One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Weekend Quote: Do What You Can When You Can

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This weekend’s quotes comes to you via Nashville Tennessee! Did you hear the accent?? :) I haven’t had a chance to see much of anything except the Hotel Preston so far but I’m hoping When Blissdom ’09 ends tomorrow morning I’ll at least take a walk around the city.

In the meantime, I was able to squeeze a run this morning before breakfast. According to my training schedule I was suppose to do 4 miles on Thursday, a training session on Friday, rest today and then 5 miles tomorrow. Well things aren’t going quit as planned. Don’t get me wrong, I’m working out and I feel great but that perfectionist nagging voice in my head is giving me crap about it. This is the same voice that sabotaged every diet attempt through my 20’s by saying things like "Ohh crap, they’ll be pizza there, I might as well wait until Sunday to start my diet."

Yup. I STILL grapple with that voice. Except it’s not so much in the food department anymore it’s with the workouts. My guess is, I’ll always be trying to silence this negativity in my head. It’s just the way I’m wired.

So when I set out to write this weekend’s quote, this popped into my head…

Do what you can, when you can, with what you have.

I have NO ideas who said that or if it’s even a famous quote but it makes me feel better. It calms my inner negative perfectionist voice and reminds me my effort is still a success. I don’t have to be perfect!

Here’s what I fit in this morning with the time and motivation I had, not bad, huh? That inner perfectionist biotch was trying to tell me otherwise so I slapped her by writing this post. Ok back to the conference. :)

My run nike plus
Chart taken from the Nike+

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    February 7, 2009

    I love this post. LOVE it! I think it’s really the key to maintenance (and weight loss). Thank you.


    February 7, 2009

    LOVE IT. Thanks Roni- for KEEPING IT REAL!


    February 7, 2009

    Weekend quotations help me get through the weekends! Thanks



    February 7, 2009

    Try to walk through the Opryland Hotel! I hear it’s the best thing to see in Nashville. There’s so much to see, and it’s beyond anything you could imagine. Plus, it’s free to walk through!

    Love the practical quote, and hate that inner perfectionist!


    February 7, 2009

    I love this quote so much! It’s the DO part that is so important.

    I’m so guilty of not trying because of my perfectionism. It’s a constant thread woven throughout my life. I didn’t finish college because I didn’t think I could be perfect at what I was going to do (art teacher.) I didn’t ask for that promotion because I worried that I wouldn’t be the absolute best at that position. Nevermind the countless diets I started Monday at breakfast and gave up by dinner because I knew I couldn’t be perfect.

    So this quote really hits home for me. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be, period.

    Thanks for this!

    Great quote! It makes me feel good too.


    February 7, 2009

    Love it, Roni, love it! Not only do I love it because I wasn’t expecting a post this weekend due to Nashville, I love it because it’s so applicable to me today. I’ve really picked up the pace with my running and I am sore as heck today. Perfectionist in me is saying, “Suck it up and get out there and run today,” but the logical side of me is saying, “If you run too much, you’re gonna hurt yourself, then what?!?” So your quote helped….I’m gonna stick to the couch today and not feel guilty about it.

    Laura Jane

    February 7, 2009

    Love the quote! I struggle with that perfectionism too.

    Patsy Houghteling

    February 7, 2009

    Hello Roni – Great Post. I hope you get to see some of Nashville you at least picked a great weekend beautiful weather compared to last weekend. I live about 30 minutes south of Nashville. I hope you have a great visit.

    Benjamin Teal

    February 8, 2009

    First, I am jealous that you are in Nash-Vegas… It is truly a great city. Printers Alley is fun, especially the Burboun Street Blues and Boogie Bar.

    I will add my kudos for the great quote. I use a variation in my life and training, “Roll when you fall, it helps to break the landing.”

    Put another way, success is, many times, about keeping your forward momentum. Though you might not always be able to move as fast as you would like, having the mental toughness to move forward it essential. Life with throw roadblocks at you but if you can find ways to keep moving rather than stopping altogether, you will be successful.

    Think of falling. It is the abrupt landing that hurts the most. If you can roll and keep some momentum, you can get up and keep on walking to your destination.

    Have fun in Nashville!


    February 8, 2009

    Kick some perfectionist BUTT, Roni! And while you’re at it, kick some of mine too! ;)


    February 8, 2009

    I love this quote! Need to remember it, as I’ve been known to toss a whole day out the window when it starts off poorly. That’s what happened just today, as a matter of fact … and now I feel bloated and disgusting.



    February 8, 2009

    Great quote Roni. I think what most people feel when they go on a “diet” is that it’s all or nothing, and so once things don’t go perfectly, they give up. I think this goes with the whole idea of thinking of the diet as a life change. Once it becomes permanent instead of just temporary, you have to realize that things aren’t always going to be perfect because people aren’t perfect. You need to go with the flow and make the best choices out of whatever’s available, even if all the options aren’t always great.


    February 8, 2009

    Great quote! If we could all learn to keep that in mind, not only “diet” wise but in all that we do. there would be so many more happy people. Imagine how much self-induced stress and anxiety would disappear! Hope you enjoyed your weekend.


    February 8, 2009

    I agree w/everyone…great quote, Roni! Thanks for touching base while in Nashville! Hope you’re having a great time! Can’t wait to hear all about it!


    February 8, 2009

    Hey Roni, great quote. You activated the librarian in my soul and I think this is the entire quote: (It’s a keeper!)

    Do What You Can

    A motivation by Ralph Marston, Jr.

    Do what you can, when you can, where you are, with whatever you have available to you. Though you may not have enough time or resources right now to finish, you have some time available to get started.

    Every book that was ever written, no matter how lengthy, was written one word at a time. Every race that was ever won was completed one step at a time. Great accomplishments come from stringing one effort on top of another.

    With enough small efforts, anything can be achieved. Though you may not have the time or the resources to make a big impact, use what you do have to make a small difference. Do it often enough, with commitment and focus, and the big results will surely come.

    Don’t waste the time you have by complaining that there’s not enough of it. Use it to do what you can. As quickly as time is used it is replaced, but if you don’t use what you have right now, you’ll never get the opportunity again.

    Do what you can, every opportunity you get. You’ll soon find yourself getting exactly where you wish to go.


    February 8, 2009

    Ahh that little voice, which at times is a large loud, overbearing scream. Thanks for a great quote, it silenced my own “little voice” for now…. phew.

    Kristi Summer

    February 8, 2009

    I have that voice too. but what you said will hopefully help silence that nasty little voice for both of us…or we can wish can’t we!


    February 9, 2009

    SMACK!! You totally put her in her place :)

    Great run!!

    Diana (Soap & Chocolate)

    February 9, 2009

    What a great quote. That is mantra-worthy. I resolve to remember it!