Words of FITspiration

October 6, 2012 · 9 comments

Eleanor Roosevelt was a wise woman. One of my oldest, most favorite quotes comes from that lady.

I remember seeing this quote on a magnet that actually had this same exact graphic on it. I was in a Life is Good store right before heading into my freshman year of college. That magnet stuck on my refrigerators all four years of my college career.

I think it spoke to the risk-taker in me. The goal setter. The girl who was a little terrified to move off to college on her own and begin a field hockey career. The girl who had lots of dreams and fears.

That girl is still here. And that girl still loves this quote.

Every time I am a little hesitant to embark on a new journey, I’m brought back to this Eleanor Roosevelt quote. I remember that each time I test my limits, face any possible fear, or try something I think I can’t do, I will either succeed or I will fail. Whichever the outcome, I will become a better version of myself.

Fist pound for you, Eleanor. Those little words have been floating in my head for years now. Through my NCAA field hockey career, in deciding to sign up for a half marathon despite hating running, in pulling the trigger to run a full marathon, in deciding to return to the theatre, and while taking any risks in my personal life, I have repeated these words to myself. They have inspired me, propelled me, and given me a little solace when taking a risk.

Now, I want to hear your words of fitpiration/inspiration. What are the words that push you to test your limits?

Or, head on over to the fitmixer October fitspiration giveaway to share your words of fitpiration to gain extra entries for the fitmixer.com monthly giveaway.

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1 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy October 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

I used to have that quote hanging in my college dorm room. Love it :).
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2 Natalie @ Free Range Human October 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

Eleanor Roosevelt is such an inspiration. She also said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I love that one, but my favorite inspirational quote is probably this gem from Teddy Roosevelt:

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. ”
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3 Sarah B. October 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I love your shout out to Elanor, because one of my best friends used to always send me quotes from “her girl, Elanor”!

One of my faves: “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

The pres’ and first ladies know what’s up.
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4 Alyssa October 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I absolutely LOVE that quote! It is completely true though! You can only grow when you put yourself outside of your comfort zone.
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5 Julie @ Sweetly Balanced October 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Thats a great quote!! I’ve always been a fan of this one:

Twenty years from now you will be more dissapointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did… Dream… Explore… Discover… -Mark Twain
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6 Kelsey@ kelseyruns October 9, 2012 at 2:49 am

Love Eleanor Roosevelt! That woman says some of my favorite quotes! I love the one you posted and oddly enough I have it printed out and taped to my mirror! I also love “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Reminds me to keep dreaming and to dream big!
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7 Laura October 10, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I dont really have a quote specifically. But I do things for those that cant. I run for the fallen military members that can no longer run. I run for the cancer patients that cant run right now or will never get the chance. I am lucky to have the opportunity that others dont. I look at any new and scary opportunity as a chance to make a difference and to do it for someone else who cant.
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8 colleenzo October 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

My personal motto is ‘Do it scared.’ There’s no shame in being afraid to try something, but you need to suck it up and try it anyways. Just do it scared.


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