Stepping out of My Comfort Zone

This is a cross post that will also be on WATRD.

Good or bad, I’m not someone that frequently steps out of my comfort zone. I am someone who lives a pretty structured life. I have my routines of workouts, eating, what my days are like, etc., and that gives me comfort. I have read some great posts about challenging yourselves and I always read them and think it’s a great concept, but rarely put it into play in my own life.

A quick bit of background… for about 11 years I was a runner. That was pretty much all I did 3-4 days a week. Then about 2-1/2 years ago, I went to get a slight knee issue checked out after running a 1/2 marathon and found out through testing that I had a torn meniscus in my knee. There was nothing to be done about it and it certainly wasn’t debilitating, it was just there and certainly wasn’t going to get better as time went on. I also was told that I couldn’t run as much anymore, which led me to join a gym.

This turned out to be a blessing in disguise. While I still continued to run on the treadmill once a week, I also discovered the elliptical machine, the precor and strength training. I have reaped the wonderful results of using all that equipment.

So getting back to the idea of challenging myself…

The other day I got an email from an organization which is near and dear to my heart that a fellow eating disordered friend turned me on to. A Chance to Heal. Their mission: “A CHANCE TO HEAL prevents the incidence and reduces the impact of eating disorders, and promotes the importance of positive body image by educating and influencing parents, young people, educators and healthcare professionals.”

The email said – “Join us as A Chance to Heal celebrates the power and joy of our bodies while embracing the importance of body image, productivity and energy. We will be fielding a team of triathletes at the following four events this summer in the Delaware Valley…” Here’s the logo:

It hit me. This is a sign. It’s time for me to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself to do something I’ve never done before. While I have ran a marathon, a couple of halves and 10 milers, and numerous other short races, I’ve never done a triathlon. I always knew I could run and bike, but I’m not a strong swimmer so I felt a tri was never really in the cards for me.

This email came at a time that my mind was open to such an idea. So I have decided to train for and compete in my very first triathalon in mid-August. Once I wrapped my brain around the idea, I realized that I loved the idea of shaking up my regular workout routine, using new muscles and having a challenging and exciting goal on my calendar. I haven’t had one of those for over 2-1/2 years ago when I ran my last 1/2 marathon.

So I’m excited. I forgot how exhilarating (and scary!) it feels to have a date on the calendar of something to shoot for, something that was just for me. I can make a weekend of it with my family. My kids saw me do a 10-mile race and the last 1/2 marathon but they are older now and can hopefully appreciate all the more what I am doing. I especially want my 10-1/2 year old daughter to see the women of all shapes and sizes doing great things with their bodies. I want my kids to see their mom set a goal, challenge herself and follow through as they are cheering me on.

What they ask of competitors is to raise $200 in sponsorships. All proceeds go directly to supporting eating disorder education and prevention programming. I will have to ask people to sponsor me, which I’m not entirely comfortable with, but I need to remember the money is going to a worthy cause. I certainly wish I was exposed to an organization like this when I was growing up.

)If by any chance you would like to make a donation to sponsor me, please go to make a donation. Put in any amount and then let me know (privately if you wish) so I can let them know to attribute it to the money I’m raising.)

Or here’s another idea, if you live in the Delaware Valley, please come join me!

Reminder – if you haven’t already done so, please check out my earrings giveaway. It ends on 5/31.

Have you stepped out of your comfort zone lately? What are you doing to challenge yourself?

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  1. Lisa
    28 May 2010, 5:22 pm

    Good for you! That sounds like a fun event. My goal for 2011 is the train for a tri. I’m also thinking about signing up for the Las Vegas Half this December….you’re right, having a goal set on the calender is VERY exciting! 🙂
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Dinner and Lost Finale =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    those are two great goals!!! you already swim and run, right?
    i’m not sure if i’m more excited or anxious. =)

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  2. Karen @ Waisting Time
    28 May 2010, 5:41 pm

    I think this is awesome! I also love the idea that you are being such a great role model for your kids. I am not sure if mine, much older than yours, pay any attention to what their dad and I do. Not that I run marathons – but I do plug away 7 days a week:)

    Now don’t injure yourself!
    .-= Karen @ Waisting Time´s last blog ..WON’Tpower =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, karen! i know they are sponges and i hope they are “getting” it. i am periodically explaining what i’m doing and hopefully it will all come together at the race that morning.
    don’t jinx me! lol!!!

