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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

No More Making Excuses

On my way home from my doctor's appointment. No, I'm not putting weight on my right leg. It just looks that way because my knee brace has my leg locked in a straight-leg position so there's no much clearance between my foot and the ground. PS: I love my hot pink sneakers!

Lately, I've been reading a lot about the need to get out of our comfort zones - to abandon the tried and true, to be afraid and to experience something new - and how in doing so, you learn, grow, and become stronger. I've been seeing tweets about someone's latest race and/or PR or describing a great run or spin class or otherwise proving how they are getting out there and going after their goals. As I read these, I have automatically thought, "I would totally do that but I'm injured."

I believe in the importance of being uncomfortable. For me, when I think about challenging myself, I usually think about physical tests - a new workout, a hard interval or strength training session, a race, a new sport. But there are so many other ways that I can challenge myself that do not involve being mobile or active.

I've realized that since my surgery, I've been using my recovery as an excuse. While my injury may hold me back from some of the physical challenges and amazing fitness workouts that I want to do, it doesn't and shouldn't hold me back from stepping outside of my comfort zone. Yes, I do know that I have to give my body time to rest and recover and that it's not the ideal time to test my limits. But I'm not saying that. I just think that I've been cocooning myself in the safety of my recovery, which has enabled me to be content with just feeling meh and being a blob on the couch.

Earlier this year, I said that I was going to make it count. So, I'm going to stop using my injury as an excuse. However, I promise I will still ask for help when I can't reach something.

Professionally, I am working hard to build my consulting business and expand the type of work that I do even though it's hard and scary...and hard and scary.

Personally, I'm trying to let go and embrace change, which is somewhat difficult for this Type-A, micro-manager. But this month is going to be a whirlwind. It's going to be messy but we'll make it through OK, just one day at a time.

And, this blog is definitely moving me beyond my comfort zone. Putting my thoughts, experiences and emotions out there to have them embraced (or not) by readers I don't know is definitely forcing this introvert to be a bit more extroverted.

So tell me, what are you doing to move beyond your comfort zone?


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At April 4, 2012 at 10:19 AM , Anonymous Jadzia@Toddlerisms said...

I speak terrible French, although we live in France--so I am joining a local knitting club so I am forced to interact. Because 9 months with no friends is TOO LONG.

 
At April 4, 2012 at 7:50 PM , Blogger Jennifer Gilbart said...

I hope you find the perfect balance between letting yourself heal and getting out of your comfort zone. I really like your "Make It Count" mantra!

 
At April 4, 2012 at 8:48 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I've found that that balance shifts from day to day. It's hard but I'm trying to focus on the things that I can do to make it count. Thanks so much for your comment!

 
At April 4, 2012 at 8:50 PM , Blogger Christine said...

That's great! I think that's a great way to meet knew friends and definitely to polish your French. I love knitting but haven't really moved beyond knitting square or rectangular shaped items. I've always wanted to join a knitting club or book club. Maybe I will add that to my list.

 
At April 5, 2012 at 11:19 AM , Blogger Jolene said...

I love this!! I love that you are stepping out of the 'zone and focusing on some new goals personally and professionally. And I totally agree, the more discomfort, the more we grow. I am excited to read more :-) As you know I am a huge fan of unseating the comfort zone! For me, it continues to be challenging myself with my running and seeing where it takes me :)

 
At April 5, 2012 at 12:02 PM , Blogger Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl said...

i know why you are on crutches, out and about... because you've got Vegas coming up!

i do think it is more difficult for the type-A persona to try new things and not always be in control (know from experience). ;)
but it is healthy to take a step into the uncomfortable zone.
now that I think about it, I have done small, but mighty uncomfortable things this year - {hunger games} mud run, made myself introduce and talk to product owners at Expo West, go to Expo West for that matter, made myself try out and use the weight room with all the guys in there... thank you for reminding me that I have done it.

 
At April 5, 2012 at 1:58 PM , Blogger Christine said...

And Tyler Florence!! You went up and met Tyler Florence and took pictures with him! Seriously, being at something like Expo West would totally feel out of my comfort zone and I'm really proud of your for doing it. The weight room is also an intimidating one too and took me a little bit to get over it but I was confident in what I was doing and my form. It's funny the looks you get when you pick up weights other than 5-10 lbs :-)

 
At April 5, 2012 at 2:03 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you! I think reading about your run challenge and some of the things that your sis has written about has finally sunk in with me in realizing that there is a whole part of me where I could still push and challenge myself. So thank you!

 
At April 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM , Blogger Surfing Grandma of OC said...

"Personally, I'm trying to let go and embrace change, which is somewhat difficult for this Type-A, micro-manager. But this month is going to be a whirlwind. It's going to be messy but we'll make it through OK, just one day at a time.'....
... THIS quote from you. IS SO ME right now.. I am gonna be out of work relatively soon more than likely by the end of this month. I have been a bit anxious about it.. I see good and bad here. BUT it is the uncertainty that is making me panic. I keep telling myself. POSITIVE THOUGHTS this is gonna be a good thing.. KEEP IT POSITIVE.. when one door closes another opens..and IT IS gonna open for the better!!!.... Easier.. said than done. RIGHT?

 
At April 5, 2012 at 10:31 PM , Blogger Cotter Crunch said...

so glad you are going for it friend! get out there and take risk, and heal!

 
At April 6, 2012 at 5:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Christine,
Bron from Oz again. Glad to see you up and about, well done! I have been surfing abit this last week and the waves have been big due to a cyclone in Fiji sending swell our way (I am half way between Sydney and Brisbane). I have been out of my comfort zone by just paddling out into some of it! But I am also pleased to report that I did catch some as well! One little wave at a time my confidence improves! Looking forward to watching your journey of recovery! Sending positive thoughts, Bron

 
At April 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Oh Michelle. I want to send a huge big hug to you and lots of positive thoughts. Uncertainty IS so hard but I completely believe that you are right - when one door closes another one opens and it will be for the better. It's totally easier said than done but I have faith. Deep breaths and one step at a time. Thinking of you...

 
At April 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Bron! Good for you for paddling out and catching some waves! I find for me, confidence is such a big part of how I feel about surfing and how I perform. Each little step counts, right? I love hearing these stories so please keep me posted so that I can live vicariously through you!

 
At April 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Lindsay!

 

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