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25 Reasons You Might Not Have Logged In

Today is 11100110101days on MFP - well if you are fluent in binary. For the rest of you, it's 1845 days. I don't log food so much anymore. Why? Because I know how many calories everything that I eat is. Some days I have new dish and I will log that.

I weigh myself every week!

I read that some of my friends have not logged in for x amount of days and I wonder why? None of them make excuses online, so I can only imagine - and you know my imagination.

1. You left your Smartphone at a bar, but can't remember which one.

2. You know which bar, and you are embarrassed to go pick it up.

3. You are no longer with us because you were harpooned on the beach by Asian whalers.

4. You dropped your Smartphone in the toilet while going #2 before your weigh in.

5. You were abducted by aliens and forced to ride what you thought was Space Mountain until you threw up. Since then, anything with a screen is terrifying.

6. You didn't pay your cell and cable bills.

7. You got your headphones stuck in the treadmill and you are still there.

8. You had to move back in with your mother and there is no cell signal in the basement.

9. You actually have a job where you are required to work, and it's not near a computer.

10. You got a new PC and forgot your password.

11. The dog ate your Smartphone.

12. You couldn't type in your password on the Smartphone, so you smashed it.

13. Someone hacked your account and gained 122 pounds on your behalf.

14. You're mad because someone told you NOT to eat your exercise calories.

15. You're mad because someone told you TO eat your exercise calories.

16. You were mugged by a chocolate cake and are being held for ransom.

17. You were hoping for a better description in the "Describe the Person Above You" thread.

18. You broke both your arms pole dancing.

19. You ran a marathon and took a wrong turn.

20. You're wedding day came and went.

21. You're new lifestyle doesn't include social media.

22. You became and expert nutritionist.

23. You took up smoking and don't know how to log it.

24. You reached your goal and no longer need support, or to support us. :(

25. You gave up, which really hurts our feelings. Now you are a loser.

Why do you skip logging in?

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Challenging Yourself to Do Better

I run slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter! This shirt always made me laugh. I was a real slow poke when I started running. My walking miles are faster now than my running miles were in the beginning. Things have changed! 

Recently I began thinking about identifying with a turtle.

I have written about lots of topics over the years. This one bothers me a little. It's about POTENTIAL. Oh God forgive me. It's not because I am an average runner, but because, for some, being a turtle is an excuse. Ouch!

What if calling yourself a turtle kept you from your full potential?

What if our attitude about ourselves was a self-imposed limitation? It can be. When I was a teenager, I practiced long after dark shooting pucks, ice skating and stick handling. I came home everyday and shot pucks at the net during the off season. I went to hockey school with the pros - Bobby  Orr to name one. I never made the pros. Hell, I was lucky to make the varsity hockey team.

My brother was scouted for an NHL team. He left the pond at sunset and went to all the parties.

I certainly understand that most of us won't become world-class athletes. Those are the limitations of genetics and age. For the same reason we struggle with weight and fitness, our bodies just can't do some things very well.

Ask yourself: What if I could do better?

Two years ago I ran a race with a friend. This runner was a back-of-the-packer. Doing a mix of running and walking we made it to finish line of a half marathon. My friend was also a self-proclaimed turtle.

Let me be frank about this. In the first mile the complaining started about the hills, the weather and how hard it was to breathe. As the race went on, I heard a lot of turtle talk; not just from my friend, but other runners in the back of the pack.

It was a cesspool of negativity back there.

Every runner knows that a training run should allow you to carry on a light conversation while running. In a race, you should be hard pressed to spit out a single word. :)

Negative self-talk will produce negative results.

It can be about your speed, your looks, your weight loss, your job, your relationships or anything else. If all your sentences contain the words "will never," and "I can't," you are in trouble.

A changed attitude is a changed life!

My friend has since worked on his form, his breathing and a few other things. His half marathon times have gotten faster and faster. Thirty minutes faster!

If you have read this far, I want you know that I am not down on slow runners.  Some of us just are. Some of us run just for the fun of it and don't care about times, pace or speed. I want you to be proud of your accomplishments. I want you to be encouraged to do better. That is all.

Let me tell you what running has done for me.

When I started I ran because walking took so dang long. I was run/walking 14 or 15 minute miles. I walked a 20 minute mile. I was almost 70 pounds overweight. I worked hard and ran my first 5K after picking away at C25K for an entire year.

31:41 was the best I could do with my body, which was recovering from congestive heart failure. I was still obese at the time. I was happy to finish, I learned a lot about racing that day.

I still struggle with my body, cancer and the emotional and physical changes have taken their toll. 

When I ran my first marathon, I did more than I thought I would do. I am still amazed when I toe the line expecting to finish 26.2 miles. I still can't wrap my head around what my body is able to do.

This past week, after a very tough season of illness, I toed the line of my 33rd 5K. I decided to just run - run as hard as I could! I looked at my Garmin only 3 times. I ran too fast to talk, too fast to take my eyes of the road ahead.

I ran like the hare.

I set a personal record of 22:14. That is almost 10 minutes faster then when I started! It took me 5 years, a little bit of a downhill and a strong tailwind, but I did it.

