Tuesday, July 5, 2011
You Don't Know Your Limits...
I learned this lesson first hand tonight. I have goals...lots of them. And I focus on them every day. But that's only part of this change. The other part is being willing to push myself. Farther. Harder. Through pain. I used to believe I knew what my limits were. But what I'm learning more and more every day is that what I thought were my physical limits were really only mental ones. And that's an important distinction.
You see, I had convinced myself that there were things I could not do with the physical limitations that my bad knees and excess weight put on me. Therefore, I didn't push myself farther that what I thought...I never let myself find the wall. I stopped far, far short of it to play it safe. Now, though, I refuse to accept there are things I can't do. If I'm willing to work hard to achieve what I want, there really is nothing that will stop me from doing what I want to do. And so I push myself. And I won't settle for NOT pushing the limits. Tonight, that ended up with me walking farther...at a faster pace...than I've ever done on the treadmill. In about 12 weeks, that pushing is going to get me to the finish line of my first 5K.
Yes, I am still obese. Yes, I am still FAR from my ultimate goals. But pushing myself is how I'm going to get there. I'm convinced of it!