5 Things We Can Learn from the Patriots

Tonight I watched the New England Patriots win Super Bowl LI. It was historic because this was the first Super Bowl that was decided in overtime.

I guess I’d say that I’m a Patriots fan. I was born in New England. I’m a fair weather fan and I’m always late to the party. My family NOW watches football, but growing up, the only sport I could count my family in watching was NASCAR.  After adult years watching games, mostly the Super Bowls, I can follow it a bit better than that annoying person who asks a lot of questions at the party. Yeah, I probably used to be that person though.

Anyway, no matter if you like the Patriots of not, we can learn some things from their win.

  1. You can start slow, you can start from behind and still come out ahead. The first quarter score was 0-0.  That’s not exciting. By the third quarter the Falcons were up 28-9. It’s absolutely unheard of to come back from that deficit in a championship game. But they did.  History can always be made.
  2. Use your disadvantage to fuel you. Why do some races need a bunny? Why do people need a goal? The chase is a powerful tool for performance. When the tide seems to be against you, you dig in and get stubborn. If there’s something out of your reach, you close the distance. When they tell you that you can’t, you say “watch me.”
  3. Go with the momentum. Once the momentum swings in your favor.  It’s super powerful. Once the Patriots started to turn the game around in the 4th quarter, there was no stopping them.  Any negative referee call?  Didn’t matter.  They decided it was their game and they went for it. As soon as overtime was a matter of fact, I knew they would win. Their momentum was too huge to be held back. It was inevitable.
  4. It’s never over until the absolute last second. They didn’t stop. They didn’t give up. They went straight out, pedal to the metal. When you need to, you get singular in your focus and you just go for it. Don’t even think about failure. Total forward movement with no regard to failure or alternative outcome.
  5. Let your haters be your motivators. The Patriots have been a winning team but a team with controversy. But any sorts of infractions were handled and fines paid, suspensions carried out, drafts adjusted. When opinion is against you, you can be defeated by it or you can use it to show them all. Let it fuel the fire in your belly.

No matter what, both teams that played had great seasons and did fantastic things in the game. No matter what , you have to respect what it takes to perform at that level. And this was truly a game that will go down as a big deal in the history books. Biggest comeback and the first overtime.


Friend Makin’ Mondays: Quick and Easy Questions

I blogged last night and didn’t wait to see when Kenlie posted FMM!  So, I’m going to have a quick run at the questions.  Glad they are easy!

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!


1.  What time did you go to bed last night? Much too late!  2 AM!  My afternoon nap through me off so I stayed up later than usual.

2.  What is the last thing that made you smile? Last night my cat decided it was all-about-mommy time. I couldn’t get away from her even if I wanted to.  She was in my lap, sitting beside me, or following me in to the bathroom.  She makes me feel loved.

3.  What is the last movie you watched? On TV count?  The Help.  I stayed up to finish it.  Oh man, I loved it.  It was such a good thing to watch before MLK.  It’s easy to get wrapped up in yourself, your own life, your present, and not remember as much about the past and the struggles people had to endure to do the things you just take for granted.

4. What did you have for breakfast today? Nothing yet!  I rolled out of bed, drank my water, and hit the blog!  After I publish, it’s Shakeology time for sure!

5. Would you rather mop all of your floors or do laundry? By the state of my house currently, it looks like neither, ever.  Ugh.  But I’d rather to laundry. 

6. Do you drink coffee? I do, not as much as I used to.  I usually drink it once a week now.  We go to Starbucks once a week before TRX.  I stopped going because I’m cutting costs to justify my Shakeology usage.  We have a kick ass Nespresso machine and I make a mean cold press iced coffee, we just haven’t been on the train lately.

7.  Will you watch the Superbowl? Yeah.  My friends have a great Superbowl party every year.  For me, it’s social.  I’m not a football fan.  But she always has lots of contests SO I’ve decided that I’m going to study up this year and get a better score on the trivia part of the evening.  Memorize facts?  I’m all over it.

8. How often do you shop for groceries? Making a concerted run – probably twice a week.  Go to the grocery store and buy things to eat?  At least 6 days a week.

9.  What kind of workout will you do today? Today is P90X3 – again!  Week 4! 

10.  Do  you use a fitness tracker? I sure do!  I’m a Fitbit fan!  I’m happy to help anyone else get the most out of it.  They are fantastic and the company provides top notch customer service. 

This was my Shakeology a week or so ago.  Tropical Strawberry + a whole lot a basil and a little bit of lemon.

This was my Shakeology a week or so ago. Tropical Strawberry + a whole lot a basil and a little bit of lemon.