Who Are You?

I’m reading the book, A Life That Matters: Five Steps to Making a Difference by P.K. Hallinan, a pastor and a children’s book author. Even before he was an author or a “real” writer, he told people “I am a writer.” P.K. now teaches a course to would-be writers and encourages them “to act as if it were already so.”

How many times do we tell ourselves “I’m not a ______?” How many times do we live up to what we’re not? Words are powerful. They have the power to kill a dream or make a dream come true . . . in our own lives, and in the lives of others. I remember, as a child, telling my dad what I wanted to be when I grew up. (I had a profound interest in archaeology.) My dad listed the reasons why I could NOT be an archaeologist. My dream was snuffed out. A teacher told me I’d never make it in science. I didn’t. For years I’ve told myself that I’m not an athlete. I didn’t become one.

My mindset has changed, though. Today at the gym, chugging along on the treadmill, I said over and over “I AM A RUNNER.” I still walk more than I run and my pace doesn’t exceed 4.0 mph, but I AM A RUNNER. I’ve never run a 5k, much less a marathon, but I AM A RUNNER. I may not look like one, but I am! Some day others will see what I believe I am today.

Many people (I once was one of them) look in the mirror and say, “I’m fat” or “I’m unhealthy” or “I’m ugly.” What happens when the dialogue changes to “I’m at my right size” or “I’m healthy” or “I’m beautiful”? We become what we believe we are. We may not look like what we believe we are….but we are; our bodies are playing catch-up with our minds. One day the rest of the world will see that we are what we’ve believed ourselves to be, too.

So . . . Who Are You?

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Cardio Coach

My friend, Joyce, over at theimperfectnutritarian.wordpress.com has been recommending Cardio Coach to me for months. A week ago I finally ordered the 5 CD special (they came VERY quickly) and yesterday I ripped the CDs and synced to my MP3. Today I tried out the first CD.

WHEW! Now I get what Joyce has been talking about. I spent 40 minutes walking and jogging with a sprint thrown in for good measure. And Sean O’Malley’s voice was so encouraging. Now…I’m not out of shape. I’ve been working with a trainer for a few months, after all. BUT I do have a major problem with cardio….first I was on medications that made it hard for me to reach my goals; now I’m off of the medications (thanks to plant-based eating, I might add), but some of the residual effects linger. Cardio Coach has me working on perceived exertion not on my actual heart rate. This really will work for me.

This week I’ll continue to use the first CD in the hopes that I can get my stamina built up a bit. Next week I’m traveling and my exercise will consist solely of walking and playing with my granddaughters (no complaints there!). The following week, I’ll probably use CD 1 again one more time and then switch to CD 2 which will continue to help me build my cardio stamina. I’m PUMPED! (And yes, there’s a pun in there if you think about it…)

I have more to tell about Cardio Coach tomorrow (or the next day). For today, though, just go check it out here: www.cardiocoach.com Browse through the site and, if your finances allow it, order the CDs and try them out. It’s like having a personal trainer to push you without the cost. You, too, could be saying “WHEW!”