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What Is Keeping You Down?

Several years ago I entered the lottery to participate in the NYC Marathon. I’m a walker, not a runner and I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t be able to complete the course in the allotted time before they officially closed the marathon at 7:30 PM.

Already a little intimidated by the privilege to participate in a prestigious event that many try for years to get into, my confidence in my ability was shaky at best. Enter the voice of someone who considers themselves far more of an expert on such things than I am, and my already shaky confidence is shattered. The result…I did not participate. I trained for a few weeks, became injured and was more than a little relieved to remove myself from the competition.

It wasn’t that person’s fault that I didn’t participate in the race. That person was being who they are and who I know them to be. It was my responsibility to not let them get into my head and convince me that I wasn’t good enough and therefore was incapable  of being successful. I didn’t do that. I allowed their opinion to become my truth.

“If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you.” ―Louise Hay

Fast forward to now. No, I’m not applying for the NYC marathon again. That itch has gone away. I’m building a health coaching and public speaking business. I was one of those people for whom the thought of death was not as bad as the thought of public speaking. Now you can’t shut me up.

If you told me ten years ago my life was going to take this direction, I’d have laughed out loud. But now, doors are opening up for me in ways I never would have imagined.

“You begin to fly when you let go of self-limiting beliefs and allow your mind and aspirations to rise to greater heights.” ―Brian Tracy

Do you know now many times I’ve heard from someone “I could never do what you do”? I don’t know what it is people think I do but there’s nothing special about me or what I do.

My journey of self discovery and the realization of more of my potential began ten years ago when I overcame breast cancer. I spent a year improving my health and my life, and in the process found my passion. It felt like my life was being threatened and I decided to fight back and take control rather than allow my situation to control me. I lost 135 pounds and completely transformed my life. The experience exploded everything I thought I knew about myself. I discovered I was stronger and more committed than I ever thought I could be.

After losing about 125 of those pounds, I participated in a 60 mile three day walk for breast cancer. Maybe I can’t do 26.2 miles in 8.5 hours but I can do 60 miles in three days.

“Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.” ―James Cook

What is it that you think you can’t do? Why do you think that? What were you told or what did you tell yourself that you allowed to become your truth?

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” ―Mary Kay Ash

I’d like to challenge you to go out and do something that scares you, that you thought you could never do. I think you’ll surprise yourself.

Drop me a comment and let me know what that is. I’m rooting for you!

My Story

Since June 2019, I decided to hold myself accountable for walking my talk. Several years ago, I was able to take off 135 pounds and essentially save my own life. I regained some of that weight in the last couple of years and I’m working my way back down. I’ve lost over 40 pounds since I began in June and have exercised nearly every day since August.

If you choose to join me on this journey, I hope I am able to impart some nutritional and lifestyle wisdom. Even though I may have gone off the rails temporarily I can still share some of my first hand experience as well as my acquired knowledge and training to help you make the right changes to live your best life.

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  1. Alice Gerard on February 15, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    I think that the biggest challenge that I ever gave myself was to join a group for a long-distance walk, called the Witness Against War walk, back in 2008. I had been very sick seven months before the walk began. We walked somewhere around 500 miles, from Chicago to Saint Paul, Minnesota, over the course of six and a half weeks. It was an amazing experience. At first, scary, and, at the end, joyful because I did what I never thought I was capable of doing.

    • Karen on February 15, 2020 at 10:34 pm

      Wow Alice that is really an incredible accomplishment. It must have been life changing.

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