Posted by: nichemarketplace | May 23, 2008

One great motivational saying deserves another …

Slow Fat Triathlete Big

I read a great motivational quotation this week. A great motivational quote stops you dead in your tracks. It forces you to think. It makes you question your own preconceptions about yourself, the world, and your place in it. It also makes you want to share the ember that sparked your inner revelation with others (with the idea that it will cause a cascading ripple effect of hope and inspiration that will engulf the whole world). And what better way to get the proverbial ball rolling than to make it the subject of this week’s Blog post?

If you’re a large woman in America, your whole life is an opportunity to feel self-conscious, embarrassed, resentful, and way too BIG. You can hide in the corner or on the couch, you can go to therapy, or you can put on your lycra bike shorts and get out there and move.
Jayne Williams from her 2004 book Slow Fat Triathlete:
    Live Your Athletic Dreams in the Body You Have Now

It is the story of Jayne Williams a self-proclaimed slow, fat triathlete. In the book, Jayne describes her journey from cubicle-bound, obese office worker to triathlete. Jayne freely acknowledges that she is NOT an expert coach, trainer, exercise physiologist, or nutritionist. Some pundits suggest that her book falls more under the category of motivational literature, rather than a sports and fitness guide. All the reviews I read praised Jayne for her humorous and lighthearted writing style. To read selected excerpts from the Jayne’s book, visit

Now I confess, I haven’t read Jayne’s book — does reading the blurb about the book on Amazon and checking out her website count? — although it is definitely on my MUST READ list. And I have no plans to start training for a triathalon, but I have been thinking about my own perceived limitations. I’ve also been wondering what small, measured steps I could initiate to bring about a personal breakthrough. Which leads me to yet another classic motivational quotation — What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? … I’m sure you’ll agree that is a veritable banquet for thought. It is also a question that I am still in the process of digesting because any serious answer not only necessitates change, but places one squarely on a path towards personal transformation.

So please stand by for further developments (I am undeniably a work-in-progress) … In the meantime, I hope you will add your favorite inspirational quotations to the comments because to quote yet another classic motivational sayingA rising tide raises all ships!



  1. Your post reminds me of one of my favorite quotes. It’s from Joran Rubin. “The individuals who have the courage to take charge of their own health, have the unending determination and make the near impossible sacrifices it takes to be one of the select few who beat illness and choose life are today’s true heros”.

    Choose Life,

  2. You are a very inspiring writer yourself, Rena. I think the hardest part of starting to exercise (or anything new) isthe actual STARTING. Once you get in the habit, you can just cruise along. But it’s hard to add something else to your day – especially when the media says you’ve failed before you’ve begun. So thanks for the reminder and the inspiration.


  3. Hi Rina,

    Great inspiration! Lots of food for thought. See you in Chicago!


  4. “All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.”
    T.E. Lawrence
    Posted by fellow OSI Rockstar

  5. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Danube!

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