6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

What have you done today

To make you feel PROUD? Anyone else get chills when you hear the Biggest Loser theme song?? I do. Lets talk a little about this thing called PRIDE and the act of being PROUD.

Little Stud #1 age 5 1/2 watching "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" when the main character does something he puffs up a bit, our son says "Oh that is good he is proud of himself." Hmmmm I never taught him what the word PROUD means?? While playing badminton (his new obsession) he got a great hit and said "Mommy are you proud of me?" WOW! How amazing is it that a 5 year old gets it?

By definition...

(proud) adj. proud·er, proud·est
Feeling pleasurable satisfaction over an act, possession, quality, or relationship by which one measures one's stature or self-worth: proud of one's child; proud to serve one's country.

.......Not really sure that the definition hits it. Lets move past that and on to examples. I know this is kinda "No duh Tall Mom" but bear with me....

Example #1 Proud Short Term- Today inspired by my Nuun Hood to Coast Teammate Tricia HERE I have the Goal to run a Triple, before work, at lunch and after work. The alarm went off at 5:33 and I wanted to flip over and go back to bed...soooo badly!!! So I sat there for about a minute then got up. I knew how I would feel if I didn't do it, I don't like that feeling.. so I laced up and headed out. 3.1 miles at 5:45AM in the drizzly rain. Leg #1 of my Triple day done!! I felt PROUD!! Running gives me that feeling of satisfaction, in my adult life Running is a great source of PRIDE that is hard to match.

Example #2 Proud of Another- Standing at the Finish Line of the Rock N Roll Marathon in anticipation of Kerrie HERE and Zoe HERE who would soon cross the Finish Line for their first Marathon. I was so PROUD to see them smiles sparkling when they accomplished their goal. I get that same feeling when my kids reach milestones, learning to walk, talk, play sports, etc..

Example #3 Proud Long Term- Goals, we all have them and are taking great strides to reach them. There are short term accomplishments that make us PROUD along the way but there is nothing quite like reaching a Goal you have been working toward for a long time. First 5k, 10K, Half, Full and BEYOND...anyone who has reached a goal knows that feeling of PRIDE. The journey to get there is tough and long, making the victory all the more sweet!!
It is not boastful to be PROUD of yourself. I find ways daily to be PROUD.

Tall Mom is Proud when she...

-Completes a large load of laundry
-Does the dishes
-Teaches the Little Studs something new
-Lifts weights with Muscle Man
-Help my friends with whatever
-Attempts to cook a meal
-Finishes an event at work
-Help Tall Grandma with yard work
-Get my run in
-Don't sweat the small stuff
-Eat Healthy
-etc, etc...

My general rule is to FOCUS ON WHAT I DID DO!! and by thinking this way I am able to find self PRIDE daily. Wherever you are in life you can find something to be PROUD about daily, you just need to look for it. And when you find it, a self high-five is totally OK and encouraged!!
  • What have you done today to make you feel proud? Leave a comment..

  • FYI... Tall Mom is going to be getting a face lift, so bear with me if things look al ittle wonky in the days to come.


fancy nancy said...

I was proud today that I fit in my 6 mile run before my daughter woke up. That way I could get her out of bed for the first time since September! Priceless when she cheers "Mommy!"

Denise said...

i'm proud that i haven't fallen asleep at my desk yet. so ready for a long wknd!

XLMIC said...

I'm proud of myself for being totally calm and nice as I redirected my two-year old away from the opened Sharpies she was playing with at the desk :)

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

You are always such an inspiration Mel! I'm PROUD of you for consistently paying it forward!!

Anonymous said...

Today I'm living vicariously through someone else. I went to my grandfathers funeral at Tahoma Memorial Cememtery. As they did the 21 gun salute and folded the flag for my grandmother, I felt proud to be the granddaughter ( and daughter, sister, and wife) of a veteran. I held my composure until "Taps" played.

I am so proud to live in the land of the free. Where we can be whoever and whatever we want to be because we have men and women willing to defend our freedom.
So today I am proud of someone else. And grateful to be in America - where dreams can come true!

LookingUpAgain said...

I am proud of my family. They are up against so much right now and still have the courage to smile and carry on.

I'm also proud of me for being a "pacer" for the first time ever :) Who knew I'd ever make it to the point where I was the more fit person in the running group.

5 Miles Past Empty said...

Love this Mel!! I need to work on being more proud of myself more often. But I must say I find that I am proud of others WAY more often than I am proud of myself. =) GREAT reminder. THANK YOU!!

Sara said...

I'm proud of myself today because after 4 failed attempts, I finally completed Couch 2 5K Week 3 day 1. Running for 3 minutes straight has been such a challenge for me. I have quit C25K twice before because of week 3. This time, it stopped me, but I got fed up with it and JUST DID IT. I finally did it. And for me, that's HUGE. It's a turning point for me and I'm proud!

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