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2012 August

Persistence Pays Off

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If I had a nickel for every time I quit something...well, let's just say I wouldn't be writing this blog post from my tiny apartment, surrounded by furniture purchased from the likes of Walmart and Big Lots. My weight has fluctuated up and down (and up and down again) since I was in elementary … [Read more...]

Dressing the Part: My Running Essentials

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Unlike my Muay Thai kickboxing obsession (not cheap!), I assumed that running would be a relatively inexpensive sport. Sneakers can be pricey, but other than that, what else could you possibly need? Oh, how wrong I was. Since I started running more seriously, I've discovered just how much you need … [Read more...]

How Self-Discipline Makes All the Difference

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In my Muay Thai kickboxing class, the instructor talks a lot about discipline. The cornerstone of martial arts training, self-discipline is even part of the "Student Creed" we have to recite before leaving class (along with things like perseverance and honesty), and he often ends class with a speech … [Read more...]

The Thing You Think You Cannot Do

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There was a one-credit course I was required to take during my senior year in college -- "Personal Fitness" -- and as part of our final test at the end of the semester we were required to run one mile around the indoor track in the campus' recreation center. The humiliation of that day is seared … [Read more...]