On perspective

Like many of you, I’ve been working out (more) often and happily, I’m starting to see the benefits of my hard work (I’ll blog more about that later ).  The biggest shift has been from feeling obligated and petulant about exercise to looking forward to my time.  I’m proud of the effort, I enjoy the sweating, the puffing, the sore muscles and the energy boost. My clothes are looser, I’ve lost inches in places I didn’t expect to and that keeps me motivated.

But sometimes, in the huffing and puffing and the steadfastness, you come across a few words that make you tip your head back and laugh.  Life still manages to give me perspective where I least expect it.

“I really don’t think I need buns of steel. I’d be happy with buns of cinnamon.” ~Ellen DeGeneres

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What quote inspired you lately?

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  1. I’ve read that quote before and love it! Glad your exercise program is going well – I’m back in the habit of my morning walk, and Motor Man and I are eating healthier – he’s lost 26 pounds and I’ve lost the 10 that I had gained. YAY!
    Really can’t think of a quote that has inspired me lately, but one that I’ve always loved is: “Bloom where you’re planted”. And I don’t know to whom to give the credit!

    • It’s coming along and wow – great for you and MM 🙂 It feels good when the effort starts to pay off.

      I love that quote and remember seeing it years ago .. thanks for the reminder. MJ

  2. Exercising has a way of making you feel amazing. I love the feeling I get after a run and crave it every day. However, I’ve been really slacking because of this heat wave we’ve had.. I really need to just suck it up and get out there, because I know I won’t regret it once I start. Hooray for you for getting your ‘me time’. It’s important.

    Now… for the quotes, I have many that inspired me along the way, but one of my favorites is…

    “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on” ~Robert Frost

    • Yep, I’m with you there, Tiffany. I love how I feel afterwards – and how well I sleep! At first, I didn’t like how HARD it was but, as I got stronger and built more endurance, I started to feel something new = pride! 🙂

      Love the quote you shared .. oh how true that is.
      Have a wonderful night,

  3. Love that quote! I am finally in the habit of exercising and I do look forward to the 40 minutes where I can just be alone with my thoughts (while huffing and puffing) This is when I come up with blog posts.

    • You know, I had a feeling you might say that (that’s when I come up with blog posts). Isn’t it something how freeing it is for our mind’s to be able to travel like that? Love it. Cheers! MJ

  4. Oh funny MJ. I have come to rely on the shot of endorphins that I get from exercise. I absolutely love the quiet time of my exercise. The other day at the gym there was *shock* another person in the gym using the treadmill w/ the radio on. He came over to use a dumb bell and made a remark about not being accustomed to seeing a woman lift weights. As soon as he left I turned it off 😉 glad for the quiet time again.

    My favorite new quote:
    When you hit a brick wall, step back and double check the height, then aim higher and jump over it!


    • That is a great quote! I enjoyed your gym story — I am usually too red-faced and out of breath to converse 🙂 MJ

  5. I love Ellen. Have you seen he YouTube of her reading 50 Shades of Grey? Hysterical.

    Anyway favorite quote this week, very apropos given I’ve amped up my running… “Suck it up and one day you won’t have to suck it in!” Keeps me moving forward 🙂

    • I haven’t seen it but I sure will look it up tonight. I adore her — I always have. I liked her show, back in the day, and her stand-up act. I love how joy radiates from her; she gives us permission to embrace our inner goof, don’t you think?

      And that quote is going on my treadmill!! hugs, MJ

      • I adore her. Her current show is awesome, the rare times I see it living out of the U.S. I love when she dances in the beginning. 🙂

        I love the quote I posted. I got it off Pinterest.

      • I do, too .. and I purposefully found that video and proceeded to laugh my buns off! Then, I shared it on FB and with other friends – too funny! I thank you for sharing 🙂 MJ

  6. Working out is essential to my mental health. And there’s a lot to be said for sanity. Seriously. But that Ellen Degeneres quote is perfect!

    • I really get what you’re saying here; I never did before, but I totally understand now. On my tiredest days, unless I’m uber-sore or injured, I push myself to at least walk. 20 min into it I’m jamming to my tunes and smiling. Good stuff.
      Cheers! MJ

  7. Mmm. The cinnamon rolls look good. But I think I will forego exercise for a while. Unless falling off my crutches counts. 😉

    • You must stay put and let that foot heal. Try isometrics – squeezing your bum cheeks together. It lifts you about 3″ off the couch and will really give your family something to talk about! 😉 MJ

  8. I know what you mean! In the past few months, I’ve gone from forcing myself to go to the gym – to planning my days around it so as not to miss an opportunity. The exercise makes me feel better physically AND emotionally.

