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Recover as You Work

Recover as You Work

“Recover as you work”, asserts my Peloton Coach, Matt Wilpers. The Peloton is a stationary bicycle equipped with a video screen that streams upbeat music and enthusiastic and well-toned coaches who “ride” along with you and hundreds of other peloton’ers. As you ride, the coach instructs you to adjust both your cadence and resistance throughout the workout. Cadence is how fast you pedal, and resistance refers to the load you pedal against. The center knob is located in front of the bike seat. When you turn it to the right you increase the resistance and when you turn it to the left, you decrease the load. What Matt is encouraging us to do when he says, “Recover as you work,” is to either slow our cadence or to lessen the load but to never quit pedaling. And believe me, I often want to quit especially after a really intense effort.

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Resilience and Beauty

Resilience and Beauty

Don’t we admire those who persevere and overcome the odds? Don’t we long to hear stories of those who survived overwhelming difficulties and loss? I have always been intrigued by the resilient, and especially resilient women who have persevered. Desiring to learn more...

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Veteran Valor

Veteran Valor

As Veterans day approaches, I have been thinking a great deal about several of my fellow Veterans and the heroes that I have had the privilege of knowing. I think of Bill Haneke, the author of the riveting book, Trust Not, where he recounts in incredible detail, his...

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The Power of Passionate Storytelling

The Power of Passionate Storytelling

  When I was a little girl, we would travel to my grandfather's farm in Iowa for a visit. I always loved seeing Grandpa Fotsch. We would run into his strong arms and he would pick us up and squeeze us until our sides would hurt. Also, grandad was a wonderful...

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Fail Fast

Have you ever felt like you are working up hill for a very long time? You don’t get that promotion, or the performance rating you desired. Or perhaps you have seized a deal and delivered but despite all your best efforts, your client is still not satisfied.  Life is about learning to overcome setbacks and disappointments. We often forget in those times to see failure as transient but rather a step toward success. And I have certainly learned a great deal about failure during my West Point experience.

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May 26th, 2019 “A Remembrance”

May 26th, 2019 “A Remembrance”

May 26, 1983 is the day that I married James Edwin Gaba, Jr. But all who knew him called him, Eddie.  He was my West Point classmate and first love.  Many of you know my story of how I lost my first husband at the tender age of 36.  And today, May 26, 2019, would have...

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No Whining

No Whining

As we approach Memorial Day, I am reminded about those remarkable men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.  I often think about my Dad who served as a medic in General George Patton’s 3rd Infantry Division and marvel.  How did a diminutive man...

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