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I won't let fear of the unknown defeat me

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I'm sitting here recovering from my run. It was not a complete training run. About half way through, the battery died. I tried to keep running, but just didn't have enough to get it done. I did walk home. In total, covered 2.5miles. So it's not too bad. My legs feel the workout. So do my lungs.

Now what?

Part of me just wants to call it a day. Focus now on my nutrition, and just do things from the couch. I can go through the dance videos, work out the choreography, I can do my taxes, I can apply for work.

But there's a part of me nagging at the back of my mind. Why am I not going to the gym. Getting in a Strength Training session, and a dance practice? I know why. There are actually two reasons.

1. I am trying to justify not needing to go. I ran. I am feeling the effects of the run. I don't want to burn myself out by doing too much too fast. This is honestly a HUGE part of why I want to stay home.

2. This is the one that I'm thinking I may have more problem breaking through. I'm scared. It's not part of my normal. It's outside of my comfort zone. As strange as it may sound to be afraid of this, think about it. We all have our comfort zones. Getting out of them is scary. For you, it may be terrifying to run down the street outside, where everyone can see you, jiggling and all. That's not scary for me - that's in my comfort zone.

I don't know if I'll go to the gym today or not. But I will have to find a way to overcome this fear of getting out of my comfort zone soon. I won't let this defeat me. I'm stronger than that.
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    Only you know how hard to push. I know that running, while it does leave me feeling energized, takes a lot outta me.

    Even if you can normally run more, listen to your body. You may not know it yet but your body could be fighting off a cold or something else. Listen to your body and make the right decision for you.

    One missed day at the gym is less of an issue than overdoing it and injuring yourself. So if you're really not sure, take it easy.
    1853 days ago
    Well, I don't like the gym at all. I like using free weights at home better than going to the gym. For me it just may be a preference.

    I like your thinking though. It is good to try and get out of our comfort zone.
    1853 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    Whether or not you go to the gym you can achieve your goals. I guess if it's such a hard thing for you to do I wonder why you are pushing it? Is it to overcome a person barrier or is it because you feel like you "should" go to the gym? If it's the first then go for it. If it's the second, then maybe it's not so important.
    1854 days ago
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    1854 days ago
    I have HUGE issues with getting out of my comfort zone... It used to be almost crippling a few years ago when it was tied in with my depression... it's much better now, especially when I can recognize it and push myself through...

    I do agree though not to push yourself too hard too soon!

    1854 days ago
    Getting outside our comfort zone is a challenge but is necessary to grow. Also, the trek to a healthier life style is a life's long trek and takes time. Pick a healthy pace not too fast and not too slow.
    1854 days ago
  • DARLY55
    Being comfortable or not can be a problem. For me, it is running outside (yes, all jiggly) . Going to a gym can be unnerving - I can see that. But once you get there, you will be able to settle in and in no time it will become old hat.
    I need to take my own advice! emoticon emoticon
    1854 days ago
  • --VICKI--
    Sometimes pushing too hard is just as bad as not pushing enough. You have to decide which it is. Only you know what you can and can not do. emoticon
    1854 days ago
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