Thursday, May 6th, 2021

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  • Couch to 5K: This is Why People Quit

    Michele Broxton and Elizabeth Skyles-Jordan (Photo)Something occurred to me yesterday while I was sitting at the local water park watching our Little Man play in the sand….“this is why people quit.” Week 2 of the “Couch to 5K” program started off well.


    The training program called for a slightly more difficult session. Ava went with me again and did great! Toward the end, she wanted to stop and admire the flowers growing along the sidewalk. I slowed my run to accommodate and watch my beautiful child sniff a flower (moms, you know what I’m talking about here…it’s a Kodak moment). Just in case you ever consider this same move, let it be known that I highly recommend not running sideways. Something snapped in my knee and thus began what has now been a week of ice packs, a knee wrap, and Aleve.


    Ava and I went back to the sport store and picked up some running shoes for her, too. It feels great to know that she is learning early how good it feels to exercise. Plus, the running shoes are super cute and, in my opinion, help prevent injury. Regular tennis shoes are flat on the bottom. Running shoes are made to support your foot in the right spots and promote a “heel-to-toe” pattern when your foot hits the ground.


    The summer flu gifted me with its presence and I took that opportunity to get reacquainted with our couch. It had missed me.


    I still felt crappy and started to think things such as “OMG. Why did I start writing about this? What if I can’t finish? What if this just becomes another good intention to get healthy that I don’t follow through on?” I felt like I had to go run on Friday because it was my day. It was the day I scheduled to do it. Then a neighbor heard I was training and stopped by the office to see if it would be ok to join us. Knee or not, I said yes and we had a great run. Ice and more Aleve after the run, but it felt awesome to just get out there and do it.


    I was going to run to make up for Wednesday’s lost session, but my knee still hurt from Friday. So, I made the executive decision to give my knee a rest over the weekend and just repeat Week 2 again next week. My goal is for Ava and me to run the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 5K in Rolla on Sept 24, so we have plenty of time to work this program at a pace that fits the stuff life throws at us.

    That night, stopped by the a local brewery for the first time with lifelong best friend, Elizabeth Skyles-Jordan, who was in town for her 15-year class reunion. It is a great place to socialize in a clean, smoke-free environment. I am a huge fan now of their coffee and live music! Brent Copeland and the ACP Band were playing and it was awesome!


    While at the water park with the kiddos, I thought about you. I couldn’t wait to tell you that for the first time in years, I wore a regular swimsuit without the skirt thing on the bottom. Do I look fabulous? No, I do not. Do I still look at skinny moms, calculate their child’s age, and try to justify why they are skinny and I am not? Yep. The difference is that I have a new sense of pride, knowing that I am following a proven, doable, scheduled plan to get healthier.

    Watching our Little Man play in the sand, I had some time to reflect on life. This week’s training didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, and a few days were really discouraging. It occurred to me that this is why people quit. We have great intentions, start down the right path, and then something happens and we get thrown off our course. The difference, I think, is not how many times we get thrown off track, it’s that we climb back on and keep going.

    Preview into next week:

    Monday morning, stepped on the scales – frown. Stepped into a size smaller pants because my other jeans are in the laundry and they fit – SMILE!

    Want to join us?

    Check out the Couch to 5K training program available online. It’s free and fantastic!

    About the Photo:

    We had a great time at Public House Brewery listening to Brent Copeland and the ACP Band on Saturday night!  Pictured (left to right): Michele Broxton (me!) and Elizabeth Skyles-Jordan.

    See also:

    Couch to 5k: A Much Needed Do-Over (Week 3)

    Couch to 5K: Getting Started on Getting Fit (Week 1)

    Couch to 5K: One Mom’s Journey Back to Health (Week 0)

    [ Read More ] • [ 1 Comment ] • [ Filed under Health ] • [ 9/19/11 ]
  • Conflict Resolution: Acknowledge the conflict exists

    In this series of articles, Dr. Patty Ann looks – in detail – at five conflict resolution skills that can help entrepreneurs in both their business and marriage. This article hones in on one of the most important skills of all: acknowledging that there is a problem.

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Balance,Business ] • [ 9/14/11 ]
  • The Beauty of Being an Entrepreneur

    Katherine Lazaruk explores the Beautiful Trap and explains how it can affect you and your business. She also gives tips on how you can escape the trap and challenges you to do three simple things each day to help you stay happy and healthy.

