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99-Year-Old Sprinter Sets World Record: “I’m Running From Old Age…”

Put away your “I can’t” attitude!

Yes you CAN!

Now just get out there and do it!!!

Read about Ida Keeling – 99 years old and making NO excuses!

Neither should YOU! 🙂

Ida Keeling

Run Ida, run! 99-year-old great-great-grandmother sets a new world record for the 100 meter sprint at Gay Games

  • Ida Keeling from New York City ran 100 meters in 59.8 seconds on Tuesday at the Gay Games in Akron, Ohio
  • The sporting event is LGBT but not everyone who takes part is
  • Although she finished last, Ms Keeling set a new record for her age group
  • She took up running at the age of 67 and trains in the corridors of her Bronx apartment block
  • When it comes to diet she prefers to eat her evening meal – a hamburger, fish, or liver – for breakfast because it gives her ‘fuel for the day’

By Sadie Whitelocks

Ida Keeling from New York City achieved the feat on Tuesday at the Gay Games in Akron, Ohio.

Wearing her favorite gold Nike sneakers and Lycras, the 4ft 6in, 83lb former factory worker raced along the track in temperatures topping 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Caught on camera: A 99-year-old running enthusiast has set a new 100-meter record for her age group, at 59.8 seconds

Caught on camera: A 99-year-old running enthusiast has set a new 100-meter record for her age group, at 59.8 seconds

Determined: Ida Keeling from New York City achieved the feat on Tuesday at the Gay Games in Akron, Ohio

Determined: Ida Keeling from New York City achieved the feat on Tuesday at the Gay Games in Akron, Ohio

Special moment: The senior was greeted by her daughter and trainer, Shelley Kelling, at the finish line

Special moment: The senior was greeted by her daughter and trainer, Shelley Kelling, at the finish line

When she reached the finish line spectators greeted her with a round of applause.

Her coach and daughter, Shelley Kelling, also went to give her a big hug.

‘Mom is amazing even to me,’ Ms Kelling said of her mother. ‘I have to admit that. She is a remarkable human being.’

Although the great-great-grandmother finished last in the 100 meters, it is believed no woman her age has ever recorded a faster time in an internationally-certified race.

It’s not the first record the senior has set.

99-year-old sprinter runs 100-meter dash at Gay Games

Breaking sweat: Ms Keeling raced in temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit

Breaking sweat: Ms Keeling raced in temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit

Keeping in shape: She is determined to keep running as long as possible, and to outlive her grandmother, who survived until the age of 104

Keeping in shape: She is determined to keep running as long as possible, and to outlive her grandmother, who survived until the age of 104

Dressed for the occasion: Ms Keeling wears her favorite gold Nike running shoes

Dressed for the occasion: Ms Keeling wears her favorite gold Nike running shoes

Starting line: Although the great-great-grandmother finished last in the 100 meters, it is believed no woman her age has ever recorded a faster time in an internationally-certified race

Starting line: Although the great-great-grandmother finished last in the 100 meters, it is believed no woman her age has ever recorded a faster time in an internationally-certified race

In 2011 Ms Keeling achieved a world best for her age group in the 60 meters with a time of 29.86 seconds on the track.

She participated in the race alongside girls a quarter of her age.

The jogger said at the time: ‘I feel like a puppy. I feel younger now than when I was in my 30s and 40s.’

Ms Keeling, whose husband died of a heart attack at the age of 42, decided to take up running nearly 30 years ago.

Her lawyer daughter, who coaches track and field at a nearby high school, convinced her to give it a try at the age of 67.

And after a life of sadness – she also lost two sons, Charles and Donald, to drug-related killings in 1979 and 1981 – the senior citizen found refuge in running.

Flashback: Ms Keeling took up running at the age of 67 when her daughter convinced her to give it a try

Flashback: Ms Keeling took up running at the age of 67 when her daughter convinced her to give it a try

Pumping iron: The fitness fanatic lifts weights in her New York apartment

Pumping iron: The fitness fanatic lifts weights in her New York apartment

‘It felt good, and I felt uplifted,’ she previously told ABC. ‘I said, “Well, gee, this is for me”.’

She trains in the corridors of her Bronx apartment block, lifts weights and cycles on an exercise bike.

She also prefers to eat her evening meal – a hamburger, fish, or liver – for breakfast.

‘Gives me fuel for the day,’ she said.

And her health regime is paying dividends – she takes just one prescription drug and could easily pass for a woman 20 years younger.

She is determined to keep running as long as possible, and to outlive her grandmother, who survived until the age of 104.

‘Every year I am going to keep doing what I am doing, and when running time comes, if I feel I am ready, I will go at it,’ she said.

