I posted recently about giving up on my weight-loss goals. I mentioned my triathlon sprint I was competing in and I am happy to report I finished! Yes, I am about 2 months late talking about this! The triathlon was in September and it has taken me this long to really talk about it. Because to be honest, I was beat the shit up.
I was on the verge of quitting but I persevered. My partner in crime helped push me. She was talking about how we have done the impossible already. We buried our babies. We wake up every morning and take care of ourselves and our families all the while missing our loves. She had me focus on everything else other than the pain. My running gait was not at all ideal and that was due to lack of running training (I have since chatted with my physical therapist. 🙂 ). I chose to walk my bike most of the way up a 6% incline hill because my thighs were on fire and I made a rookie mistake and chose to ride a mountain bike rather than a road bike. I hobbled for two days after because of shin splints.
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Sounds awful right? It so wasn’t. I said after it was over, I wouldn’t do another one. Twenty-four hours later, I agreed to do it again next year. The rush of accomplishing something so physically demanding was way better than the fear and the pain. I cried but I also finished. I finished for me and no one else. I watched my husband beam with pride because he knew how much this meant to me. I had a major support group waiting for me at the finish line and plenty of friends online cheering me on. How awesome is that?
I am one person in this world of 7 billion people and so are you!
Humans were built to be resistant. We beat odds all. the. damn. time! We are a defiant species, one that pushes boundaries on a regular basis. This can be seen as one of our more wonderful characteristics but also a curse if not properly used. It is a trait that influences wars and lines to be drawn in the sand. However, the flip side is the driving force behind charity work, Olympic athletes and American Ninja Warriors ;). We can do hard things, you can do hard things!
What goal have you set then said: “I can’t”? I am here to tell you; you can! If I can start training 8 weeks before a triathlon and finish, then you can say yes to your goal! I am not a small person either. Check out these pictures. I am 5’9″ and over 230. My size didn’t hold me back, did it make it a little harder? Totally! But to hell with it! I wasn’t going to let extra weight be a reason I said no to a personal goal.
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Take 15 minutes and write down your hard goals. Then chop them up into smaller goals. Next? Rip it up. Seriously. Rip it up. If you don’t really believe you can do something then you won’t.
Challenging yourself with a goal that you don’t truly believe in will only make you more frustrated (spoken from experience). When I wrote about wanting to lose 40 lbs last year, I honestly couldn’t picture myself being thinner! I couldn’t see the weight coming off. I couldn’t see the smaller pants size. So I gave up but not in the traditional sense of giving up. I took this challenge of completing my triathlon as a way to launch my goal into being healthy. Not just smaller, not just skinnier but HEALTHY, CONFIDENT, and a Fucking GO GETTER! This physically draining challenge was NOTHING compared to the mental challenge of completing it, seeing myself cross the finish line and feeling the gratitude and the pride of accomplishing a super scary and ridiculously intimidating goal.
Why are challenges a launching pad for the change? They force you to do it. They make you do the hard things you really don’t want to do. Those runners who love to run half marathons or crazy ultimate races like the Moab 200 Endurance Race (check out this article about the winner, she is a bad ass)
Challenging yourself to do something totally difficult is actually good for you!
Helps you understand your limits, then PUSH passed them.
Keeps you mindful of what is most important to you
Reminds you how beautiful this human existence can be if we allow it to
You grow spiritually and mentally
You find out what you are made of
You are forced out of your comfort zone
You freaking grow!
If someone had tried to tell me I would learn so many life lessons in the last two years because of all the goals we have achieved, the heartbreak we have experienced and the struggle which forced us to really take a good look at our wants and desires. I would have told them they were completely insane. I would have shaken my head and said not me. When we decided to literally uproot and take a leap of faith to move after losing our son, I was guilt-ridden. We were leaving our family, we were going into the unknown and into a place we loved. We knew it was time, we knew the way would be made and its opened up so many more doors than we thought.
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Before you can achieve the hard stuff, you have to believe it. The belief that is a part of you, not just saying you believe. You know that dying need for food? Dying need to see your besties? Yeah, your beliefs have to be ABOVE those feelings. Because for your dreams to come true and to chase the shit out of them, you have to want it so bad that the sacrifice is worth it.
Such a simple task “believe”, but our egos get in our way and fear tells us “no we can’t”. Stomp out that voice! Are you ready to believe? Are you ready to find out who you really are? The person who is buried beneath all the labels from this world?