Why such a big carrot?

It hit me a few years ago.

The answer.

And I was reminded of it yesterday, when I casually shared it with a friend who wants to lose 50 pounds.

Your carrot has to be huge. It has to be one you’ll chase for the rest of your life.

Until I die?


My big carrot?

It ain’t the world championships.

What then?

Being a role model for my son. Honoring our creator who gave us the gift of our body. Seeing our son graduate from high school. Etc.

The world championships? A smaller, several year carrot.

Make today a day you stop by the produce section and get yourself some vegetables. Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

USA World Team

Here’s the home page for the USA World Team 2009

Here’s the quick link to check the Status of Entries

You’ve heard me say this, “If you’re goal isn’t impossible, you’re not reaching high enough“.

Any day now, when you click on the Status of entries link for the 50-54 Men’s 400 meters, yours truly should appear.

Also awaiting hotel confirmation from Lahti Travel.  There’s a long wait list for limited hotel rooms within walking distance to the stadium. 

The harder I work, the luckier I get.  Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂

One week later?

One week later?  Feeling pretty good.

There’s a fair amount of emotional labor (worry) involved here.  It may be a mirage.  Can’t tell yet.

It sure has been a test of my faith and an exercise in self-examination.

Why am I worried?

It’s only a race, right?  One stupid little lap.  Four-hundred meters.  About 54 seconds of my life.


Why does it feel so important?

Gotta go.  Make it a great day, because if you don’t, who will.  Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂

PS.  Maybe it’s so important because it’s impossible.  Let me pray and think about that one.  Have you any advice on chasing impossible dreams?

Hope, the dog

Orlando Sentinel article about a biped puppy, found abandoned with his seven siblings.


This dog doesn’t know what’s impossible.

Funny thing.  After ten years of walking, running, stretching, eating right, getting plenty of sleep (mostly), I’m on the verge of discovering the very same thing as Hope, the Dog.

Maybe anything is possible.  Maybe not.

I wonder how much of it is the fact that, if you’re like me, you rarely get a chance to challenge popular belief, and therefore, everything big, is impossible.

Feel free to read this amazing story.  And, oh yeah, make it a GREAT day, because if you don’t, who will?  Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂

PS.  So far (it’s only 6AM) my left foot feels great.

Two days later

Sunday, March 22, 2009, which is exactly two days after my first left-heel cortisone shot, from a wonderful Podiatrist, Dr. Cyrtis Wagner, at Sand Lake Commons, near Walt Disney World.

Went to Holy Family Church for 8:45AM Mass.  Then went to Gold’s gym around 10AM for a strength and core workout, skipping all calf exercises.  No pain.  Cool.

It’s 2PM and I’m rocking my left foot back and forth over a frozen water bottle, like I always do.  No pain.

No pain!

Cool.  Hope this feeling lasts.

Dream big.  Get there.  Stay there.

The first two are the ones that many people attain.  Dreaming big is the easiest.  Getting to your goal, an aweful lot of work.  Goals have a way of lifting us to extraordinary effort.

But “staying there”!  That’s in a league by itself.

If I have to explain this to you, may I suggest you first re-read the last two sentences, slowly and carefully.

If you don’t get it, well, sorry.

One more try.  Just look at dieting, or relationships.  Losing weight and finding a great partner can be very motivating goals.

Agree?  Good.

Staying at a healthy weight the rest of your life, or staying married for a lifetime, a whole different level of challenge.

Now do you get what I’m saying?  Hope so.

Make it a day to Dream Big.  Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