Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Checkin' Off the To-Dos

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! I hope everyone is having a good one, and celebrating with lots of green and maybe beer?! Or not...whatever floats ya boat ;) Today has been pretty busy and successful! I started out just NOT motivated to do anything, but I turned off that negative voice and started about my day.

FIRST something new, I went to the college that I graduated from in December and met with the head of the Nutrition Program there to possibly re-enroll and get a second degree in dietetics. Not 100% sure yet, but it is an option that has come up and I was just looking into more info about it. It is definitely something that interests me, and I think that I would have more success in the career path if I had more of a range (and having two degrees is a good range). The lady was super nice and super encouraging. The next step is to talk to admissions and finical aid and see what my options there are. Its something to consider at the very least.

SECOND, I got day two of training for a faster 10K out of the way. My training schedule had me at running an easy 3 miles today, so I ran it in about 35 minutes, and then cooled down for 5 minutes. After that I did 20 minutes on the eliptical. I kept the eliptical very low paced though, because I dont want to wear out my legs. Tomorrow I am just scheduled to run for 30 mintues. Its supposed to be a nice day, so I'll probably be doing that one on the running trial that I like.

THIRD, I came home and made lunch. For the first time since fall started I was not in the mood for a warm sammie, I wanted a cold one. So that is what I had. With the last apple on the side. MAN it is time for a grocery trip. guess I didnt get everything done!




  • Wheat Bread
  • Turkey
  • Spinach
  • Greek Style Hummus
  • Cucumber
  • Sprouts
  • Salsa
  • Spicy Mustard

After I gobbled up my lunch I went BACK to the gym for a yoga class that I noticed they were having at my gym tonight. It said it was a beginners class, so I thought it would be nice to just go and get all stretched out from my running. It was a pretty good class...but it was TOTALLY for beginners, people were not taking it too seriously and they were laughing and falling all over the place, so it was sort of distracting. I liked the teacher though, so Im going to see if she has a more advanced class that she teaches. At the end of the practice she said something SO good. It was a story and it went something like this:

"One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of theanimal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!"

MORAL: Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can either let those troubles bury us alive or use them to get ahead, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

I really took this to heart. I think that a lot of times I let things get to me and I get angry or upset when troubles come my way. But instead, I need to see those troubles as stepping stones and shake it off and use the experience to get ahead!

I just got home from yoga and now I am gonna shower and get ready to go an irish pub downtown with Britt to celebrate the holiday. Nothing too crazy tonight though, she has class tomorrow at 9 and I'm taking an Asheville trip tomorrow morning with the fam. Pics to follow!!

Everyone be safe and have fun tonight if you are celebrating!

Lots of Love, <3 Ems.


Sam said...

What a great story! And of course, a great moral. We just need to shake it off and continue to live in the present. We may get a little dirty in the process, but it's okay, we've just got to keep moving forward.
Thanks so much inspiring lady.
Wonderful successful day!
Have a fun evening and great trip tomorrow!

RunningLaur said...

What a great fable. I'll have to think of that one when there's dirt flying.
Have fun at the pub!

Mica said...

Great job checking things off your list. That story is good--though I'm really sad about the stupid farmer that wanted to bury his donkey alive!

Have fun tonight!

Emily said...

Love the donkey story..and that you got it from a yoga class. I get so excited when I find the inspiring among the ordinary.

Great job with your running, too. You are rockin'!

Hope you had fun tonight!

Stef said...

That donkey story is perfect! Such a good life lesson :)

I think it would be GREAT if you got another degree in dietetics! Today did sound like a busy day but it sounded very productive and fun! Hope you had a great time at the pub tonight too and have a good trip to Asheville!

sarahmegee said...

Hey Em!
That's so exciting about the dietetics possibilities. That's the field I want to go into and am super excited about it.
Happy St. Paddy's Day!
Cheers :)

luckytastebuds said...

Em, i don't know HOW you do it, but your pictures of sandwiches ALWAYS look SO awesome. I have tried and failed WAY too many times trying to get it at a good angle, but I just don't have your skills. Dang girl, i'm jealous. :P

lesley said...

It sounds like you sure did have a wonderfully productive day and did some exciting thing : )

I really like the moral of that story, soo very true!!! Attitude and determination affects SO much.

Katie said...

I've just started reading your blog, I thought I'd say hi! I'd heard that story before but not for a while, it was good to read it again. I hope you had a good time celebrating St Patrick's day last night!

aussirish said...

hi hun
thats a great story, thanks for sharing it :)
that sammie looks so yummy! i always crave cold sammies..even in winter!
glad to hear the runnings going well, sorry people were messing in the yoga class but at least you know in future that you like that instuructor for future classes.
have a great night celbrating paddys day :)

Steve Stenzel said...

Nice 10K workout! Way to go!!

Jaime said...

hey girl! wow sounds like you had a great day!! love the donkey story ! haha so true!! glad you had a fun st paddys! xo

erinbee said...

i did NOT like how that story started off..but it definitely redeemed itself. :]