January 20, 2015

No Longer Afraid to Fail

Here we are in the middle of January and I've finally decided my fitness goal for the year. If you recall, I posted last week that 2015 was my year of doing. I want to spend 2015 doing things that will make me better, make me happier and make me look back on life with a smile.

January has been a month of struggle for me regarding fitness, because I want to attempt something big.  There were two big challenges on the table and I've taken my time deciding exactly WHICH challenge I want to take on this year. Part of what held me back was my fear of failure. I didn't want to set a challenge and then fail at it, especially if I told people WHAT I'm attempting, both IRL and here. As silly as it sounds, I don't want to let people down and I don't want people to view me as someone that 'can't hack it'.

But, that all changed on my flight home from Dallas a week ago today. Le Husband randomly picked up 'Outside' magazine, a new one to both of us, and while he slept on the flight I perused because I couldn't sleep. There were some great articles, but one article REALLY stood out in my mind. Pro athlete, Kevin Korver of the Atlanta Hawks, is an all start super shooter but also and incredible athlete with an INCREDIBLE sense of challenge and inspiration. Below is my favorite part of the article.

"We've evolved with a desire to challenge ourselves. It was necessary to get the tribe over the pass in winter, to hunt the mammoth. Now we live in the center of the table. We're afraid to fail. F*** That! How can you reach the edge of your potential without risking failure" 

Wow, right? I reread that quote probably ten times and really sat back and thought about how much I've let my fear prevent me from trying. Don't get me wrong, I take chances, but fitness challenges can bring out the shy-shy in my ego. Failing at fitness is mentally breaks me, so I try not to set TOO high of a goal. I want to avoid the fear of not reaching what I set out to do.

But, that changes now. Today begins my journey of going for my 2015 fitness goal. I've verbalized it to a select few people so it's real. There is no turning back. I will be doing everything I can to achieve this goal and I hope to bring some good news to blog land in a few months. I'm back to logging my foot in My FitnessPal [be my friend *here*] and finding new ways to fuel my body with healthy alternatives. Tonight's dessert is two TBS of peanut butter and three TBS of whipped with a dash of cinnamon. Not as good as froyo, but it's a start in the right direction.

Now don't worry. This blog isn't going to become a solo fitness blog, I don't have the drive or knowledge base for that kind of thing. But, you'll probably see some more workouts and clean eat recipes here because that's where my life is going.

I'm scared. I'm excited. I'm nervous. And I'm ready to rock this ish!
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What is your fitness goal for 2015? How are you going to achieve it?

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30 comments:

Rachael A said...

I for one am excited to read along with your fitness journey! I have also overhauled my diet and actually started exercising this year so I'm right with ya! Have sent you a friend request on My Fitness Pal (rachybaby343). Good luck x

Claire | Fashion + Feathers said...

Rock it, girl!! And when your life changes, so should your blog. I'm excited to see where this journey takes you :) xoxo

Caitlin Elizabeth said...

That's such a great quote! It's scary to fail... but it's even scarier to think that we don't live life to the fullest because we are afraid to fail! Good luck with your goals girl, can't wait to hear more about them!

Nikki said...

You are a strong woman! I know whatever it is that your goal is you will hit it! Do the best you can do and no matter what be proud of yourself!!

Jessica said...

Proud of you for your determination, woman! I don't have any big fitness goals for the near future, BUT I do plan to get back down to my normal fighting form as soon as possible after baby #2. I've never been as athletic as you are, but I am not the type to let baby weight stick around slow me down - so I guess you can call that a goal of sorts, right?:) Hopefully we will both achieve our goals. Failure is only in our minds!

BLovedBoston said...

I cant wait to hear more about this goal but I'm sure just like everything else you're going to rock at it!! I think the hardest step is realizing what you want to do, then the steps to get there are hard, but you know what they are!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

Kathy@RealTalk said...

i'm going to be a muay thai machine. that's my fitness goal. i signed up for private lessons with my current trainer to pump up the jam so that means as of feb, i'll be doing muay thai 3-4x/week; with weight lifting/HIIT/yoga in between and I CANNOT WAIT.

Elle Sees said...

good for you and best of luck!!! that's awesome!

Illegally Blonde said...

So proud of you and I am here to support your goal. Just remember, it won;t happen all at once and it will take time and there will be ups, downs and some plateaus. Keep going. Love you and wish I could be there with you along the way, but a I have rather large bump in my way til April. xoxo

~Dawn~ said...

You;ve got this, girl!! You're strong and full of determination...I have no doubt you will reach your goals.!

Laura Marie Keenan said...

Exciting! Get after it girl!

Julia said...

Way to go on stepping out with your goal! I'm the same way, it's hard for me to make my goals known to people because I hate to feel like a disappointment or a failure! But you're right, we have to make the decision and go for it if we're ever going to reach them! You're going to do amazing, looking forward to seeing more about it! :)

The Siberian American said...

That is such a great quote! I know you'll rock your new fitness goals!

Amanda {Kids and Cabernet} said...

Wow, good for yiy! Can't wait to hear about it - I'm sure you'll do great!

Amanda Elizabeth - Meet @ the Barre said...

Love it girl!!! Talk about motivation! Can't wait to follow you along on this kick butt journey!

Kristen said...

good luck girly - if anyone can meet their goals, it's you ;)

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

Good luck girl! Can't wait to hear all about how you achieve your goal this year! I need to get back to the gym... oops. And I would totally eat peanut butter for dessert... good idea actually!

Lisa Loves John said...

You go girl!! Love that quote and love your plan to be fearlessly fit!!

Alisha said...

Loved the quote... exactly what I needed today, friend. I am so excited to watch your fitness journey!

Queen In Between said...

Definitely can relate to playing it safe with my fitness goals....will be excited to follow along!

Shannon Jenkins said...

Go girl!! I am excited to hear about your journey!

<3 Shannon
Upbeat Soles

Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie said...

You go girl!! You got this! I LOVE that quote!

Jen said...

You are awesome! I am training for my 2nd marathon and cannot wait!

Meghan @ Me as Meghan said...

This is great! I can't wait to read more...I am looking forward to those recipes too! You will do awesome, like always! :)

Erin LFF said...

This absolutely inspired me today, friend! In 2014 I definitely (finally!) started trying to take control of my health but it was a definite up and down rollercoaster most of the time. I'm so TIRED of that! I really want 2015 to be the year these changes stick and become my actual lifestyle, not just a month where I feel motivated to shed some lb's, etc. I really want to push myself this year to get to places I've never been fitness-wise. Excited to read along and cheer you along as well ;)

Emily said...

That's awesome! I'm sure you can master the challenge for 2015!

Nadine Lynn said...

Good luck on your fitness goals this year! You got this!!!

brooke lyn said...

CRUSH IT! also, i wouldn't hate it if this was a fitness only blog :)

Kay R. said...

You go girl!!! I love a good fitness post it honestly inspires me!

Carolyn said...

I know you're going crush this!! :)