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Failures, Favorites and an Invite

Failures, Favorites and an Invite


Good morning! I can’t quite think straight yet this morning. It’s early and I’m still recovering from my overconsumption of the entire bag of Love Grown Foods Cocoa Goodness the other day. Seriously, I have a moderation problem with anything in a bag and my body always pays for it for a couple days. I better stick to squash from now on. Ha.

It was recently brought to my attention that I’m long-winded in my blog posts, especially about food. Um…. nothing I didn’t already know, but it did make me feel a little bad for you all, so I’ll do my best to to cut it short this fine morning.


Yesterday’s workout was a 16 miler. It was long and slow.

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It was really hard to get motivated for it. I just was not feeling it. Sometimes getting dressed and getting out the door is that hardest part.

When I’m having a hard time getting it together I try to make sure I have a matching outfit.

I went with my new Mizuno Women’s Rider Tee


and my new favorite low socks, Pro Compression low trainers.

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Well, lovely, taking some pictures in the bathroom. And yes, the pink Halo hat was purposely chosen to match my pink Mizuno Nirvanas. I have problems.


As usual, I listened to Jillian Michaels podcasts. Seriously, love them. She talked about failure in one of her recent ones. I can’t remember all the celebrities she listed that have “failed” at some point in life to get to where they are now, but I do remember her saying that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Crazy.

Her main point was that it’s okay to fail and to fail more than once. She talked about her team she’s working with on this season of The Biggest Loser and how they are difficult. She used the term “broken” a lot. They’re scared to succeed. In their head, if they stay fat, no one expects them to succeed so they won’t disappoint anyone. They won’t fail because they won’t try.

News alert:

If your NOT TRYING, you’re already FAILING. (Her words not mine.)

It hit home. I’m so scared of failure and disappointing people it’s not even funny. I hide it, I self sabotage and I‘m very conservative with my emotions and my attempts to get out of my comfort zone.

The “ah ha” moment to me was that she said it’s okay to fail and to fail A LOT. Sometimes, like some of the celebrities she listed, you have to fail many, many times before you succeed and achieve greatness.

So….. you fail. That’s okay. That’s how you learn. That’s when you pick yourself up and try again, and again and again.

Love that.

There are many things on my list that I’ve failed at and am trying for the umpteenth time. Some of them involve notebooks and organizing. Ha ha.

My main one I’m focusing on right now is getting my priorities straight with my new promotion.

I’ve got some big running goals on the list too.


Whatever it is that you failed at, even if you’ve failed many times, if it’s something you really want, try it again.



Well, oops. That was a little long-winded wasn’t it? That’s what 16 miles and a lot of “therapy” and thinking time does to me.

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I’ll keep the rest of this short and just share some random favorites as of late.

Favorite post long run routine.


Apply BioFreeze and put on calf sleeves.

Favorite post long run meal.

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Roasted kabocha squash (with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and my favorite cocoa powder) and some GNC protein goo.

Favorite way to spend Friday date night.


Cleaning behind the washer and dryer in the laundry room. Ha. That actually was not fun at all, but it was the first house project STUFT Daddy and I have done together for a long time. We were supposed to be decorating for Christmas which would’ve been much more fun.

Favorite date night meal.


Taco Pie.

I tried a broccoli slaw version and it was NOT my favorite.


That is one failure I will not be trying again (even though it looks pretty darn good).


Favorite new utensils that I’m way too excited about.

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(I have a thing for small silverware and huge bowls and mugs. Weird.)


Favorite surprise packages to find at the doorstep.

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Chobani Champions complete with two packs of our favorite flavor Chocolate Chunk.


Favorite thing we did this past week as a family.

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We made some make shift s’mores on the patio.

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Then we gave Kitty lots and lots of sticky hugs.

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Well, that’s almost all I’ve got for now.

Here’s a couple last things before I’m off to get ready for my favorite way to spend my Saturday mornings- teaching boot camp. He he.


If you haven’t signed up for Michele’s Virtual Race For Recovery to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, do it here. The race is next Saturday, December 8th and $20 donation is your entry fee. There’s lots of fun prizes.


Since it’s a brand new month and all, let’s all try something we’ve failed at before for the month of December, yes?


Here’s a little incentive:

I’ve got another invite for the Mizuno Mezamashii Run Project to give away.

Leave me a comment here telling me something that you’ve failed at and are going to try again this month.

For an additional entry you can tweet the following and leave me a comment here telling me that you did.


I want to kick my fear of failure to the curb and win an invite to the @mizunorunning #mezamashii run project with @stuftmama http://ow.ly/fJO9Q


I’ll pick a winner Tuesday morning and announce in Tuesday’s post.

My friend Stacey is giving away an invite over on her blog too. Check it out here.


Yay! Have a wonderful Saturday and a great start to December friends!

