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3/5 checklist and a book recommendation

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Day Two
Did I stick to proper portions? Yes! In fact, I had to drink a glass of soy milk just a bit ago to even get into my calorie range. When I actually stick to something, I *stick* to it.

Did I go for a morning run before work? Yes, I did! I was 15 minutes late in getting out the door, so I only got to do 2.25 miles instead of the 3 I had planned, but it's still way better than nothing. And, just so it's easier to keep to this schedule, I think I'm going to add in yoga to my mornings on days I don't have runs scheduled. So, yoga tomorrow morning!

Last night, I did my kettlebell workout for the first time in months and I wasn't as sore as I expected to be today... until exactly 24 hours later, and suddenly my legs were SO sore, I could barely walk. So I went and sat in the bath [with some bath salts my mom got me that are specially blended specifically for sore muscles... my mom's the best!] for about two hours [I didn't plan on that long but I was reading and got REALLY into my book]. They're still sore, but not nearly as bad as they were earlier.

Now, the book, which I think a lot of people here would be interested in: "Keeping the Moon" by Sarah Dessen [ www.goodreads.com/book/s
]. Yes, it's a fiction book so you think it doesn't belong on sparkpeople. And yes, it's written for young adults. But it's about a teenage girl who used to be fat, lost a lot of weight, but still struggles with self-esteem. The book is about her search for self-esteem [even though it's an unconscious journey; she certainly doesn't *set out* for it], and about having friends when she'd never had any before. It's really great, and I think there are definitely parts that will speak to people around here. A few select quotes:

“If you try anything, if you try to lose weight, or to improve yourself, or to love, or to make the world a better place, you have already achieved something wonderful, before you even begin. Forget failure. If things don't work out the way you want, hold your head up high and be proud. And try again. And again. And again!”

“Believe in yourself up here [in your mind] and it will make you stronger than you could ever imagine.”

“Being brave and self-confident doesn't necessarily start inside. It starts with the rest of the world, and it leads back to you.”

“I don't believe in failure, because simply by saying you've failed, you've admitted you attempted. And anyone who attempts is not a failure. Those who truly fail in my eyes are the ones who never try at all. The ones who sit on the couch and whine and moan and wait for the world to change for them.”

So, there you go. Enjoy. Even if you don't check out the book, take these quotes to heart.
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  • BILL60
    Great quotes.
    2176 days ago
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