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I compete against me, myself and I.

Friday, September 04, 2009

From today's Healthy Reflections:
Winning victory against yourself

No one likes to lose. The thrill of victory after competition is hard to match. But the wins that leave the most significant, long-term impressions are the ones where you win against yourself. Beating a friend in a game of hoops is much less meaningful than setting a personal best time while running. We live in a highly competitive world, and everything around us screams that we've got to be number one in order to feel successful. Truly though, the best measuring sticks are your past and your potential--not against someone else's standards. Raise the bar for yourself!

"The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves.- Anonymous"

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Every time my walking partner and I go a bit further we both feel exhilarated. It still amazes me that we can do a 9 mile walk at 3mph.
Cathy 'found' a pedometer in a purse my sister was getting rid of and since then she is really racking up the steps. It felt great the first time I could "WooHoo" her for having more steps than me. (My sister swears she looked through all the purses but never found her pedometer - she told Cathy to keep it and we bought a new one for Nancy.)
It just isn't competition to either of us, it is more like cooperation - trying to help each other to reach new achievements.
SparkPeople is like this; SP wants us to be the best that we can be.

Hugs y'all,
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MEADSBAY 9/5/2009 4:34PM

    Me. too! Me, too!
I don't have one competitive bone in my body,
never have.
I do love to walk with a friend but I like my own company just as much.
I take along 2 of my best friends-
my pedometer and my ipod. emoticon
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BLUESKY104 9/4/2009 12:07PM

    You said it Linda -- what greater satisfaction than to be able to best yourself rather than someone else and to encourage those around you to best themselves-- and by competeing with yourself you are a super inspiration to those around you!!

Keep getting in those miles for you as you inspire those around you to get miles in for themselves emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Cathy

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MSCANDICE25 9/4/2009 10:42AM

    yep thats right when I give myself that push I feel great and then It makes me want to try even more!! i dont have a buddy really but this month Im challengeing my crazy kids dad to a challenge of who can lose more and yes since he's a man he will probly win the challenge of losing 4 lbs and keep it off until the 30th of this month but Im liking it beacuse im pushing myself more to walk longer and work out longer and when im done I feel good so thats a plus!! have a great weekend

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 9/4/2009 10:28AM

    I agree too!

I like competing with me, myself and I, often times though, I come in last place. When Me or Myself beat me they really rub salt into my wounds, LOL.

Great story, glad it works out for each of you.
Wish I could join in, maybe I could be like that Quaker Oat cereal commercial when the kids go back to school and the Shredded Wheat people is on their shoulder, yea, maybe I could do that with you, LOL

Have a great day and have a safe and happy holiday weekend too.
T

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 9/4/2009 8:19AM

    I agree. I get the most satisfaction when I push myself a little bit farther than I thought I could go. I love to get my miles in in the am before I get ready for work, but the walking I do during my lunch seems to fly because my buddy and I visit the whole time. Yesterday we were almost late getting back into work because we'd lost track of time. Believe me, walking around and around the parking lot is no fun walking alone!!!

I have a pedometer too and love it. It's great for challenging yourself and keeping track of what you're actually accomplishing.

Have a GREAT day!
Hugs,
Laurie

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MSLZZY 9/4/2009 7:23AM

    I am my best and worst competitor. I find I can push myself to the limit, just to prove I can do
anything I set my mind to. But that can backfire as well.
Walking with a buddy is so much more fun. It makes the exercise more fun and the time passes so quickly. Have fun with the pedometer. I am taking mine to the State Fair, just to see how much I do walk there. I think I will be surprised!

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