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    Laurel C says:

    I recently did a speed session with someone who is a professional triathlete, and he was having us hit paces that my legs just wouldn’t do. 5:15 mile pace for 800 meters??? Crazy! But I was actually able to hold a sub-6 pace for a bit and that made me proud of myself. Even though I wasn’t able to do the workout as prescribed, I did a damn good job!

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    I really, really wanted to try to start doing more yoga this past month to help with my flexibility. And I went… one time. My goal this next month is to go at least once a week!

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    Annette Bailey says:

    I have trouble slowing down and enjoying the moment. I am always rushing myself and the girls. I am going to make this December one where we smell the roses and enjoy the little things. I know it will benefit everyone.

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    kaitlyn says:

    I didn’t make it to a double digit run last month, so today I’m heading out for 10.

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    Shirley Jump says:

    I can totally relate to everything you said in today’s post (and LOVE Jillian too. Hadn’t thought of listening to the podcasts during my runs–great idea!). I had failed, over and over again, to get healthy and in shape. I would get so far, then stop, then spend six months or a year frustrated and heavy again, then get in a mad rush to lose 30 pounds by Spring Break…it was a vicious circle. Then this year, at the age of 44, I started running. Literally ran 1.5 miles the first month (this past Feb.), at a pace so slow, I might as well have walked, LOL.

    Then I went 15 miles the next month, 25 the month after that. This month, my goal was to hit 80 miles for the month. I hit 77.7 on Thursday, after doing two runs in one day, one super fast run with my 19yo nephew that left me literally puking.

    I got up Friday and did NOT want to run. The weather was gorgeous, the dog was ready and hoping to go, and I just did NOT want to go. I texted my running buddies, and three out of the four couldn’t go. I couldn’t get motivated to go, even though I was THIS close to my goal. I thought about how my knees were a little sore, my back was aching a bit, and I had all this work to do…

    Then the fourth running buddy texted and said yeah, she’d go. Was I still up for it? That was all I needed. I got my shoes on, headed out into the sunshine with her, and in the end, hit 81.2 miles for the month. I had done it. For me, so much of this running journey has been about overcoming my fear of failure. Just running a race, especially one where I don’t know the course, was a terrifying prospect. I would fret and pace and wait till the last minute to sign up, then be a wreck the days before and of the race. Then at some point, I just…relaxed. I stopped worrying about my place (heck, I’m still not fast enough to have a place anyway) and my last two races I ran entirely for fun, not with any target time or goal or anything other than to run with friends and get a cool shirt 😉

    I’ve only been running since February, but as a former non-athlete, last one to get picked in gym, this has become a transformative few months. I am a runner, and just saying that feels like climbing a mountain. I have failed and gotten up again, a hundred times over the course of these months. I will do it again in December, but every run I go on reinforces that belief that I am a runner, and I can do this. There’s no perfection–which has been a hard lesson for me to accept–there is only getting from here to there and doing it the best you can that day, that time, that run. 🙂

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    Shirley Jump says:

    Tweeted it, BTW. And sorry for such a long post in reply. I’m just as long-winded, LOL.


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    Kathy says:

    Man…times like this make me wish I tweeted. Or had instagram (which means I need a cool new phone too)

    Oh well ….what have I failed at? seriously we don’t have time for the list…oh, you only wanted just one thing? Mmm K….lately, I feel I have failed at being FUN with my kids. (Dad is always the fun one and I am the patrol officer ~ I guess~ keeping them busy with homework, cleaning their rooms, reading etc…) time to start being more FUN! 😉

    (we are baking cookies today so Dec. is starting off right so far!)

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    Christy Diller says:

    The ever elusive patience! I will quit worryin about what I am not getting done and spend more “good” time with my kids…..thats the plan….oh and run…run…run…(them watching tv and playing in the basement while I run on the treadmill might not be the best “good” time, but we’ll make it a start!) Happy December!

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    Mady says:

    I failed running a full marathon, but I’m definitely motivated to try again!

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    Kayla says:

    I love that quote, I love Jillian. Her and Bob are so inspirational!
    I have failed at putting myself first. I have realized that sometimes I need to take care of myself and in form I can take better care of my family. As a parent I feel guilt all the time, I’ve noticed when I take that time to go for a run it re energized me and brings me back! This month I will focus a little on me. This month I will push myself hard. I will try so that I don’t fail!

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    Allison says:

    I have failed at becoming healthy too many times to count. I can give a billion reasons why but finally I have found something that drives me- running. I need to lose weight, not a ton but enough. I want to be healthy & fit for life not just coast through it buying a bigger pant size each year. I have failed in the past and let things get me off track but not anymore. I am committed and ready to continue making positive changes daily! Not going to fail again 🙂

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    Such a great post. I am such a perfectionist that I tend to not try if I don’t think I’ll get it right the first try. Though, with running, that’s one thing you never really know about. Good days, bad days, but I do keep trying. Thank you for this thoughtful post today – perfect timing.