She turns 100 next May.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2725212/99yo-great-granny-breaks-spring-record-gay-games.html#ixzz3AtgkhCMQ
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I Matter!

i totally matter

Over the weekend a client of mine made an extremely poignant discovery and statement that I want to share with you

“I matter”

This is a vital truth to us all that we too often either forget or discard.

I matter! You matter! We matter!

We give ourselves wholly to our jobs, our families, our friends and whatever other responsibilities are calling us. We make these things matter! And before long, they matter more than we do. And in even less time, it takes a toll on us. Our health, Our relationships, everything that truly matters.

It is of the utmost importance that you do not neglect yourself and your spiritual practice. Even Jesus spent the early hours of the morning in prayer and meditation, drawing close to God before setting out on his miracle filled days.

I love the way Iyanla Vanzant puts it. You are the cup and you need to be filled up and overflowing into the saucer and it is out of that saucer, out of your surplus, that you can pour into others’ lives, help others, bless others.

When we bless people out of our own strength, i.e. what is in our cup, the inevitable will happen, the cup will become empty, we will become depleted, tired and unable to give anyone anything. Including ourselves.

Your cup must stay full!

Something else that matters so much to us, is what we think others think of us. We give in to negative feelings about ourselves because someone said or did something mean to us. We feel their actions let us know that we do not matter. And we internalize this message. But this is not the truth! The truth is, and always will be…

You matter!

Today, be blessed! Be whole! Be complete! Do something to fill your cup!

Today, if someone is being mean to you, just smile and say “I matter!” even if only to yourself 🙂

i matter

Love and Blessings

Susan

I’m every Woman

Remember this song??

Good song BUT!!!….That is our reality as women. We always make ourselves everything for everyone.

Today, I encourage you to look not at who you are to others, but who you are to you.

Do something nice for you today! No matter how little.

Remember, YOU love you

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Have an awesome day!

Money is like Manure…

Hello Dolly

Hello Dolly, starring the great Barbra Streisand is one of my favorite movie musicals of all time 🙂

And I love it when I can pull something from the movies into my entrepreneurship. Today, I am taking a quote from “Hello Dolly” and it goes like this:

“…Money, pardon the expression, is like Manure! It’s not worth a thing unless it is spread around encouraging young things to grow”

I love that quote and I think it is one worth taking to heart. In a time when we are all struggling for money, it is our knee-jerk reaction to hold on tight to every penny we get, but the irony of it is that the tighter you hold on to it, the more likely that you will lose it.

If you fear losing money…you WILL  in fact lose it.

You have to be open to the stream of money flowing in and through your life. Learn to trust that there is enough! Let it flow to you and let it flow from you, and let it flow right back to you again. It is spiritual law!!

If you stagnate the flow of anything, it will die. The same goes for money. If you stop the flow, it can not grow! Let it flow!

Believe that you can receive money, Believe that there is enough, and then open yourself to your intuitive leads showing you what you can do to make and keep more of that money.

 

 

“Turn up the Volume, Turn down the Noise”

This video is already a year old, but I am just now seeing it. No surprise really since I am not into HipHop or Spoken Word.

But I appreciate this young lady’s message. To the women and to the men.

I do believe in freedom of expression, but there is something to be said for programming. We know innately when something is ‘wrong’, but if we have been programmed (by our music and popular culture) to see it as alright…then we may well do what is wrong and feel justified.

It is evidenced in some of the responses to this video. Negative and hurtful to the poet. Why? Why is it ok to say negative things in song, but then not ok, for someone to speak her opinion back?

Silliness!

Go ahead girl! Speak your truth!

 

Instant Gratification is NO Gratification!!!

golfMy father was an avid Golfer. That does not mean he was a great golfer. But he was a passionate golfer. He played as often as he could, competed in every local interclub competition, watched Jack Nicklaus videos and videotaped competitions, rarely traveled without his golf kit and was the captain of his club a record number of times. He was passionate about it. The camaraderie, connections, fun and drinks that came with the 18 holes were well worth it.

All of us were raised as ‘golf kids’. I was the only one who did not stick with it, but I understood the game enough to understand what the pleasure and the challenge in it were.

I, along with everybody else was excited about Tiger Woods. And kept a slight eye on the sport over the years. It has always been my intention to take it up later on in life and FINALLY participate in the family sport.

But Golf is only the vehicle that gets me to my point.

I watched another really good episode of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO the other day and one segment was on the future of Golf. The future of Golf? It’s going back to being an elite game for the rich and the old. So much so that the Golf industry is looking at ways to make it more interesting and inviting to the younger demographic.