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  3. Cammy@TippyToeDiet
    28 May 2010, 8:31 pm

    This is so awesome! I’ll have my pom-poms at the ready and will be cheering you on!
    .-= Cammy@TippyToeDiet´s last blog ..A Hungry Girl Meets THE Hungry Girl (Giveaway) =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    aw, thanks cammy!!!

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  4. amanda
    28 May 2010, 10:37 pm

    Wow good luck with that. I have only managed a few 5ks and 1/2 marathons. I know I can totally do a full marathon but just lazy I think to sign up for one. Plus then I have to committ to it. I also very structured and hate to get out of routine.
    .-= amanda´s last blog ..Eating my way around a city =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i know, the committment part is scary, especially doing something i’ve never done before. but i’m trying to look at all the positives.

    but hey, if i can do it, so can you! go sign up for a full marathon!!! =)

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  5. Kyle
    28 May 2010, 11:43 pm

    Very happy for you! I think that is a wonderful goal and cause. I’m not ready for a tri just yet, and I’d have to find one that doesn’t have swimming…just not my thang.
    .-= Kyle´s last blog ..Getting Better and Better IS Getting Better =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, kyle, but lol! that’s what i used to say too – swimming is not my thing. but well, i’m taking another leap of faith here and giving it my best shot.
    and fyi, they have bike-run events too. i bet you could do that!

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  6. Julie - Big Girl Bombshell
    28 May 2010, 11:47 pm

    Great! Challenging myself is something I have been doing a lot lately! Thanks for sharing this and good luck with the training. Keep us Posted…..

    BTW Show kids that parents have goals too is an awesome thing! They certainly watch what we do! You are being a great example!
    .-= Julie – Big Girl Bombshell´s last blog ..What does Your DASH look like? =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    you are one gutsy gal and i really admire that! thanks for the good luck wishes.

    i do hope i’m setting a good example to my kids. my parents did not really provide one for me as i was growing up and i want to change that in our genetic pool.

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  7. Sagan
    31 May 2010, 8:31 am

    That’s exciting- and a fantastic example to set for your daughter. Those kinds of challenges are awesome for raising support and awareness.
    .-= Sagan´s last blog ..Feeling like a fraud =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, sagan!

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  8. Bobbie @Anonymous Fat Girl
    31 May 2010, 9:59 am

    You know I haven’t stepped out of my comfort zone much lately with regards to exercise. But when I first stepped into the gym, that was a biggie.
    .-= Bobbie @Anonymous Fat Girl´s last blog ..Carpe Diem: the story of my cherry blossom tattoo =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    yes, that was a biggie. and look how far you’ve come!!!

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  9. Holly
    31 May 2010, 11:37 am

    I am SO excited for you! Like you, I have trouble stepping outside of my comfort zone. But the fact that you did that and signed up for a tri, that is HUGE. You are very dedicated and strong, so I have NO doubt you’ll rock your tri, too. And maybe this will open doors to other new things you can try (or “tri”)? 😉
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..The “M” Word and the “P” Word =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol!!! thanks, holly! i think because the email, from this important organization, came at a time my mind was open to the challenge, that it was just meant to be. everything happens for a reason, right? and that is a wonderful point, maybe this will encourage me to step out of my comfort zone more often.

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  10. Jody - Fit at 52
    31 May 2010, 10:27 pm

    Ahhhhhhhh, I keep forgetting you are back blogging now & then. I don’t subscribe to a lot of blogs, I just read them but I best subscribe!

    I love that you are doing this!!!! The challenge is awesome! Going out of the comfort zone! Yes, I challenge myself all the time but getting out of the real comfort zone, I have a few times & most recently with the kickboxing. Maybe something else will come up soon.. who knows. Not a triathalon though! 🙂

    That orginization sounds fantastic!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Risks of Sunscreens: New Report =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    yeah, i’m posting here and there, still feeling my way around, not writing with any consistency…

    it’s great that you went out of your comfort zone with the kickboxing. do you love it?

    and yes, it’s a wonderful organization. what they are doing is so important.

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  11. Sarah
    01 June 2010, 12:22 pm

    What a great thing for you to do! Good for you. I know I have a hard time getting out of my comfort zone when it comes to exercise, in fact I am in a bit of a rut lately. What I really should do is go back to my “boot camp,” that was great at constantly challenging me. It’s so expensive though. I am really proud of you for doing such a great thing for such a great cause!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, sarah!! i always wanted to try a boot camp, but there are none near me.

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