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    Kylie Fouts says:

    I’ve been doing “Ripped in 30” with Jillian Michaels, and there’s this one move called the cat walk, and no matter how hard I try I cannot do th move without “cheating.” in December, I’m going to master it. No excuses, it’s happening.

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    Jessica Jones says:

    I have failed to get into a nursing program:-/ I’ve had many fears bc of the rejection from a program. But that hasn’t stopped me from continuously applying to other programs. I know that God has put road blocks in my way for a reason, but I continue to have faith that one day I can help others. I have my days that I have a lot of doubt and that I didn’t do enough. In those moments I have to remind myself to be patient.

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    Jessica Jones says:

    I tweeted! For the first time! Lol

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    Christine says:

    Ive been trying to do more strength training but something always comes up and I skip it. But not this month:) That and I was trying to give up soda but that didnt work out either

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    i failed at staying organized. my house is a disaster and I MUST fix it now.

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    Britt says:

    I failed at managing my sugar intake last month, but I’m going to succeed this month!! Candy cane tea at TJ’s is going to help me manage those after-dinner dessert cravings!

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    Katie H. says:

    I listened to that same podcast episode on my Monday morning run. It really meant a lot to me, too.

    The failure I’m thinking of is private, but it involves a relationship. I’m dedicating myself to trying and trying and TRYING again and again and again until I make it work 🙂

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    This may be a little deep and a little selfish but having an eating disorder I’ve failed on focusin on me an my health and spend so much time focusing in others and their problems. I need to realize if they can’t accept their own issues there is a point where it’s on them and I can’t fix everyone as much as I would like to.

    This month I am really going to try and focus on ME and MY health.

    Then I’ll fix the world after that 😉

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    Tracy says:

    I failed at potty training and being more strict with my son about it!

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    Natalie T. says:

    I really wanted to start eating more raw veggies but I failed at it. I am back at it and hoping to keep it up.

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    I know I’ve said this plenty of times before, but I love Jillian’s podcasts…she always has such great insite on things and I always learn something from her.
    One thing I feel like I’ve failed at in the past is seeing myself as enough, just as I am…It’s so hard for me to not ask the questions of “was that run far enough? fast enough? did I eat enough veggies today? too many unhealthy things? do I look pretty enough?” etc. etc….I’ve been making a conscious effort lately to fight against those questions and see myself, as I am now, as more than enough. It’s so hard to do that somedays but I’m constantly working on it.

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    just tweeted about the giveaway! (@Danica_ipnp)

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    Katherine says:

    I have not yet managed (let’s not use the f word 😉 ) to consistently integrate lifting and core work into my running training but the time is now ♥!

    I will tweet also.

    P.s. how do you get the Gillian podcasts?

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    I wanted to start a running streak from thanksgiving until new year’s, but failed because school has been very demanding of me lately. I’ll be done soon and will be running through winter days….my favorite!

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    Crystal says:

    I don’t set many concrete goals, which prevents me from failing. I really want a 2:30 half marathon, but I’ve never officially announced it as my goal. I’ve ran 5 halves, so in reality I’ve failed that many times, but I guess I struggle with declaring the goal and really training for it! February 24th I’m going to make it happen! I’m taking this training cycle serious for the first time- with no excuses (wedding planning for the past 3 halves)!!

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    Alisha Trapp says:

    I recently relapsed with my eating disorder. For me, it is a failure. But I am trying to not see it as a failure but a learning experience where I can identify why I relapsed and find ways to beat ED!

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    Jess says:

    I love Jillian Michaels and really, really relate to her Biggest Loser contestants. I sabotage myself all of the time and I am so terrified of failure that I quit the majority of things before I start them. My fear of running a terrible time led me to bail on two marathons this year (still ran four, but six was my goal and I did not meet it) – one I had a minor injury that I could’ve run through, but the other was just total, paralysing fear and panic. I am still so ashamed of myself.

    I sabotage in other ways too, most notably with my weight. I am so sad and lonely, but I believe I’m a terrible person who deserves nothing better, who is ugly anyway so may as well be fat because regardless I’ll always be unattractive.

    I have a really tough set of races at the end of December (potentially) and no-one can understand why I won’t give them a try – it’s two marathons consecutive days and so many people are really enthusiastic about it, just out to have fun and seeing it as a challenge, whereas I’m too scared to enter because I’m afraid I won’t even finish.

    Sorry to hijack the comments section with all of this! I just wish I could be half as successful as you are.

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    Kara says:

    I was training for a half marathon and never followed through. I really want to see it through this time!

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    Erin in IA says:

    I want to join a gym and actually stay motivated to keep going and not quit.

