One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Weekend Quote: We CAN do anything

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I was inspired to write this weekends quote while coding my my 1/2 marathon training schedule. I’ve been working on it all day learning from Hal Higdon and a few other sources my twitter friends pointed me to.

As I sat back and looked at the coming months I got scared. I mean that’s A LOT of running. What am I getting myself into? Do I really want to do this? Am I capable? Am I CRAZY?

So I sought out some inspiration and this quote by Norman Vincent Peale jumped out at me…

Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are capable of greater than we realize.

I know I’ve said "I can’t" so many times in my life. I remember uttering the phrase "I can’t lose weight" in my 20s. Just last year I clearly remember saying "I can’t run." Even during the birth of the toddler I yelled to the husband "I CAN’T DO THIS!"

Well guess what, I’ve kept off 65 pounds for 3 years now. I ran a 5k 2 days ago (on a whim I might add.) And, well, you all know the toddler is right here by my side. :)

The point is we really CAN do what we put our minds to. It may not be easy but it’s definitely possible!

Well I’ve made up my mind to run in these races this year and I’m going to do what it takes to finish! What about you? What are you doing this year? What do you really want to do?

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There are 17 comments so far.

    Eliana Turner

    January 3, 2009

    Thank you Roni, I needed to hear that.


    January 3, 2009

    Roni my fitness goals this year are to run a 10 miler in July and by the end of the year get my certification for personal training! Yep, those are my plans..and well I CAN do it!


    January 3, 2009

    I reeeaaally want to run a 5K in the spring. I can run no problem on a treadmill, but if I try to run outside, I can barely make it down the street! I think my mind is definitely getting in my way. I have to keep saying to myself, I CAN DO IT! I know I can…. I think ;)


    January 3, 2009

    Yes, we can! I’m going to run a marathon by year end, with shorter races along the way. And, I want to drop at least another 50# this year.


    January 3, 2009


    This is the book that I’m using to train this year

    It is set up with each chapter as a week out of your training schedule…and it goes through the mental and physical aspect of running. I think it’s a great set up to use when training.

    Also you can use (and click on gold schedule) and they have a training schedule that takes you up to the Cherry Blossom 10 miler….and then you only have 3.1 more miles to add between April 5 and May 31. (this is the one I’m using to train for the 10 mile before the half)

    Hope they help!


    January 4, 2009

    Hi Roni, thanks for posting your schedule and these thoughts. I’m really looking forward to following your running training and successes as I’m also doing a half marathon around the time you are. You’re going to do great!


    January 4, 2009

    Thanks for sharing the quote and the thoughts. It is amazing that once we muddle through something we didn’t think we were capable of the strength and sense of empowerment it gives. With me it was losing my mom nearly 10 years ago, moving up in the ranks of a company I worked for over 16 years, then getting so far up the ladder and saying goodbye so that I can enjoy my son’s growing up years. Hey I may have to come up with many unique ways of making Ramen, but it’s all worth it when I see him smile, hear his laugh…etc. I was so scared thinking I’d made the biggest mistake of my life until the third day I was off and my son was finally completely and totally out of diapers!!! It took me 3 days to get my 3 year old potty trained and that gave me much more of a sense of accomplishment than any accolades or raises at my job. I couldn’t have picked a worse time to take a leave of my senses…with the economy and all, but I know there’s a much higher Authority in control and He won’t leave His children begging for bread (Ps. 37)…Sorry to go on and on, guess I need to go to bed too!!!


    January 4, 2009

    Hi Roni, My running goal for 2009 is to complete the C-2-5K before June when I visit my sister in law in CA so I can go out for a run with her. She has made jokes about my not exercising in the past and I want to show her I am not who she thinks I am! I am much more than she thinks!


    January 4, 2009

    Roni, I stumbled across you blog on Friday night and have enjoyed it so much. I even made your sauce last night with spaghetti squash. Delish! I jointed ww on line a week ago and was struggling with hunger. That dish felt like a real meal! Your pictures and success are inspirational and your blog is just great. I can’t say much about the marathon running at the moment, it’s so cold here and it’s a challenge to take my puppy for her walk. But who knows, some day. Thanks again and I’ll stay tuned.


    January 4, 2009

    I have had those same thoughts and believe me I have had a hard time actually registering for the 1/2 because I’m TERRIFIED I will just be throwing it away.

    But you are right. We CAN do anything we set our minds to. REALLY.

    I found another quote…its not as inspiring as it is funny and motivating.

    “Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'”
    – Peter Maher, Irish-Canadian Olympian

    I have been reading that everyday that I is a training day. It really is helping :)


    January 4, 2009

    Perfect quote! Thanks! That’s just what I needed today. I just signed up for a race that scares the heck out of me!

    Kelly Turner

    January 4, 2009

    great quote- so true!

    Kelly Turner


    January 4, 2009

    Yes we can! I jogged for the first time in my life last night (half mile in total) that wasn’t driven by a nazi gym teacher. And I drew so much inspiration from your video podcasts on the subject. THANK YOU.


    January 4, 2009

    Hells yeah! :-D Me? I really want to get to my goal already!

    Thanks for that!

    Mrs. Evil

    January 4, 2009

    Hey Roni! I just started my training for my first 10K in May!! I am really excited and the best part of it, is that my husband is training for it too!
    I’ve been on my weight loss/healthy living journey for about a year now, and if someone told me that I would be training for a 10k I would’ve laughed at them!
    My question to you is…I’ve heard that I will lose more weight when I start training for my 10K. (I’m 17 pounds from my goal weight)
    Have you noticed an increase in your weight loss during your training?
    A little background: I’ve been working out with a personal trainer 3xs a week for 8 months now, and just started training for my run. So I’m not “new” to hard workouts or excersing.

    Thanks for always being an inspiration!


    January 5, 2009

    No running goals but I do want to reach my weight goal this year and then promptly turn around and get pregnant! Kind of silly to lose weight and then gain it but it will make for a better pregnancy if I do!


    January 5, 2009

    So I subscribe to your blog and am working hard on weight loss myself. I’m considering trying something new and I’m looking for all the advice and support I can get :). It would mean a lot if you would check it out: