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Six things Dr. Seuss taught me about fitness.

Fri, Oct 29, 2010

MizFit Muzings

Ahh People.

Im nothing if not filled with the self-care.

I appreciate how many of you who missed Monday’s show asked precisely how I related Seuss & fitness so please to enjoy my notes (the show clip is here).

A non-post if you will which, I hope, makes the slightest of Seussian-sense.

If not-you know where to find me.  I’ll be below in the comments awaiting yer whatwhat?!

**clears throat**

6 things I learned about fitness & healthy living from the illustrious Theodore Geisel:

  • Did I ever tell you how lucky you are? What I learned: Screw motivation. If we are physically capable of working out we are lucky. No matter how much we wanna whine or lament or moan about how bad we have it the simple fact we are ABLE to exercise makes us one of the lucky ones.  This MizFit says:  MOJO? SCHMOJO.
  • And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street. What I learned: Use your imagination. A lot. Liberally. Things are never as impossible or challenging as they may seem (or even as boring as they may initially appear). Get creative.  Choose to see life through the lens of WHERE CAN I SHOVE FITNESS INTO MY DAY? This book debunks the no time whine (creativity) & also reminds us never to listen to those who may scoff at our nontraditional methods (PLAYOUTS not “workouts” anyone?)
  • The Sneeches What I learned: Dont waste time, energy (or money) worrying about what anyone else is doing! Is everyone joining a certain blog challenge? training for a marathon when you cant yet run a mile? WHO CARES. Focus on your own belly (literally & figuratively!) who cares what others are sporting on theirs.
  • Pale Green Pants (AKA What was I Scared of? ) What I learned: Embrace fear. When we expose what we fear to the light of day 99.9% of the time we realize that there was nothing to fear in the first place!  All fears.  From fears of weight training (what if the guys at the gym laugh at me!) to ZUMBA (what if I look like a fool or if I cant get it?!) When examined many of our fears are pretty misplaced and we CAN CONQUER if we give ourselves the chance and take that first step.
  • Horton Hatches the Egg What I learned: (Good gosh a ton from this one.) The importance of COMMITTING and not QUITTING. Period. No matter what. And a reminder about service being the rent we pay for living.  That helping others when they may not be ready, willing, or able to help themselves (heck, or even appreciative). Sit on their egg for them if need be and if nothing else youll get a fab helpers high.
  • Oh, the places you’ll go! What I learned: Lots as we all did but what resonated for me was the notion avoidance does not work. We need to ‘face down our problems‘ as Seuss says.  It is only through feeling negative emotions we can work THROUGH and PAST THEM with minimal destructive behavior (be that behavior quitting working out, blowing our “diet,”  binging or WHATEVER). Dont think these dark times wont happen to you. They will. For sure. They happen to all of us & getting off our healthy living path and BACK ON is all part of the journey.

So there you have it.

None of what you’ve asked for (“what the heck is the story behind your Seuss-leg?!”) all of my notes (oooh which are a glimpse into my head & how my childlike brain works.  there is that!) & 100% raw & unedited.



Wanna share *your* fave TG quote?

Please to hit us all up below…

Edited to say: Oh people. I just saw this!! To know me in real life is to know I aspire to be Seussian. Prelutsky-like. Oh how I wish he’d finished this work…or, perhaps, that’s my next calling.

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55 Responses to “Six things Dr. Seuss taught me about fitness.”

  1. Jo says:

    I can’t think of a way to connect this to fitness, but my favourite ever Seussian character is the Drum Tummied Snum (who can drum any tune that you may care to hum, doesn’t hurt him a bit ’cause his drum tummy’s numb). Perhaps it’s because he has abs of steel??!

  2. Loretta says:

    Hahaha… I didn’t know til now that your leg tat was of Dr Seuss images! Love it!


  3. Lizzie says:

    absolutely LOVE IT! Thank you for reminding me via the medium of Dr Seuss that i AM ABLE to work out even when I feel very sorry for myself because I have a cold. RAH! Thanx Miz xxxxx

  4. Lizzie says:

    I love the tattoo.
    I am a huge Dr Seuss fan as well and haven’t heard of the first one.

    Library today for me and the twins!

  5. Helen says:

    Have you read the one about fishing?
    McElligots Pool I think it is?

    I loved that one as a kid.

  6. Laurie says:

    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
    — Dr. Seuss

    On the TOP of my blog!!
    Thank you, Dr. Seuss would be proud.

  7. Tamera says:

    First I love your tattoo and Dr. Seuss.

    I must know: is that a wosett on your calf? from the closet? :-)

  8. screwdestiny says:

    I absolutely love the first one. My mom can’t exercise even though she would love nothing more than to be able to, so it has given me a great appreciation for my body that works perfectly well, and has made it so I don’t want to waste it. Not everyone grew up with that kind of reminder, so it’s good to get it out there.

  9. Bea says:

    I LOVE what you say about the Sneeches!

    I’d never thought about it that way before.

    As always, Miz.
    As always.

  10. Erica says:

    Cute post :) I think my favorite is the lesson from The Sneeches- we all have such a tendency to compare compare compare. Have a great weekend!

  11. Joanna Sutter says:

    I LOVE THIS! This totally reminds me of a post I wrote in December about all of the healthy living tips I learned from The Grinch…one of my favorite lessons? Eat a lot of Who Hash…surely that’s muscle building protein, eh?? ;-)

  12. Debra says:

    Great post! I have posted on my bedroom wall: “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive more youer than you”

    It reminds me that I’m not the same person I was 20 years ago or even 5 years ago and today I am not the same person I will be 5 years from now but I am me and I should make sure that I am true to me.

    Too often I think, we find ourselves becoming like our friends or those around us, convincing ourselves that this belief/action/thing is what we want when really it is not. This is hard for people who are different. Who think differently from those around them or believe differently from those around them. The pressure to blend can be strong. But if you need to stand out to be true to yourself then that is what you should do.

  13. Tabitha @ Just Weighing In says:

    I’ll never think of Dr. Seuss the same way again. :)

  14. debby says:

    OMGOSH Miz! Could we should we start an internet campaign to have you be the author to finish the sports book?

    Oh heck, I was going to try to make this rhyme, but I have to go to work. Totally, somehow, we should make this into a campaign. Pictures of you (and your leg?) reading Dr. Seuss in various places? Twittering? Facebooking? I don’t even do those things but I could learn.

    Anyway, my favorite Sseuss is actually the OLD ‘cartoon’ movie of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and the scene where ‘the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.’

    I love this post and am going to print it out to carry around with me for a while. Just what I needed.

  15. debby says:

    OMGOSH Miz! Could we should we start an internet campaign to have you be the author of the unfinished manuscript?

    Heck I was going to try to make this rhyme, but running out of time. Really, I think we should do something-facebook? twitter? Pictures of you (and your leg?) reading Seuss in various places?

    My favorite Seuss is the old CARTOON movie of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the scene where ‘the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.’

    I love this post and am going to print it out to carry with me today. Just what I needed.

  16. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    I love ‘The Places You’ll Go’, because it reminds me that every moment is a jumping off point for something wonderful and to embrace the bumps and jiggles as part of the journey to the wonder.

  17. Drazil says:

    Another post I love…and another reason I love you. Your tats! I have quite a few myself…does your mother hate yours too? LOL You must do a post on how/why you got that particular tattoo…or are the reasons indeed THIS post? Whatever the reason I love it. Seriously - might be my fave post yet.

  18. Vee says:

    I can eat it on a train. I can eat it on a plane.

    Not too long ago, I wouldn’t have FIT on a plane seat without buying the seat beside me too.

    Thanks for giving me something to think about. Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

  19. workout mommy says:

    i lOVE this! and it makes me want to dig out my dr. seuss books so i can see them in an entirely different way!

  20. angela says:

    I’ve sure learned a lot lately about not caring about what everyone else is doing. I have to consistently do the things that work for me, and not care when people question them. As far as workouts go… I’m not comparing myself to what other people are doing right now. I’m comparing only to myself.. doing what I can to improve what I can do and challenge myself. I have to say, this method is working well for me. I’m hitting fabulous personal bests that I feel proud of rather than not feeling good enough, and I’m keeping everything I do consistent with diet and exercise and seeing results that I’ve not seen before. I have muscles I didn’t know about even in my skinny days, and I love it.

    And none of that rhymed. It would have been way cooler if it did. ;)

  21. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman says:

    I learned that good post-workout fuel is green eggs and ham.

  22. DareToBecome says:

    This is really beautiful. I am going to print it out because I need to read it more than once. Thank you.

  23. Katdoesdiets says:

    Great lessons. My 5 year old’s favorite book right now is On Beyond Zebra. We love our Seuss too.

  24. Leah J. Utas says:

    Great lesson. I can’t really the full TG quote right now, but it ends with “…those than mind don’t matter, and those that matter don’t mind.”

  25. Jules - Big Girl Bombshell says:

    YOU and you alone have brought new life to Dr. Seuss for me. My experience, of course, when I started this blogging journey was FOOD…which would be the simple green eggs and ham…..

    NOW! Well I just will reflect on the deeper lessons of Seuss…beyond the food!

    Love you MIZ! xoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxo

  26. melissa says:

    Love this. I can’t read ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’ without crying.

  27. Sagan says:

    Go Seuss!

    Dr. Seuss has some of the best messages ever. I like that you’ve related these to health and wellness :)

    Can’t wait until my little twin cousins are old enough that we can read Seuss books together.

  28. Katie says:

    I need to bust out my Dr. Seuss books again. I love this post, Miz. As I love all of them!

    A very belated Happy birthday to the Two Fit Chicks also! I listen to you guys while I am lifting, and sometimes, it can be dangerous if I am mid-squat and you inevitable say something to make me laugh.

  29. tj says:

    luved this post- thx for the explanation! :) hehe

  30. Pubsgal says:

    LOVE this post, Miz!!! And there are about 58,000 reasons I love Dr. Seuss - I think this post made it 58,001. :-) We haven’t been reading him as much lately, but we were on a real kick when my son was in Kindergarten and first grade, because he always picked them from the school library. (Because they had an “S” on them, like his first name.)

    So many great TG quotes…how to pick just one? Not profound, but there are some from “One Fish, Two Fish” that always make us chuckle. My daughter has long hair, so we’re always chanting, “Moms” [or Dads, when it's my husband doing her hair] “who love to brush and comb/Should have a girl like THIS at home!” We also get a kick out of the kids bringing home the monster that they name Clark: “He will live at our house./He will grow and grow./Will our mother like this?/We don’t know.”

  31. Lori (Finding Radiance) says:

    I have always loved the Lorax, even though it is very sad. My favorite quote from that “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. It’s not”

  32. Karen says:

    I did manage to catch you “live” thanks to someone tweeting a link:) You never know what great stuff will pop up on twitter, I am finally figuring out!

    On Dr. Seuss’s birthday last year I posted about Oh the places you’ll go because I see that as a great analogy for not only life in general but also a quest for living healthy (or whatever someone wants to call the journey so many of us are on).

    Green Eggs and Ham is my favorite though; I love the rhythm and can recite most of it by heart, even though my kids are almost grown. And it always makes me think of my own Sam:)

  33. MizFit says:

    well, I pridefully shared on Twitter that I loved this post.
    I know we arent supposed to say that :) but it is indeed from my Seussian heart.

    Im so excited it got picked up by Yahoo! Shine.

    I guess thats our reminder to always write from the heart.

  34. Patrick says:

    Horton Hears a Who!
    My favorite, hands down. Just a cool story. But if looked at for lessons, there is trust, there is commitment, there is adversity. Horton is a buffet of lessons.