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    Andrea says:

    I’ve been trying to take more rest days and have not succeeded! December 1st marks a new opportunity to try again 🙂

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    Caitlin says:

    Let’s see here….. I am always far too worried of what other people think. Does she think I’m fast enough, no I cant eat that or they’ll think I eat that all the time, etc. But I’m definitely coming to terms with the fact that what they think doesn’t matter. To be totally cliche learning to just be myself, and eat whatever I want. 😉

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    Kristen says:

    I’ve failed at staying on top of daily chores. Really working on it for December!

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    Kristen says:

    And I tweeted about it too! @binthererunthat

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    Amee says:

    I failed at trying to go without sugar for two weeks. I’m giving it another go.

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    Alicia says:

    It is so important that I start eating clean and I do ok sometimes but I will work extra hard on at least getting 2 weeks under my belt.

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    Abby says:

    I love Jillian Michaels podcasts too! The thing I have failed at is getting my sub-21 minute 5k goal. I hit 21:05 the other day and was disappointed, but there is always next time!!

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    Tess says:

    I’m a snacker. I don’t really think there is too much wrong with that but lately I’ve been snacking constantly and not even thinking about it 🙁 So I will once again try to focus on my snacks and what and when I’m eating so there will be a start and stop time of consumption! I hope you are enjoying your new job. It looks like your bosses are exteremely happy.

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    Beginner Runner says:

    Well….I have taken up running. Ok, lets say jogging, today was my 1st day. Since my health hasn’t been very good and exercise is usually more painful, I have decided the hell with it, I AM DOING THIS!! I always stood on the sidelines and cheered my kids on while they are running, I have now dedicated myself to running my first 5K in March 2013. My kids are excited. Now, we just have to all learn not to laugh at mom when she jogs!! 🙂

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    Catherine says:

    I stopped working with my personal trainer and promised myself that I’d keep up with the resistance training at home. I failed at doing this :(. Although my running is right on track.

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    Jess says:

    I have been hitting most of my exercise goals, but have been failing at my nutrition goals. I snack to much especially at night! This month, I am giong to eat healthier and not late at night.

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    Tonia says:

    I have been on interview after interview for the past year and to say the least, I have been discouraged. But, I am going to try and stay positive and keep going. I know there is a plan for me……I just need to keep my head up and follow the road ahead:)

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    Jeffrey says:

    I failed to PR in a 5K on Thanksgiving Day. I wasn’t 100% surprised since I was still coming off a marathon that I had PR’d in a month prior. I know, a month should have been enough to recover but I am getting older and it takes a bit longer for me to get back to full strength. Also, I really didn’t have time to hone in on my speedwork. I have another shot this year, the Midnight run on New Years Eve. Hopefully the weather is as nice as it was last year on Dec 31st! The food at Thanksgiving was real tempting but I didn’t do that bad, only gained a bit.

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    Jen Ressler says:

    I failed at red lentil soup and want to try again …needs more spice I think,. First time making it.

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    Jill says:

    I am trying to give up Diet Soda.

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    Joy says:

    I have failed at not taking time out to enjoy what I’m doing, but instead get stressed out about all that I’m not doing. I want to–and need to–improve on this.

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    Sooze says:

    Great post…I’m trying to really live in the moment, as opposed to constantly focusing on my “to do” list and making sure I tackle everything on the list. I’m missing too many good moments by focusing on the things I “have” to do…and I’m really trying to change that! New month to keep at it! 🙂

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    I failed at getting my blog a logo last month, so will try again this month! I also failed at running enough, so that is also on my list 😉

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    Jen says:

    One thing I am afraid of failing at is being confident enough to get my body back into amazing shape.. the fear of failing at it has held me back for nearly this entire year! But every time I go after one of my fears, I end up feeling so happy that I did it. Have to remind ourselves that we dont know how ANYTHING will turn out until we try! PS.. Jillian Michaels was just in my store this week!! (I work for Chanel in NYC) She was adorable and buying a $30 nail polish, haha 🙂 LOVE listening to her podcasts on runs!!

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    Jen says:

    I tweeted! 🙂 my twitter is @heylush333

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    Kerri says:

    I roasted a red kabocha squash this week and tried not to eat the whole thing in one day. I failed. Had half for breakfast with scrambled egg whites, goat cheese and organic raspberry preserves then the other half with baked salmon at dinner. I have another (green one) on my countertop waiting to be roasted. I will try to do better this week. 🙂

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    Kate says:

    I completely failed at eating decently during the Thanksgiving break. Need to do much better on this for Christmas and New Year’s!

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    Samantha says:

    Such a timely post!

    I have kicked my job applying into “fear” gear. I am “failing” again and again with each application that doesn’t result in a job, but just this week I have started reaching harder and selling myself a bit more. Not comfortable stuff at all.

