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Living Without Regrets

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 8.31.07 PMI think that many of us have some things in our past we regret.

I have made plenty of mistakes in the past but I try to look at all of those as lessons learned.Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 8.29.12 PM

I don’t want to spend my life stuck in the past or regretting the mistakes I made when I was younger or even the mistakes I made last week!!

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The other type of regret we often have is over things we didn’t do.  I think those are sometimes harder to move past.  Some things we can still do but some of the opportunities are completely gone.

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I don’t want to look back and wish I had been kinder to those around me so I will try to always be kind.

I don’t want to look back and wish I had taken more chances in my life so I will look for opportunities to grow and seize them when I can.

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 8.40.11 PMWhich type of regret do you think is hardest to live with – the mistakes or the missed opportunities?

Happy Monday!  Here’s to a day with no regrets!!



When you Make a Mistake, Make a Good One!!

Both boys seemed to have a good first day of school yesterday!!  Thank you for your  happy thoughts!!!

Today for my 43 I did a standing pilates leg circle.  It is a slow controlled movement that is about control as much as anything.

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I felt this in my standing hip as much as in the leg that was moving.  And, of course this was a 43 that I did 2x – so that I could get each leg.

I did round 2 of The Race Is On (challenge workout of the week from Taylor).  This is a fast moving workout and the person who you are racing is yourself.  I love trying to beat my time each time I do a workout – makes me really push hard.

I also ran again today!!  This time I went outside and it was a perfect morning for a run – 64 degrees with just a slight breeze!!!  I tend to run slower when I run in my neighborhood because of all the hills.   I need the hill training!!  I did 5.5 miles in 45:50 (about 8:20 pace) + 0.50 mile walking for my cool down.

Last night was the band camp exhibition on the football field.  

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It was very cool because we saw a mini version of everything they have been doing the past couple of weeks.  They start with a great warm-up:  jumping jacks, push-ups, up-downs, high knees and stretching.  It was fun to watch them follow all the different commands.  And they actually sound really good!!

This year the marching program is all Styx songs – pretty cool!!

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They have just started working on marching in formation and playing at the same time (they have about 3 weeks until the first football game!).

Screen shot 2013-08-14 at 8.22.08 AMLast night they only marched for one song and did the rest in place.

The band director said they were still in the beginning stages and mistakes were fine.  He said – 
If you make a mistake make a good one – a confident one!  And not the same one you made yesterday!!  

I love that idea – we all make mistakes but we should own it and be confident even in our mistakes!!  The only time that  a mistake becomes a problem is when you repeat the same mistake over and over!!!

A lot of times I think we have a tendency to want to hide our mistakes but the only way we can really learn from them and move on is to admit that we made a mistake and correct it.

I’m going to really work on making sure that my mistakes are good (or at least made with confidence!) and hopefully not repeat mistakes!!!

Are you confident even when you mess up?

Happy Wednesday!!!



For today’s 43 I actually worked my legs a little!  I used this band:

figure 8 band
figure 8 band

I put the band on my right foot and held the other end with my right hand and did a side leg abduction while doing a cross-body curl.

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It wasn’t super pretty (and I had to tap my toe after every rep to keep my balance) but at least I was able to get a little bit of leg action!!  And, you know, this was the kind of 43 that had to be repeated on the other leg to keep things semi-balanced!!!

Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.31.44 PMYesterday I was a little short with both of the boys at different points during the day and later I felt really bad about it – they hadn’t done anything wrong – I just didn’t have any patience.  I apologized and since they understood, I tried to forget about it but sometimes it is hard to let go of things.

We all make mistakes – I probably make at least 10-100 every day!!!  Some are small and don’t affect any one but myself and others are bigger.Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.37.08 PM

When Hunter was younger (1st and 2nd grade), he really struggled with making mistakes.  He wanted to do things exactly right the first time and didn’t want to even attempt things that he felt like he might mess up on.  I think this is something that many adults (like me) struggle with constantly.Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.32.42 PM

It took time but eventually he has learned that mistakes are a very natural part of life and we all make them – and make them often.  He finally realized that he could actually make a mistake, learn from it and move on.Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.32.05 PM

I think that fear of making a mistake (or failing) often holds us back from really achieving greatness.  It is hard to  put yourself out there and risk being wrong or feeling/looking stupid.  But the reward can be so great when you succeed!!Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.32.26 PM

When you really think about it, life would be boring without mistakes.  If we always got things right the first time – YUCK – what would be the point of trying new things?!Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.36.08 PM

When I look back at my life so far, I realize that some of the bigger mistakes I made could have had far worse consequences than they did. (Let’s just say I used poor judgement for an entire semester of grad school!)  Thankfully, I was able to learn from my many mistakes and move on!Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.34.31 PMI think that some lessons have to be learned the hard way for all of us.Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.34.53 PMEven though I make more mistakes than I would like to (in every aspect of my life), I will just keep on trying (and hopefully learning)!  Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.33.17 PM

I will keep asking forgiveness when necessary and also keep trying to forgive myself (much harder!!).  I know that today (and tomorrow and the next day….) I will never be perfect.  But that’s OK!!Screen shot 2013-05-04 at 7.33.57 PMI think one of the best things that my boys (all of us, for that matter!) can learn is it is OK to fail because it shows that you were trying!!!Screen shot 2013-05-05 at 9.22.31 AM


Do you beat yourself up over little mistakes or just shake it off and keep trying?

Happy Sunday and Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!