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IronMan doesn’t quit!

After much debate and trying to figure out a schedule I can actually keep, I decided that mornings have to be when I get my main training in. For one, it is absolutely beautiful to see the sun rise each morning. Take a look at some of the photos I snapped just this morning!

Another reason for starting early is that it is WAY cooler here in the desert in the morning, so it is much better to get training in before the triple digits hit. And most importantly of all, if I get my training in FIRST, then I don’t have to worry about my inner saboteur (as my coach puts it) talking me out of doing it later as she is so good at doing.

As I settle into this new habit, I’m really feeling so much better. I get back home and take a cold shower and then I get my coffee for my morning review of my schedule. Then off to the office for my work day.

This week I have a few themes I am working on:

My coach introduced me to the concept of “Blissipline” that Vishin Lakhiani of Mindvalley coined for viewing the focus for necessary tasks in a positive light.

Here are the themes from my coaching session this week:

Blissipline
No Fear
Stay Strong
Cultivate Awareness
Fierce Compassion
Be Intentional!
Serve Your Higher Self
IronMan doesn’t give in!
Renew, Review, Restore, Restart

and

Defend to the end – the worthwhile.

I’ve created a playlist called “Run Me a Marathon” – I know incredibly original – where I put songs that inspire me to keep running, or to start running, or to just put one foot in front of the other when I want to just go home an watch Ozark. This morning I found it – I found my theme song! It came on while I was actually running already and it just made me smile from ear to ear. I knew I had it.

This journey has not been an easy one. I don’t know anyone personally who has done an IronMan at 50 let alone someone who went from being 50 pounds overweight off the couch to IronMan, so it seems like a very daunting task at times. A lonely one at times too. It has been a struggle to really find my groove – to find the times that works best for training in a busy world that includes work, being a wife, a mom of four, a grandma to the cutest baby ever, and now with COVID-19 – finding a way to do it all while including home learning for my 14 year old, and the other stresses that has introduced into everyone’s lives.

This song will energize anyone I think! I wanted to share it with you in the hope that it will inspire you as well – whatever you’re facing right now, whatever your IronMan is – you can do it! I’ve included the video above and the lyrics.

And for now, what I know for sure is I’m going to “break these chains all by myself” and “keep running cause a winner don’t quit on themselves!”

Freedom

Tryna rain, tryna rain on the thunder
Tell the storm I’m new
I’ma walk, I’ma march on the regular
Painting white flags blue
Lord, forgive me, I’ve been running
Running blind in truth
I’ma rain, I’ma rain on this bitter love
Tell the sweet I’m new

I’m telling these tears, “Go and fall away, fall away,”

oh May the last one burn into flames

Freedom! Freedom! I can’t move
Freedom, cut me loose! Yeah
Freedom! Freedom! Where are you?
‘Cause I need freedom, too!
I break chains all by myself
Won’t let my freedom rot in hell Hey! I’ma keep running
‘Cause a winner don’t quit on themselves

I’ma wade, I’ma wave through the waters
Tell the tide, “Don’t move” I’ma riot, I’ma riot through your borders
Call me bulletproof Lord, forgive me, I’ve been runnin’
Runnin’ blind in truth I’ma wade, I’ma wave through your shallow love Tell the deep I’m new

I’m telling these tears, “Go and fall away, fall away,” oh
May the last one burn into flames

Freedom! Freedom! I can’t move
Freedom, cut me loose! Yeah
Freedom! Freedom! Where are you?
‘Cause I need freedom, too!
I break chains all by myself
Won’t let my freedom rot in hell Hey! I’ma keep running
‘Cause a winner don’t quit on themselves

Ten Hail Marys, I meditate for practice
Channel 9 news tell me I’m movin’ backwards
Eight blocks left, death is around the corner
Seven misleadin’ statements ’bout my persona
Six headlights wavin’ in my direction
Five-O askin’ me what’s in my possession
Yeah, I keep runnin’, jump in the aqueducts
Fire hydrants and hazardous
Smoke alarms on the back of us
But mama, don’t cry for me, ride for me
Try for me, live for me
Breathe for me, sing for me
Honestly guidin’ me I could be more than I gotta be
Stole from me, lied to me, nation hypocrisy
Code on me, drive on me
Wicked, my spirit inspired me, like yeah
Open correctional gates in higher desert
Open our mind as we cast away oppression
Open the streets and watch our beliefs
And when they carve my name inside the concrete
I pray it forever reads

Freedom! Freedom! I can’t move
Freedom, cut me loose! Yeah
Freedom! Freedom! Where are you?
‘Cause I need freedom, too!
I break chains all by myself
Won’t let my freedom rot in hell Hey! I’ma keep running
‘Cause a winner don’t quit on themselves

What you want from me? Is it truth you seek? Oh, father, can you hear me? What you want from me? Is it truth you seek? Oh, father, can you hear me? Hear me out

Spoken by: Hattie White

I had my ups and downs, but I always find the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade

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