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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"Engineering isn't about perfect solutions; it's about doing the best you can with limited resources." - Randy Pausch

I have had Pausch's book, "The Last Lecture" for a while, but it's only been recently that I started reading it.

The lecture is available online, if you'd like to check it out.

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." -Randy Pausch

I've been thinking a lot, recently, about why I've been plateaued for so long and have even met with some setbacks. I've come to the conclusion that my thought process hasn't been in the right place. When I've been on Spark People and have encouraged others to find the internal motivation to drive them forward to pursue difficult goals, of late, I haven't been taking my own advice, and that needs to change.

If you've ever read the Parable of the Gold Coins, Luke 19:11-26 the general gist is that people are given different lots in life (i.e. coins/cards/talents what have you) and that it us up to us to decide what we do with them.

If you generalize this to our fitness program/journey, we all have different challenges/hurdles/impediments and have different starting points. We have the capacity to decide how we will progress, what gains we will see.

Of late, I've just been content to chug along, doing my maintenance type half hour workouts that are giving me an okay base fitness, but not really moving me towards my ultimate goals (that admittedly change and develop as I go along), and for me, that's just not adequate.

So here is to the realization that sometimes our comfort zones get so comfortable, we are loathe to push outside them, loathe to use the gains and progress we've met with to achieve more, achieve greater things. I was comfortable on the couch, and all I need to do is look at that pic from 2009 to see where that road led.

Time to get my paradigm right, to revitalize my thought process, and to truly, make it happen!

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    Hi Jun,

    I also have been pretty content just to maintain my fitness level. You and I have come a long ways. My feet used to hurt and my blood pressure was astronomical when I was 85 pounds heavier.

    I need to rededicate myself to achieving my goals. I am a big guy and will never be 165 pounds again as I was when I was 22 years old. I just need to get faster and leaner. The good Lord dealt me a pretty good hand. I don't think I have played my good card as well as I should.

    Thanks for a great blog.

    1916 days ago
  • INDNANNA1979
    My thoughts exactly! emoticon
    1919 days ago
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    1919 days ago
    You're totally right! Here's to getting out of the comfort zone!
    1920 days ago
    Good blog. I agree. In order to get my abs I've got to start eating better. Funny cause the last few couple of days I've been thinking about choices and how I have the choice to either fuel my body to run its best or I can trash my workouts with a candy bar and soda and ... I'm sick of going around and around. Now my new motto is NO HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP! I'm going to get my abs. emoticon
    1920 days ago
    Wow...you are reading my mind here. I fight with the idea of change though. I need to pay attention to what my body is saying and really follow through with some changes that will get me to the next level. I need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Thanks for saying it so well...out loud...for me to read over and over again....You are a wonderful writer! emoticon
    1920 days ago
  • PINGELS2003
    Totally awesome perspective.
    I will be remembering this emoticon
    1920 days ago
    You got this my friend... you are awesome.. got a photo like that up right now.
    1920 days ago
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