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FIRST THOUGHT of the DAY!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014



I found that when I get up in the morning, I'm excited by the fact that I have the opportunity to make myself better. I try to carry that with me throughout the day.

Dr Seuss provides a great daily thought!


Learn it! Love it! Live it!


Rock Your Day!
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MBTEPP 9/13/2014 9:27AM

    Dr. Seuss is a family favorite!

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SPEDED2 9/10/2014 8:46PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/10/2014 7:22PM

    emoticon Love all three! This morning I woke up and took a breath... that automatically makes it a great day! It's up to me to keep that theme going! emoticon

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KERRYG155 9/10/2014 12:51PM

    emoticon I woke up today and told myself I was getting to the aqua class and I did. First time to the gym since Friday which is really bad of me and to me. I know I need to exercise to live so why have I been so lax? No excuses!

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NATPLUMMER 9/10/2014 11:14AM

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 9/10/2014 9:01AM

    Willingness is a key element for sure!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/10/2014 8:57AM

    Thanks, Monty. Today is the day I'm going to be remembered. Hear me roar. Yes, I will!

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 9/10/2014 8:19AM

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Great thoughts to start out the day.
Enjoyed reading your blog.

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GABY1948 9/10/2014 7:41AM

    emoticon emoticon blog and absolutely TRUE!

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RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

You've committed. You pressed the button. You're feeling good! AND you walk away, thinking, "Can't wait to start tomorrow!"











  
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BOILHAM 9/7/2014 7:46PM

    Let's do this! LOL

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CHANGINGHORSES 9/7/2014 7:23PM

    Love it! "Keystrokes won't get you there!" No Sir!

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SPEDED2 9/2/2014 9:37PM

    Love it!! emoticon

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KERRYG155 9/2/2014 9:00PM

    I love the blog and especially that last picture!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/2/2014 7:54PM

    Absolutely! There is no better time to start (or re-start) than RIGHT NOW! emoticon and emoticon

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KATYMACK 9/2/2014 7:36PM

    Amazingness at the end of my day. I did go out there and get it this morning when I ran with the Mitchell Cross Country team!!!! I always feel slow compared to them but I am still out there and getting faster and stronger every day.

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GABY1948 9/2/2014 11:07AM

    Love this! And, yes, Let's DO this! Love that pic!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 9/2/2014 10:31AM

    When it comes to promoting one's own health, there is no such thing as tomorrow. Only right now.

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MIRAGE727 9/2/2014 10:22AM

    LOL, Nat!
Thank you, Jesus Jones and Van Halen!
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NATPLUMMER 9/2/2014 10:16AM

    And now I have Jesus Jones going through my head....thanks, Monty ;-)
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OSDOWNS 9/2/2014 10:10AM

    Love your blog! I'm motivated!

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DEBBYFROMMT 9/2/2014 10:08AM

    Sounds like you've got a big weekend coming up! Let's do this!

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STOP! READ! RECOMMIT!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

No matter where you are in the journey, STOP for 60 SECONDS, and recommit to become better than you ever have before!










Much love...

  
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CTUPTON 9/6/2014 5:45PM

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    emoticon inspiration and I just did it!!!! emoticon emoticon

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/31/2014 7:28AM

    Each and every day!

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TORTISE110 8/31/2014 6:12AM

    Absolutely, will do!

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/31/2014 12:32AM

    I AM doing it!

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SPEDED2 8/30/2014 10:47PM

    Thanks! Causes me to think and get into action. Great quotes!

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PLEEEZE!

Friday, August 29, 2014

I'm tired of reading, "I'm taking the weekend off!" "I'm going to take a break!"
I wouldn't say it if I didn't care!



Stay Focused! You want to realize your goals!



Give it everything you got...then a little more!



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STEPHLOKI 9/8/2014 7:14AM

    Thanks Monty, love your little pep talks

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    emoticon If it's your LIFEstyle; there is no getting off!

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MOBYCARP 8/29/2014 8:33PM

    I think I'll take the weekend off. It will be a great opportunity to get in a long run on Saturday, and a shorter run on Sunday, and use the Monday rest day to trim the hedges and mow the lawn. And of course I'll eat to plan, because that's part of how I manage to feel good enough to enjoy running and tolerate mowing the lawn!

