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The Art of Managing Expectations-Risk vs Reward

Something I am working on in recent weeks is trying to manage my expectations. Because I am a control freak and I thrive on consistency, I am sometimes frustrated when things don’t go the way I expect them to go. I would make a terrible baseball player-pitchers would have a …

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Living Outside the Comfort Zone

I can now say it has been a year since I joined Gain Strength and Conditioning. What does that mean? First of all, I probably won’t be sharing progress updates about how long I’ve been there since it is now my gym. (Even though it is not  a typical gym.) …

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Recognition and Self Worth

Lately it feels as if my efforts are falling short, not because they are, necessarily, but because they are mostly invisible. In work and in life if you are not one of the best or if you are not shouting from the roof tops about your achievements, then your accomplishments …

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Taking Time to Breathe

It is easy to get caught up in the race-both literally and figuratively, always training, pushing, comparing, competing, with your old self and with others. Every now and then it is good to stop. This week I wrote about focusing more on the process, not the prize, and part of …

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Focus on the Process Not the Prize

This week I am reminding myself to be patient. I have a little bit of an elbow tendon thing that I have been trying to ignore-and that means I have been doing things that aggravate it just enough that it prevents me from doing things I really want to do. …

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Progress Not Perfection

I am 6 weeks into my running training season and trying to focus on progress, not perfection. It is impossible to be perfect, and it is exhausting to try. There is a fine line between being focused and passionate and worrying and obsessing over every detail. Part of the story …

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We All Start at the Beginning

This weekend I had the awesome opportunity to meet and chat with some fellow gym members, getting to know a few people I typically only see during a 7am wake up session or in between dead lift sets when I am trying not to pass out. I thought I had …

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On the Other Side of Change

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”- C.S.Lewis I have been thinking a lot lately about how much has changed for me in the last year, inspired by my trainer’s blog post last …

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It’s Not Supposed to be Easy

Somewhere along the way things got easy: easy workouts, easy runs, a little hard work here and there, but mostly easy stuff. Things had gotten easy and routine and I didn’t even know it, but I felt it in my heart. Something was not right. Even though I was training …

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When the Going Gets Tough

With the changing of seasons and the return of Eastern Standard Time comes another reason to look back and reflect. November is the anniversary of a whole host of  life changing events: getting back to the gym, my first race and my new job.  At this point in the year, so …

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