Thursday, July 3, 2014

It's A Lot More Uncomfortable Around Here

Today is day 3 of the #blogeverydayinJuly challenge - thank you so much to everyone who is participating so far... I love reading everyone's posts!

For those of you who are new around here, or for those of you who have been around for a while, I challenged myself at the beginning of the year to REALLY step out of my comfort zone in 2014 and do things that I would normally say NO to. I honestly have said YES to more things than I ever would've thought, and it has been great. Unfortunately, do to injuries, and illnesses, and having a lot less time to myself (excuses, I know), I haven't really lost weight this year... definitely not like I did last year. I'm choosing not to be hard on myself about this because despite the fact that I'm not losing weight, I'm still staying consistent with getting uncomfortable and trying new things.

When Amanda and I first created this challenge for ourselves, it was honestly pretty daunting. We decided that we each wanted to commit to getting 'uncomfortable' at least 12x throughout the year (one per month). I've honestly lost track, and I probably won't document all of the moments that I've done something big to 'get uncomfortable' this year, but I'm going to try and remember a few of them. I did a recap at the end of January to show what I had done in the first month, and I had already accomplished 4 accomplishments, and the day after I wrote that post I accomplished one more super embarrassing moment of getting uncomfortable for a total of FIVE accomplishments for January.

After January ended, the rest of the year has basically been a blur, but here are the accomplishments that I can remember so far:

    Bungee Jumping
    In April, I went bungee jumping with three of my best friends - Justin, Amanda, and Shawn. It was completely SURREAL, and something that I was both terrified and excited to accomplish and check off my "list". Due to weight restrictions, this is something that I wouldn't have been able to do a year ago, and the fact that I was able to do this now was just HUGE for me.

    Me, Post-Jump, with a TON of adrenaline pumping.

    Vancouver Sun Run - 10k
    I never ever ever in a million years thought I would run, but last year when I started losing weight, running quickly became my favourite exercise and the best way for me to destress after a long day at work. In January, I decided to go balls to the wall and sign up to do the world-famous 10k race that 50-60 THOUSAND people run every year. This was absolutely TERRIFYING to me because I have an irrational fear of working out in front of anyone, and the thought of running around people gave me the nervous shits make me nervous. I injured myself a month before the race and couldn't finish training so I ended up walking the majority of it (at a quick pace) and sprinting intervals whenever I could. But, I did it - and I was honestly so proud of myself.

    Heart & Stroke Big Bike
    This was an accomplishment that was SO MUCH FUN... but Faith a year ago, two years ago, or five ago wouldn't have done this AT ALL. Doing anything physically active (no matter how small it may be) terrified me, especially doing said thing in front of people. I love that I'm actually saying YES to everything this year, and this big bike fundraiser for the heart and stroke foundation was so much fun... I'm hoping to do it again next year. Essentially, it's a 30-person bike, so I hopped on there with 29 of my colleagues and we biked 1 or 2km around the city and waved at people, cheered, made noise, and so many tourists stopped to take pictures of us... it was hilarious and amazing all in one.

    Now before you all completely roll your eyes at this one... hear me out. My entire life, I have never thought I was worthy of love and never really gave it a second thought. I allowed myself to be treated like a doormat by any guy that I've dated/talked to/interacted with(romantically.. as in more than friends). I made a promise to myself in the beginning of February that I was going to step back from dating guys because it wasn't really going anywhere and I was allowing myself to be walked all over. A week or two after I made the decision that I wanted to take some time off, Justin strolled into my life. Giving him my number, going on our first date, saying I love you - these were all things that were extremely 'uncomfortable' but oddly so comfortable for me at the same time.

    Grouse Grind
    Since I moved to Vancouver I have been asked by numerous people to do the Grouse Grind... and my response has been the same for every single person: "HAHAHAHAHAHA you're joking, right?". But, in honour of getting uncomfortable this year, my dear friend Kate-Lynn forced encouraged me to do the grind with her and prove to myself that I could actually accomplish something this difficult. Well, ladies and gentlemen... this is probably a once in a lifetime thing because I don't think will ever really feel the need to do this again... but I'm glad that I checked it off my list and put my big girl panties on and got it done. For those of you interested in knowing what the Grouse Grind is, click this link.

    Pre // Post Grind

    Kate-Lynn snapped a picture of me reaching the top // here's the view from the top of Grouse Mountain. Breathtaking.

    Taking an exercise class
    As I've mentioned a few other times throughout this post, working out in front of people is extremely hard for me. Last week, two of my friends/colleagues forced me out of my comfort zone and made me take a class (Fab Abs) at the YWCA with them. It was uncomfortable, but we made the best of it and laughed lots. It definitely helped me to continue working towards getting over my fear of working out and being sweaty in public.

I feel like I have a few more things that I'm just completely forgetting to mention here, but if they come to me I'll just include them in my next 'Get Uncomfortable' update! What are you doing in your life to get uncomfortable? How can you challenge yourself to step out of that comfort zone? Link up and tell us!

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Jaz said...

I had the biggest smile on my face while reading this post. This is amazing! Bungee jumping?! Girl, you have more cajones than me hun. Great post!

Laura @ said...

Heyy, I live in Vancouver too! We should have a blogger date sometime!! :)

Britt said...

I want to go bungee jumping sooooo bad! I am happy you were able to go! :)

K @ Keeping Up With K... said...

I love the getting uncomfortable challenge!

I rode the Big Bike again this year too! The guy that I'm seeing is from North Dakota and he had no idea what the big bike was and laughed his ass off when I told him. Apparently its only a thing here in Canada?

I HATE working out in front of people too which is the reason for 5 am runs or midnight runs. The people in my town are so gossipy I don't need to give them anything else to talk about! haha

Lindsay Landgraf said...

You are amazing and brave and gorgeous and I love you long time.

Brandi said...

What great ways to step out of your comfort zone!!

Samantha @ Life is But a Stream of Thoughts said...

You're so awesome! I'm so glad that you've really gotten yourself to move outside of your comfort zone and experience these awesome things.

Kristie's Blue Jeans said...

I love every single thing you did on this list, especially the love part. It can be the hardest thing to wake up realizing you've always been the doormat girl, but rewarding when you stop. I am so happy for you!

As for Grouse Grind- I feel the need to go do this!!! How long did it take you? Will I die in the process, haha!

Brittney, Breaking Free said...

Such an inspiration!

Martha Woods said...

I'd love to go skydiving--that's so far out of my comfort zone it's unreal! It looks like you had so much fun bungee jumping!

allieology said...

I'm SO proud of your uncomfortableness. Wasn't there supposed to be a video of that bungee jumping thing? AND those pictures of you and Justin... I'm dying. I know I've seen it before, but it gets cuter every time!

Becca @ Becoming Adorrable said...

Wow. Only about halfway through and this has been your year!! You're going to look back on this time with fondness.