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Let's get real! Overcoming the fear factor

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Most of you know that 7 months ago I had a c-section, some of you may not know that I also had emergency surgery not even a week after delivery because my incision re-opened(I don't wish that on anyone!).

My biggest fear during recovery? It's pretty obvious, I was terrified of it opening again because I didn't even do anything to cause the emergency surgery to begin with!

I babied that incision, you better believe it! Once I started running again there was always this fear of "what if I somehow pull or tear something?", even though time had passed and I was doing just fine.

6 months later, I finally decide it's time to start working my core again, I really needed to strengthen my abs because it helps a lot with my running, and is my "trouble area".
I cannot even tell you how afraid I was...

Let's get real!

We ALL have fears!

Some may seem big

Some may seem small

Some may seem silly

BUT regardless... we have them.

How do we overcome them? Well, you have to actually FACE them.

I started with some zumba moves that I know work my core, slow, and gently, being very in tune with my body. I had my mind made up that if I was in pain, I would stop, and try again in a day or so.
Much to my surprise... I didn't hurt! I did more... I picked up the intensity (SLOWLY)... and I started doing more real ab stuff... like crunches. No I didn't do a lot of one thing... but I did 45 min of a bunch of different things, slowly bringing up my intensity and and adding more.

You have to START trying to overcome them!

One thing at a time

One day at a time

Adding more

Was I sore the next day? Yes... but in all the right places, my incision felt fine.

Am I still afraid? Yes. But not like I was, because I know what I'm capable of, and will continue to add more to it.

Overcome your fears... start by facing them. Acknowledge that they exist, and just try, a little bit at a time.

You will be surprised what you're capable of! It's MORE than you think!

Why should you overcome it you ask?

Because your fear will become a crutch.
A crutch only slows you down.
Overcome your fear... throw those crutches away and RUN!

You CAN overcome your fears... but you have to be willing to possibly fall... falling isn't failing. Giving up is.

Face your fears peeps... it's ALWAYS worth it.

Much love!
Em
Leaving you with some pics from recovery to now... life goes on!


After emergency surgery


Playing at the park with my sister(never too old!)


80's dance with my daughter


Trip to Arizona with baby Wesley


Swimming with the fishes at Bass pro with my boy


A candid Easter Family photo


80's trivia night... Wesley was impressed with my look


Dress like your hero day at school... My daughter chose me! :')


Mother's day... blessed


Sweet new running shoes!!!


He's worth all the craziness


Enjoying Silver Dollar City!


Princess night with my not so little girl

HAPPY NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!!!!!!
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STSCOTT11 7/23/2013 11:52AM

    Awwww...precious pics.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/3/2013 7:49AM

    great photos thanks for sharing and what a huge compliment your daughter paid you dressing up on heros day as you.keep on keeping on you are doing great emoticon

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MUSICALLYMINDED 6/22/2013 3:43PM

    Good for you in overcoming your fears! Your family looks beautiful.

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OFFWITHTHEOLD 6/10/2013 9:12AM

  You have an absolutely adorable family, What a blessing from God. It is sooooo great to see you on here again, really missed you b/c your are such an inspiration.
Thank you for disclosing your fears. I can understand your fear of disrupting the healing of your incision. But you are doing the most important thing of all with your fear... you are not staying stuck in that mode. Take care until next time... and keep the faith emoticon emoticon

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SHERRYBETH84 6/6/2013 4:38AM

    Love the up dated photos! Thanks for the good advice- face your fears. That will be my new mantra for the week.

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BRIANNADUNN 6/5/2013 10:44PM

    I love it emoticon

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ARUNNINGKAT 6/5/2013 7:04PM

    You are looking amazing girl! It looks like you have bounced right back from having that baby! Who is absolutely adorable by the way! And you are so right! Fears are something that we all face and they can definitely get in the way. Love seeing a blog from you!

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LUCKYPRESENCE 6/5/2013 6:46PM

    Oh my goodness!! Your family is so wonderful. And your little one, I could just kiss all that baby chub :) Keep up all the good work, you are truly blessed. emoticon emoticon

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