    By the way, thanks for the virtual run info. Didn’t know about that and that is my type of race. 🙂

    Loved the date night cleaning photos. LOL 🙂

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    Suzy says:

    I have failed at relaxing and stop worrying about the moment but rather what is the long term! So many say to love in the moment but I need to stop obsessing about the moment!

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    Suzy says:

    I tweeted!

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    Nikki says:

    Kicking the sugar habit. This is sooo hard for me! I know I would feel so much better if I just did it and might drop a pound or 2 while I’m at it. I’m going to try again.

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    Jill Morris says:

    I have been failing at making time for myself and learning to relax. I’m always trying to stay 10 steps ahead and I don’t enjoy the moment.

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    I think that I’ve failed at crossfit. I always take the easy way out. Instead of doing the WOD on crossfit.com I pick and choose the easer workouts (that usually don’t involve pullups or knee to elbows). This month I want to re-try crossfit and go after each workout no matter what the exercise, I might need to scale them but I want to try the moves that I am afraid of failing at.

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    Jill Morris says:


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    Jamie Atkins says:

    I failed at taking time off to let my injury heal completely. I keep trying to put miles on, only to have the pain come back. It is so much harder to not run at all, then to get out there and run. Especially when this Minnesota winter has been really mild so far….torture.

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    Angela W says:

    This was such an encouraging post for me! You inspire me and challenge me…and I love it 🙂
    I have failed recently of taking time to be thankful. I SAY I’m thankful for my family, my health, friends, etc but I don’t take time to SHOW my thankfulness. My kids are fun, my husband is amazing, and we have a great community of friends. I take it for granted. But this month I’m determined to succeed in showing my thankfulness 🙂

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    Cecilia says:

    I really need to listen to Jillian’s podcasts. Oh and set the DVR for The Biggest Loser! I failed at 2 things this month:
    1. I’m trying to ditch my nightly candy habit. So hard.
    2. I failed at taking time for myself (besides running). I need to get better at scheduling “me” time.

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    Cecilia says:

    I tweeted, @mommiesrun

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    lorie says:

    Oh girl how I can relate! I have 3 littles and I fail at mommy stuff and I am just going to keep on trying. I lost my husband and am trying to balance work as a trainer, teaching classes like you and just started teaching kids crossfit. So I guess I have alot to fail at. I am going to keep trying to balance it all and keep my priorities as I navigate all these roles. i also want to keep up my running….love it like you and would love to get my kipping pullup to be more than one. I think we need to become buddies, I’m the one who pushes the 3 in my jogger..so i get it!

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    Erin in IA says:

    I tweeted!

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    Last month I wanted to read the Bible everyday and failed miserably. Here’s to a new month!

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    Beth says:

    I started eating really clean last
    month and then on Thanksgiving I lost it and haven’t gotten back to were I need to be. Today however I have started anew!

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    Nicole says:

    Monday I completely failed my workout – there was nothing in me – seriously did NOT help the rest of my roller coaster of a day. No where near the failures reading from above comments, looking forward to starting a new week!

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    Jessica Drake says:

    Something I’ve failed at lately is keeping my patience in check. I’ve been becoming annoyed way easier and quicker lately.. I’ve gotta get that under wraps!

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    Sam says:

    Great job on the run!
    I’ve lost 120# and I’m scared to lose the rest. I’m scared to get toned. I’m scared that the skinnier,prettier will have more friends, more social opportunities than the 300# girl. I’m afraid to enjoy exercise. My family isn’t healthy, why should I be?
    Wow that sounds awful on paper :/

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    Sam says:

    I also tweeted!

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    Stacey says:

    I love your posts! And Thank You for spreading the word about my Mizuno Giveaway!!!

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    Rachel says:

    I have been following your blog lately and love it. You training and lifestyle is inspiring (other than all the squash talk / eating – I keep trying to like it but it’s not working!).

    I have failed at embracing my plan to eat for wellness / wholeness and have been using food as a coping mechanism. My goal for Dec is to embrace this concept, be mindful of my eating and journal it Dec 1 – Dec 21.

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    Brandie says:

    I really fail at actually tackling the goals that I set out to accomplish. I always set very high goals for myself, in running, work, mommyhood, in every aspect of life. I tend to set very lofty goals and then become overwhelmed. Once I’m overwhelmed I, pretty much, just give up. So maybe I more give up rather than fail. Who knows, but I need to work on it!

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    Brandie says:

    I also tweeted:)

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    Stephanie says:

    I fail at running slow when I am told by my coach to run slow. I always justify the little bit higher HR. I consciously know I am not recovering when I do that, but I like to run quickly all the time.

