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Managing the Narrative

Wednesday, August 01, 2012      0 comments

I am perculating a new idea about the importance of managing the narrative. The experiences I have are only part of how they effect me. I am beginning to believe that the way I interpret those experiences and the stories/lies I tell myself abo... Read more

Was Zeniff Right?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011      0 comments

Was Zeniff right to see such good in the Lamanites? He was very liberal and the social experiment lasted for his entire reign. It only went bad when Noah took over and commenced his indulgences.... Read more

Valuing the Moving Needle-Youth Programs

Monday, December 12, 2011      0 comments

I work with Youth at our church. Usually, a particular activity or lesson does not end up as perfect. I am learning to value improvement more than perfection. If perfection becomes the goal, then I would be driven to only accept or at least e... Read more

Getting Ready for 2012

Tuesday, December 06, 2011      0 comments

I am happy to start the process of deciding goals for 2012. It is usually a happy time. I am in need of a little motivation and this could provide it.... Read more

Do Something Significant!

Thursday, August 18, 2011      1 comments

Today, I read in the Book of Mormon about Ammon's and his brothers' goal to reclaim the Lamanites. It says, (translated from my Italian BOM) "They supposed, infact, that they had undertaken a significant (great weight) work." I want to fill my... Read more

Wisdom in Taking a Break

Wednesday, August 17, 2011      1 comments

I was feeling all defeated Monday morning. I think, once again, I wanted too much too fast. I had this intensive and impossible training schedule for my upcoming Half Ironman Triathlon and it was wearing me out and sending my spirits into a sp... Read more

Ordered My Wetsuit

Tuesday, August 16, 2011      1 comments

I ordered my wetsuit for my two triathlons this morning. I am hoping it arrives in time for the race this weekend. If not, I will have it for my first Half Ironman. I did strength training this morning. I had really been missing it. I... Read more

Strange Times

Monday, August 15, 2011      1 comments

My Half-Ironman Triathlon is approaching and my mind is playing tricks. The motivation and success that I have felt for two years now seem to be waning. EMERGENCY! I ran a confirming 5 miles this morning. There were no frills, but it was a s... Read more

Si Vendono Per Niente-Squandering Life/Wasting Time

Sunday, February 06, 2011      1 comments

II Nephi 26-I read a phrase in Italian that somehow rung more true and piercing than the English equivalent. Nephi is commenting on his vision of his posterity. He says, "Si vendono per niente." Translated: They sell themselves for NOTHING! It m... Read more

Motivation by Incentives

Saturday, January 22, 2011      0 comments

I am really being motivated by my incentives. I thought the dust pan and broom would be easy to attain, but I really had to kick in the turbos to jumpstart the weight control after an indulgent holiday season. I could have easily afforded and ... Read more

Prisoner to My Personal Best

Wednesday, January 12, 2011      1 comments

Today I ran 5 miles. It was a full 3 minutes worse than my personal best. I think I need a different approach. Attaining those numbers again seems impossibly hard. But, I will keep plugging. That is how I got to the PB anyway. I think I wi... Read more

Change Takes Time-For Better or For Worse

Tuesday, January 04, 2011      0 comments

I kind of let things slide toward the end of the year--from Halloween on. It was a conscious decision. It was also a bad decision. Now, just because the year changed, I somehow think I can miraculously about face without any pain. Such is no... Read more

To Make and Keep Commitments

Monday, January 03, 2011      2 comments

I read this quote this morning in the Preach My Gospel (A Guide to Missionary Service): Commitment is an essential part of repentance. It is the act of obligating oneself to a course of action and then diligently follwoing through on that ... Read more

Our Beloved Sam Puppy (video blog)

Monday, October 25, 2010      6 comments

I appreciate everyone's thoughtfulness. It really does help knowing that people care for you. God bless you all...This is Sam.... Read more

I Lost My Fitness Buddy

Sunday, October 24, 2010      20 comments

Yesterday was devastating. I went out running with Sam, my Black Lab mix. He has been my running partner and there are few things that delighted him more than running with me. During our run, he was hit and killed. My heart is ACHING. I am ... Read more


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