Stepping out of My Comfort Zone
This guest post is from Love 2 Eat in PA
Good or bad, I’m not someone that frequently steps out of my comfort zone. I am someone who lives a pretty structured life. I have my routines of workouts, eating, what my days are like, etc., and that gives me comfort. I have read some great posts about challenging yourselves and I always read them and think it’s a great concept, but rarely put it into play in my own life.
A quick bit of background…. for about 11 years I was a runner. That was pretty much all I did. Then about 2-1/2 years ago, I went to get a slight knee issue checked out after running a 1/2 marathon and found out through testing that I had a torn meniscus in my knee. There was nothing to be done about it and it certainly wasn’t debilitating, it was just there and certainly wasn’t going to get better as time went on. I also was told that I couldn’t run as much anymore, which led me to join a gym.
This turned out to be a blessing in disguise. While I still continued to run on the treadmill once a week, I also discovered the elliptical machine, the precor and strength training. I have reaped the wonderful results of using all that equipment.
So getting back to the idea of challenging myself…
The other day I got an email from an organization which is near and dear to my heart, that a fellow eating disordered friend turned me on to – A Chance to Heal. Their mission: “A CHANCE TO HEAL prevents the incidence and reduces the impact of eating disorders, and promotes the importance of positive body image by educating and influencing parents, young people, educators and healthcare professionals.”
The email said – “Join us as A Chance to Heal celebrates the power and joy of our bodies while embracing the importance of body image, productivity and energy. We will be fielding a team of triathletes at the following four events this summer in the Delaware Valley…” Here’s the logo:
It hit me. This is a sign. It’s time for me to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself to do something I’ve never done before. While I have ran a marathon, a couple of halves and 10 milers, and numerous other short running races, I’ve never done a triathlon. I always knew I could run and bike, but I’m not a strong swimmer so I felt a tri was never really in the cards for me.
This email came at a time that my mind was open to such an idea. So I have decided to train for and compete in my very first triathalon in mid-August. Once I wrapped my brain around the idea, I realized that I loved the idea of shaking up my regular workout routine, using new muscles and having a challenging and exciting goal on my calendar. I haven’t had one of those for over 2-1/2 years ago when I ran my last 1/2 marathon.
So I’m excited. I forgot how exhilarating (and scary!) it feels to have a date on the calendar of something to shoot for, something that was just for me. I can make a weekend of it with my family. My kids saw me do a 10-mile race and the last 1/2 marathon but they are older now and can hopefully appreciate all the more what I am doing. I especially want my 10-1/2 year old daughter to see the women of all shapes and sizes doing great things with their bodies. I want my kids to see their mom set a goal, challenge herself and follow through as they are cheering me on.
What they ask of competitors is to raise $200 in sponsorships. All proceeds go directly to supporting eating disorder education and prevention programming. I will have to ask people to sponsor me, which I’m not entirely comfortable with, but I need to remember the money is going to a worthy cause. I certainly wish I was exposed to an organization like this when I was growing up.
If you live in the Delaware Valley, please come join me!
Have you stepped out of your comfort zone lately? What are you doing to challenge yourself?