Yep, it happened.
I turned the big 4-0. Fabulous and 40? Was that really possible?
In retrospect, it was the best thing that happened to me.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”
Every January I celebrate my birthday right after New Years Day on the 4th. So I am hit with two big events in a row that cause me to reflect, re-evaluate and reassess. This year I decided to take the opportunity to make big leaps in my life and in my business. I mean BIG. I am putting myself out there in ways that scare the “you-know-what” out of me, and I gotta admit — I am diggin’ the adrenaline rush I am getting from it.
Case in point.
I am blessed with a good metabolism (thank you Mom!). After four children (3 in 4.5 years after 35), I am still the same weight I was in high school. However, over time things have shifted, dropped and softened considerably since my days of varsity volleyball and tennis. This body has been through a lot.
As an athlete I have always competed, pushed myself and strived to be the best at every sport I played. As a mom of four with a household to manage and a thriving business to run, I no longer have the same time to devote to sports-related activities. But I do want to have an athletic in shape body because that is who I am.
I attended my first Cross Fit class about two weeks ago. For those of you who have never heard of Cross Fit, it is a “fitness program that combines a wide variety of functional movements into a timed or scored workout. We do pull-ups, squats, push-ups, weightlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, and a host of other movements. Always varied, always changing, always producing results.” I grabbed that straight off their website.
Lifting gigantic weights, attempting pull-ups, climbing a rope, jumping a rope, running outside in 25 degree weather — all timed and against other Cross Fitters. It’s hard. Really hard.
Why am I telling you all this? Because I made a conscious choice to venture out of my comfort zone by competing with younger, stronger people in order to reach my goal of being the fittest and strongest I can be at 40.
What has this taught me? So much. I am humbled every time I step into that gym. I may not have the coolest clothes, the latest trendy sneakers, the tightest body or the strongest arms. But I do have one thing: Desire
I want to achieve that goal I set for myself at the beginning of this month. And I am willing to go out at 8 p.m. on weeknights after the kids are asleep in order to reach that goal. I call that commitment.
Challenging myself in this way has had a ripple effect on the rest of my life. My confidence is soaring, my body feels great (albeit sore and bruised), and I have even more desire to grow, expand and stretch myself in all areas of my life.
So I ask you: