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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ll keep the rest of this short and just share some random favorites as of late.
Favorite post long run routine.
Favorite post long run meal.
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.
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.
(I have a thing for small silverware and huge bowls and mugs. Weird.)
Favorite surprise packages to find at the doorstep.
Chobani Champions complete with two packs of our favorite flavor Chocolate Chunk.
Favorite thing we did this past week as a family.
We made some make shift s’mores on the patio.
Then we gave Kitty lots and lots of sticky hugs.
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.
Yay! Have a wonderful Saturday and a great start to December friends!