Saturday: Simple Silly Determination

25 Jul

If you try anything, if you try to lose weight, or to improve yourself, or to love, or to make the world a better place, you have already achieved something wonderful, before you even begin. Forget failure. If things don’t work out the way you want, hold your head up high and be proud. And try again. And again. And again!Sarah Dessen


I’ve tried to do all of the above. Trying is the start, not giving up despite all the odds is the reward. I do hold my head up and try again. 

After I went for my short 1/4 mile run/joggle yesterday, I thought to myself… “Self, how far can you joggle today?” It was only about 84 degrees when I laced up my running shoes at. 8 am. My goal was to go as far as I could go before I felt queasy. I set my phone app to log my jog, or loggle my joggle, and proceeded. The streets were quiet, the sites were lovely, except for the dead armadillo by the sidewalk, (didn’t take that photo), the horses were grazing across the street, and I was determined. 

I went a lot further than I expected, around the pond, and down a few streets, and back to my door to get some water before a cool down walk. 

 1.28 miles, PDG… Pretty “darn” good for an old gal. Except … When I got to the house, tried to unlock the door with my key, it wasn’t opening right away. My ears started tingling and I got light headed. Uh oh! I felt faint. I went from rapid heart rate to a complete stop too quickly. Finally, the door opened, I grabbed some water, turned on the ceiling fan and plopped on the couch. I recovered in about ten minutes, drank more water, then went back out to walk the same route of 1.28 miles to cool down. 

Now, that’s determination. Either that, or just plain crazy. I’m thinking the latter. 

“Sometimes plain  ol’ crazy is the best inspiration.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


8 Responses to “Saturday: Simple Silly Determination”

  1. Brenda Davis Harsham July 27, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. A motto to live by. 🙂

    • toniandrukaitis July 28, 2015 at 4:00 am #

      I keep trying. I’m a very “trying” person. Have a good week Miss Brenda.

  2. agriffith1 July 28, 2015 at 1:51 am #

    My secret to running on a hot, steamy day with the sun blazing down: Don’t wear many clothes: tank top, short shorts. Use sunscreen. Drink a glass of water before stepping outside. Stop every half an hour and put an ice cube on your wrists and the back of your neck and behind your knees. Drink more water.

    Walk after running until you cool down. Don’t forget to stretch your legs, focusing on calves, thighs, etc.
    Drink more water. Take good care of yourself.

    P.S. When I first start running/jogging, I feel I can’t go very far. After my lungs open up, about an eighth of a mile, I feel more energy and ability and am able to do much more than I thought I every could. Anything I commit to paper, seems to be accomplished more easily.

    • toniandrukaitis July 28, 2015 at 4:00 am #

      Thanks for all the good tips.

      • agriffith1 August 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

        This is a powerful blog. The beginning of your book outlined here can be filled in with detail and make a compelling first chapter of a best selling book. Put that on your goal board thingy on your refrigerator or on the wall in your living room, where you share yummies, cocktails, and heartfelt conversations with friends who love you. Out with the old, and in with the new. There’s a maxim for everything tragic or euphoric that occurs in real life. You’re finally moving on to a happier plane. No happy, just happier. The book will help you with that! Not a rant, a piece of art that appeals to millions. You’re an amazing writer. I miss you and love you.

  3. agriffith1 July 28, 2015 at 1:52 am #

    P.S.S.S. An agent told me to read Sarah Dessen novels as examples of popular YA. She’s an excellent writer.

    • toniandrukaitis August 31, 2015 at 4:24 am #

      Thank you my friend. You have always been such a great friend, writer, and encouraging force. Miss you and love you too.

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