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Embrace Your Current Place

I went to spin class today for the first time since the boot removal. I was huffing, puffing and sporting a giant red tomato face. I could not believe how much I had “lost” in just a few weeks. After class, I texted Coach Monster to report my findings of complete and utter feelings of starting over again, feeling exactly like a newbie triathlete again.

He wrote me back:  

“Patience, grasshopper. You are where you are. Embrace your current ‘place’ and be thankful that you are moving forward towards your fitness goals. In the end, it is all any of us can do.”

[After he sent the text, then he ninja chopped six bad guys in an alley outside his dojo. Just sayin.]

Embrace your current place….

Take a hint from the Swim Bike Kiddos.  Who have no problem with this mantra.

I responded: “If we could only see ourselves through the eyes of others.”  One of my favorite quotes from Coach Carrie.  For even Coach Monster has had some negative statements about himself lately. Coach C always tells me:  “Remember to see yourself as others see you” which is kind of scary, but also reassuring.  Because we are the biggest enemies of ourselves.

Embrace your current place…

However, sometimes we do not want our current place. I completely understand that.  So how do we embrace a place we aren’t loving? How do we move forward when every step (literally and figuratively) hurts?

At the risk of sounding mumbo-jumbo-hocus-pocus, I believe that the simple Law of Attraction is at work. We must embrace the place, miserable or happy, and put out the positive vibes into our little universe. With the outpouring of positivity, good things are attracted, and better things appear on the horizon.

I go back to this quote all the time: 
Just because something isn’t happening for you right now… doesn’t mean that it will never happen. 

I must repeat that mantra, sometimes 10000000 times a day….or else, I’d become Swim Bike Murderer.  Just sayin.

For example, just because my swollen pork foot is a “decroded piece of crap” right now, doesn’t mean it will be a piece of crap for always.

Post-NOLA festivities = Sausage foot

Embrace your place and have a great weekend, everyone. The Expert is racing his first sprint of the season tomorrow!  (So jealous!)

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Premier Protein

In other news, I am working on a sponsored campaign with Premier Protein. I am pretty sure that this is a “Frosty” Recipe that this Peanut Butter Lova will be Trying:

Monkey Frosty
1 Banana peeled and frozen
1 Premier Protein Chocolate Shake
3 Tbsp Peanut Butter
 Ice for volume
Directions: Break frozen banana into pieces, combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until lightly chunky. Scoop into large cup and serve with a spoon.

Okay…. That sounds goooooood. Premier Protein suggested that I incorporate the shakes into my morning meal routine. If we’re talking peanut butter and bananas, I think I can “manage.” I’ll keep you updated when I try the shakes and let you know what I think!

Really, though, I am always looking for a new protein powder. I used Designer Whey for years during weightlifting, but haven’t found one I really love since then. Premier Protein is also a whey isolate, bringing 30grams of protein per scoop. I’m still living the mostly vegan lifestyle – and while I know whey is a no-no… I have learned not to beat myself up over an isolate.  If you are interested in a new protein powder, check them out and then let me know what you think.

Here’s a sponsored article: Three Ways The Right Protein Can Help Boost Your Day. 


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  • justjennifer

    April 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I so needed this. I have a duathlon tomorrow (5k, 20 bike, 5k)and while I know I can complete it…it won't be as good as I'd like, or as good as I could have done at my fittest. I have a tweakey hamstring and a lot of emotional stuff on board right now. I will embrace what is, and enjoy myself. Deal with everything else on the flip side of it. Healing thoughts for you. You'll get there too.

  • TX Runner Mom

    April 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks for posting. I am trying to embrace my current (injured) place, but it's tough! Best of luck to The Expert this weekend. The Hubs has his st sprint tri of the season this weekend too.

  • 49rTerry

    April 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I'm another faithful reader who SO needed this post today. I signed up for my first Olympic distance triathlon and was just checking out the course. Just looking at it sent me in to a total panic attack. It's 5 months from now, I've completed 6 sprint triathlons over the past 3 years, but I am scared. I don't run, I'm slow and fat (300 lbs) and am not where I want to be the start of this training season. Thanks for your words of wisdom, laughter and love of peanut butter. You rock!

  • Training Mom

    April 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I needed this today. I thought I'd go for the sprint instead of the super-sprint and changed my entry at the last minute. Race is in 8 days. I'll be 'ready', whatever that means, in a good way.

    Re: protein powder, is that one that doesn't have sucralose? I'm sensitive to the artificial sugars. :/

  • Anonymous

    April 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    As I sit with my new "Wilson" and enjoy your blog, I just refuse to slink into woe is me.I really believe in the power of positive. Two years ago I was 45 lbs heavier, a big 16 and not able to run 100 meters. Today I am strong,(except for the broken foot) healthy and still not believing the size 8 tags in my clothes.My next duathlon and Tower of Terror run are in September. Wilson will be gone ! And I will be back into my routine of workouts. I am always proud of every workout , knowing I lapped all those still on the couch. Good luck to all in events this weekend. Kim "Possible"

  • Mustang

    April 29, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I've been lurking for a while…sounds kinda creepy yes? I"m not really…but had to say 1) LOVE your blog…as a 5 months and counting triathlete with a busted tibia that is only now beginning to realize that it MUST come to the party as IMFL is awaiting…( I had several versions of my own Wilson…all of which totally screwed up my back) and 2) as a peanut butta lova….PB2 at Whole Foods is my new thang…not sure if you've tried it?? But any PB ( OR PB and Chocolate…hello!!) product that I can mix with water and enjoy almost the same taste with about 1/4 the calories is worth a share. Keep on keeping on….baby steps…! I'm down to 3 mins walk…2 mins run…rinse repeat…!!


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