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From Fear to Triumph!


Sunday, April 21, 2013


Here's my Disclaimer: I am a sucker for kid things....super slides, slip 'n slides, swingsets, kickballs, and primary colors!

So...when my niece and BFF MichCleary asked me to do the Foam Fest 5K and I saw pictures of slides and soap suds, and big colored bouncy balls hanging down, how could I say no?

I have to say, I think this may be the most fun, and the most rewarding event I've done so far on my journey toward a healthy and active life!

A few people know that I made a commitment to do P90X2 on January 1, for 90 days. I've started and 'failed to finish' many things in my life, exercise programs included. Can you relate? This time, I knew in my heart that it was REALLY important that I finish this 90 days...no matter what. I started out having gained over 20 lbs in the months leading up to Christmas. It had been one of my most discouraging periods over the past 4 years, as far as my health habits were concerned.

There was ALOT that I couldn't do in P90X2...but it didn't matter! I did what I could...and day by day, week by week, month by month, I learned I could do more. And I connected the dots...it is in the DOING OF THE THING that we grow. Even when we can't yet DO THE THING.

So, not only am I a starter...I am now a FINISHER! I start things that I can't do, or am afraid I can't do...and because I keep going, I grow and get better. And I finish. I don't stop because of my fears, but fears are still there. Fear is there for all of us, but we can't stop because we're afraid.

Like this...I was afraid to climb it, and afraid to fall...

But I climbed it anyway...the 1st obstacle. Then came this...and my fear was increased...

When you climb an 8-ft wall...it really is a long way down...it's scary, and I was scared of falling. What a gift to climb the wall anyway...jump down, and find friends there to cheer me on and "high five" the moment!

Conquering our fears is such a boost to our spirits! Since I first started my weight loss journey in 2009, I have lived alot with my fear of gaining all the weight back. I think in a lot of ways, I've always let fear get the best of me...I guess I'm so grateful for the impact of P90X in my life because it has helped me to beat back the fear, and to change the way I see myself. I don't believe I would have climbed these walls without doing P90X...I really don't. But I didn't just climb the walls, I did lots of other crazy stuff too, and had a blast doing it!

We crawled through mud... , slid merrily along on grown-up slip 'n slides, and for our big moment, we climbed this 3 story inflated super slide and dropped straight down!



And then, they gave us medals!!

So, if you're not sure you can 'do it,' whatever IT is...maybe you can't now, but start doing the thing anyway! Don't let fear hold you back...don't let your limits right now hold you back. If I can help you or encourage you, send me a note. Nothing is more fun or more rewarding than sharing someone else's journey, and helping a friend reach their goal!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KEKEIKO 4/28/2013 9:57AM

    emoticon on receiving the metal! emoticon Looks like great fun! emoticon

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FATHINSN 4/26/2013 12:44AM

    Looks fun! That 3-story slide looks scary and fun, if it's me I'll probably scream all the way down, haha. Congrats for completing the race :D

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SUETINGE 4/24/2013 4:19PM

    Great job!

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ISHIIGIRL 4/23/2013 12:27PM

    so much fun. Glad you were able to complete this and with your BFF!

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PURESTILLWATER 4/22/2013 11:20PM

    Way cool, so much fun

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MANLEYSANDY 4/22/2013 11:49AM

    Great Blog....

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CHUBRUB3 4/22/2013 11:02AM

    So proud of you Susie!!
Awesome!!
You inspire me my friend.
Hugs,
Angela


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KAREN_NY 4/22/2013 10:04AM

    How Awesome is that?!!???!!!!!
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I love this too: " It is in the DOING OF THE THING that we grow. Even when we can't yet DO THE THING. " Save!


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RUNNER4LIFE08 4/22/2013 8:50AM

    Very inspiring blog! And that race looks like A LOT of fun! I hope it comes to Minnesota because I would sign up for it.

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STRONGDJ 4/22/2013 7:42AM

    Great blog!

Very inspiring.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 4/22/2013 6:02AM

    You rock!!!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 4/22/2013 5:24AM

    Huge smile maker Susie! You've so got this . You CAN and you WILL! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLAYNESGAMMY 4/22/2013 1:25AM

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WORDWOMAN7 4/21/2013 11:29PM

    Wow! Good for you! I'm impressed.

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MICHCLEARY 4/21/2013 11:21PM

    Nice blog! I haven't done one yet. I was proud of the fact that we tackled every obstacle and ended up even walking on water!

Thanks for doing all the crazy races with us, and for hosting all of us at the 5k lodge!

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