My friend and I are training for a half marathon. On this particular week she suggested that we do our long run together. This was my reply, “You are so much faster than I am. I would hold you back.” She told me that she needed to take it easy this week, so no problem. I then proceeded with all the excuses I could think of; who would watch the kids, I need to go grocery shopping and meal prep for the week, I am going out tonight and will get home late, so I’ll be tired. You name it I was trying to get out of it. After she and my husband (he happened to be next to me listening to all of this) literally shot down all my excuses, I gave in and said I would go running with her.
For our long run she ended up taking me trail running. I told myself that I grew up in Colorado skiing, hiking and playing competitive soccer, so yeah I could trail run. Plus I’ve always wanted to try it. Guess what?! I LOVED it! I could only make it 6.75 miles instead of our 8 miles we wanted to do, but it was my first time and I literally ran until I could no longer run. My hamstrings were on fire! I didn’t care because I DID IT! I stopped giving excuses and stepped outside my comfort zone to do something that I have always wanted to do. It felt awesome!
Running with my friend that day I realized several things about myself. I make up excuses because I am scared. I am scared of what I can actually achieve if I push myself. I am scared of failure. What if I really can’t run like I thought, what if I am just not that good? How many times do we as mothers tend to use our children as excuses to not do what we really want to do because we feel like we would be a bad mother if we put ourselves first? I have fallen in this cycle of giving excuses and I am pretty darn good at it, but what if I break the cycle. What if I stop using my children as excuses to NOT do things and work towards my goals? I could show them that with hard work and dedication you can achieve your goals. What if I actually pushed myself past my comfort zone in work outs and in everyday activities? Imagine what the results could be! Yes, now is the time to stop giving excuses, continue working hard towards my goals and be the best person I can be.
I'm a wife, mother, pediatric occupational Therapist and I'm just trying to navigate my way through this this crazy, busy life while trying to find the meaning of living fit.