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Day 12 HealthMC “25 Amazing Quotes From Athletes That Will Motivate You”

2010 Boston MarathonDo you have a favorite sports team? A favorite Athlete? One of my favorite athletes is Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan was my inspiration to join the basket ball team in high school. Every year during playoff season, when the Chicago Bulls were playing, I couldn’t wait to see how Michael Jordan was going to save the day. He had this incredible talent to score perfectly when you thought all hope was gone, that the team was losing. I admire Michael Jordan because it takes incredible focus and discipline to be so consistent.

Year after year there is an athlete that emerges with incredible performance to prove to us that we only set limits for ourselves. Sometimes we take these athletes and put them in a separate category, thinking they must have had every opportunity lined up to make it so far. But when we watch movies or read biographies on how they became so good at what they do, we realize that they are people like us who faced challenges, difficulties and some even had less opportunities than us today. Those movies and books leave us inspired and always propel us to give or best. At times when I don’t feel like I am making any progress or just feel like not giving my best I read about an amazing athlete or watch a documentary to listen to motivating quotes from those icons. I always come out humbled because most of the times I realize that I have more resources and can accomplish more. I also regain strength to continue in the pursuit of my goals.

In today’s post I gathered amazing quotes from great athletes that will motivate you, and encourage you to continue to push yourself in your journey.

  1. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” ~ Muhammad Ali
  2. “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” ~ Muhammad Ali
  3. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” ~ Michael Jordan
  4. “If you are going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price.” ~ Bud Wilkinson
  5. Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” ~ Lance Armstrong
  6. “Winning is about heart, not just legs. It’s got to be in the right place.” ~Lance Armstrong
  7. “If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.” ~ Herschell Walker
  8. “It’s all about the journey, not the outcome.” ~ Carl Lewis
  9. “I Can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” ~Michael Jordan
  10. “A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”~Vince Lombardi
  11. “If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” ~ Carl Lewis
  12. “I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.” ~ Muhammad Ali
  13. “If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.” ~ Muhammad Ali
  14. “The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret” ~ Sarah Bombell
  15. “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.”~ Jerry West
  16. “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” ~ Muhammad Ali
  17. “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” ~John Wooden
  18. “Hard work is the only way to go. Strive to be the best you can be and remember that when you try your best, you can’t ask any more from yourself, and people can’t ask any more from you.”~Michael Chang
  19. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” ~ Vince Lombardi
  20. “The something inside me that always fought to win, that never gave into the pain and that accepted no less than 110 percent has never been gone … because that something was simply me.” ~ Julie Krone
  21. “Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body.”~ Lynn Jennings
  22. “Natural talent only determines the limits of your athletic potential. It’s dedication and a willingness to discipline your life that makes you great.”~Billie Jean King
  23. “It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”~ Muhammad Ali
  24. “Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do… but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.” ~ Venus Williams
  25. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”~ John Wooden

Simple Guest: A Woman’s Amazing Weight Loss Success Story




Meet Jaime (“Jemmy” ), an extraordinary woman who overcame a lung condition to shine.  I am always inspired and motivated when I meet women like Jaime who never cease to amaze me with their dedication and desire to win.  Jemmy honored me by being my first Simple Guest.  Jaime brings us an incredible Weight Loss Success Story along with a sweet Simple Giveaway for the weekend.

It’s a Mental Game

My Journey - Before

My name is Jaime (“Jemmy”), and I have been on my own journey toward health since the summer of 2008. Over these 2+ years, I have picked up loads of information on health and fitness, and it all has really helped me out. But, the biggest lesson that I have learned through all of the ups and downs of my personal rollercoaster ride is that it is largely a mental game.

When I was overweight, I was very depressed and felt quite isolated. I had friends; but, because I felt so unattractive and had lost my sense of self when I became overweight, I was afraid of allowing my true self to really shine. I lived a largely inactive and sedentary life due to a lung condition and piled increasingly bad eating decisions onto my situation, which of course made everything worse. With this struggle, depression set in and I felt quite hopeless, which ultimately led to more eating. This weight gain cycle kept spiraling out of control until I reached about 200lbs.

It took some suddenly positive and unexpected news to jar me into accepting my first mental challenge: to decide whether I was worth the effort of becoming healthy again. My pulmonary specialist cleared me to exercise. See, I had been dealing with scarring on my right lung due to an injury for nearly a decade, and it caused me to give up working out. I fought that end at first. But, the difficulty became too great, and I eventually accepted inactivity as my new normal and became unhealthy. But, with the doctor’s news, my first and final excuse was no longer valid. If I was going to change my circumstance, now was my chance. Would I take it? I had to first take the time to analyze why it was important for me to change my life. What would I gain? How much effort was I willing to put forth? Could I really do it? Would it make a difference to the quality of my life?

I decided to take some time to jot down my thoughts. I looked back at all the times I ate until I felt the pain of being too full. I thought about those days when I didn’t have anyone to eat lunch with and just made a quick trip to McDonald’s. Then, I thought of how these lunch trips to the Golden Arches eventually led to breakfast stops before work. I thought about how I gorged whenever I went to my parents’ house for dinner—going back for seconds and thirds. Had my relationship with food become emotional? That led to a whole new slew of thoughts.
Now, I wanted to track what triggered my eating. I figured that the only way to really tackle my problem was to get at the root of it. Well, the biggest two offenders turned out to be loneliness and boredom. I didn’t have much self-worth or enough people and activities to fill my life and feed my soul; so, I used food to fill my stomach instead. I would be by myself during my lunch break at work and eat. I would be home alone at night and eat. I would be home on the weekends after church and eat. I would be in front of the television with nothing better to do. Even though I was not hungry, I would eat just to pass the time. And, my choice was always greasy, salty, or sugary foods. THAT had to change.

My Journey - After

Taking these difficult first steps to be honest with myself was a painful process. But, it was a necessary first step for my journey toward self-love and health. My story will continue in my next guest blog post. So, stay tuned!


Two free sample packets of Shakeology + a recipe card!  The winner will be chosen from those that provide correct answers to all three of the following questions:

  1. How much weight did I lose in 2008?
  2. What are the two types of articles that I write?
  3. I’m training for my first triathlon.  Which charity am I raising money for?

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At Health Jems Jaime shares her journey and expertise as a Beachbody Coach.

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