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    Becky Przy says:

    I loved that podcast too:-)

    I have failed at getting enough sleep. used to be so good at getting 8 hours. However, the past couple months my work shift has changed and I am lucky if I get 6 hours of sleep. In turn, my eating habits aren’t as good as they used to be (hello, midnight snack) and my runs/other workouts are not at where I would like. I work 2-11 p.m. (45 minute commute) and a toddler so sleeping in is not really an option. However, this month I am going to make the goal of getting in at least 2-3 naps/week to recharge–I might have to do this in my car due to our work/daycare situation, but I know I need to make sleep a priority…I think I have aged about 5 years in the past couple months.

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    Netta says:

    I have been training and there is a hill on one of my runs that I always have to walk on. This month I will run the whole hill without stopping!! I have to get over the mental hold this particular hill has on me!

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    EriGates says:

    I feel that I failed to implement a consistent strength training program last month. I am all over the map when it comes to lifting and some week fit in 3-4 days of lifting and others only 1. I would like to be able to stick to a solid strength training schedule this month. It is especially important to me this month, since I was just diagnosed w/ chondromalacia and am going to PT to strengthen quad muscles. I love running would do so everyday if my body would allow it. However, my body is currently not cooperating w/ my mind and I need to add cross-training ( cycling-which I actually really like) and more strength training. Hopefully December will be the month that I can put a consistent strength training program into action:)!

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    Christine says:

    I failed at trying to have more family dinners last month! Too many dinners eaten in front of the tv after the boys are asleep 🙁

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    I tweeted! @NicoleCleveland

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    Sheryl says:

    I have failed at staying committed to running this past month. It seems like something always comes up and I end up putting those things first, instead of myself and my commitment to fitness and making time for exercise. I want to and plan on making a commitment, and sticking to it, of running at least 3-4 times per week and increasing my distance. I have run a handful of 5k races and want to run my first half in May, 2013. I love Mizuno products, especially their shoes, and would be thrilled to become a member and be able to truly enjoy a brilliant run.

    I have tweeted your giveaway. https://twitter.com/Sheryl_Bear. My twitter name is Sheryl_Bear.

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    Sarah says:

    I failed to get quality time with some of my extended family here in town this past month, but I really want to prioritize it this month! Also made a goal to do ab work 3x/week last month…didn’t happen. On my goal list for December!

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    I am failing at getting dinner on the table when my husband gets home. I have good intentions in the AM but a busy day with the baby makes me tired by afternoon nap time. All I want to do is sit down and dinner doesn’t get done. 🙁

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    I have recently lost almost 80 pounds, and have set a goal to get under the 200lb mark. I took up running so that I could enjoy it again after a hiatus of 25 years. I have yet to get to 199lbs. I keep hovering around 205lbs and can’t seem to get my body to go any lower. I’m hoping that persistance and continued running and healthy eating will get me there. New shoes are a big boost to the self esteem too! Mizuno’s rock!!!

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    I’m really trying to improve my time in running. But I’m continually failing to get any faster. I’m still working and yesterday actually met a goal that I had set for myself time wise. Keep pushing and keep trying! I’m still lapping those on the couch:)

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    Anne says:

    I have failed at giving myself a break and not expecting perfection all the time! I plan to work on this by taking a deep breath, looking around and knowing I am so blessed with a husband and son who love me for myself with all y faults!

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    wendy says:

    I signed up for orientation at a new gym this last week. I thought the class started at 6:30 but it was 6:00….so I showed up halfway through…major fail!!

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    I’ve failed to negative split a marathon, but I’m going to try again on Saturday!!!

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    I failed at half-marathon training, but I’m going to start again this month!

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    Deniz says:

    After having my two awesome daughters, I envisioned I would be back in the workforce by now (7 yrs later!). Time has really flown by and I have made minimal efforts. Until today! Sent my resume out for a part-time job. Baby steps! Hooray!

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    Ashley says:

    I failed at going to a workout class that a purchased a packed or. It’s annoying because it was expensive, and because I love the class. It is also ok because life gets in the way of working out sometimes!

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    I have failed at not being too hard on myself and finding compassion. something I continue to work on and do this by concentrating on what I can do and have done.

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    Jolene Cannady says:

    I failed at my marathon goal, but no fear. I am back in training mode and will get my BQ in 2013. I tweeted this as well.

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    anna says:

    I failed with my running mileage this past mont. Major case of post half blues. I need 53 miles to make my yearly goal so that is what I need to attack this month.

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    Rachel says:

    Since fall semester is almost over and I’ve had so much going on before finals, I’ve failed at running as many miles/as often as I wanted to this past month. As soon as my winter break starts in a week and a half I’m definitely going to make up for the miles I’ve missed!

