• With You in the Struggle

    The half marathon began and everyone moved forward slowly then picked up the pace as we crossed the starting line. Alone with my playlist for the next grueling few hours, I hadn’t trained very hard for this race. Expanding my business while still managing household responsibilities gave me less energy, less motivation for my workouts. […]

    Apr 12th, 2015 | Filed under inside Susan's brain, motivation
  • The Strength You Seek Is Inside You

    I want you to look at this picture closely. What do you see? Yes, that’s me doing a Tough Mudder in 2012. I’m in a lot of mud surrounded by yellow strings. Those are not strings. Most of them are live electrical wires, and I’m all by myself surrounded by them. Do you see the […]

    Apr 26th, 2014 | Filed under inside Susan's brain, motivation
  • The Time I Joined the Track Team

    I was 14 years old, a freshman in high school. After the afternoon bell rang, I would take the shortcut next to the football field on my way home and glance over at the runners and jumpers on the track team in their shortie shorts and spikey shoes doing their thing around the dirt track. […]

    Mar 24th, 2014 | Filed under inside Susan's brain, motivation
  • 3 Ways to Get the Most from Your Workouts

    Here are 3 basic guidelines to help you take better care of yourself and make the most of your workouts. The more closely you follow them, the better prepared you will be for anything I might throw your way, and you’ll have way more fun. HYDRATE YOUR BODY I know what it’s like to run […]

    Mar 11th, 2014 | Filed under experts say, fitness, inside Susan's brain, motivation
  • Meditating in the Target Parking Lot

    My son is obsessed with a few things, and it goes in cycles. Bey Blades, these little fancy spinning tops, Pokemon cards which he stores carefully in binders to show and trade with his friends, those rubber band bracelets, making origami cranes and paper airplanes with corners so sharp they will carve out your eyes. […]

    Feb 17th, 2014 | Filed under inside Susan's brain, motivation
  • Iron Sharpens Iron

    “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17 I am the daughter of a Baptist minister. I was raised in the church all my life until I started making trouble by being gay. But the church, the music, the language of Scripture, the sermons from the pulpit are in my blood. […]

    Jan 5th, 2014 | Filed under inside Susan's brain, motivation
  • The Wisdom from Bad Movies and Road Signs

    I saw a really bad movie the other day. A girl (Diane Lane) has big dreams of being in a rock n roll band. So she recruits her sister and her cousin (Laura Dern) to go with a Rastafarian tour manager, performing from one town to another as the opening act for a has-been hair […]

    Dec 29th, 2013 | Filed under inside Susan's brain, motivation
  • What We Can Learn from First Graders

    As Student of the Week, my daughter Amelia was asked to invite a special person to talk to her class about what the person does for a living. She let me talk to the kids about what I do. They all sat quietly wondering what I was going to say. I knew I had mere […]

    Nov 11th, 2013 | Filed under inside Susan's brain, motivation
  • The Dark Side of the Fitness Industry

    There is a dark side to the fitness industry, which is this: Looks = EVERYTHING While there are a lot of trainers with a healthy and sane self-image, the fitness industry itself is fueled by those with incredibly distorted philosophies on food, body-weight, image, and how best to help people get fit and healthy. The […]

    Oct 28th, 2013 | Filed under inside Susan's brain, motivation
  • How to Prune Your New Fitness Habits

    My lemon tree is awesome. It keeps producing great-tasting fruit throughout the year. I’m often juicing them in the winter to freeze for summertime lemonade. Often people are taking a bag of them home whenever they come for dinner. But like all things that grow, lemon trees require maintenance. Every few weeks, I have to […]

    May 23rd, 2013 | Filed under inside Susan's brain, motivation
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