Tuesday will be soon enough to get back to the serious mouse clicks, keystrokes, and phone calls of paid work.

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SUSANNAH31 8/29/2014 7:32PM

    This is great advice for all of us.
Thanks for the reminder.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/29/2014 3:25PM

    Glad ONEKIDSMOM pointed me to this blog. Really good one, Monty!!

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LJCANNON 8/29/2014 3:22PM

    emoticon Love These Quotes!!

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PRESBESS 8/29/2014 2:25PM

    Great blog. I love your salutation. It needs to be on a billboard for all to see. Enjoy your weekend.


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DEBBYFROMMT 8/29/2014 11:58AM

    Got 4 miles in. Thanks for inspiring me!

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GABY1948 8/29/2014 11:07AM

    I came here on Barb's recommendation! I'm so glad I did! You are so right! This is my LIFESTYLE...there IS no break from life...or shouldn't be. Besides this always feels better than those "breaks" ever make us feel!

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MIRAGE727 8/29/2014 10:24AM

    Dang! I'm very happy to read all these great comments! I got me some serious POSITIVE WAVES and Rock Stars going here!

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for reading & commenting!
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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/29/2014 10:07AM

    The only way I have had any success is to bring sustained effort to every day. That doesn't mean running myself ragged to the point of exhaustion, it means paying attention to the details of what I'm eating and how much I'm moving each and every day. There is no such thing as a day off because as long as I'm eating, I'm watching and as long as I'm putting in calories, some have to go out.

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INBRAZILFORNOW 8/29/2014 9:26AM

    Woo hoo! Great advice!

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/29/2014 8:47AM

    You are right. I was going to take the day off, but I'll get a few miles in instead!

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SANDICANE 8/29/2014 8:35AM

    I certainly couldn't agree more. Would an alcoholic in recovery say "I'm taking the weekend off????" Not a chance.

That's why my Monday weigh in's have been such a blessing for me to keep on track and eat on-plan ALL WEEKEND LONG!!

Thanks for the blog...nice to have the reminder...



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NELLJONES 8/29/2014 8:01AM

    For me "taking a break" means lobster instead of tuna. Once I wrapped my mind around the idea that what I was doing was forever, I learned to redefine "break" and "treat" so that I am always within the parameters of my plan even if the selections are more special.

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WATERMELLEN 8/29/2014 8:01AM

    Came over from ONEKIDSMOM and yup . . . . it's about MORE. And keeping on keeping on . .. persistence.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/29/2014 7:45AM

    emoticon There are no breaks. This is YOUR life! This is MY life!

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/29/2014 7:38AM

  Thanks for this....I need reminding every weekend!

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Courage to Tri Report AND Reality Check!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

When I crossed the Finish Line, I realized how fitting this Triathlon name truly was!

Once again, DSSECRETS created a fantastic photographic story of this race and I am so thankful for her effort!
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We arrived around 5:30am with more than enough time for me to get situated & relaxed.
After completing my transition area, I went over to say hey to our bike mechanic who volunteered his time for this Tri! Team Outspokin rocks!


Met with my TriBuds and shook out the nerves with idle conversation. Then it was time to go to the beach shore...


Finally, my swim wave hit the 88 degree Gulf waters!


When I got to the first race buoy, I started to feel cramps in my toes, then a minor cramp in my calf. I knew this would be a slow swim. My head wasn't in the right place and I suffered for it! I was totally relieved when I finally left the water!


I made it to Transition (T1), got to my bike, and I was off on a ride taking me over the "Three B!^@^#$...uh Bridges!"


I must say this was the highlight leg for me. I stayed focused, geared well through the course WITH the bridges, and enjoyed the ride. I came into dismount fine.


As soon as I got off my bike, I know I heard my calf scream out for a second! I knew I had to keep moving...


I started my run, focused on finishing!


After running on the beach sand and sand train, I was feeling it. At the halfway mark, I felt relieved to see DSSECRETS and put up a smile...


