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Not Taking the Easy Road

It’s called the easy road for a reason…because it’s easy to navigate.  I find myself on this road far too often.  Not challenging myself and going with what I know I can accomplish instead of pushing myself to try something new or be uncomfortable.  

Easy Road

These past few months have been tough for me.  My health hasn’t been great and it’s been hard to stay positive.  My nutrition has gone downhill and I’ve struggled with motivation in just getting off the couch, let alone pushing myself at the gym.  Basically I’ve been taking the easy road to “just get by” everyday and it has turned into an evil cycle of depression which in turn does NOT help my health issues.  Blech.

After fighting a fever for a few days last week, I decided that I can’t keep going with this cycle.  Not only is it bad for me, but it’s not good for the people around me either.  I’m no use to my husband just lying around like a lump on the couch.  I’m not supporting my friends when they need me at the gym, during a race, or when facing difficult situations at home.  I’m just pushing people away as I continue to not deal with my issues…that easy road sure is detrimental.  

So this past weekend I forced myself to get up and tackle a few things around the house that I’ve been avoiding.  That mountain of papers that has been piling up in the kitchen and the office…GONE.  The guest room that looked like an explosion of clothes and suitcases…CLEANED.  Both feel like a giant weight that has been lifted.

At the gym this week, I decided it’s finally time to get out of my comfort zone.  I can’t do pull ups and I even avoid doing the band assisted ones during WODs because I have trouble with those.  But on Monday, I decided to go for it.  I’m not going to get better if I don’t practice.  It’s going to suck and probably take me twice as long to finish, but I have to at least get off the easy road and TRY.  So I attached a thick band to the bar and got ready for 3 sets of 20 pull ups.  Surprisingly I got through the first 10 unbroken which gave me the confidence that I might be able to do this.  It was HARD and by the last set I was only doing one at a time.  I got through 15 on the last set and just couldn’t get another, but look at that…55 pull ups!  I was one of the last people to finish the WOD, but my friends were cheering me on and I got through it.  I could have taken the easy road and finished in half the time, but I’m SO glad I didn’t.  I was huffing and puffing and my arms felt like jelly, but I felt AWESOME!  

The rough and rocky road has clearly been hard to navigate, but it always makes me feel better than just plodding along on the easy road.  It’s a constant battle for me, a constant reminder to get up and challenge myself.  But I have to be stronger than my illness, I have to keep living my life and not let it get the best of me.  Today I ordered this bracelet from Endorphin Warrior to wear as a constant reminder to never get back in that place and to get off the easy road…

PersevereDo you find yourself often taking the easy road?  How do you PERSEVERE?  

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9 Responses to Not Taking the Easy Road

  1. Motivation for Anything is hard. I guess the only solution is to push through it. Still trying to find mine too. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Bonnie recently posted…Cookies on 9 in the Historic 9th Square – New Haven CTMy Profile

  2. Sometimes i think i should start taking the easy road, I feel like I’m out in the wilderness creating my own trail ๐Ÿ™‚
    Amanda @runtothefinish recently posted…Asian Style Quinoa SaladMy Profile

  3. I’m glad to hear you’re starting to come out of the funk you’ve been in for a bit. I’ve been feeling the same way recently, the past few weeks have really been a struggle…I’ve definitely had that “lump on the couch” syndrome.

    The endorphin warrior bracelet is a perfect way to remind yourself to keep going…I actually put the “breath” one on my Christmas list, I can definitely use the reminder right there on my wrist everyday.
    Danielle recently posted…โ€œMini-Dopeyโ€ Training WeekMy Profile

    • Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚ This seems to happen every fall when the weather changes, but it was MUCH worse this year! I hope you’re snapping out of it too.

      • Working on it. I feel like there’s a lot up in the air as to whether I want to keep going to school or just find a job and it’s weighing on me quite a bit. Hope to see you soon, we should coordinate getting together, we’re really so close!
        Danielle recently posted…Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run: The LotteryMy Profile

        • Yes, you have a lot of life changes in the works that can be extremely overwhelming. Going back to school is tough, but if the outcome will make you happy in the long run then it is probably worth sticking it out through the suck…
          Let me know if you ever need help with anything.
          And YES we really need to coordinate something…let’s plan for the New Year ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. […] So once December came I started feeling much better.  My colitis was getting better and my symptoms were subsiding.  The holidays actually started putting me in a better mood (which is odd for me since I am normally the Grinch) and I felt myself turning around.  I started making gains at the gym even though my hips were giving me some problems.  I was feeling productive at work and more like myself again…I was no longer going to take the easy road! […]

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