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Weekend Quote: Pain is Temporary

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I’m still in some serious back pain and I’ve been letting it get the best of me. Yesterday I drowned myself in chocolate covered peanut butter eggs and leftover meat lovers lasagna. It wasn’t pretty and (surprise, surprise,) it didn’t make me feel any better. If anything, now I feel worse.

So this morning I tried to find my motivation by pouring a big glass of water and making a breakfast with the toddler. We are also planning to hit a local park and a farm stand later today. Sitting on this couch for yet another day is not going to help me get my mojo back. Nope. I already spent enough time feeling sorry for myself.

I found inspiration in this Lance Armstrong quote…

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”

So here’s to not quitting. Just because my training and workouts have to be put on hold doesn’t mean I have to give up totally. I can still stay somewhat active and make good food choices. Life is not all or nothing. I need to find a balance and do what I can when I can and that is exactly what I intend to do.

Here’s to a weekend on plan, not matter our situation we have a choice. We can either feel sorry for ourselves or make the best of a bad situation. I choose the latter. Who’s with me?

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    April 18, 2009

    Roni, you are so right. Life is not all or nothing. I forget that or maybe I never realized that – but you are so right. Sometimes you so insightful :) Hope you feel better soon. Enjoy your time with the little guy today cause believe me the grow up fast!


    April 18, 2009

    Oh I’m certainly with you! Making the best of a bad situation is the only way to keep sane for me some days! Have an awesome weekend!!


    April 18, 2009

    Here here to not quitting. I’ve had persistent knee pain for almost a year now and it’s stopped me running entirely. Sometimes I let that stop me from doing any exercise, even the stuff i know doesn’t make it flare up. Thanks for reminding me that there are always choices and that quitting isn’t one of them :)


    April 18, 2009

    I was just thinking what Lori said. So many times we see things as an all or nothing. I’m totally guilty of that. But I’m getting better as doing “good enough” at times. Good Enough is definitely better than nothing at all. I just need to remember to give honest effort, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

    This great weather will help you get out of your funk. I’m with you! We had a great day yesterday, but the hubby is gone (actually in Baltimore!) but I’m totally determined to get moving, get going and get out! Hopefully the walking will make your back feel better. That seems to help me when my backs gets out of whack.

    Feel better!!

    p.s. if you are ever down this way, you must go to this place we went to yesterday. check out my post if you get a sec.

    Mara @ What's For Dinner?

    April 18, 2009

    Great reminder :) Thanks Roni!

    Lily Mathilda

    April 18, 2009

    THanks Lori for these inspiring words. The words “pain is temporary” have gotten me through many problems in life. :)


    April 18, 2009

    Love that QUOTE! Awesome! Hope your back gets better!


    April 18, 2009

    Empowering! Just because there’s an obstacle in one part of our life doesn’t mean we have to fall to pieces in all aspects of our life.


    April 18, 2009

    In your post, you write, “Life is not all or nothing.” That’s MY quote for the weekend.


    April 18, 2009

    I completely agree with you. Feeling sorry for one self, robs you of your goals and the joyous moments you could be enjoying otherwise. Here’s one interesting quote by Helen Keller,

    “Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.”

    I think it is really great of you to finally beat it and enjoy the day!


    April 18, 2009

    … And to quote the US Marines: “Pain is weakness leaving the body” That thought gets me through many a workout… not to mention the aftermath of a tough one.
    So sorry to hear you hurt yourself. Feel better!


    April 18, 2009

    Roni, you have such wonderful insight; keep sharing it with the world wide web. I hope you heal up soon.


    April 18, 2009

    That’s a fantastic attitude. Thanks for sharing!

    On another note, I will never doubt you again. When I heard you talk on your podcast about BBQ soy chips with salsa, I was skeptical … but I tried them today and you’re right … YUM!


    April 18, 2009


    Hang in there. I hope that getting back on track has clicked in. It’s not fun being couched due to an injury. Have you thought about doing some yoga? There’s a great website and she has posted some 10 minute youtube videos of back pain. I think it’s lower back, but it might help. Give it a least it will help you get moving.



    April 18, 2009

    I’ve been having a down weekend, so I appreciate the quote and the perspective. I need to remain in charge of the choices I make, and know that I can make better ones.


    April 19, 2009

    Roni, Lance Armstrong is so right!

    Sometimes I get serious pain in the neck, and sometimes I let it get the best of me, too. But a physiotherapist I know always says that even if you should not move the hurting area, you can move everything else, and this will actually accelerate the healing process. And she is a 100% right. If I still work out I feel better faster. In yoga I learned to move your thoughts away from the pain and to something more positive, and it works, too. I should train this more, by the way….

    Forgive yourself for the (I bet delicious) fallback and treat yourself to a massage or some healing workout.

    Lots of love!


    April 19, 2009

    hows the pain this morning?


    April 19, 2009

    *Slightly* better, again. :(

    Mendy Gayton

    April 19, 2009

    I’m so with you Roni! I hope your back gets better this week so you can get back to your routine. I know you won’t let it keep you down, that’s for sure.
    I’m ready to be on plan for the week too! Got it all planned out and I intend to stay on that plan! Here’s to a great week!! Cheers!!