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a success story

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I've had a realization today.
In the past whenever I heard of people doing amazing things like losing 100s of lbs or complete feats of physical strength I always thought that is amazing, but at the same time, I felt that I could never do something like that. I've felt this way about athletics for most of my life too. today I realized that I have a success story too, and I know how I succeeded before:
In my freshman year of high school I decided to join the band. Flute. I had never touched this instrument before in my life and many of the people around me had been playing for 2, 3 or more years! The first days of class I was miserable; I could barely play a scale, and they had us sight reading.
But, within a year, I moved up to the first chair flutes. And in my sophomore year I got into the auditioned wind ensemble.

What were the things that made me successful at learning the flute? How can I apply these to learning to be a more active, healthy person?
1. We had band for an hour every day.
I should join a fitness class, possibly one that meets multiple times a week
2. I took flute lessons
A personal trainer would be nice, but I probably can't afford it right now, this is something to think about for the future.
3. I practiced about 3-5 times a week, for 15-60 minutes at a time
That sounds just like a strength training plan
4. We worked on only 2-3 pieces at one time.
I can't become better at too many things at once, I need to take things one at a time
5. Most importantly, I love playing music, even though practicing was frustrating at first, I kept at it because I knew what it should sound like in my head.

I've never lost a significant amount of weight, I've never climbed a mountain or even run a mile but I did become proficient at flute in 9 months. And I can learn how to do this too.
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