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Day 86 - "It's not what you do in life, it's what you finish"

Monday, May 26, 2008

"It's not what you do in life, it's what you finish."
-Katherine Hepburn to Martina Navratilova

I was watching Art of the Athlete last night while I worked out. The episode I was watching was on Martina Navratilova. First of all, what an inspiration! She's 50 and working out like she's still in her 20's. Her dedication to nutrition and fitness are incredible.

She mentioned that she and Katherine Hepburn struck up a friendship. Katharine was a mentor to Martina. She said the thing Katherine said that stuck with her the most was the statement that, "it's not what you do in life, it's what you finish." I had to think about that one a bit. I've been trying to get myself to understand that the weight loss journey is about the process, not just the goal. It's about becoming fit and healthy. But this new phrase is still right on.

Yes, it's about the journey. But the journey gets negated if I fall off the wagon and lose my way. If I yo-yo again, I wind up where I started. In this case, my success in the long-term is determined by whether I reach goal and whether I stay there. That's the purpose of all this. Get there and stay there.

So while the journey is still important. And every little accomplishment along the way is something to celebrate, it's still whether I finish this journey that will determine my success in the end.

Yesterday I ran around the house with the kids. Literally. After I realized we were going to be doing this for a while I went upstairs, put on my running shoes, shorts, and jogging bra. Then I moved the area rugs from our running path, and the kids and I began chasing each other around the downstairs. I think we were at it for half an hour. I gave myself credit for 10 mins because it wasn't all continuous. It was nice to see that while I heated up, I was never winded. David tired out before I did. The kids loved it, which was great. As they get older, I want to interest them in running with me.

I made a low fat key lime pie the other night. I saw the recipe in last week's People Magazine. It was really good! Unfortunately, it was really good. Once again, I want more of it than I should have.

Yesterday we had lunch at a mexican restaurant. I wasn't terrible, but I certainly wasn't good. I kept my portion size down, but I didn't get any 'diet' fare.
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