    I really enjoy Ellen DeGeneres. I was just saying to Mark the other day, after seeing Ellen in a magazine ad, that she has become such a beautiful woman over the years – both inside and out. And she sure makes people laugh!

    • I’ve been following your gym exploits and cheering you on from here. Yes – it’s restorative. Who knew? I didn’t.

      As a kid we were very active but it was “play” – riding our ponies, bikes and racing around all the time. Now that I’m “grown” and at a desk most of the day, I’ve had to relearn what “being active” means. And I like it. 🙂

      You’re right – Ellen has really grown into herself and blossomed. I enjoy her silliness and compassion for others … Cheers! MJ

  9. I considered it a major turning point when my mind shifted from thinking of exercise as a drudgery I had to endure to thinking of it as a gift only I could give to myself. Congrats on your achievements. And thanks for the chuckle from Ellen, too.

    • Yep – that is a major achievement isn’t it? I know when the shift happened, too. It was during my Denver trip a few weeks back. The time change, altitude, etc. messed with me but it was when I realized how much I was missing my exercise routine that I thought – wow – that’s a first.

      Have a great night! MJ

  10. The quote that’s inspired me lately? HHhhmmm….let me think, it had to be when my wife said “Hey lardass!! Leave some cookies for ME!!”
    Honestly though….if I keep gaining weight like I have been a small child will be able to stand in the shadow of my gut, which wouldn’t be either good or attractive. So I’m practicing portion control and starting exercising. May God have mercy on me.

    • Well .. on a happy note, most men usually can lose easier b/c they have more muscle, right?

      Hubbs hit a high point a few years back and he initiated a “one plate rule” at supper (his biggest meal). He also started allowing some green things to sneak onto his plate, not just mashed potatoes & meat. It took time, but he pulled off 30lbs in about a year. I’ve weighed myself every day and recorded it; I also measured everything (neck, arms, etc). When the scales didn’t budge the measuring tape did!

      Hang in there, you can do it! MJ

  11. First, I absolutely applaud your efforts – it took me a year before I loved running and didn’t see it as a chore, but I confess clicking over here because those cinnamon rolls looked amazing and I was hoping a recipe would follow 🙂 But even absent cinnamony deliciousness, congrats on your good work 🙂

  12. Job well done with the exercise and loosing inches:) It is hard to get motivated for me as I live 20 miles from the athletic club where I can work out….so to go it would be almost 50 miles round trip…it shoots my entire day….so I have to depend on me….when the weather gets nice then I often go out and ride horses and I do walk up and down the hills here….but still it is hard to motivate yourself alone to just do it….my hubby needs to do it too and he is so tired at night. I wish I lived closer to the exercise place as when I drove in and did it there it paid off….just gets tiring to drive it so much. Anyhoo congratulations!!!!

    • And I live close to one but have no interest in working out with the masses 🙂 I think the key is to find what might work for you and do it – and if it means being out with the horses or being in the basement following a DVD, whatever you will do is what will make a difference. Have a great Friday!

  13. Cheers to you for your accomplishments! Now pass that plate of cinnamon buns – yummy!

    • It would be hard to resist those if they were right in front of me; Mom, Aunt Irene and Grandma all made amazing cinnamon buns. We never iced them though; not necessary. Just let the butter melt on ’em. 🙂

      Have a great Friday, Renee! MJ

  14. I am living a sugar reduced lifestyle so I hoard sugar free chocolate from Trader Joe’s and it is really quite delicious. Congrats on the working out!

    • Good for you! I don’t struggle with sugary things as much as I do salty – that’s my weakness. So, I’ve learned to just not have it in the house. I’m not to be trusted around a Lay’s chip bag 🙂

      p.s. wish we had a Trader Joe’s!! MJ

  15. My diet plan is coming together, now I need to get back into exercise mode. Thanks for the encouraging words, MJ. The cinnamon buns are enticing, but at least I can’t smell the aroma!

    • Yay for you! I find the shift for me occurred when I started replacing the word should with want to — I always felt I should do it, but now I simply want to. Makes all the difference in the world 🙂 MJ

  16. cooper

    “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”
    ― Frank Zappa

  17. Oh, cinnamon rolls, so dear to my heart! However, I rarely have them…too addicting!

    One of my favorite new inspirations: “May the bridges I burn light the way!”
    One caveat: you have to be careful about which ones you’re burning. But the right ones put up a marvelous glow! ~ Sheila

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  19. Complete agree with Ellen. And now I really want cinnamon rolls!

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