Finding Freedom Through Trying New Things

Posted by admin on June 26, 2015

Rugged Maniac Finish LineLast weekend I tried a few new things:

  • I took over as my church's Children's Education Director, and I did my first run-through by myself: getting the curriculum, crafts, and team ready-starting to implement a few small changes.
  • I did my first adventure run-we did Foam Fest a few years ago, but that was more fun, less scary. Rugged Maniac reminded me more of a Mini Mudder. It was scary, but great!
  • And I just finished my very first 40 day fast-a very new concept to me. I did the Daniel fast, which in some ways I think is easier, but the length of time did make it difficult. There are definitely foods that I am wanting.
  • And finally, for the first time in a long time, I began being a walking, riding, bus riding commuter-we took my daughter to do her Zooteens shift on the bus! So exciting to me!

Several of these things were certainly things I wouldn’t have seen myself doing even just a few years ago, OR are things I have been talking about doing for years, but just never took the first steps to do them.

I am feeling pretty proud of myself-these are big steps to me.

So what did I learn from them?

A couple of things:

1) I can do more than I think I can.


Fasting was something I never had the desire to do. In fact, the book that was given to me completely intimidated me, I didn’t want to pick it up even to read it. I have to tell you that the first week into it, I didn’t think I was going to make it either. You may or may not know this, but when your body is getting rid of toxins, you get headaches, plus I was totally crazy and thought, “Well, if I’m going to get headaches anyways, I might as well get rid of coffee too.” This promptly increased the headaches 10 fold!

To make it worse, I was still thinking about food a ton. Everything I couldn’t have, and was always worried about what I was going to eat when I arrived somewhere; what if there was nothing?  It’s amazing to me how much I used to plan around meals, and what I was going to eat next!  Still I did it, and I am very proud of myself for my new way of thinking.  I won't say it was ever EASY, but it wasn't as difficult as I had imagined before I began.

2) Things are not as hard as I work them up to be.

With bike riding, there were several things that had built up in my mind. I couldn’t visualize how I would be able to accomplish certain things. For instance, I have a super busy schedule, so the thought of trying to get around in these ways just seemed insurmountable to me. How could I get everything done? Well, I couldn’t. An extra bonus of the fast was a desire to have to simplify life (something I will definitely be talking about later). I realized very quickly that I needed to give some things up. Especially for the summer. We didn’t have to accomplish every single thing there is available to do during the summer. I have to say, this new way of thinking was very freeing! We’ll do what we can.

BikingAnother thing that was a fear was getting lost or stranded.  In my head, I could imagine us hopping on the wrong bus, or not having the money to pay the fare. I also worried about not being able to use the bike rack on the buses, which almost kept me from having us take the bus to the zoo.

To relieve these, I made sure to really research the fares and the routes of the area around us. Plus we actually just eliminated the use of the bikes this time. We decided to get familiar with what we were doing before taking the plunge. We were able to watch someone who was loading their bike while we were out, and are planning to watch a Youtube video on it.  I’m sure it’s not that difficult, but the unknown tends to give me anxiety and completely stop me in my tracks. I am glad we decided to wait, but now I am feeling confident that we can handle this on our next trip.

3) I will not regret pushing throughRugged Maniac Pyro Maniac

As much as I don’t feel like doing things sometimes, I know that I benefit from doing it. I have a tendency to over think and over analyze things. I can scare myself right out of doing something before I even give it a try.

Adventure racing has become a passion of my husbands the last couple of years, and even though we have been striving as a family to get into better shape and incorporate more “fun fitness” activities, I still found myself hesitant to participate. It probably doesn’t help that he decided to start with one that many consider to be the one of the craziest runs-Tough Mudder. In case you’re not familiar, it is a 12 mile run with 20-25 of the most challenging obstacles that they update or MAKE MORE TERRIFYING (in my opinion) every year.

I honestly had no desire to sign up for this run the first year, or even the second year that he did this. I mean, I already went to boot camp, and that was enough for me. However, at the last Mudder, my daughter started to talk about when she could sign up, and get this, my son too. This was when I knew that I should probably give in. And this year, I bit the bullet, I am now not only signed up for TM, but I just did Rugged Maniac as I mentioned above, and am signed up for the Wipeout Run too.

Rugged Maniac Monkey Rings

I have to tell you that these events scare me quite a bit. In the Rugged Maniac run, as I was stepping up to jump the wall to begin, I was full of butterflies! I could feel the anxiety building up. And then they let us go. We went at our VERY SLOW PACE, and I could tell that my kids were getting a little embarrassed that we were near the very end of the race. We just encouraged them that we needed to pace ourselves, and sure enough as we got about a ¼ mile in, people were starting to walk, but we just kept going.

We didn’t run the entire thing, and I’m glad my kids have seen that it IS important to train, but we did a great job, and had a lot of fun. Plus to top it off, I was surprised to find out that I could do much more than I realized I was capable of.Rugged Maniac Leap Frog

Do I regret doing these new things? No. But I can tell you that I would’ve regretted it if I hadn’t even tried.

So, how about you? What have you been wanting to try, but you just haven’t done it? What have you been saying you were going to do for years, yet you haven’t pulled the trigger? I want to encourage you to do it!! Stop over thinking and over analyzing. Stop allowing unknowns to keep you from acting-you can ask around about most things or even watch an online video to figure out what you need to do.


Take it from an avid procrastinator.  You only get one life, so go.  GO!  Pick one positive thing you want to do, and do it!

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