  35. messymimi says:

    “That day, all the Sneetches forgot about stars
    And whether they had one, or not, upon thars.”
    Dr. Seuss

    My favorite.

  36. Jody - Fit at 52 says:

    Only you can bring such meaning to his words…. you have lots to think about in that post.. lots! As always, thx Miz!

    Lance always has some good Dr. Suess quotes too….

  37. Jack Sh*t says:

    “We can have some good fun that is funny.”

    Love it.

  38. charlotte says:

    What, no Lorax?? ;) My fave one on your list was the star-bellied sneeches. It all seems so obvious in cartoon form and yet why do I keep forgetting that in real life?! Have you read Max Lucado’s You are Special? Same thing for me.

  39. Quix says:

    I love it. All of it. You are a bad mofo to be able to endure that much needle time to do that. Tattoos intrigue me on others, but the idea of getting one scares the living bejeesus outta me…

    I’ve been really feeling the gratitude that I can do what I do (even on days I don’t really wanna) and not wah wah about my training/work schedule. I do because I love.

    I try to also do what I fear. At least once. If it really sucks then I don’t have to do it again. If it isn’t likely to kill me and I wanna - then why not, right?

    And all the places you’ll go was our class’s valedictorian speech. So it’s always held a special place in my heart. :)

  40. Naomi says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I spend way too much time at the gym comparing and contrasting what I’m doing to everyone else. Considering the number of times I read “The Sneetches” to my kiddos…to the point of being able to quote it from memory, but this is a hard one. There’s always someone on the treadmill running faster or someone lifting heavier weights. “Those stars weren’t so big…they were really so small…you might think such a thing wouldn’t matter at all.” But, sometimes it DOES matter. I’m a plain-bellied Sneetch at the gym and I’m violently jealous of all the star-bellied sneetches. Until I have abs of steel (my version of a star-belly!!) I guess I’ll have to keep waiting for Sylvester McMonkey McBean to come mix us all up…that or just sweat a little harder and try to focus on myself and my plain belly a little more.

  41. Janell says:

    An inspirational post to take with me on this rainy Saturday morning. Love the leg. I was thinking my leg looks a bit Seussian with the assorted cellulite patterns.
    Just kidding!

  42. Julie Lost and Found says:

    I love all things Dr.Suess and love reading his stuff to my kids. Loved your comment about the “Sneeches”

    This is a fabulous post!! Thanks!

  43. MrsFatass says:

    Makes me love Seuss AND you so much. So much more.

    My favorite is the Oh the Places You’ll Go lesson: AVOIDANCE DOESNT WORK. Big theme in my home life, marriage, school, finances, relationships, fitness, you name it.

  44. Christine says:

    OMG! I fricken love your tattoos!

  45. Loretta says:

    And congrats on making to the list of “50 Best Blogs for the Low Carb Lifestyle” (?!) put out by Nursing Schools here:

    You were #20, under weight loss.

    Low carb, nurses, weight loss and tattoos… sounds like the ingredients for a great Seussian rhyme!


  46. Diane Fit to the Finish says:

    What a lovely post! I love Dr. Seuss and admire you!!

  47. Lanie says:

    I really needed this! Thank you! I love Dr. Seuss and most all children’s literature. I used to read My Many Colored Days to my daughter nightly. I’ve been having a lot of gray days lately and I’m ready for some orange!

  48. Geosomin says:

    I’ve always loved Take Me to the Zoo the best…

    “Screw motivation. If we are physically capable of working out we are lucky. No matter how much we wanna whine or lament or moan about how bad we have it the simple fact we are ABLE to exercise makes us one of the lucky ones.”

    Amen sister. I agree 1 zillion percent…

  49. Kristofer Herridge says:

    Quite so.

  50. GoldenGEORGETTE28 says:

    Cars and houses are not cheap and not everyone is able to buy it. But, home loans are invented to help people in such cases.


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