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Getting Back With The Program..

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Monday, September 10, 2012

So far, nothing has changed on the job front and that is all the blog time I will give to it, it isn't worth any more discussion than that. Now for the good stuff....

I have been taking alot of inventory of the things I am thankful for and the positives in my life and that is what I have been dwelling on. Taking thought of all the good things is like medicine to a worry-sick soul. Why is it that the first thing that gets discarded in a situation are the very things that bring empowerment and reinforcement? What is it about human nature that drives a people over the proverbial cliff like so many mindless lemmings and causes us to pass over the things that bring strength in time of need?

I suppose that question has been asked millions of times.

Last night I thought about all of the scrapes I have been in and how my family and I have been brought through, sometimes in a way that is akin to Moses parting the Red Sea. As hard as it is to do, I choose not to live in fear. It drains and disables me from making the best choices that, in the end, will affect how we do if and when the time comes. As a leader of my home, I cannot afford such self defeating and reckless behavior. To every thing there is a time and a season for every purpose under heaven. Even the strongest of soldiers need to go somewhere and let it all out, but then there is a time to reload your clip and lock n load.

That time is now.

I got back on my bike yesterday. I would love to say that it was like a reunion with an old friend. Mentally, I felt estranged and out of the game. My faithful bike was a distant lover.
This is where a saying that came to me a long time ago when I first started this journey applied.

Success depends on what you do when the woo hoo is all through.

Empowerment comes, not as a result of "riding the tide", of surfing a wave of driving motivation that carries you to your goal. There have been those times for sure and its awesome when it happens. Rather, empowerment comes from getting the job done when every thought and feeling screams at you to the contrary.

After 30 minutes, I had a good ride.

Time to "rinse, lather, repeat" until the momentum builds.

Today, I am empowered.
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LIVEDAILY 9/10/2012 8:45PM

    There's that6 old song about, "...counting my blessings." As silly as it may seem, you're right to say that people all too often forget to see the positives in their lives. They focus instead on the negative. Many people keep a "gratitude journal" where they jot down 5 things that they are thankful for every night before they go to sleep. I bet you'd have sweet dreams!

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ALDEBARANIAN 9/10/2012 8:14PM

    Thanks for taking us with you on this path.
Sometimes I call handling a situation the way you are Riding It Bareback.
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123ELAINE456 9/10/2012 7:15PM

  Awesome!!! Positive Attitude and take your Power Back is Recipe for Success. You Can Do It!! Keep riding the bike and enjoying the great outdoors. That will make you feel better. You are doing Great. Yes You Are Empowered. This is the WAY TO GO!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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CLPURNELL 9/10/2012 6:37PM

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KATHY_NATURELVR 9/10/2012 5:53PM

    Glad to hear it Robert!

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MAUREENGRACE1 9/10/2012 3:37PM

    Well done Robert! Knew you would find a way out of the 'doldrums'. Keep thinking the way you are and you will be that person lots of people look to for hope and support, just by reading your blog. Happy pedalling! Maureen

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NESARIAN 9/10/2012 2:28PM

    i needed to read this for motivation today. My woo hoo is long gone today...

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BECCA315 9/10/2012 2:24PM

    "Success depends on what you do when the woo hoo is all through." LUV this!!

Becca

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KEIPONY 9/10/2012 1:59PM

    Way to go, love the "lock and load" analogy!! Sounds like you have straighten somethings out and are back on track. I think we all have a moments of reflection, whether it be about good or bad situations. I think this was one of your times. You rode the wave well. Congrats!

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WORLDSERIES11 9/10/2012 12:24PM

    Love your positive attitude!! And way to take back your power!!
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/10/2012 12:10PM

    I love this entry and it's great to hear that you are going to be on a "rinse, lather, repeat" cycle with your exercise and with your thinking. emoticon

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DOGDOC76 9/10/2012 12:00PM

    Love the Lock n Load comment! Sometimes you just have to suck it up and drive on! Very proud of you, and glad you are getting your mojo back!!!
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LINDAKAY228 9/10/2012 11:48AM

    Glad you are seizing your power back! Some days it's not fun at first to do the things we usually love to do, but glad you did it anyway and it turned out good in the end.

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GINA180847 9/10/2012 11:11AM

    emoticon So glad you are coming out of that black hole you dug for yourself and are smelling the flowers, looking at the good things in life and developing a plan for living.

