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Weekend Quote: Just Do IT!

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What ever it may be, DO IT! :~)

Do it... TRY!

This weekends quote is inspired by my Weight Watchers meeting this week. The meeting was great, another member reached a 70lb loss and the group celebrated her accomplishment. THAT’S why I love going.

Besides the celebration the topic this week started off with a quote by Mark Twain that I never heard…

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

How true! The advice that you all gave me when I was considering the casting call for the next food network star was very similar. In 20 years, whether or not I got a call back won’t matter. I will never regret going but if I didn’t, well, part of me would always wonder.

This is how I’m starting to feel about my marathon aspirations. I admit it. I’m nervous. Not sure if I’ll be able to do it. What if it takes me 10 hours? There’s no way I can run 26 miles!?! What if, God forbid, I FAIL?

How many times has FEAR (or low self-esteem because of your body image) prevented you from getting, doing, trying what you really want to try? I know, I’ve done it, a lot. Especially in my "younger days". Now I climb mountains, run races, record videos (was really scared to try) and go on casting calls! All because I just DID it.

One life, one body, that’s all I have. One day I want to be an old women sharing all her stories and life experiences. Not a depressed bitter person who is disappointed that she didn’t, at least, try. Trying is what gives me all the good adventures anyway! :~)

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    October 18, 2008

    That’s a great, great quote. I needed a reminder like this to not be afraid of trying. Thank you so much Roni for once again giving me the encouragement I needed exactly when I needed it.

    Check out Innys last blog post..On carbs, serotonin and why we binge


    October 18, 2008

    Perfect timing for a “Just Do It” post because tomorrow I am “just doing” the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco!

    And I love hearing success stories at my WW meetings, especially when I have had a not-so-good week. It keeps me on track.


    October 18, 2008

    The picture in your post made me literally laugh out loud! My fiance and I had a big conversation a couple of weeks ago because I was feeling down about myself and he was making helpful suggestions for changes to make and I kept saying, “I’ll try.” He replied that that was my problem… I was always “trying” and I needed to just “do”. That totally rubbed me the wrong way at the time, but then I found your blog, and set some goals for the week and accomplished them, and then I checked out Blog to Lose (which is awesome, btw) and now, all of a sudden, I’m… doing. And in the very near future I hope to try some things that scare me a little, but I mostly just wanted to say thank you for everything you are doing and being so willing to let us all watch you try and cheer you on along the way!


    October 18, 2008

    Hi Roni,

    Thank you for this weekend’s quote. It is a good reminder to go for the things that we want to do!

    Check out Zoeys last blog post..The Freezer


    October 18, 2008

    I’ve been entertaining the idea for awhile now about running a marathon next year, but I’m just plain scared for all the reasons you listed.

    I’m going to do it. We have the #1 voted Urban Marathon in the country, why not at least TRY?

    Thanks Roni :) And if you’re looking for a race next year and want to head out to Minneapolis you’re more than welcome!

    Check out Angies last blog post..Patsy

    Bobbi Jo Nichols

    October 18, 2008

    Thank you so much Roni for sharing this with us. I really needed to hear this today. Keep up the great work. Hugs, Bobbi Jo-AZ

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    October 18, 2008

    It’s so weird how we hide behind our big fat body image, whether we’re over weight or not. We’re never good enough you know. And then how amazed we are when we “do” something and its not as bad as we thought. You’d think wed learn. I absolutely LOVE that quote! I might just steal it and make it part of my email signature @ work. Thx!

