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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

this was on a team thread today:
it's "i'm a winner wednesday"! take a few seconds to remind yourself of some things you've done well and say "i am a winner!"

my reply:
i'm a winner simply because i haven't quit working at this. i may lag a little (or a lot) behind the crowd at times, but i'm still there. that's why my tracker icon is a turtle among runners. my journey is much slower than most, but i'm still traveling, at my own pace, in (mostly) forward motion. i am a winner because, AT LAST, i am not a quitter!!

i've thought about that today because it's so true and i hadn't really thought about it before. i am not a quitter, a giver-upper, an "i can't" thinker any more. i started here because of a need to find a way to become physically stronger in order to keep up with the demands of my life. i knew i had to keep it simple to avoid the same pattern my past efforts had followed -- excessive exercise + restrictive diet = burnout in a few days = quitting altogether in a few weeks. so i started with two simple things to do every day: eat better and move more. that's it. that was my "plan" 468 sparkdays ago and it is still my "plan" every day. i haven't made any changes that i can't stick to for the rest of my days. i didn't give up any foods that i love. i haven't spent hours at the gym or spent a lot of money. that was the key for me. small changes over time will yield great results. i no longer worry about my ability to do what i need to do. i am stronger in every way and i'm not a quitter any more.
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