Monday, September 07, 2009
all for the votes to be a "SparkPeople Motivator"
I want all of you to know that you motivate me just as much. I recall reading someone's blog, they were saying that they were on some popular weight watcher's program and they didn't receive half the support or motivation that they receive on SP. To me that is a major statement.
SP for providing a place for everyone around the world to be able to come together to motivate, support, encourage, and create new friendships.
Last but most definitely not least,
goes out to the GREATEST TEAM ON SP; P90X "BRING IT" TEAM YOU ROCK!!!
There is NO greater feeling to me than to be able to provide motivation, advice, or a simple "your doing great," before I "BRING IT" to my workout. Every day I read what is going on with the team and it motivates me so much. Reading each others P90X journey helps me focus on my journey. Knowing that there is someone else out there experiencing the same thing I am inspires me to "DO MY BEST & FORGET THE REST!" It also makes me feel good to be able to help someone reach their fitness goal.
To a HEALTHIER AMERICA!
All of you are in my prayers every day,
Sunday, September 06, 2009
As many of you know, I am running in my first 5k race October 17, 2009. I'm pretty PuMpEd for it! I'm not unfamiliar with running 5k distances. I have been running 10k and 5k all year long. For the past 2 wks I have been running the race route to get familiar with it. Like Tony says, "If you don't know what you did, you don't know what to do." So I have been logging my time.
The first time I ran the route, I ran it in 32:14. I had the map in my hand trying to navigate and run. I didn't think the time was that bad for 1st time trial run. Anyway, I made a decision to run the route once a week until race week. I ran the route again last Wednesday (9-2-09). I felt a lot better, especially since I knew where I was going :) I just relaxed and ran MY run. To my astonishment, I ran it in 26:01. That is a 8:23 minute pace/7.16mph. I couldn't believe it. That was a HUGE ego boost for me. I wanted to know where I stood compared to last year's results. The time for the fastest 40yr old was 25:17. That is a 8:08 minute pace/7:37 mph. Second place person ran it in 27:35. If I went by my 2nd trial run, I would be in 2nd place right now. I was astonished. I had no idea that I would even be in the standing's right now. I accomplished that goal and set a new one. Time to beat the number one person in the 40 yr old bracket. I was feeling pretty good and I wanted to do it again. Friday morning was nice and cool, so I did. When I reached my midway marker I was 30 seconds faster than last time. I just kept my pace going. I did it again, my ego was boosted even more this time WOOHOO! The finishing time for the 3rd trial run was 24:35. That is 7:55 minute pace/7.58 mph. That would put me first in my age group YAY! On my way home I was thinking, what do I do now? I have accomplished my age group goal. Do I just run the route to maintain my pace or do I set another goal. With the "BRING IT" attitude that I have and also inspired by, I set another goal. Time to go for the gold of the race. To get me into the top 5, I have to get my time down to 19:27. I have plenty of time to keep picking up my pace.
Talking about my practice runs is not the point of this blog. This is another way to measure your fitness goals. Instead of using the scale, calipers, or noticing how your clothes fit. Tomorrow is my last day of my 2nd rest week in my P90X journey. I would have never imagined that my fitness level was that high that I would be running a 24:35 5k. "BRINGING IT" every day doesn't feel like I am accomplishing a whole lot. I know my results are increasing every week when I do my measurements, but practicing for this race has proven to me that it is all worth it and my body is really reaping the benefits from the program.
KEEP PUSHING PLAY EVERY DAY! Your body is transforming right before your eyes!
Saturday, September 05, 2009
"Fall down seven times; stand up eight." Japanese Proverb
All children have an ingrained optimism and determination. As they learn to walk on wobbly feet, they fall down many more times than seven, and stand up many more times than eight.
But as we grow older, we begin to lose that blind childhood faith in our ability to stand back up. We being to worry that we might scrape a knee or break a bone. We become content in sitting down, fallen-versus brushing ourselves off and trying again.
Today, I think we should remember that we all at once held that blind childhood faith. We all fell and stood back up. We all knew how to believe in our abilities at one point in our lives.
Is there somewhere in your life where you have become comfortable "sitting down?" Take a step today and stand up. Brush yourself off. The future is waiting-step toward it.
I may fall down seven times; but I will stand up eight.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
“I’m getting better every day in every way” Joel Olsteen
Often, we tend to want to do so much, in so little time, we push and push and push and then get frustrated with what we perceive to be shortcomings or imperfections. These imperfections can quickly consume our focus if we let them. Of course, when we focus on our imperfections, we magnify them and we give them more power than they need to have.
None of us will ever be perfect, but we can all progress forward by daily improvement. But we Some days those improvements may be large, and sometimes they may be as simple as sharing an extra smile or word of encouragement with someone.
Remember that when we give up judging ourselves, we have more we can give to others. When we focus on our imperfections we sap our own energy and have less to give to ourselves and to those whom we care for. Today, when you find yourself pushing yourself back instead of forward, recite today’s affirmation.
I am getting better every day in every way.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Did you know the Levi Strauss was originally a tentmaker in the 1850’s?
He used a heavy-duty denim fabric he had invented to make tents.
He failed at his tent-endeavor.
I wonder what we would all be wearing if he would have succeeded?
I have always found “hidden success” stories interesting and representative of how many successes are journeys including obstacles, “failures,” detours, roadblocks, and road bumps. I believe obstacles, “failures,” detours, roadblocks and road bumps are ingredients of success. Challenges teach us to stretch our thinking, reframe a situation, expand and explore possibilities.
If I could redefine success, I would make the definition read: A series of mistakes, small steps, accomplishments, detours, road blocks, dreams, and persistence eventually leading to a desired or discovered goal.
With this definition, perhaps we might expect these “side-steps” and take them in stride versus seeing them as reasons to abandon a goal. These are not steps backward, but required steps toward a desired end result.
Post this new definition of success somewhere you will see it regularly. How could reframing your thinking in this way help you move forward versus step backward?
(Write this in your Catch-All Notebook) and say it aloud at least several times today:
There is no such thing as a setback. Every step, whether desired or undesired, planned or unexpected, is a step toward success.
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