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Charging the Human Battery

Monday, December 07, 2009

An excerpt from
Charging the Human Battery
~by Mac Anderson~

Think about that. One choice, just one, can change your life forever. Simply put, your life today is what your choices have made it, but with new choices, you can change directions this very moment. For me, that idea alone is highly motivational because it offers tremendous hope, regardless of circumstances, for a better tomorrow.

Your life-changing choice may be to switch careers, to leave an abusive relationship, to go back to school, to stop drinking, to adopt a child, to start a business, to lose weight, to start a charity...to name a few. If you have the courage to do so, you could make any one of those choices, or others, today. And you would change your life.
Sometimes it’s a different kind of choice. It can be to not quit, to not give up in the face of adversity. We’ve all been there.
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen received 77 rejections for their idea Chicken Soup for the Soul. They had to make a decision each time...should they throw in the towel and say enough is enough, or should they keep trying to pursue their dreams? You know the rest of the story. The 78th publisher said “Yes” and they went on to sell over 100 million books.

So never forget that you are only one choice away from changing your life. Do you have the courage to make it?


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RAINRUN 12/8/2009 10:09AM

    thx for sharing

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2NDCHANCES 12/7/2009 12:14PM

    emoticon blog, baby! I know all about pushing thru and not letting go of a dream. ;)

emoticon & emoticon

I love you MUCH!!! :)
xx me

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DANEDA 12/7/2009 11:35AM

    I've had to make some really hard choices lately. Some out of necessity, some to realize long held dreams.
I don't know when or how things will gel - maybe the 78th time? Thank you for the encouragement to persevere.

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Crayon lessons

Monday, October 26, 2009

“We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.”

What a wonderful quote to celebrate our diversity and uniqueness! If you stick with the crayon analogy, there will always be crayons you favor over others (I’m a periwinkle fan myself), but each crayon has its purpose and its time–and each crayon adds color to the world in its own unique way.

We are the same–we each have our purpose, our time, and our ability to add color to the world. While it is important to discover our own uniqueness and what we can offer to the world, it is equally important to respect those we meet and what they bring to this world.

We live in a society that can be quick to label and judge. Labeling and judging ourselves or others destroys possibility. If we replaced labeling with compliments and judging with support, what a wonderful world this would be.

While we cannot change the words or actions of others, we can change our own. Strive to replace labeling with compliments and judging with support as you go about your days.

I release labeling and judging and use compliments and encouragement instead.


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LSDALOIA 11/19/2009 5:15PM

    Love it! What a great topic. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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TRAINER_T 10/28/2009 3:01PM

    emoticonblog.....Im hot pink or magenta

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GRACEISENUF 10/27/2009 10:39PM

    Wise words to live by, thanks for sharing.

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SWAL0701 10/26/2009 9:13AM

    Amen! I use a similar analogy with my children but use flowers as the example. I also try to complement others. As women, most are quick to point out flaws and never point out the beaty in others. You can really make someones day by doing this. Have a wonderful week.

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LILY_SPARK 10/26/2009 9:12AM

    I was always taught if you think something nice about someone, SAY IT. You never know what that person has gone through life or 5 minutes earlier. Tell them something positive because you should always share good things :)

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Flex Your Yoga Muscles

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

This is my kind of article. My team knows how much I LOVE YOGA X and how much I encourage doing it emoticon

Try adding a little yoga into your schedule. The physical benefits include becoming more aware of your body's posture and alignment, improved flexibility, an increase in endurance, an increase in strength and resiliency, and improvement in balance, just to name a few. Yoga can have an impact on your mental health as well. It helps promote calmness and stress reduction. Yoga can make a huge difference in your life.


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LSDALOIA 11/19/2009 5:16PM


I'm starting to like Yoga X more and more. It's just way too long, though. One day I'll get through the whole program. I promise I'll think of this blog at least 1,000 times during that hour and a half.

Thanks for the encouragement!

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RAINRUN 10/21/2009 11:14AM

    I don't like Yoga =-P
But I am gonna try YogaX again this round.
I just can't stand the monotony.

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PURPLEALLY 10/20/2009 7:29PM

    Hi Eric
I'm with you, yoga is great. I try to go to class at least 3 times a week. It makes a difference when I do not go. emoticon

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Your spark

Monday, October 19, 2009

“You are only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
Robin Williams

Robin William’s humor and wisdom also extends to his quotes. He is right, we are each given a “little spark of madness,” that little part of the soul that isn’t scared to dream or fly or laugh or trust or dance or sing.

Unfortunately, we live in a world that is often eager to extinguish the spark. I was talking to my best friend the other day and she was pointing out how many “don’t” messag-es we receive in our lifetime. She recounted how as children we are told: Don’t run. Don’t touch. Don’t be mean. Don’t talk back. Then we get older and hear: Don’t park here. Don’t speed. Don’t cross. Don’t drink coffee (or do, then don’t, depending on the latest study). Don’t eat processed foods. Don’t be late. Don’t walk

In the wake of all of life’s “don’t messages,” we must be sure to feed that little spark of madness that still wants to “do, do, do.”

When was the last time you “let go” and had fun for the sake of having fun? When was the last time you let that little spark of madness burn brightly?