I thought about nothing but focus on the finish! I was so relieved to hit the Finish Chute!


I have to tell you that I was truly dazed for a few seconds and felt like I was sleep walking! Please bear with me 'cause I'm going to show you what I noticed in DSSECRETS photos!

That first step off my bike going into T2?


At the halfway mark, AFTER I passed D taking my photo, I immediately dropped my head and started slumping my shoulders!


I came to a U-Turn, passed her again with a smile...


Then after I passed her...


No question, it was the biggest challenge in all of the 3 years & 8 months of 60+ races. My first Half in 2012 was a breeze compared to this. A true tell? I never get post-race massages. Another TriFriend saw me hurting & told me they were rolling out muscles...


After going through most of the incredible photos D had shot, I started to feel a little down. Then I saw these....


Rob and Brad, my TriBros, had waited for me to finish long after they crossed the finish line!


My sponsor, and owner of Outspokin Bicycles, Val! She is simply the best. All she had to say was that she was proud of me! Best medal I could have received!


After multiple bottles of water, I hit the oranges! In 1980, I was gravely ill. Oranges gave me the nourishment, comfort, and strength I needed!


These two guys lost 115 & 100 pounds respectively! Casey (29) & I (64) bonded strong last year after we shared our life's rock bottoms! So we had to get this shot on film. The dialog?

Casey... "Remember when we used to throw these down!"
Monty..."A dozen at a time!"
I took one bite, felt like someone hit me in the mouth with a solid bar of sugar, and was afraid I would OD! I threw the rest away after this bite.
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Today we are Triathletes! I'm so happy for both of us!

I shared the good, the bad, and the ugly! I thought about the Triathletes on the course who had much larger challenges compared to me. I realized a strength inside I hadn't really thought of testing!
I'm not going to sugarcoat the journey. BUT I will tell you that every step is worth it!

So! I take lessons learned, and I move on to the Tarpon Springs Triathlon in less that two weeks. I am stronger because of this experience, more positive that ever, and blessed to have my wife & friends in my "Tower of Power!"

Rock on!
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Thanks for your patience, kindness, and support!
Much Love...
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BOILHAM 9/12/2014 5:31PM

    Great race report, congratulations on finishing strong and "leaving it all on the course".

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KATYMACK 9/2/2014 7:34PM

    You are amazing. I love the picture blogs. I strive to be like you when I am in my 60s.....fit and still getting out there.

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TATERCAT 8/28/2014 11:20AM

    You are an amazing man, and I am so proud to 'know' you. Thank you for sharing what you went through.
Will be thinking of you during the next Tri!

Tri on, Monty!!

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DSSECRETS 8/27/2014 7:55PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/26/2014 9:26PM

    Dude, you are brave, facing that first bite... I won't even take the first bite... I know better. Nice hat, by the way! emoticon emoticon emoticon Good job duking it through a tough race day!

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 8/26/2014 8:55PM

    WOW! You are amazing!
Great Pictures.
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MARGARITTM 8/26/2014 7:26PM

    nice job and nice report

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/26/2014 7:19PM

    well done considering everything

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/26/2014 4:32PM

    Wow, Monty, what an awesome pictorial of a hard and well run race. Your endurance was only exceeded by your finishing smile!

Rock on indeed!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/26/2014 3:43PM

    Thanks for sharing it all, Monty. Good to know that it wasn't just all a breeze for you but that you put your mind and your body to it and achieved. Good going!! Another great race report! Best wishes in the Tarpon Springs Tri. You rock!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/26/2014 1:47PM

    Those pictures with the head down document your journey - nothing wrong with that!

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KRISZTA11 8/26/2014 1:25PM

    Congrats to the race!
Thanks for sharing the story and the pictures, you look great.
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KERRYG155 8/26/2014 12:43PM

    Congrats on finishing! The pictures are a great way of learning what was done right and not so right. Keep taking care of that leg so you can feel better next time.

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NATPLUMMER 8/26/2014 9:56AM

    You look strong!!

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/26/2014 9:51AM

    D took some fantastic pictures! I like the pictures through the fence in your last blog. You are looking so fit! You look like you are having fun.

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