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The "What Are You Going To Do Next" Challenge!!

Joshua is challenging us all to think about "what we are going to do next" as an exercise to build positive habits. If you have read the article, please post your thoughts, results, disagreements.

But most importantly- what are you going to do next? I am tired right now from my 10 mile training run yesterday, but I need to get in an upper body cross training run. After I finish this post, I am going to spend 5 minutes on my total gym, and get my heart rate up and my arms and shoulders burning nicely.



Sun. May 17, 12:16pm

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Well congrats on the long run and burning it up on the for me, thanks for getting us motivated. I just finished another marathon last weekend, and am contimplated going for another in Oct #8 and looking to take off 12 min in the process...

Sunday, May 17, 2009, 1:15 PM

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Another congrats to Habib! Completing 10 miles a week after deciding to do it...well, that's pretty amazing!

Congrats, too, 1:15 on another completed marathon! 'Another' implies it was one of many - also very impressive! What's your strategy for improving your time for the next one?

I signed up for a road race this month - a half marathon. Once I get through that, my goal is to improve my times for my short and long runs. I've completed a marathon. For now, I think one's enough, but who knows. I never thought I'd take up running again - and actually enjoy it!

Thanks the link to Joshua's article - it was a great one and much of the information resonated with me. Being positive almost always yields positive outcomes for me - even if it's no more than feeling good about here and now.

Sunday, May 17, 2009, 2:45 PM

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Hey congrats to all the runners. I ran a 5k yesterday. It was the first time in 23 years I entered a race. I have a hip injury that keeps playing up and making my running difficult. So here is what I am going to do next. I really love to run but I am going to do biking and other cardio exercises for awhile while my hip heals. I really love running and want to do a half marathon sometime in the future. So I choose not to let this injury get me down and move me into a negative state of being. I choose to stay positive!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009, 4:29 PM

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Do Next Challenge

The lasagna (low fat cheese, extra lean meat) is ready and I am going to go and make a large tossed salad to have with it. ( I was going to serve just the lasagna).

Sunday, May 17, 2009, 6:05 PM

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I thought this was a very practical and helpful article. The writer pulled a quote from eastern philosophy, and I was reminded of one from my own influences/Western philosophy (more specifically Judeo-Christianity): Choose life (Deuteronomy 30:11-20). Why is my brain now going to Martin Sheen as Jed Bartlett saying, "What's next?!"

Sunday, May 17, 2009, 8:21 PM

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Next step for me

I am going to run up the giant hill outside my house today, and then 2 more times before Friday.

Monday, May 18, 2009, 2:00 PM

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Wow what a revelation for me

i don't generally think of myself as a negative thinker. Here at work everyone comes to me if they need to see the situation from a more positive view and perspective. i am not so good with myself though. i realize i have had the 'all or nothing' mentality and when i fall short of the 'all' part of it i plunge into negative self talk and can't wade out for sometimes days! i am going to focus on asking myself 'How will this make me feel?' and 'Why am I...?" before i eat anything this week or make a meal decision. that way i can be more positive with myself like i am everyone else!

Monday, May 18, 2009, 5:28 PM

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This article was written for me!

Wow - I can so relate to this article and am excited to take on this challenge! Maybe it can point me in the right direction and let me see the end of the road of this frustration of the last few years. I'm ready!

Monday, May 18, 2009, 9:32 PM

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What's next?

I just came back from a short vacation and need to get back on track with diet and exercise. Since I over indulged in carbs and desserts, I will focus this week on vegetables, low fat protein and fruit. That's the next step, get rid of the salt, sugar and 2 lb. weight gain this week; starting right this minute.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 9:05 AM

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What I am going to do next is go for a walk.
I really enjoy the articles I am getting and this one puts simply, what I have been striving to do. I suffer from severe anxiety/panic disorder and one of the things I have been working on is changing the neural pathways in my brain from automatically going to negative thoughts and redirecting them into positive ones. Thank you Joshua!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 11:29 AM

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what I am going to do next is:

just about to workout.

for personal growth- get my divorce, look into school, and restart my life with someone special.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 6:45 PM

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Hi 2:45 it is 1:15 here..yes it was marathon # 8 and I will be back for more, I plan on doing more track work, VDOT training,fartleks and hill work I think this along with a longer training period will get me to achieve my goal/challenge.
Many congrats to you on your marathon and now training for 1/2, just stay injury free and keep it fun focused and fulfulling that is my mission, I love it, by the way did you know that June 3rd is Runner's Day we all should get out for a run for fun....good luck!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 7:50 PM

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Congratulations 7:50 on marathon #8! That's awesome!! Sounds like you want to run Boston sometime soon! Have fun and best of luck!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 3:04 AM

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Wow, Thanks

I used to be a regular here, then inexplicably stopped. Never meant to, or wanted to, just got busy, then stopped. I always had the feeling I let everyone down that had joined 2 teams I startedby abandoning them, and was embarrassed to come back. Since then my life challenges, and my weight have gone uphill, and I am ready to come back to the fold.

Obviously, I can't pick up where I left off, my weight is up, my health is worse, my friends here on PT are gone, but I do need to start again. This was exactly the right question to ask me. I do not know the answer yet, but at least I know the question. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, June 08, 2009, 11:52 AM

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maria!!! welcome back.. wondered where you took off to.. glad to have you back just jump in were here for you..


Monday, June 08, 2009, 2:24 PM

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Lynnetta, How do I find you

I am so glad you are here! How do I talk to you? Do you have a public log? I am so happy to see you.

Monday, June 08, 2009, 3:02 PM

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Marathon training and weight loss

I would be so interested to hear how others who are training for marathons or other endurance events are losing weight while they are training. I find it very hard to do. My body seems to crave extra calories plus I feel that my body conserves it's energy for the long runs, and really won't drop the weight. Now that summer is here, I am doing a lot of running but have 5-10 pounds that I would feel better running without.


Tuesday, July 07, 2009, 8:44 AM

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8:44 - I hear ya! I know for me, I fall into the common trap of feeling like I have to eat, eat, eat to fuel my workouts. Eat, yes. Eat, eat, eat - not necessary! Really, my short runs (less than an hour) require no more energy than my intense interval type strength workouts, but for some reason b/c it's running - I talk myself into believing I have to eat, eat, eat, eat. (That may be in part b/c running seems so much more challenging and grueling - I have in my head that I *earned* the right to refuel to excess afterwards! And that would probably be fine if we're talking greens and the like, but that's not always the case with me!)

Runner's World had a list of tips for new runners that addressed this and they have good info on running and losing weight.

Happy training! And, yes! , too, think running would be SO much easier (relatively, that is) if I dropped these last few pounds!!

P.S. Jackie - cofounder of PT, recently recommended a book: Slow Burn by Stu Mittleman. He's an endurance athlete who's book talks about eating to fuel endurance runs and burning fat while you do it! Check it out :)

Tuesday, July 07, 2009, 10:10 AM

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Next step challenge

I've read so many diet books, blogs, and suggestions that my head is spinning. All of this, and I've not lost an ounce of weight. Well, that is to say, I've lost the same 3 or 4 pounds over and over.
I'm ready for simple- maybe this is the key will move that boulder.
My next step is to have a healthy salad for lunch with fruit for dessert.

Sunday, August 09, 2009, 12:20 PM

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