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BLABBERMOUTH2 10/20/2009 9:24AM

    Hey, Eric. Thanks again for another thought provoking blog. Believe me when I say that I still have my little spark of madness. emoticon

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2NDCHANCES 10/19/2009 5:35PM

    One of the many things I love about you is that you aren't afraid to embrace that child-like tendency within you to just let go and have fun and not worry about how it may *appear*. Sometimes we ALL need to do that. Not worry about what others may think or say, but just embrace it and GO with it! I have learned to do this more because of you. :)

love you, baby!
xx me

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MAYBELL75 10/19/2009 5:19PM

    Love Robin Williams, he's right we need to let go sometimes

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WON 1st place in age group on 1st 5k run

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I DID IT!!! Won 1st place in my age group (40-44) on my 1st 5k run emoticon

It was pretty exciting for being my first race. As most of you know, I have been doing practice runs for the past 2 months. I am so glad I did. It helped me pace myself. I knew what my time needed to be by the half way point. My pace was 20 seconds slower than I wanted, so picked it up for the last half. It was funny how my breathing would pick up from other runners. I had to refocus and breath my pace. I remember what everyone told me on here (SP), run your race. So I concentrated on that. For the past couple weeks I have been practicing on sprinting the last stretch of the race. So today when I reached the top of the hill, I started my quick breathing and stretched out my legs. It felt really good. There wasn't anyone around me when I reached the finish line. With God's strength and P90X bringing me to an awesome fitness level, I was able to raise the bar for the 40 - 44 yr old age group emoticon emoticon P90X "BRING IT" TEAM for being my inspiration! All of you that have been running in races and doing TRI's motivated me to do this.

The BIGGEST emoticon goes out to my no. 1 supporter's/cheerleaders, Melanie & "Bri". Both of them did AWESOME waking up early this morning and being there for me. They cheered me on and took some AWESOME photo's. I LOVE YOU BOTH emoticon

Here are some of those AWESOME photo's:

1st 5k Run

stretching before the race

I wasn't able to do this before P90X


smile for the camera

waiting for the race to begin

and I'm off

finish line

finished 5k run @ 23.37.4 1st in age group, 19th in over all

cooling off

smile for the camera at the end of the race

chit chatting with fellow racer

race t-shirt

My BABY, no. 1 supporter, cheerleader, and photographer

trophy pose

final standing results

An AWESOME experience! Can't wait to do some more next year!


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PISTL67 10/24/2009 3:23PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SARAHD33 10/20/2009 9:20PM

    Congrats! You should be really proud!

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GOING2LOSENOW 10/18/2009 4:56PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TOTS_ROCKS 10/18/2009 4:23PM

    Awesome Job Eric !!! ~ Loving the pics too!! emoticon

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MSTINKERBELL 10/18/2009 9:57AM

    Awesome job!

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2NDCHANCES 10/18/2009 9:33AM


I am SOOOOO unbelievably proud of you!!! Not that I ever doubted you (wink), but you exceeded even my prayers and hopes for you. :) You rocked it out- as always- and not only accomplished your goals, but surpassed the competition in an awesome way! You are *my amazing* ;)

forever & always...
xx me

p.s. can't wait to do it with you next year!! :)

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REBBIE54 10/17/2009 9:57PM

  Eric, your comments are always so inspirational - and now your actions as well!!! Talk the talk and run the walk!!! It was a beautiful day in Tyler today in lots of ways!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAESKATES 10/17/2009 9:42PM

    Yes, I did well also in my first 5K. I guess I shouldn't mention that there were only 3 in my age group of 55 - 59. LOL. It doesn't matter though. I wanted to get below 40 min and I did that at 39:14. That was the best part.

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PURPLEALLY 10/17/2009 8:30PM

    Way to BRING IT to your first race!!!!
Loved the stretch picture--I can't bend like that. emoticon

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ZSAZSA4EVER 10/17/2009 7:14PM

    Congrats!!! That is so wonderful!! I can imagine the feeling of placing 1st!! Great job!!!

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JKSTEIN123 10/17/2009 5:34PM

    The pictures are great. You should be proud. What an awesome acomplishment.

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LORIBBB 10/17/2009 4:13PM

    WOW! Congratulations!

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KATSPAWPRINTS 10/17/2009 3:41PM

    Wow! Congrats, Eric!! The pics are awesome@ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATSPAWPRINTS 10/17/2009 3:41PM

    Wow! Congrats, Eric!! The pics are awesome@ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MONTY68 10/17/2009 3:31PM

    Congratulations to you. I know how you must feel. Isn't it great? To compete for the 1st time and win. What a great accomplishment.
I walked my 1st 5 K today in the 65-69 age bracket. I was pleased with my results. Goal was to complete a 5K before age 70.
Keep up the good race and enjoy.

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SWAL0701 10/17/2009 3:17PM

    Wow, you do have something to smile about. Your first 5k and you rocked it! Congrats! You are an inspiration to me. I'm learning to run at 43yo and hope to do a 5k by next year. You look so happy in your pictures.

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RAESKATES 10/17/2009 3:03PM

    That is pretty exciting to come in first in your age group for your first 5K. Way to go!! Thanks for the pics. It is fun to see it all visually.


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