Don’t Deny Yourself

It’s time for another Wednesday Word linkup with Debbie! Today’s word is deprivation.

Deb Runs

Merriam-Webster has the following to say about deprivation:

  1. the state of being deprived
  2. an act or instance of depriving

And since that’s not very helpful, here’s what they say about deprive:

  1. obsolete: remove
  2. to take something away from
  3. to remove from office

With those definitions in mind, I thought of a quote that was adapted from a Dean Karnazes quote. I liked it so much that I made it into one of those motivational posters.


When you surround yourself with people who encourage you and push you, the line between the possible and the impossible gets blurred. If you want to achieve something, don’t deprive yourself. Chase your dreams, no matter how crazy they are, and you can accomplish some remarkable things.

What do you do to make sure you’re not depriving yourself?


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  1. Good question and the answer is I’m not sure!
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…Are runners deprived? I don’t think so!My Profile

    1. Debbie is so good at coming up with words that really make us think!

  2. Ah, I hadn’t thought about how placing limits on our selves is another form of deprivation – great thoughts!
    Coco recently posted…Diet Rules — Moderation Or Deprivation?My Profile

    1. Thanks! It’s always so neat to see the different takes on a single word each week with this link up.

  3. This was a tough prompt! I think as runners, we don’t deprive ourselves of much–we push to live our lives to the fullest.
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Heavy Medal DeprivationMy Profile

  4. I always make sure that I’m getting enough “me” time, usually through running. It’s so helpful for my mental health, and I think makes me a better wife and mother!
    Alison recently posted…Detroit Free Press MarathonMy Profile

    1. I’ve read that even a little moderate exercise can help with depression. I definitely feel happier and feel like I’m more productive when I’m running/working out regularly.

  5. I don’t really feel deprived of anything and that’s the reason I just couldn’t come up with a post. Well, sleep maybe. The things I might do without are just conscious decisions and not deprivations.
    HoHo Runs recently posted…Inspiring OthersMy Profile

    1. You make a good point, and I think someone else had the same perspective about our deprivations being conscious decisions. We should be thankful that if we do deprive ourselves of something, it’s usually a choice and not something that’s out of our control.

  6. I have to be honest — I’m pretty darned self-indulgent. You ought to see how it goes down around my birthday! 🙂

    I love that quote, too. I always feel like every long run is a little journey, but “extraordinary trip” is an even better way to put it.
    Anne recently posted…Deprivation or Choices?My Profile

    1. Anne, once you turn 50 you get to celebrate your birthday month! Yep, all month long! Talk about self-indulgent! 🙂
      Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…My Favorite Walked Into A Bar JokesMy Profile

    2. Honestly, I think it’s kind of in the nature of a long distance runner to be self-indulgent. We spend hours doing something we love. But it makes us better in the rest of our lives. I always say – I am who I am because of running 🙂

  7. Love the quote and the poster; however, the extraordinary “trip” on a beautiful trail like that might result in me landing on my hands and knees! LOL

    Thanks for linking up!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…My Favorite Walked Into A Bar JokesMy Profile

    1. And if that’s the case, I’ll be sure to get a picture of it first and then see if you’re okay. I know that’s what you’d want me to do 🙂

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