So I have been thinking about my goals lately (which you can find here) and I have been wondering what more I could be doing to meet those goals. Yes, I can keep participating in activities, and keep eating clean, and even go to the gym once in a while. But what are the things in life that I truly find challenging? What challenges have I faced in the past or want to face now that I can work towards overcoming?
The way I see it, overcoming my challenges is just another step on the right path that will lead me towards accomplishing my goals. So below I have compiled a list of challenges that I have been mulling over the last few days. (Disclosure -Challenges may be added or modified at any time.)
My Challenge List
Climb Breakneck Ridge again… – Hiked (more like climbed) it last spring and while I said I would never do it again (climbing up is terrifying, but figuring out how to get down is a nightmare) I want to put my fears aside and give it another go. I am more prepared now, knowing what to expect, and can hopefully use that knowledge to my advantage.
Hike through Harriman State Park – It’s a 7 mile long trail where I can hike through brooks, rocky ledges along the mountain, and find the waterfalls littered throughout. I’ve never done it before but I’ve heard it makes for a beautiful (and exhausting) day.
Participate in another obstacle course/run – For those of you that have read one of my previous posts, you’ll have seen that I am registered to participate in the 5K Rugged Maniac Obstacle Course in June, but I would like to register for another course (whether it be just running or another obstacle course), either during the summer or early fall.
Run 2 miles – This may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but I have never tried running before (unless you count me running for my train in the morning) so to be able to run 2 straight miles by the end of the summer would be such a huge accomplishment for me. Training begins the weekend of the 22nd!
Give Yoga a Chance (at least 5 sessions) – I feel bad. I have had bad thoughts about yoga. I always assumed it was just boring stretches, but having read many blog posts on here from people that stay active with yoga, I am embarrassed to have come to such conclusions without ever giving it a go. So yoga is on the list. I will promise to give it a fair chance.
Do 10 push-ups – Ok no jokes here…try as I might, I have never been able to do 1 unmodified push-up…ever. (Thank you weak upper body….) But, I am trying to build up my upper body strength so I do plan to fix this situation! By the end of the summer I plan to finally complete not just 1, but 10 push-ups in a row!
Do 10 pull-ups – Same situation. I have never been able to do a pull-up. I definitely need to address that situation…hopefully before Rugged Maniac commences so I can try to keep myself from falling in mud for as long as possible.
Take a Pole Dancing Class – Ok…while this may sound sexy, all I picture is my fat ass sliding down the pole cause I’m unable to hold myself up. The studio where we’ll be taking Spinning also happen to have pole dancing sessions available as well. I’ve looked at the pictures of these girls that participate in the class and they are just holding themselves up by their legs, totally upside down, hands stretched out, and they look so confident. One of my main goals is to become more confident in myself again so maybe this is something I should try out and see if I can do it for myself. I don’t know when I’ll exactly be ready for this but I thought maybe, maybe if I could just pull off one of these classes, I’ll feel more confident in myself again. Or again, I may just land on my fat ass and be even more self-conscious than I already am! Only time will tell!
And there you have it, my list of challenges for the whole world (or WordPress) to see and hold me accountable to. But what’s a challenge without a deadline to put the pressure on? Initially I thought the end of the summer may be a good time, but with weddings and family events blocking up my weekends I may not get a chance to participate in some of these things when I want to, so I decided to complete everything before my 27th birthday (October 30th).
As mentioned earlier, I can also add to this list at any time if an idea comes my way. I am both excited about starting my challenges, and also terrified that I’ll fail, but I have to start from somewhere. Wish me luck as I add a new chapter to my journey, and again, your thoughts and advice are always welcomed!
But tell me, what challenges you?