Operation Skinny Jeans: It's okay to be scared

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It's okay to be scared

The number one thing that gets in our way of pursuing our dreams (particularity our health and fitness dreams) is fear. We are paralyzed with fear and doubt and it holds us back.

For years I was terrified of working out. LITERALLY scared. I had seen The Biggest Loser okay! Those people were PUKING and CRYING! They were flying off the backs of treadmills and that was all in one day! I didn't want that! It looked painful and exhausting and unpleasant as hell!

You know this, but I wasn't a very active kid. I never played sports, I never ran for fun, and I certainly didn't EXERCISE. I couldn't even make it up the stairs in my condo without getting out of breath, there was NO WAY I could do that for an extended period of time. Here is a secret about me. I don't like pain. I will go out of my way to avoid it. And I really REALLY hate puking. So something that involves both is a big fat no for me.

So when I was perusing my local rec center's upcoming events, and I saw the "Commit to Fit" challenge, I was terrified! It was expensive and it involved working out. I shut the book and walked away. A few hours later I read through it again. I was CRAZY! I was going to FLY off the back of a treadmill with a shiny muscle-y guy YELLING at me in front of all these people! And it was going to HURT. Pain beyond my comprehension was going to happen. Nope nope nope!

But it kept NAGGING at me! What if this is what I needed? Why did I even look in this catalog anyway? I never had before. What if this is my chance to actually make a difference?

Long story short (too late, I know) I did it. I took the leap of faith and threw myself into the arms of an angry sweaty muscle-y man who yells. Then I woke up hahaha. My trainer Pete was not crazy and he didn't yell. He also had no clue how to train women, but that's beside the point. He made me realize the gym wasn't a torture chamber and that good things, positive things, can happen there! I learned that working out doesn't HURT.

My point is, FEAR is what is keeping you from your dreams. I was there too. But something inside of me NAGGED and I just couldn't let it keep nagging. Trusting myself and my ability to succeed, and trusting the support of those around me, I made it through. Don't be paralyzed by your fear. Embrace it. CHALLENGE it! Unless your fear is spiders, then fuck that :D

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7 comments :

  1. No seriously...fuck spiders. And mice & rats.

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  2. I'm intrigued about tomorrow!!

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  3. Just say no to spiders, bugs bigger then a pencil eraser and the things that lives under the bed when the lights go out!

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  4. This is actually my biggest problem and it always has been! Fear has dictated my entire life! Slowly but surely I'm trying to face it but it is taking me forever! But I've made progress so I'll take it :-)

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  5. Ooooh, I like the idea of the no plan menu plan!! That sounds truly awesome!

    Great post :)

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  6. Fear is a bitch! I'd like to remove her from my life completely, but it is seriously so hard. Here's to working towards it a little everyday!

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  7. I think the biggest thing that gets in my way is motivation. There are those days you wake up and just wanna sleep, you know?

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