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Day 24 - it really is all about the mind and reframing

Monday, January 27, 2014

This morning I woke a bit stiff, but not too bad, after yesterday's workout. I was wise to limit the distance... because believe me when you're out there and feeling strong, there is this temptation to "overdo". Been there, done that. Not this time... there is this high prize... one last athletic goal. And to give myself the best shot at completing it in 2014, I have to train injury free.

I admit that my initial commitment to 100% compliance for 90 days was mainly focused on the side of nutrition. It's food that gave me the issues in 2013, not exercise. Probably because my entrenched (now) attitude toward activity is quite positive. I LIKE moving my body. But even that had its period of "burn out" and I incorporated some changing up of the activities to get me through a few months there.

Between the Governor's Cup (October) and the WHM (November), I did those swim lessons. Then in December, I dropped that like a rock, but took on more strength training. Late in December, it was my committed trial of the new Spark DVD (Coach Nicole's 28 Day Boot Camp - ad link I think is permitted here, since it's Spark sponsored:
), and that got me through a few weeks.

But now... now it's back to the mainstay: I have a high goal. This year. Olympic distance triathlon - 1500 meter open water swim, followed by 25 mile bike, followed by 10K run. I shall finish.

And now I am again working from the perspective of purpose-driven exercise. If you are not already a fan of ON2VICTORY, he is a great success story of Spark, and I was privileged to hang his REV3 70.3 TRI medal around his neck last August in Wisconsin Dells. Ordinary guy, just like us had to struggle with weight... building as he talked about in the blog I'm about to link, from an initial glimmer given him by a trainer... that he COULD do a 5K.

Now Robert has become a certified running coach, and is giving motivational classes at his local gym. I could not be prouder or more of a cheerleader for this young (to me) man.

So, yes, today is Day 24... but this is motivation for beyond the 90 days... this is the "why" to the 90 day commitment. Because there is a dream out there. That I am still chasing.

The best predictor of success, says Siebold, is the answer to the question: "What are you willing to do to achieve your goal?" If you said, "Whatever it takes", and you follow through on that? That is his predictor of success. Keep that mind frame, and keep on keeping on!

LIFE is good. I love living it fit. And we are ALL worth living it consistently, consciously, and creatively GRATEFUL for each and every day!

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LEANJEAN6 1/30/2014 6:38AM

    Hard to limit yerself when yu feel great----Amazing your turn around!--only minus 5 here to-day!

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BLUENOSE63 1/30/2014 6:34AM


The true secrets to tri success lay in mental endurance and cross training while listening to what your body is telling you.

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GABY1948 1/28/2014 4:56PM

    I sure realize you are a "whatever it takes" girl! And I also know that you WILL MAKE IT!

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MBTEPP 1/28/2014 10:16AM

    Very impressive goal, and injury free training is smart. It is so easy to over train.

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/28/2014 1:34AM

    You are TOTALLY going to enjoy the journey to that new finish line. GO BARB!!

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KPETSCHE 1/28/2014 12:54AM

    You GO, girl! I know that you will be successful. Stay strong, Barb! But remember to have fun, too!

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SUSANNAH31 1/28/2014 12:23AM

    You are so fortunate to have developed the interest and ability for races.
They are perfect goals to train for.

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ROXYZMOM 1/27/2014 10:34PM

    Love this and that you
'got it"11

Stay tough!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/27/2014 9:52PM

    Very good!

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MSLZZY 1/27/2014 9:46PM

    Whatever it takes! You nailed it!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/27/2014 6:08PM

    I love living fit, too -- although I'm not yet ready to try even a sprint tri. I admire your goal and the way you are embracing the Olympic distance tri. I expect that you will train smart and won't be surprised if you are able to accomplish this admittedly challenging goal this year!! -Marsha

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DLDMIL 1/27/2014 5:12PM

    Great blog. emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 1/27/2014 4:55PM

    dreams pursued lead to success

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EMMACLAIRE5 1/27/2014 2:52PM

    What a great goal! And a perfect motivation to training while staying injury-free. I'm hoping my plantar fasciitis improves quickly enough that I don't lose all my running base - though if I have to start over from scratch, I will.

Have a great Monday!

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LESLIELENORE 1/27/2014 2:35PM

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DALID414 1/27/2014 1:35PM

    Food is my issue, too. If we could outrun a poor diet, we'd be in the money!

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MANDELOVICH 1/27/2014 12:43PM

    Gratitude is everything! Beautiful!

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BOOKAPHILE 1/27/2014 10:11AM

    I like moving my body, too, when I'm fit or seriously working at it. When I was heavy, I disliked it a lot! These days my DH is likely to find me doing some kind of spontaneous movement just for the joy of it. It usually makes him laugh.

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MIRAGE727 1/27/2014 9:14AM

    All I can say is "A healthy lifestyle rocks! We become aware of the potential for greatness within!"

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DDOORN 1/27/2014 8:32AM

    Such amazing dreams and goals you have! I have no doubts that you'll attain 'em too...!

Yes, ON2VICTORY is another one of our wonderful Sparkers...of which there are so SO many, such as YOURSELF as well! :-)


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1CRAZYDOG 1/27/2014 8:24AM

  Good job, Barb! HUGS

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WATERMELLEN 1/27/2014 8:15AM

    "Whatever it takes". Yeah. But: injury free!

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KALIGIRL 1/27/2014 8:10AM

    Here's to catching that dream!
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CELIAMINER 1/27/2014 8:08AM

    You motivate me so much! I love Robert's story, and he is a tremendous inspiration as well.

Finished Steve Siebold's Fatlosers course yesterday, and I have to admit I took the course more out of curiosity as you posted your daily experience and comparison with the last time you went through it. Thus, I did not get totally on board with 100% compliance and the 90-day challenge, but after reading about your goal of an Olympic distance triathlon, I am leaning toward starting a challenge of my own.

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JSTETSER 1/27/2014 7:50AM

    Thanks I will check him out!

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DOGLADY13 1/27/2014 7:46AM

    Olympic distance - you rock! I have no doubts that I can do the bike and the run. The swim scares me. It is a fear for me to conquer. I'm toying with the idea of more swim lessons, but not yet. I want to master the strength part. I asked myself the question "What are you willing to do to compete in an Olympic distance triathlon" and my answer was NOT "whatever it takes." I am pondering "What are you willing to do to conquer your fear of swimming long distances in open water?" I'm almost at "whatever it takes," but not quite. Need to sit with it a while.

Great blog. You got the rocks rolling around in my head.

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