Lane 8 Behind the Scenes


Hello everyone. Hope you had a healthy week.  It’s challenging isn’t it?

Diet and exercise.  Sounds so simple.

Then why are we an obese society? An unhealthy society? Why?

Can someone help explain why this is so, and even more compelling, why we as a society, just put our heads in the sand and pretend like it doesn’t exist?  Why we pretend like it’ll go away if we ignore it long enough?

It’s a grand wish that our son (9) will get and stay healthy as a lifetime goal. With Inflammatory Bowel Disease, he’s 20 times more likely to develop colon cancer than the average person.

Last time I looked, colon cancer is bad news.

Lane 8 is a metaphor for life.  For trying your best to do important things – like lead a healthy life.

And it started over a decade ago, with me running one mailbox a day for a week.

As my health improved, my desire to maintain it became harder to find.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. I was pretty healthy this week. I ate 80% healthy food and and got my week runs in plus 8 miler tomorrow. 🙂 I think living a healthy lifestyle is a commitment.

    I’m sorry about your son. I wish him and your family the best.

  2. Meechellee, thanks for your comment. I think we “met” on Twitter.

    Sounds like you are doing very well. That’s awesome. Great weeks are the best.

    The challenge, we can agree, is to do this for the rest of our lives.

    And if we went one step farther, perhaps we can do it so consistently, that we inspire others to never give up.

    Adversity doesn’t develop character, it reveals it. Keep running and eating well.

  3. Meechellee, please forgive me for not asking you the most important question. What motivates you to Dream Big, Get There, Stay There?

  4. Yes, we are twiends! 🙂

    Dreaming is free so, why not go for it big time? I think, my sources of motivation are the people that surrounds me whether they are my family, friends, co-workers, or even strangers. However, there were always times when I’m challenged that the only person who can keep me going is myself.

    You might find it funny but, on 2006 when I started training for my first marathon, I got this fortune from a fortune cookie that hang on so that I can remind myself when things are getting tough either physically or mentally:

    “Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable It may get tough.”

    You are on the right track of living a healthy lifestyle. Stay focused, be positive and just keep going! 🙂

  5. Meechellee, wow, what a powerful fortune cookie message. Seriously.

    Thank you for sharing it. It’s another way to say life is hard, there are no shortcuts.

    We all need to be the number one person in charge of our health.

    It will be uncomfortable. We need to get used to that. The sooner the better.

    Thanks again. Keep running. 🙂

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