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Overcoming Fear

Fear is boring, because fear only ever has one thing to say to us, and that thing is: "STOP" – Elizabeth Gilbert This topic has presented itself to me in the universe over and over again lately so I figured it's time to address it.

When was the last time you did something that scared you? And I don’t mean an artificial scare like watching a horror movie that made you sleep with the lights on for a night or two. I mean something that truly challenged and changed you.

The last terrifying thing I did was hit “Publish” on this post.

And I fight that fear every time I have something to write here or share with you.

“What if no one cares?” “What if this makes me look stupid?” “How long until people realize I am so far from perfect?”

Or the biggest one…

“What if I fail?”

I’ve wanted to start this page for over a year, but the fear of failing made me stop before I even tried.

As a second grader I SO badly wanted to play baseball, but one of the boys said I would have to wear the whole uniform including a cup {what?!} and then I was afraid I would look ridiculous as the only girl on the team.

That was the first time I remember letting fear stop me from doing something I was otherwise excited about. Since then I’m sure there have been hundreds. But that ends now. I don't want to miss out on any other moments because I'm too afraid. How boring is that?!

So these are my questions for you today… what are you afraid of? What were you excited about, but were too afraid to do? Do you want to go to your first BODYPUMP class? Do you want to run a marathon? Do you want to leave a completely toxic job and find your passion?

Are you going to let fear bully you for one more day or are you going to kick that bastard as hard as you can right in the teeth, Walter White style?

I thought so...



Be The Example

There are so many things I hope my daughter learns from me (and maybe even more that I hope she doesn’t), but the most important lesson I hope she learns is how to live her healthiest life. "If your kid needs a role model and you ain't it, you're both f*cked." -- George Carlin

I want her to love to move. I want her to love food and not fear it. I want her to learn to fuel her body right and use that fuel to move mountains. I want her to be body positive and confident. I want her to look at magazines, movies, TV shows, and advertisements and know that her body (whatever it may look like) and everyone’s bodies are just as good as the ones more often shown. 

If there was a tried and true magic way to make all of those things happen I would have started the day she was born, but there are many things and voices that will influence her ideas and all I can do is hope my example and my voice is the loudest.

Not itsy bitsy yoga, but you get the point.

We started Itsy Bitsy Yoga at Yoga Source when CE was only three weeks old. In class, I learned how to help her find ways to move that made her happy or calm her when she was fussy. I truly believe it helped her love to move. (She’s not even 5 months old yet and already crawling all over my living room.)

At five weeks we started Stroller Strides and I hope we’ll continue this for many years to come. In an hour-long, outdoor bootcamp style class, moms get to exercise AND interact with their babies. We sing ABCs while holding wall sits or count to 10 while doing burpees. We play peek-a-boo while doing jump squats. And most importantly… we smile. Our kids get to WATCH us sweat and smile. They get to see us making exercise a priority. They learn by example.

Even at home I do my best to get moving with or in front of CE every day. (Lunges while holding a squirming weight, anyone? Sit ups with a moving weight on your chest?)

We’re just starting solid foods, but I hope she’ll find as much of a love for healthy foods as she does for moving. So far the only thing she can’t get enough of are Granny Smith apples. Sounds like a good start to me!