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Toughest Man Contest Made me a Tougher Woman


I never thought that today I would get my inspiration from The Toughest Man in the World contest, hosted on ESPN.  Watching Brian Shaw from the USA take on the toughest competitors in the world has actually turned my day around.  When I hopped on the elliptical in my home gym and turned on the tube ESPN was on.  (Which means my husband beat me down to our gym this morning.)  Me, however, have been very under the weather, with a horrible head cold, and it’s not exactly how I planned to start off this new year.  Frankly, I’ve been a bitch, and very impatient with my kids the last day and a half.  This all added to the fact that I’ve been in my house, with them, for eight straight days, only leaving xmas night for a few short hours and New Years Eve for dinner.  Do I need a break?  Hell yes.

But back to Brian Shaw.  As I started my cardio warm-up against doctor’s orders (I weighed the fact that the doc said if I get my body temp up, my virus will stay around longer vs. me losing my insanity if I didn’t burn some calories, I decided I’d rather pass out from exertion than go another day without breaking a sweat) I watched Brian carry 275 pounds in each hand for a long-enough distance, then turn around and flip a massive tire weighting over 900 pounds seven times.  Which put him in the lead.  As I stared at his massiveness, it hit me.  This man who only weighs 300 pounds, at 6’2” is moving these incredible large items, and I’d say most of that has to be chalked up to intention, and belief.  Yes, he is strong, of course, but that’s not what is really doing the work here.  All participant’s in the contest have a very strong desire that they can and will lift the heaviest things on the planet.  They were even pulling a 22-ton Mac truck.  Now think about it.  Have you ever had the desire to do so?  Probably not.  But they have, and with 100% dedication, intention, and desire they are all doing it.

Somehow ESPN has put me into a much better state of mind, which is a complete miracle in and of itself.  Sick or not, I’m sick of myself having this irritable attitude and will focus my intentions on building my new website and planning out my goals for 2011.   Yes, we all have our bad days, and none of us are perfect.  But in the end, what we think about we bring about.  The more miserable I let myself feel, the more miserable I am.   Sore throat or not.  With my intentions set to having a productive day, my desire not to be a bitch, and my belief that something still magical can happen even after the holidays are over, I’m sure things will start to turn around right now.  So here’s to a bright and sunny rest of the day! And thanks for letting me get this off my chest.

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I'm a entrapeneur, working-mom, fashionista, health freak and go-to-girl. I tell it like it is. I blog about family life, diet and exercise, traveling and fashion while raising a beautiful family and learning to laugh at the many twists and turns my daily life gives birth to....I'm also turning 40 nine months from today... let's see how this journey goes.

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  1. How right you are! Instead of the news every morning, we should put ESPN on! My man would suffer from serious shock, and then proceed to ask me wtf i am doing? 😉


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