    Check out Caras last blog day at a time…


    October 18, 2008

    I’m with ya….I started working for WW last month….I was a little afraid to start because it is for a meeting that I attended, but the members know me and we really have a connection. I love sharing celebrations….and it is EVEN MORE WONDERFUL to do it as a receptionist that tells them they made a special goal they have been working for. And a couple of months ago I was debating about whether or not to do it!!! ;)


    October 18, 2008

    Roni, I’ve run 2 marathons and a 1/2 marathon in the last 3 years. When I first signed up for the marathon, I had never run more than a 10k. (6.2 miles). Was I scared? Yes! I trained with Team in Training and looking around at everyone, I wondered, what the hell am I doing here? I am NOT a fast runner!! I was frequently the last one in at all the training runs. But I didn’t care! I was doing it! It took me 6.5 hrs. to finish them, pretty much walking the last 6 miles, I thought out of a field of 40,000 I was surely last. BUT, when I got the race results, I found out 1,500 people finished behind me PLUS 8,000 didn’t even show up! I loved it, I felt a great sense of accomplishment, and I KNOW you can do it! I should say that I ran both marathons at my heaviest, so since you are at goal, it will be easier for you. I never would have done it if my husband didn’t give me the challenge (he’s run 4 marathon, and is training for his 5th in January at the Rock in Roll in Phoenix). And, I trained while working full time and I have 3 kids. You will not regret it Roni! You can do it!!

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    October 18, 2008


    I ran my first marathon this summer. Let me say that if you are commited, willing to put in the time, follow the program (I used the Higdon program) and don’t get injured, you can finish the marathon. Good luck. I hope to do one again some time when I have the time to devote to it.


    October 18, 2008

    I butchered your name. Sorry I couldn’t edit it.


    October 18, 2008

    Boy, did this get me thinkin! hmmmmm Definately needed to hear this. One thing I already know that I am not going to regret is staying home to raise my kids. I feel so happy I was able to make that choice.

    OKAY 2nd really funny thing……In my head I have been calling you Roni, like macaRoni. I was so startled to hear you call yourself Roni… Ronnie!!! Sometimes ya gotta hit me over the head with a pan.


    October 20, 2008

    I just wanted to comment on your marathon aspirations. I have run 2 marathons (and 2 half marathons) and I too was nervous on my first one. I kept thinking, even after all my training, what if I cannot finish, what if I hit “the wall” at 24 miles and cannot do anymore. So many what ifs and not a one came true. You can totally do it, if you want to you can do anything, but you have to want it. A marathon is about 90% mental and 10% physical, if you put your mind to it, your body will follow (assuming you train correctly and if you follow Hal Higdon’s training for a novice you will be GOLDEN!). Doing a half marathon first is a great idea. I did a half marathon about 5 months before my marathon and felt is was great mental preparation. YOU CAN DO IT! I know you will, you definitely have the right attitude.

    A little bit about myself. I have been a silent observer of your website for about a year and a half, through all the crashes and remodelling (I think you have an awesome site BTW, you inspire me). Also, I am the high school friend of the Maureen that posted a comment (struggling with bulimia) about your video last week.

    P.S. Chicago is a great marathon, nice a flat with LOTS of people throughout the race. Chicago is a beautiful city too, which is an added bonus. The Philly marathon is great as well, about 1/3 as big as Chicago (people wise).


    January 8, 2013

    A few comments on your marathon goal as well! I’m a newbie to the running world. I’ve been running for about 8 months now. My daughter was born a month early (last October 27th) and my father died tragically in a fire 10 days later. I had to leave my newborn who was still in NICU (my husband stayed with her) while I flew across the country to bury my father. I was struggling trying to make sense of the joy of having my daughter and the pain of losing my father at the same time. I’m not your typical, poor me, life sucks kind of girl. This was a very difficult time for me. I don’t know what made me or why I woke up after about a month of experiencing a tremendous loss and looked in the mirror and said, “I’M GOING TO RUN A MARATHON”. Well, here I am, 8 months later and I will be running my first half marathon in 4 weeks! I never knew running would change how I look at life. It has helped me in so many ways with finding peace with the loss of my father. I have truly seen the full circle of life. I’m 37 years old with a one year old, (who has been my silent runner partner) jogging stroller and all while I trained and trained. I have ran 5k’s with her as well. If I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT! I’m excited about running my first 13.1. My first thought (8 months ago) was to just start and finish. Now I have a goal of running it under 2 hours. Try not to talk yourself up with the what if’s and start to say, I CAN AND I WILL. Repeat, repeat and repeat! Thank you for letting me share my story. DO IT AND REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN DO IT! Most importantly, you have to WANT IT.