Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Bursting with Luck......

I want to reply to everyone that left a comment to me on my last blogpost about wasting my breath..... First off, I only had a short time to start "venting" and that's what the result was. "Wasting my breath" was a simple description of how I've been feeling lately, but it's so much more than that.

I've got so much insight and relevant information bursting out of me because of my experiences of living it. "Living it" I'm "living it". I've created the luxury of my lifestyle. What comes first the chicken or the egg? Am I lucky to not have to work for a living? Am I lucky that at this time in my life my kids are grown and I have all this time to myself? Am I lucky to have time and talent to make all of my own food if I want, and the desire to spend the whole day in the kitchen? Yes, I am lucky, but my luck is in the creation of it.....no one gave it to me, I took it! I took control of my life.

Even when I worked full time, and I had to make "regular food" for my family, I managed to make the food I needed and lose 120lbs. When I worked full time I got up early to walk, without fail everyday....without fail. I created the habits of a healthy life, just as I had created the habits of an unhealthy life....taking responsibility to do what you say you want.

So, I've got all this "stuff" bursting out of me, why should I take my time to write about it, when it seems to just float off into Never-never Land? I greatly, greatly appreciate all who take the time to post comments, because then at least I feel my efforts are reciprocated.....so thank you.

What I have to share, what I want to give, what I want people to hear, is about more than a recipe. What is a recipe anyway? A recipe is not about exact ingredients....it's about inspiration! I don't care if you use "a cup of this, a cup of that".....create it yourself! Create yourself! It's here for you, it's here for everyone.

I'm not done.....I'm off to my first yoga class this morning and then I'll be back this afternoon to respond individually to comments, I've run out of time....

How lucky am I? I'm as lucky as I feel, and I feel pretty damn lucky!


leslie said...

I used to HATE IT when people would tell me I was lucky that I got to stay home with my newborn and my two-year-old. Lucky? We worked our asses off to pay down bills and didn't buy new stuff so that we could afford to live on 1 income. So I'm with you on making your own luck, girl!

Jennifer said...

"Yes, I am lucky, but my luck is in the creation of it.....no one gave it to me, I took it! I took control of my life."
IF only the world understood this, what a better place it would be!I'm so glad you see that at least some of us do not take your gift of time and advice for granted.

Take One Stripper Pole said...

I have been down here thinking a lot about these two posts. Even blogged about it myself. And with the risk of sounding redundant ... you are an inspiration ... I just need to find my own motivation. Hugs! :)

Crystal Schulz said...

Hi Tracy,

I just wanted to let you know that one of your posts lately inspired me. You mentioned in your other training blog that you increased your carbs a bit and decreased the size of your meals. I thought, "what? Increase carbs to lose weight?" Well, it's working for me too! Even though my portions are smaller, I feel so much more satisfied with a few low GI starchy carbs in my system. It's true, a "one size fits all" diet does not work for everyone!

Thank you!

Tracy Reifkind said...


Shortly after Gabe was born we owned World Gym, in Campbell, Mark was making $35k a year, and then took a 30% paycut when the gym wasn't making money.....can you believe we lived on that? In the Bay Area?

we look back and wonder how we did it! But Gabe never had to go to Day Care, it was our choice.

I often tell Mark that I would sell our house in a minute if it meant not changing my current lifestyle of having the time to train and cook. All I need is a roof over my head, 2 kettlebells, a yoga membership would be nice, a small kitchen. (I've never owned a dishwasher!)

Luck isn't "stuff", luck is loving life.

Tracy Reifkind said...


As I just responded to Leslie's comment....

Luck isn't "stuff", it's loving life. Luck is how you feel....

Like in "Field of Dreams"...."If you build it they will come"....I believe when it comes to luck, "If you feel it, it will be so."

The key is to recognize it, (I'll write about that soon)

Tracy Reifkind said...

Take One,

Motivation. How does one get it? It could be said "That's the million dollar question"....but I always say that it's the "million dollar answer"

I believe I have some of the answers!

After meeting you and talking with you, I know we are the same, so I know how you feel. There's so much I could say to you......

When I started my transformation I had never met anyone that came from where I was to were I am now, I didn't know it was possible....KNOW THIS....it's possible, and it's never too late.

So it'll happen when it happens, just know that it will happen. I always knew it would happen for me, I just didn't know how or when, but I always knew.

Tracy Reifkind said...


DING DING DING! You won! You "got it"....congratulations!

Wow, there really are some smart people out there, lol! Good Lord, that reminds me of a blog post I haven't written yet titled..."Do you want to be right? Or do you want to be light?"...I need to get on that one!

PS Thanks for acknowledging my part in your success, it means a lot.