Monthly Archives: September 2013

Motivational Quotes


It’s getting towards the end of the week.  We might have started the week full of vigour and enthusiasm but lets face it, our motivation can drain away.  So in the first of what I hope will be become a regular series here are a few of my favourite motivational quotes.

David Viscott: You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.

Jim Rohn: Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.

Marvin Phillips: The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!

Plato: The first and the best victory is to conquer self.

Vincent Lombardi: The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.

Leigh Hunt: The groundwork of all happiness is health.

Will Rogers: The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.

I hope you gain a little umph from these quotes!  Maybe you have your own mantra or favourite saying that helps you along when the going gets tough. Whatever it is, I hope it helps you to keep your motivation high.


All the best,

Woodyrunning spoon



I try Zumba…and we don’t get on



Zumba has been very popular in the last few years and I have to admit I have always wanted to try it. Described as “the Latin-inspired easy-to-follow, calorie burning, dance fitness party” on its website, it looks fun and effective.  So enthused, I thought I’s give it a try.  I was nervous as I have a distinct lack of coordination, rhythm and timing and am certainly not agile and nimble.  But nothing ventured…

Fortunately a kindly lady took me under her wind and gave me advice (don’t stand at the back as it sometimes becomes the front, and concentrate on your feet, don’t worry about your arms).  The class was full (1 man) and there was a great buzz. The music was contemporary and vibrant and the moves were complex but do-able.  But it didn’t seem to matter as people were enjoying themselves.  I have to admit although I felt I had a good workout, it wasn’t to the level of Body Pump. It definitely didn’t play to my strengths, but I thought I’d give it another go.

Oh dear.

I went to a daytime class, thinking it would be packed as the schools have gone back.  Whether it was the sunshine or people wanting to chill once the children have gone back, the class was deserted.  There were six people and two went half way through.  Whereas my first lesson had a good buzz, this one just magnified my shortcomings and pretty soon I was quite despondent.  I finished the lesson and decided to give it one more crack, but I fear Zumba may not be the class for me. I think I can get a more enjoyable, all over workout in other classes or using the gym.  Well at least I gave it a try.

All the best,

Woodyrunning spoon

Dealing with disappointment

scales and measure drawing

I can’t lie.  Getting off the scales this week I was very disappointed.  I had exercised a great deal, was feeling fabulous and kept to the plan fairly well.  But the scales didn’t show that.  It was a loss, 1/2lb, but I felt it should have been more.

When you are losing weight you can often feel disappointed; disappointed that you have fallen off the wagon, disappointed that other people seem to shed weight a lot easier and for me the worst disappointment is when you feel you have worked hard but you don’t get the rewards.

So how can we get through this?  It is so tempting to think “it’s not worth it”, “why should I bother?” and fall back into bad habits. But in the end it’s only ourselves we are cheating.

Some positives I have taken from this week are that at times I have made good choices, such as trying Bodypump and parkrun.  I have felt so much better in myself and had some compliments.  Sometimes it is important to celebrate the little victories and remember them. It’s also vital to remember the bigger picture; why are we doing this?  What do we want to achieve?  We need to remember that this is a small part of our journey, and not a complete roadblock.

So I am going to try again this week, and hope that the scales make me happier when I weigh in again.  But I believe I am on the right track and that has given me confidence to keep going and not lose heart.

My advice if you are disappointed is;

Think of all the little victories during the week such as taking the stairs, saying no to desert.

Keep in mind the bigger picture and your longer term goals.

Use your support network, that is what they are there for.




All the best,


Woodyrunning spoon