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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

No matter how we try, there are some days putting a positive spin on our own self-improvement is difficult at best. I was lying in bed this morning convincing myself that I’d go to the gym later in the day and I had a legitimate and bona fide excuse for not going this morning, my entire body ached from head to toe. I had a killer workout on Tuesday. I’d been working with an aquatics trainer 3 days a week up until July 1. It was starting to get expensive and with a wedding coming up next year and other expenses my trainer and I agreed we’d get together twice a month for a while. She watched me workout for a bit and said I was doing everything correctly. I smiled but sensed there was more. “And,” she proclaimed. “You are coasting. We need to ramp things up a bit.” We did. So this morning, aching with every move, I lay there trying to convince myself it was okay to take some time and go in the early afternoon, even though deep inside I knew I wouldn’t. Then, I hear Joyce Meyer talking in my head.

“You can be pitiful or you can be powerful but you can’t be both.”

Pitiful was the more attractive option but I started thinking about how bad and guilty and rotten I’d feel later in the day when I didn’t work out. It just takes one day. After one day, two days get easier and easier and then we become permanently pitiful. Then its Joan’s fault and the kids fault and my clients fault….. Then I’m huffing and puffing……..

So I climbed out of bed. I’d like to tell you I was singing and dancing and repeating motivational thoughts over and over. I wasn’t. I was repeating language often not fit for a family web site. I did not feel powerful. I gulped down a few ibuprofen and headed out the door. I didn’t work as hard as I did yesterday morning but I stretched myself out. I’m still sore but I feel a bit more flexible and I know “this too shall pass.”

One of my Spark Teams, The Calorie Killers has a message thread titled “My biggest hurdle…” I’ve come to realize my largest hurdle is me. I can rationalize and philosophize and all the other neat things until the cows come home but as long as I stand in my way, I don’t make any progress. It’s often a bitter pill to swallow once we realize we are our own worst enemy. It means we have to be accountable and frankly some days that plain sucks. It’s easier to blame someone else, or our circumstances from the past. Actress Mary McDonnell said recently “Don’t think about the person you used to be, think about the person you are now.” What’s done is done and I’m not minimizing anyone’s past trauma but if it’s in the past then its only holding us back. It’s an excuse

My back is still a tad bit sore and my left knee has the faint aroma of Ben-Gay about it. There was no significant break through today and most likely won’t be tomorrow. I’ll lie in bed again bartering with myself and then I’ll get dressed and head on out. One day it will pay off and I’ll grin and tell myself how wonderful I am. The secret is I already am wonderful.

“You can be pitiful or you can be powerful but you can’t be both.”
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CATNCAG 7/10/2014 5:13PM

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GRAMPIAN 9/4/2013 3:54PM

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RILEYBOT 8/7/2013 1:10PM

    Great Blog!
thanks for sharing that. I know I want to be powerful!
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WHITEANGEL4 8/2/2013 9:52PM

    A get blog.......thanks for sharing

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MRSRIGS1 7/28/2013 1:04PM

    EXCELLENT blog! Thank you for posting this. I want to be POWERFUL! emoticon

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DEE797 7/28/2013 12:42PM

    Another thought-provoking blog. emoticon

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DOODIE59 7/26/2013 3:05PM

    Pitiful or powerful, but not both, huh? Argh. Why do I always have to choose??? Thank you for the reminder that it is up to us:)
All power to you!
Deirdre

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SANDYCRANE 7/26/2013 8:59AM

    That was a great blog. I am sitting at the computer Sparking when I really need to get ready and go ride my bike. This is not easy but it is so worth it.

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    What an honor to have your blog in the Spark Mail. emoticon

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NEWTINK 7/25/2013 3:30PM

    You did awesome ... it isnt the days that are the easiest that we remember it is the one that were the hardest for on those day we know the price we are paying emoticon

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CICELY360 7/25/2013 3:27PM

  Good blog

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AJDOVER1 7/25/2013 3:02PM

    You're awesome, John -- not because you do it perfectly, but because you do it.

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JSEATTLE 7/25/2013 2:49PM

  Pitiful only goes so far. You've got he POWER to push through!!

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JOANNHUNT 7/25/2013 2:46PM

    I HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR. I AM MY OWN WORST ENEMY.

