Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Full of hope...

"I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”
~ General George S. Patton

I was on Facebook this morning (yes...I am a FB junkie) and found this quote listed under one of my friends. How profound.

If you read my last post, you might be wondering what my plans are for the next 5 months. Some of you even commented (I love comments...I really really do!!!) In the last 24 hours, I put the goals and plans on paper and took action.

1. I had a chat with my parents and explained to them that Ironman is an important goal for me. Whether they supported me or not, my plan is to continue to train and complete the event. My parents brought up the fact that I have EIA (Exercise Induced Asthma)...and I countered with a list of Olympic and Professional athletes with the very same thing. They brought up that I use to have stress fractures in my feet. I informed them I had an MRI and a bone density scan less than a year ago that showed I had some arthritis but that was fractures. They kept coming up with all these excuses...and I kept explaining that I was tired of excuses....I wanted action. With or without their support, I plan to move forward.

2. I got a new nutrition program and informed the nutritionist that she needed to PUSH ME. She needs to hound me on a regular basis to keep me on track. I don't know about you, but one of the hardest things to admit about yourself is your shortcomings. One of mine is consistancy. I need help in this area and hopefully this woman will help me and keep me on the right path. I KNOW its not going to be perfect...I have to keep reminding myself that if I stumble, I can't keep stumbling...that I have to correct it and get back on the right path of good nutrition.

3. Hector and I agreed to 2 workouts a week with one of the workouts being 2 hours. I explained, again, that I needed accountability. I have a hard time doing ALL the workouts alone. I need help!! He agreed and we have a plan.

The next months are going to be hard ones but Im ready. One of the hardest things to do is love yourself along with loving the others in your life. It took me this long to figure out that I haven't been loving and taking care of myself...its time to start.


Kate said...

Hurrah for You! I am so proud and lucky to know you! And good for you for sticking up to the naysayers. You can do it!

DLDancer said...

YIPPEE!!! Stick to your plan and you can do anything! I can't wait to be at that finish line on November 7th! Hugs!!!!

Lani said...

Yeah! Recently read a GREAT quote by Joel Friel regarding food that has helpd me TREMENDOUSLY. Want to know what it is (and I'm paraphrasing it's not in front of me).

What you put in your mouth today is what it is going to look like on your body in 6 months. Do you want to look like a Twinkie?

It really makes me think. Foods that are good choices are dense, hard (think carrots). I want to be hard not soft and squishy like a Twinkie (which I hate BTW).

Can't wait to see where you go!

IronBob said...

My parents do the same thing. They ask my brother why he does Ride the Rockies (400+ miles in a week) and me the Ironman thing. Then they realize that my Dad's only three brothers died between 40 and 50 of heart attacks and they question me less for fear my alternative path would lead toward the more frightening result.

You know I am going to throw one H*LL of a party Wednesday night before the race in PC for all us bloggers which is just another good reason to take the path that leads to IMFL.

Cheers and tell the folks Ironbob said "CHILL OUT!!"

Anonymous said...

Good for you - congrats on a great race and best wishes for the decision going forward. You CAN do it!!!!!!!!!!

PS... you have to do it, as I need to know everything about the race. I'm planning on comin' over and doing it! Another couple of years away, but it's still the plan.

Calyx Meredith said...

Love is the answer! Yay you for loving yourself enough to commit to your true path. Yay you for loving yourself to gather and create the support you need for your journey. YAY YOU!! It's so exciting to follow along.

ShirleyPerly said...

That is a great quote!

And FWIW, my mom too is not supportive of my endurance sports activities either. Fat or skinny I think most parents just worry about their kids who do extreme things. Sorry our paths have not yet crossed here in Orlando!