Take The Challenge!

During the week I am always up early getting my workout in; on Saturdays I usually sleep in so my husband can get his workout in early. This morning after my husband left, I heard the treadmill going and went down stairs only to discover that my youngest son Jake was getting his workout in and I figured it would be awhile which would put me way behind on various projects I wanted to get done. My whole family has really been inspired to get fit lately, so rather than stall progress, I figured I, the all-year around fitness person, would have to wait.

Usually I like to do an outdoor workout on the weekends so I poked my head outside and thermometer says 17 degrees. Brrrrrrr! even my dog  Buster didn't want to be outside.  So I decided while I was waiting to workout I would get on FB and check out the scene. On the first post I came to, my client Amy who's a runner is bundling up for her training and in the second post I read she's done.  Mmm well what the heck I'll give it a whirl, so with a thermal shirt, hoodie, jacket, coat, long johns, sweats, thermal gloves, and a toboggan I set off for the track. In my Christmas with the Kranks gear I wondered how in the world I  was going to be able to move let alone run with all those clothes LOL. I certainly could have given Jaimie Lee Curtis a run for her money in this get-up.

When I got to the track I had to walk a good way to even get there because the place was jam packed for a basketball game. As I turned the corner I began wondering what I was thinking: the track and the bleachers were completely covered with snow. I thought about turning around and going home but I thought well after all this effort let me at least just see what I can do. So I went over to the bleachers and was thinking to myself, there is just no way I'm going to be able to do this...... well there was a hand rail. Never one to back down from a challenge, I had to give it a go. The first 3 were a little rough.... but 35 bleachers later it flipping rocked!!!! As I ran sprints and bleachers in the snow I felt like I was invincible; like I could do anything. I truly felt like ROCKY in training. The takeaway I get from all of this besides an incredible workout, is an analogy... How many times are we like that in life, thinking there is just no way I'm going to be able to do this and want to walk away when something looks insurmountable, when in reality if we would just stop waiting and get started by putting one foot in front of the other, we could achieve anything. When you do something challenging that you never knew you could do it makes you believe in yourself and that my friends is the real take away.

The next time a challenge presents itself, take the challenge because what's on the other side of pushing yourself is always worth it.


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