Doing the things we don’t want to do. Double Challenge Day!

As you know I have been challenging myself once a week to get out of my comfort zone. From eating sushi to belly dancing, it’s been quite an experience. Getting out of your comfort zone requires one to do something they don’t necessarily want to. Maybe because its fear, (see my aerial yoga post, ha!) something they aren’t use to or something that just plain doesn’t sound good. This brings me to my next challenge.

Getting up early. I do not enjoy rising before the sun nor do I do it often. I am pretty alarm clockblessed with 2 flexible jobs that do not require me to arrive at a ridiculously early hour. I have always been quite envious of my cousin, Tabatha’s early morning habits. Most mornings I will glance at my phone and have a notice from her as well as my amazing Dad, on my Runkeeper App saying “Tabatha just completed a run.” Same for my Dad. “Randy just completed a run.” Here they have run several miles already this morning and I am just rolling over in bed. Laaazzzy. I have no excuse and so I am hoping this challenge will kickstart something in me to change my ways.

Last night Johnny and I were hanging out in the living room and he was reading a book by John Maxwell called, “Make Today Count.” A great book about daily disciplines, making the most of your day and guaranteeing tomorrow’s success. He came across a passage and shared aloud with me. “It was Mark Twain who observed that ‘The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what  you don’t like and do what you’d rather not.’ Twain was being cynical, but there’s a lot of truth to what he said.”  I agree. A lot of times it’s necessary to do things we don’t want to in order for us to get the results we want. If success; in any form, money, physique etc were easy then we would all be walking around like rich, fit, gorgeous movie stars. It’s the people who choose to make small changes and choices that will mold themselves a brighter future.

So folks, tomorrow I am getting out of bed before the sun comes up and going to a Hot Yoga class at 5:30 am. Followed by eating breakfast by myself at a restaurant. I have all this free time in the morning that I have been wasting by sleeping. Eating alone at a restaurant is something else I don’t want to do because it sounds uncomfortable. And I am taking it to the next level. No phone, no book. Nothing to look “busy” with. Wish me luck!

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3 Responses to Doing the things we don’t want to do. Double Challenge Day!

  1. Twyla says:

    Awesome and inspiring! Loved this post and the one about your friend making changes to lose weight.

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  2. Melissa says:

    Great post chels! I am envious of Tabatha too when I see that notification on my phone in the mornings. I can’t wait to hear how this challenge goes.

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  3. Tabatha Rice says:

    You rock! And, just for the record, I’m not sure when I last got up early to run… I’ve not been wanting to get out of bed myself. 🙂 I’m trying to make up for it in the evenings but I still kick myself when I see that your dad’s already logged 8-10 miles when I’m headed to work. Haha!

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