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    Gabrielle (mareaviva) says:

    I have started and stopped (aka failed) learning to run a number of times over the past decade….I envy the folks I see out running and long to be one of them and yet I always find myself getting frustrated that I’m not seeing faster, more tangible progress. This time I’ve managed to not get quittingly discouraged since July and am committed to it for the long haul! Although it doesn’t seem like much (either to me or to others!) I just completed a 4 mile Turkey Trot without walking. I wish I were seeing faster progress but, this time, I’m determined to not fail at making this whole running enterprise a long-lasting habit…..I’m looking forward to seeing just how far I can go! (I just switched from antique Nikes — seriously antique — to Mizunos. I’m loving the Mizunos but think I need slightly more support than the Wave Rider 15s are providing: I’d love to be able to try out another model!)

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    Gabrielle (mareaviva) says:

    I just tweeted too!

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    Cassandra says:

    I have failed at adding cross training into my weekly workout schedule and being pregnant it’s been hard to find the energy to do so as well. I am going to attempt once again to add 2-3 days per week in during the month of Dec. and hope I can also continue running 30-35 miles a week.

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    Melissa says:

    I have 2 failures lately. Yes 2! The first being that I haven’t limited my sugar intake as well as I had planned. I am trying to get my body to stop craving it and essentially needing it. Having such a sweet tooth my whole life this is one difficult task. The second being, I haven’t managed my time very well lately. I promised myself that I would not be on the computer after my son got home from school and I have failed miserably. This month I promise things are going to be different. If I have to lose sleep and stay up AFTER he goes to bed then that is what I will have to do. Keep on keepin on, right? 🙂

    Thanks for another opportunity!

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    Mollie says:

    I constantly fail to show up to stuff on time…work, church, meetings, picking my kids up from school…you name it I’m late. I have “tried” to quit doing this MANY time, but this month I am kicking this habit to the curb for good. In fact, I was 10 minutes early for church this morning 🙂

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    Melissa says:

    I tweeted! 🙂 @adventuretykes

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    Sarah M says:

    I’m definitely trying the taco pie!

    I tweeted about the giveaway.

    My failure seems to be my abs! Been working on it but can’t seem to stay committed to strengthening my core. Recommitting myself!

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    Monica says:

    Recently I attempted to beat my mile time from earlier this year. A lot of time and training had passed and I was looking forward to seeing my progress. At the end of my miler, I stopped my watch to find the exact same time I’d recorded 6 months prior. It crushed me. In December I will be running that mile again and this time I will crush IT!

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    Monica says:

    I also tweeted the giveaway via @runbangrun

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    I failed at starting my training for my 1st half marathon which is in Feb. OMG. OMG. OMG. 🙂 I will start this week. I will start this week because I don’t want to get picked up by the street sweeper!!!!


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    Cait says:

    I’ve been battling a hip/ham/glute injury and since I had to drop out of my first marathon last month, I decided to give my yoga routine a try again to help with the healing process. I definitely failed last month, so I’m armed with a couple of new dvds and new inspiration for December!

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    Stephanie says:

    I love tiny utensils and giant mugs/bowls too!!! I also hoard yogurtland spoons, they are my favorite and we even have a place in our utensil drawer just for those! 🙂

    I’ve failed at spending enough time with just me and Jesus and reading his word. There’s nothing more important, yet I always put it off. Time to get priotities straight and refocus

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    Janet says:

    Failure- YUCK! The list is long, so I will be kind to both of us! I failed at trying that pull up thing in Cross fit- kippling? or whatever that is called. I’ve really wanted to learn some Cross fit moves this last month- new goal for December! I also failed at not eating sweets late at night when I’m on the computer! Does it not count if I was PMSing? Have a little grace, please! I also failed at trying not to be so competitive with a group of friends that I work out with 🙁 I’m not proud of it, so I will do much better this month. I’m only competing with myself, right? LOL! Have a great Monday!!!

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    Shanon says:

    Not over eat white flour/sugar filled foods. I find once I start with something with white flour/sugar I set myself up for over eating junk all day!

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    I failed (again) at figuring out a consistant workout for the 2nd half of the week. I start off great with Mon, Tues, Wed, but then I work late Thursday and there aren’t any classes I like at my gym again til Monday. So I say I’m gonna run, but then rarely do. Maybe a little Mizuno magic will fire me up? Otherwise, I’m just gonna keep trying.

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    Vanessa says:

    This past month I failed at having self control when it came to sticking to my goals of clean eating, and moving every day. As a nursing student entering her last semester, things are so stressful that I often forget to make time for myself. Speaking of which, I made a goal to eat healthy and move every day in order to help offset some of that stress and feel good about myself…needless to say, although I was exercising, i’m pretty sure I was consuming my weight in chocolate everyday, which although delicious, left me feeling worse about myself AND I was still stressed! So this month I made an inspiration board to keep myself motivated and healthy! Starting this morning with a kick butt TRX workout! 🙂

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    Caitlin says:

    I failed at making creamy dreamy ice cream 🙁 but this morning I succeeded and it was delicous. 😀

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    I failed at incorporating yoga into my routine last month, trying again!

