Push Yourself Over the EDGE

Let the games begin!

I worked super hard the first half of the quarter and was dedicating my time to my workouts and studies.  I was so proud of the fact that I was even getting perfect attendance.  Unfortunately, ever since midterm week it feels like everything has been rapidly unraveling.

Fall quarter is historically pretty rough for me health-wise.  In fact the smoothest fall quarter was my freshman year and I was working full time and taking 12 credits of discrete math.  For my sophomore year, I was in Computer Science Foundations and caught pneumonia.  Junior year was probably the worst because I was in a program that covered Biology, Chemistry, and Geology with labs and I caught meningitis.  Now I am a senior with bronchitis and had to get  a cyst surgically removed.  I was pretty frustrated this time around, because this is probably the healthiest I have ever been in over a decade.   I have been eating cleanly and working out like a maniac for over 7 weeks straight!   Why did this have to happen now?!  I was hoping to have perfect attendance and a smooth quarter for once!

That is just the way it is sometimes.  We get sick at inconvenient times and we just have to go with the flow.  Once I stopped fighting it and allowed myself to rest I started to get better.

In the past, I allowed myself to feel defeated and cancelled all of my plans, but this time around I did things differently.  I was determined to carry on with my plans (Dance Fitness Instructor Training) and those plans inspired me to get better.

I rested nearly the entire week then went to a dance class slightly before I felt ready.  And to my surprise, I felt a lot better than I thought.  Moving my body and being around my friends uplifted my spirits!  As the event drew closer, I felt a sense of resistance and wanted to stay home, but I pushed myself to go.

It was a long day, but I am so glad that I went.  My friend April held my hand every step of the way and we had a grand adventure!  That workshop was from 11-7 and I had such a great time!!!

On Sunday morning I could barely pry myself out of bed.  I had agreed to go ice skating with my friend Diana, but I created a case against going.  My biggest reason was the fact that I have never gone ice skating before and I was honestly terrified.  I met Diana for lunch and broke the news to her and she invited me to go anyway!  I knew that I would have a great time with her and her friends even if I could not skate, but I still felt a strong urge to run home.

This happens to me all the time in social settings or when I am trying new things.  I get anxiety and often cancel at the last minute.  Many of you may not know that I am an introvert.

I decided to push myself over the edge and go ice skating with Diana, Trinity, and Krissy.  I was shaking the entire way there and when I slipped those ice skates on and first stumbled onto the ice I did not think I would even make it one lap around the rink.

Then suddenly my friend Diana held my hand and helped me establish my balance.  She is such an amazing friend.  Before long I was skating on my own and I could not believe it!

Oly On Ice ❤
The Washington State Capitol is in the background ❤

I pushed myself over the edge a couple of times this weekend and I am so glad that I did!  It was a rejuvenating experience that expanded my horizons.

Also, I was so afraid of meeting with our organization for the group project today, but the appointment went way better than I could have ever imagined and one of my group members came along and helped me outline our project!

Have you taken a big risk or pushed yourself over the edge lately?  Please comment below to tell me all about it!!!

❤ Alana



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