Apparently, one of the reasons young people have lost interest in Golf, is because it is HARD!!! Apparently no one wants to walk 18 holes and have to try SO hard to make that little ball roll into that tiny hole at the center of the green.

Introducing the 15 inch putt hole, only a few little inches larger than the standard 4.25 inch putt hole! Obviously, to make it easier to get the ball in. Still 18 holes, but easier game, more fun, more clients Woohoo!

Another popular trend that is quickly gaining momentum is “Top Golf” – driving ranges that simultaneously serve as night clubs. You don’t have to putt, you don’t have to concentrate that much, after all, the music is blaring so that you can dance as you swing, and best of all, you don’t have to wait till the end of your game for the round of beer.

Though this sounds entertaining enough, I am not sure if we should call it Golf.

But we are having fun, right? That’s the purpose of the sport after all, isn’t it? What’s the problem with that?

I don’t think the problem with Golf is Golf at all. What the problem is, is that with each generation, we are UN-learning the value of deferred gratification. The value of practice making perfect. The value of challenge. Instead of facing challenge, we are doing away with it in the name of instant gratification.

Why walk around a large manicured field every weekend to master the art of getting a ball into a hole? “It takes way too long” “It’s just too much work” “It’s too difficult”

Forget that walking is a great albeit mild form of exercise, being out in the fresh air and sunshine is a great source of Vitamin D, which many of us are lacking these days, cooped up in our cubicles by day and our dimly lit gaming rooms by night. Many valuable friendships and business deals have been forged on the golf course. And the challenge, ever against no one but yourself, makes you strive to do better every time. And when you have played your best that beer at the end is not just a drink, it is a delicious and well deserved reward.

Don’t misunderstand me, I am all for technology and making things easier, after all I am an online entrepreneur. But even in my Industry, people come into the business thinking it’ll all just happen at the push of a button. And they quit in disappointment when they have not become millionaires in a month. Yes, internet marketing is a lot easier than traditional sales used to be. Yes, anyone can do it. But it still takes commitment, practice and yes, it is a challenge that may take some time to master. But oh, when you do….it is SO worth the wait.

Learning to deal with challenge is a very important part of not just building our character, but of succeeding in life and business.

We should not always look for the easier way out. We should not always seek to bend the rules of the game just to make it easier for us to play it.

You don’t become great by cheating yourself and that is what we are doing.

Hey, if I want to play Golf, I want to play the real thing. I may not become Tiger Woods, but I would be pretty proud of whatever success I do achieve.

Becoming an internet entrepreneur is a lot easier AND very possible. So here’s my take:

Instant gratification = working a J.O.B. that you are probably not passionate about to earn a weekly paycheck that you spend having fun at virtual golf night clubs or other trendy forms of entertainment. But look to the future, what happens when you are no longer the party animal. You will be left with the J.O.B….or not. And wonder what ever happened to your joy of living.

Deferred yet lasting gratification = using your spare time to set up and work a business that is YOURS. Making, saving and investing YOUR money and looking at that future – you quit the J.O.B. on your own terms and are living in early “retirement” doing what you want to do, when you want to, and with whom. Hey, maybe you are taking in 18 holes at an exotic golf course with standard size putt holes.

Which sounds better to you?

In my opinion, instant gratification is NO gratification at all.

 

“All in or Nothing!!!”

german champs

I love the slogan Adidas used for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

But now I know and understand that being “All in” is the key to every success.
Think about it, and be honest….how good can you be at what you do if you are only half ass about it?? If you only give 50% at anything, do you really expect to reap 100% in rewards?

Will they call your name among champions if you only do what you “can” or what you “feel like” ??? Most likely not.

The World Cup is over now, Germany hailed as the champions. Do you think they just practiced “when it was convenient”???
We will replay images of great shots made by the likes of Messi, Neymar and Mueller.
And even for the teams like the USA that did not make it to the finals, we will talk of great plays by Dempsey and the awesome goal keeping by Tim Howard.
Did they only practice when the time and conditions were right??

Here is the fact folks…and I have learned this the hard way….if you want to succeed at anything,
if you want to count,
if you want to live the life you dream of,
if you want to be the CHAMPION of your life…

You NEED to be ALL IN!!!!

Give your all!
Don’t just say the words – Truly mean it!!

You can be all you want to be, but you have to give all you have to give.

It’s ALL IN or it’s NOTHING!!!

You may not be playing for the FIFA world cup, but you are playing for something….
Are you “all in” in every area of your life?
Are you and ‘all in’ parent, colleague, team member, SELF?

Enjoy this video, determine to be the champion that you ARE, and share your thoughts here.

Much love!!!