Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Inspiration


Was just visiting Lululemon's website.  Can't afford their stuff right now, but their manifesto was free! *LOL* At least I hope it was, I got the image from them here: http://www.lululemon.com/about/culture

I remember when Tammy ordered a pair of pants from them and they came in a bag with the manifesto splashed all over it.  I wasn't very interested in much else that didn't have anything to do with the words "deep-fried" if you know what I mean, so I just glanced over it and said "nice."

It's so funny how things have different meaning and gravity once a person changes.  I'm reading some of the stuff on the manifesto now and it's definitely striking me in a different way!

Here's some of the stuff on the manifesto:


DRINK FRESH WATER AND AS MUCH WATER AS YOU CAN.  WATER FLUSHES UNWANTED TOXINS FROM YOUR BODY AND KEEPS YOUR BRAIN SHARP.  A daily hit of athletic-induced endorphins gives you the power to make better decisions, helps you be at peace with yourself, and offsets stress.  Do one thing a day that scares you.  Listen, listen, listen and then ask strategic questions.  Life is full of setbacks.  Success is determined by how you handle setbacks.  YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE IS A DIRECT REFLECTION OF HOW MUCH YOU LIKE YOURSELF.  That which matters the most should never give way to that which matters the least.  Stress is related to 99% of all illness.  Jealousy works the opposite way you want it to.  The world is changing at such a rapid rate that waiting to implement changes will leave you two steps behind.  DO IT NOW, DO IT NOW, DO IT NOW!  Friends are more important than money.  Breathe deeply and appreciate the moment.  Living in the moment could be the meaning of life.  Take various vitamins.  You never know what small mineral can eliminate the bottleneck to everlasting health.  Don't trust that an old-age pension will be sufficient.  THE CONSCIOUS BRAIN CAN ONLY HOLD ONE THOUGHT AT A TIME.  CHOOSE A POSITIVE THOUGHT.  Observe a plant before and after watering and relate these benefits to your body and brain.  Practice yoga so you can remain active in physical sports as you age.  Dance, sing, floss and travel.  Creativity is maximized when you're living in the moment.  Sweat once a day to regenerate your skin.  WHAT WE DO TO THE EARTH, WE DO TO OURSELVES.  The pursuit of happiness is the source of all unhappiness.

Update: Today, I bought my first yoga DVD - even while all my muscles are still weeping from Monday's Body Flow session.  I am determined to add other poses to the perfection of my warrior pose.  I kid you not, it's awesome.  *LOL*

P.S. Speaking of inspiration, I finished my Week 9, Day 2 run.  Can you BELIEVE that I'm one half-hour run away from completing the program? ME! Me? Yes, ME!!!  I used to be someone who picked up hobbies, dropped them just as fast, and never saw anything through in the longest time.  I could go all deep and try to figure out why, but whatever the reason, I seemed to be content with mediocrity.  With quitting.  But now, here's something that I'm seeing through to the end!  I am a quote on my blog! I'm going to reach some form of enlightenment and it's TRUE!  I am enlightened.  I know things I didn't know nine weeks ago.  I definitely FEEL things that I didn't feel nine weeks ago.  I'm different than I was nine weeks ago.  I think differently than I did nine weeks ago and it. Feels. AWESOME!

I saw a quote yesterday in a running magazine that I was reading (yes, the same magazine that I was reading while I ate the EVIL donut I totally succumbed to).


"The moment of our greatest failure can lead us to the threshold of our greatest success."
- David Carroll

My failure/success threshold I would say was Week 5, Day 3.  It was first run that I wasn't able to complete - multiple times.  The run that I just couldn't fathom getting through.  I just couldn't see it.  It was too long.  Things hurt.  I wanted to quit.  But similar to this quote above, I remembered another quote I had read, where I recognized that I was standing at the moment where just getting past the moment you want to quit is the moment where you'll realize that you could do it...or something like that.

It was pretty much where I realized that my greatest enemy, the biggest/only thing holding me back was myself and when I did, when I found that other quote from Sarah and also realized that by pushing to keep going, even if my legs were burning, even if my chest was heaving and I was huffing and puffing like the big, bad wolf, I wasn't going to puke, I wasn't going to pass out and I wasn't going to die.  And when I finally finished running those twenty minutes straight, there was no going back.  Since then, I've knocked down every other run that I've set up for myself and since then, it hasn't felt as hard as it did on that threshold of failure or success.

Even though I'm not exactly running 5K just yet, I've got the time down and success feels good.  It makes me feel 10 feet tall and like I can do anything I decide I want to do.  I am seriously at risk of turning into the most cheesiest, after-school special known to man, but still.  It's TRUE!

When I run at the gym, there's a corkboard in front of me that's advertising for personal training and with that board, there's three little placards.  Educate.  Motivate. Achieve.  Honestly, just seeing those words and reading them over and over again and focusing on them, thinking about how those words apply to me is what makes the time go by.  It's what helps me to focus when my mind is trying to point out that my legs are tired and I don't REALLY have to keep going if I don't want to. I'm not going to get too into how I feel those words apply to me, since right now, my thoughts are failing me and Bart's snoring is making me sleepy! *LOL*

Alrighty, time to stretch before bed time!  I just read on a miCoach article that static stretching is a really good way to ensure good sleep.  After Bart told me I was running in my sleep, I've noticed that I've been particularly restless and waking up tired, so we'll give it a go.  I love stretching after a run, even if it doesn't help me sleep like a log, it will still feel good at the time!  Goodnight!

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