There really is no other option, except maybe plan B

jeff noel professional speaker at Disney's Boardwalk Resort Convention Center
It matters little to walk to do the preaching if not the walking is the preaching.


Whether we exercise or not, run or not, we surely have intimate understanding of the roadblocks and temptations to quit. We’ve all had our fair share. So what?

Here’s another in a long list.

Pre-operation consult this morning. Have been able to run since the June 7th inguinal hernia, but have avoided the gym for core work.

Nationals is two weeks away.

Last year the 1,500.

This year the 800.

Next year the 400.

Looks like we’ll be moving to Plan B.

Stay strong. Stay motivated.

There really is no other option, except maybe plan B – a new way to keep going.

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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. Plan Bs work. I was a morning only exerciser. If it didn’t happen before 6 AM it didn’t happen. Well with the girls heading off to school mornings are too busy, even before 6. Plan B was to exercise at night. Sometimes not until 9 PM when life finally slows down. It’s been 6 weeks and Plan B is working better than Plan A ever did. No chance of missing a workout due to oversleeping. And a great way to end the day.

  2. I’m also on Plan B now.

    When I hit “fail” on my summer fundraiser, I wondered what would be the next plan. Soon, I was invited to enjoy office space at Easter Seals Willett Center in Oak Park where we are assisting veterans with everything from employment coaching to dental referrals. I find so much joy and peace in this setting, and I still maintain my mission of building awareness of the Blue Star Banner tradition.

    Plans that have B in them are GREAT!

  3. Natalie, so happy you’ve found joy and purpose with your plan b. Plan a is still there (at least I think so), it may just need to simmer or ferment until it’s reached a new space in your plans.

  4. I’m still working plan A. A struggle for sure, but I’m running. Thank you for the inspiration! God willing I WILL be at each of my daughters’ weddings someday! 27 lbs down. 48 to go.

  5. Patty and Jeff, thanks so much for your words of encouragement! I have never tried exercise in the evenings, Patty, but I bet it helps you sleep through the night a little better.

  6. I am reminded of a poster quote that I read recently that says “if plan A fails, remember there are 25 more cool letters of the alphabet. Stay cool” Life is full of adjustments because it is not one straight shot. Hopefully I would not have to get to ‘z’ but I’m willing to make the necessary changes to achieve my goals. Thanks for the reminder.

  7. Omada, brilliant. Yes, many more letters in our ‘plan alphabet’.

    And if (sometimes it’s more like when) we ever get to ‘z’, we get begin anew back at ‘a’.

    Very nice to have you visit Lane 8. 🙂

  8. Hi Natalie,

    I thought it would too, but no really change in sleep patterns has occurred yet. No matter. One great change is having that after exercise feeling and feeling good about taking care of the physical me.

    I truly believe most parents put off taking care of themselves for their children… Like what happened to my morning exercise time. And then it can be a downward spiral into worse health. But no matter, I carved out another piece of time and it works great, even better, on so many levels. And when I ride the trainer in the garage during the weeknights I can still text with my girls when they need me and they are too busy to walk outside…. Can’t text while riding the roads.

    Have a great day.

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