bf.

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3 months

Monday, July 14, 2008

So, I've been on SparkPeople just over 3 months now and branching out from my comfort zone of just logging things in on here.
I've been giving support to my Dump The Plump group at work for over a year now and I've decided to do it here as well. Through 7 'seasons' our work group has lost 1660 pounds!
Wish me luck as I start off on this new adventure!

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LOLO0731 7/16/2008 9:46PM

    way to branch out, very cleaver name. we tried at my work but it was half hearted attempted, over 1600lbs thats amazing. great work

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ANOTHERAMY 7/14/2008 2:40PM

    Wow - that is great! Love the name - "Dump the Plump" - very catchy!!

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UDTHELOSER2 7/14/2008 1:02PM

    good luck .

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Dump The Plump

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Just have to take a minute to brag. A year ago a few of us at work started this program called Dump the Plump. It has spread beyond our department to all departments and has been picked up by our wellness coordinator. Through 7 ten week sessions our staff has lost over 1500 pounds! What started out as a little banter between 3 coworkers has become a program that is helping everyone we work with be a little healthier!
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SANDE1221 5/7/2008 10:49AM

What a way to go....1500 pounds amazing. Keep up the good work.


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MONARCHMERI 5/7/2008 10:44AM

    Yay! Great job!!! I really want to get something like that going around here!!!

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ELFITZPA 5/7/2008 9:51AM

    That is awesome!! Not only are you doing better for yourself, you're influencing other people to live healthier. We'd all be a little better off if we had more people like you around to keep us going!!

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