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JANEMARIE77 7/25/2013 1:44PM

    a great blog thank you

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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/25/2013 12:43PM

    FANTASTIC blog! Thanks for sharing your experience and wisdom, and great job on pushing past the pain and the part of you that wanted to take the easier way out and getting that workout in! You ROCK. :)

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/25/2013 12:42PM

  Good for you. Good thought from JM too. Gets us thinking and moving. emoticon

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DIANNEMT 7/25/2013 12:37PM

    Oh, I have been there! Hang in there. I do think a rest day now and then is good but have to push to make sure it is only ONE.

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MICKEYH 7/25/2013 11:47AM

    Great blog!! You've won the battle. Thanks for sharing a great quote from Joyce Meyer.

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SWEET_CAROLYN 7/25/2013 11:14AM

    Thank you for this wonderful, beautiful post!! I kinda felt like that last night - it was getting late, lots of stuff had to be done. I was about to skip my workout, but I knew that if I did, my healthy habit would quickly erode!

Thank you again for writing and posting this encouraging blog!!

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ALIHIKES 7/25/2013 11:07AM

    Great blog and thanks for the inspiration!

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COCOONGIRL 7/25/2013 10:47AM

    Totally enjoyed this blog!! I haven't started the exercise part of my plan yet....I am getting settled in with the eating end but I HAVE started moving more....you are an inspiration!!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/25/2013 10:25AM

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/25/2013 10:02AM

    I agree about the trauma - still dealing with that.

A few things occur to me - the being powerful by taking meds and forcing yourself to go on to gym can set you up for harm to your body and then you would be very pitiful. Many times that aching pain I have just needs a few more hours of sleep, as well as extra magnesium to help relax the muscles.

Look around - I know I've read articles and blogs here on SP where people really hurt their legs or feet etc from overwork and not enough sleep. I know we gotta get up to do work etc but it may pay off to work in 15 - 30 minute naps. My husband keeps a small pillow and blanket (useful in winter, not so much summer) and he'll go out to his truck for a nap during his break time at work.

Gotta press on, sure, but listen to your body's cues to prevent tearing yourself up too much!!

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DJSHIP46 7/25/2013 9:33AM

    Thanks for the push... maybe today is the day I get back on the path!

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POINDEXTRA 7/25/2013 8:56AM

    Good for you! I find that consistency is the key in most things, so keep trudging onward!

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PENOWOK 7/25/2013 8:51AM

    Wow! That's a kick in the pants alright! Thanks, I needed that!

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LCRUMLEY81 7/25/2013 8:37AM

  thank you

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MOMMY445 7/25/2013 8:03AM

    i can also relate to this,too! thank you,John, for inspiring me so much and for helping me to choose to be powerful today!

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TRACEY5280 7/25/2013 7:52AM

    I've been remiss in visiting your blogs. Oh how I needed this one. Spot on. Thank you for this!

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CHERYLHURT 7/25/2013 7:05AM

  Good blog!

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SHERYLP461 7/25/2013 6:58AM

    perfect

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IDICEM 7/25/2013 6:37AM

  Thanks for the motivation!

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BESSHAILE 7/25/2013 6:24AM

    Whenever I start to barter with myself about going to the gym ... I go. Because if I'm trying to wheedle out of it - I know it means I really need to go.

That said - I always give my body 48 hours to heal from a hard workout.

Also - I learned in physical therapy once that if you push yourself beyond your normal efforts - you MUST drink extra water. If normal for you is 8 glasses a day - you must drink a few more. Try that in the hours following a hard workout next time and see if you don't diminish the aches of exertion.

good luck.

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WISDOM73 7/25/2013 6:23AM

    Good morning John! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I can relate! I find that becoming honest and accountable about my motives for taking action or not has been one of the best things to happen in my life. At times, it is true that it may be difficult but what a great relief to just face the facts instead of B.S. I have found freedom and peace of mind in the process. I am truly very grateful for all that it has brought to my life. Have a wonderful day!

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LYNMEINDERS 7/25/2013 5:46AM

    I love Joyce Meyer....
AND...she certainly got you moving today John...thats got to be good

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SHERYLDS 7/25/2013 5:39AM

    The secret is I already am wonderful

yes you are...thanks for the inspiration emoticon

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NASFKAB 7/25/2013 4:36AM

  great you did it

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