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Balance,Image Intensive ] • [ 8/29/11 ]
  • How to: Keep the Faith No Matter What

    If you’re working toward being, doing or having something — for example, saving money, starting a business, losing weight, etc. — you know how hard it is to stay positive when things aren’t going as planned. Carmen Jubinville shares five ways to keep the faith when you’ve had a bad day.

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Balance,How-To ] • [ 8/17/11 ]
  • Couch to 5K: Getting Started on Getting Fit

    Follow ML Broxton’s journey to go from Couch Potato to Jogging Dynamo in her bid to exercise regularly, get healthier, and reach her goal of running in a 5K marathon this September. Find out more about the “Couch to 5K” plan she’s following and read her experiences in this follow-up post to “One Mompreneur’s Journey Back to Heatlh.” You can even join in (virtually) with your own plan.

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Health,Mompreneurs at work ] • [ 8/15/11 ]
  • Conflict Resolution Success in Business & Marriage

    Can conflict be a positive thing? Dr. Patty Ann explains how conflict in business or marriage can actually make your relationships stronger. Her top five tips for dealing with disagreements will help you learn how to resolve conflicts in a positive manner that leaves everyone involved feeling respected, heard, and empowered.

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Balance,Business ] • [ 8/11/11 ]
  • A Vegetarian Lifestyle: Is it for You?

    Are you considering the idea of changing your diet and becoming a vegetarian? Corinne Kantor explains the various types of vegetarian diets — there are nine of them! — and answers the question, “Is a vegetarian lifestyle really healthier than a meat-eater lifestyle?”

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Health ] • [ 8/01/11 ]
  • Confidence – A Key to Success

    Have you ever experienced a period where your confidence has held you back from taking advantage of opportunities? Stopped you from achieving your best? Catherine Rocheleau lists several ways you may actually be undermining your own feelings of confidence,and shares ways to combat that self-sabotage.

    [ Read More ] • [ 2 Comments ] • [ Filed under Balance ] • [ 7/27/11 ]
  • Couch to 5K: One Mom’s Journey Back to Health

    ML Broxton has decided to take action and regain some of the energy she used to have in her 20s, before there was marriage, children and middle age! Follow her journey as she strives to go from couch potato to marathon runner in just a few short months. Find out about the “Coach to 5K” plan and join in.

    [ Read More ] • [ 2 Comments ] • [ Filed under Health ] • [ 7/26/11 ]
  • 7 Signs That You Are Living a Happy Life

    Are you happy? Carmen Jubinville lists seven key things that happy people do that helps them be and stay happy. If you’re already quite chipper, you can check the list to see which items you agree with and add you own advice to the comments section. If you’re feeling low, incorporate some of these things into your life and start feeling better.

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Balance ] • [ 7/18/11 ]
  • Building a Business is Never a One-Woman Show

    Think you can build a great business all by yourself? Think again! Natasha Golinsky shares four must-have members you need on your team in order to build a successful business. With these teammates on your side, you can accomplish a lot more than by going it alone.

    [ Read More ] • [ 14 Comments ] • [ Filed under Balance ] • [ 7/18/11 ]
  • Entrepreneurship and Marriage – A True Partnership?

    Last month, Dr. Patty Ann dared to ask, “Is Entrepreneurship Compatible with a Happy Marriage?” This month, she examines the nature of relationships and asks another tough question: Do you feel you and your spouse are on the same Team? How can you make sure you spouse is one board with your entrepreneurial ventures?

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Balance,Business ] • [ 7/12/11 ]
  • Is Your Diet Fab or Fad? Know the Danger Signs!

    Want to lose 50 pounds in a month while eating sweets every day and not exercising? Sounds too good to be true? Corinne Kantor reveals the dangers of fad diets, and gives you tips for figuring out which diets are fad and which are fab.

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Health ] • [ 7/05/11 ]
  • Do You Have Free Advice Syndrome?

    Deborah Kimmett explains a new societal sickness called “Free Advice Syndrome” and explains how you can detect if you have it. She also gives two key questions you can ask yourself if you’re unsure whether or not you should step up the to plate and give your free advice to friends and colleagues.

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Balance ] • [ 6/27/11 ]
  • How to be Fabulously Successful in One Step

    What is the secret to success? How can YOU have a ‘fabulously successful’ life? Carmen Jubinville reveals the true secret to creating your successful life with her no-fail, one-step process.

    [ Read More ] • [ 1 Comment ] • [ Filed under Balance ] • [ 6/21/11 ]