I have one question: When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you see an elephant, a turtle, or have you learned to see your potential?

Go run and have fun. And push yourself a little.

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I am Strong, but I am Tired!

I think about all the inspiration I have received in my life. I have my heroes. I need to do more in life than hang on for the ride.

I need to get out there and live it!

Yesterday I was back at the doctor for a follow up to February's surgery. It was all good news; nothing life threatening!

So what's wrong after a million tests, surgery and a CT scan? I don't feel 100%.

I am always looking for perspective. Isn't that what inspiration does? It allows us to see our lives in the midst of the big picture we call life. Whether you look forward to a dirt nap or a lifetime in eternity, you still only have today - NOW!

I guess I started feeling sorry for myself. Stupid, right?!

I have a lot to be grateful for. Despite the fact that I can't even remember how many surgeries and procedures I have had in the last 5 years, I am still here - still standing. I have 3 really great daughters; one is getting married in the fall. I have a job and a car and few people that love me.

Oh yeah, and I can still run! The Dublin Marathon in the fall sounds nice!

I get to eat every day, and because I run, I get to eat more than those who don't! I enjoy a few hobbies as well as running. I am a competitive shooter and I am getting better and better. My music is returning too. I went to a concert and thought, I can play that.

So I went home and strung up my Les Paul guitar.

The problem with me is that some days I get tired of doctors - all that probing and prodding - drop your underwear - cough - is this your current prescription list? Other days I get scared that I will end up dying a slow and painful death due to cancer. Having appointments every three months is a constant reminder of how fragile this whole thing is. Last fall I cancelled them all. That was including a day surgery. In fact I didn’t reschedule it for months.

Sure, I fight back!

I ran a 10 mile race in Newport, Rhode Island on Sunday. I DID not wear my Cancer Sucks t-shirt. I just wanted to run and have fun. It was a good day. i pretended all this wasn't happening to me.

Yesterday I started dreading my needle biopsy in July. I f&%$ing hate them!

As I was thinking about what to write about for today, I came across THIS BLOG  which I wrote a few days after rotator cuff surgery a couple of years ago.  

It is amazing what a little perspective and inspiration can do for you. Who are your heroes?

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Twisted Inspirational Quotes for Weight Losers Remix

When I read the wisdom of the ages, I can't help but have my own thoughts - how scary is that? 
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." Jimmy Dean
I can't change the direction of the wind, but when you fart, you wish you could. DSJohndrow

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Francis of Assisi
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; like going to the chocolate shop at the mall and don't buy anything. Now that's impossible. DSJohndrow
Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. Swami Sivananda
Put your hand in the Doritos bag and choose the smallest ones. This is the secret of success. DSJohndrow
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. Milton Berle
If the pizza guy knocks at the door, tell him you made a mistake and slide the cash through the mail slot. DSJohndrow
Believe you can and you're halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt

Believe you can resist temptation and you're halfway to being screwed. DSJohndrow
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop
No whole wheat bagel crumb, no matter how small, is ever wasted. (and licking your yogurt cup isn't either!) DSJohndrow
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"My behind lies behind me, because of what I put within me." - DSJohndrow

"My life is my message." - Mahatma Gandhi

"My Food Diary is my message." - DSJohndrow

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." - James M. Barrie

"Those who bring donuts into the break room of others cannot live another minute." - DSJohndrow 

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." - Albert Schweitzer

"Diet is not the key to happiness. Calorie counting is the key to success. If you love what you are NOT eating, you will be successful." - DSJohndrow

"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough." - Rabindranath Tagore

"The MFP-er counts not months but calories, and has more than enough to worry about." - DSJohndrow

"The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense." - Thomas A. Edison

"The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, logging calories; second, cardiovascular exercise; third, common sense." - DSJohndrow

"The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss." - Thomas Carlyle

"The tragedy of dieting is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they eat." - DSJohndrow

"Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time." - Viktor E. Frankl

"Live as if you were healthy, it might work."  - DSJohndrow

"The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed." - Eminem

"The truth is this: if you don't know what you are going to eat tomorrow, you might already be in trouble." - DSJohndrow

"Service is what life is all about." - Marian Edelman

"Logging calories is what life is all about." - DSJohndrow

"Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"Losing weight is hard; it's harder if you don't log or you're stupid." - DSJohndrow

"To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice" - Khalil Gibran

"To be able to look back and not see a caboose is satisfaction." - DSJohndrow

"Life is a little gleam of time between two eternities. " - Thomas Carlyle

"Life is a little snack of between two meals. " - DSJohndrow

"In three words I can sum up what I've learned about life: It goes on." - Robert Frost

"In three words I can sum up what I've learned on MFP: Log your meals!" - DSJohndrow

"The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing." - Marcus Aurelius

"The art of losing weight is more like wrestling King Kong." - DSJohndrow

"Growth is the only evidence of life." - John Henry

"Growth is not the only evidence of overeating." - DSJohndrow

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." - Dr. Seuss

How can you improve on perfection?

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