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    Dani says:

    I failed at adding variety to my meals last month, but already have been trying again! Variety is the spice of life 🙂

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    Tiffany A. says:

    I failed at my paleo eating last month but this month I’m going to try to stick with it.

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    I have been failing at pushing myself at my crossfit box. After 2 months it is no longer acceptable to say, “Well I didn’t sweat that much but at least I went.” I WILL FAIL NO MORE!

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    Breanna says:

    The thing that first came to mind is that I’ve been trying to work in workouts on the weekends and even though I have TIME I haven’t been making it to the gym. I want to commit to going to the gym for spin once a week and I know I can do it. I just have to commit 🙂 This post is the perfect excuse to quit having excuses and just start doing it!! WHOO HOO – thanks for the motivation.

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    I’ve had a lot of failures in my running lately, most notably my PW for running a half marathon. I’ve got another one coming up in 2 weeks, I’m hoping to get a little bit closer to breaking the sub-2 barrier.

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    David says:

    I have failed in my last two attempts to BQ for 2014… I’ve been fortunate enough to have improved my PR each of the 9 marathons that I’ve completed, but going out there and trying to BQ, but failing has been emotionally (more than physically) tough. The last time took a particularly long time to get over because I really thought I had it, but lost it in the final 2.2 miles! Reading blogs such as yours however inspires me to lace up and try for a third time… next May at the NJ Marathon!

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    David says:

    Yeah! Posted to my Twitter too! I like it… kick failure to the curb! My new mantra this week..

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    Erin A. says:

    I’ve failed at doing yoga at least once a week. Not giving up though, I think the benefits are well worth the challenge.

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    Lizzie says:

    I’ve been struggling with an injury for months, so I can’t run or do the intensity of workouts I’m used to. So I”ve been trying to make myself do some kind of exercise everyday, but keep failing because all I want to do is run (the elliptical just isn’t the same). But I will keep trying to stay active till I’m back on the road!

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    I failed miserably last month at relaxing and making time for me. I tend to get burned out quickly and it’s not good.

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    I just tweeted — @BlondeBostonian

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    Stephanie says:

    I have failed soo many times at barrel racing its not even funny–but it is what keeps me motivated, dedicated, and addicted to the sport. And when I win, or have a good run, I enjoy it sooo much and take nothing for granted. Like this Video, I am extremely proud of my horse, and myself!! http://youtu.be/QtzFsv8d2Ko

    You should be very proud of yourself Stuft Mama–you are amazing and keep us all motivated!!!

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    Kristen B says:

    I have been failing miserably at being patient, especially gearing up for this Holiday season. I find if I start my day with yoga it certainly helps, along with some long runs after work.

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    Holly says:

    I love this post! I love long winded posts too! It’s your blog, we come here voluntarily to share in your life so keep up the fun, long posts 🙂 Something I failed miserably at was/is being patient with my 3 boys and not raising my voice so much. With Christmas coming I want to try harder to live in the moment and enjoy my kids.

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    Annie says:

    I tweeted

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    Sabrina says:

    I was up to week seven of my 5k treadmill running about 3 weeks ago…..I’m going to start back up and actually finish it! I because if I MOVE, NOURISH, and BElIEVE correctly! I’ll succeed!

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    evelinruns says:

    I failed with my goal of running more than 20K/week during November. This month I’m not going to let it happen. I’m going to focus more on myself and less on whatever things around me, that’s been taking my focus/motivation/inspiration away from me.

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    Katherine says:

    I tweeted about your invite!

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    Katherine says:

    I failed at not knowing my limits. I tend to overextend myself and say ‘yes’ to everyone/everything and put events on the calendar that cause me to lose sense of the order of my priorities. So, I guess that’s failing at finding balance. It’s a continual struggle… but I’m hoping this month I make it right and get all the holiday shopping/wrapping done EARLY so I can focus on the fun stuff with the family.

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    Renee says:

    I am going to quit smoking for good. I have read it can take about 10 tries to quit. This is about my 10th try and I have learned from my past mistakes, one of those is to use my extra time to take walks and finish the C25K. I started 10 years ago in the airport parking lot after sending my baby boy with my mom because I was deploying in 48 hours. I did not realize it would be so hard to quit even knowing the harm it is causing

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    I’ve failed at my expectations for how my running should be at this point. I am truly to the point where I want to give up and stop running. I want to be faster, I want to be more consistent, but don’t know what to do to actually do it. I don’t think I will give up, but I need to keep pushing harder, and believe in myself.

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    I’ve failed at going to bed early (or at a decent hour). I need to get back on track this month, because I feel so much better when I get enough sleep!

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