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GOING-STRONG 9/10/2012 10:56AM

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CHANGINGSAM 9/10/2012 10:42AM

    Proud of you for choosing to look at the positives rather than the fears as well as getting back on that bike!

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SCHNEBL 9/10/2012 10:26AM

    It's hard to do sometimes I know. I have fallen off my bike this year and not gotten back on. I did not meet my goals and was/am struggling mentally (of course losing a brother in law, an aunt, an uncle and a best friend in a four week period did not help).

Now I am back. Hired a trainer, starting with him today.....we CAN do this Robert! One day at a time....

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LINDAK25 9/10/2012 10:07AM

    And, you're back! Empowerment. I like it. Once the panic subsides then you can think more clearly.

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REGILIEH 9/10/2012 9:43AM

    WTG!!! You ARE there!!!

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KAREN42BOYS 9/10/2012 9:36AM

    Go, Robert! Reclaim slowly and powerfully.

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LAURIE5658 9/10/2012 8:57AM

    Oh Rawkin' Robert, I LOVE your quote!

"Success depends on what you do when the woo hoo is all through. "

Love you, my friend!
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BILL60 9/10/2012 8:55AM

    Aim for each ride to be not just a ride, but an epic ride. Hang tough!!

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ANDASI 9/10/2012 8:49AM

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BOILHAM 9/10/2012 8:39AM

    emoticon Good to read this! emoticon

Time to reload, lock n load!



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MARATHONDAD 9/10/2012 8:32AM

    great job

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 9/10/2012 8:24AM

    Glad to hear that you got back on the horse...
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We can't run, ride or even sneak away from our problems and difficulties;
Eventually we will take a peek back and see that they are still there.
Those problems and difficulties need to be conquered head on;
Beaten to a pulp.
Then...
We can move forward and know that we are moving towards something and not running from it.

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(The butt kicking is temporarily suspended!)


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DOODIE59 9/10/2012 8:13AM

    Thank you for the potent reminder to power through, even when you don't feel like it, to reach your goals.
Deirdre

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FITFOODIE806 9/10/2012 8:09AM

    What a great quote to remember. Glad it helped you!

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GODIVADSG 9/10/2012 8:07AM

    Great job of getting it done without the woo hoo! This blog is right on target.... way to go Robert! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GARDENSFORLIFE 9/10/2012 7:51AM

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KATHIC2 9/10/2012 7:50AM

  Way to go!

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JANEMARIE77 9/10/2012 7:45AM

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ROXYZMOM 9/10/2012 7:42AM

    Great thoughts! You are focusing back on the positive -I love it! Your bike will steer you in the right direction. ;)

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KAYATLANTA2010 9/10/2012 7:39AM

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/10/2012 7:23AM

    OMG, I have tingles! I'm going to steal this snippet as my Spark of the day: "Success depends on what you do when the woo hoo is all through."

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And well done getting back in the empowered frame of mind!

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GARDENCHRIS 9/10/2012 7:10AM

    so glad you are putting things in perspective. you will get through this and come out stringer on th emoticon e other side.

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4RASCALS 9/10/2012 6:45AM

    Glad to see that your back on the path to success.
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COOKIE_AT_51 9/10/2012 6:44AM

    Sending some woo hoo to you!! Keep sparkin' ... it will all come together, in what way you don't know but it will. emoticon

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ACTIVE_AT_60 9/10/2012 6:36AM

    Well said Robert. I think we all have these moment where we feel estranged with our bike, running shoes or what ever it is, and that is normal.

I think for people who are very active there is a high risk of burnout, and we should schedule periods with less intense workouts or spend some quality time with the family.

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AUTUMNBRZ 9/10/2012 6:35AM

    Good! :)

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FORBANDE 9/10/2012 6:34AM

    "Success depends on what you do when the woo hoo is through." Such a true statement. It is what we do when the world is taking a beating on us that makes us stronger, smarter and even healthier. Once we are equipped to handle life's most difficult of situations, we can learn to respect the bad experiences and the opportunity, insight and strength they provide.

Remember - You ARE a triathlete. Nothing has changed about that. It's not something you deserve, it's something that's IN you. Don't be afraid to embrace it. It doesn't mean the job, family or anything else is less important. It just means that it is important too.

And I know that you know this. I just wanted to remind you.



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