I ended my last blog post with a line. It was a simple line. "I think there has been an athlete lurking under all my fat and she just may be trying to emerge." I wrote that line, then deleted it. I wrote it again and deleted it again. Back and forth I went. Seriously? I wrote about my emotional stress that led to me not working out and to a small binge in that post. I didn't care, I had no problem writing about it. I wrote about my frustration with the rate of my weight loss and my conclusions as to why that could be....totally my fault. I had no second thoughts about sharing that. But I worried and stressed over sending the little stinkin' line that said that The athlete that had been lurking under the fat was being set free. Why?
Why indeed? Why would something as benign as that worry me. Before I could second guess myself, I put it into the post and hit send. After I had sent my post live I started to REALLY think about why it bothered me.
I've never been an athlete. Well unless you consider a little girl in the early 80's who rode her bike up and down the road and pretended she was either Ponch or John from the tv show the Chips. (no, I can't remember if I was Ponch or John....isn't that sad?). It was a passing fad. My brother can verify that fact, he saw first hand how unathletic I was on many occasions. At some point (midway through my high school years) he decided that his sister would be a great riding partner. I was game (he probably bribed me to go!) and went along. We went up and down roads. It seemed to go on forever. I was so tired. It was an endless ride. It was hot (seriously, we lived in Florida). And did I mention that this ride was never ending? I contend that I was just resting my forearms on my handlebars for a rest and lost my balance. My brother says that I was simply going so slow up a slight grade that I couldn't stay balanced. Believe who you want.....(ME ME ME). it was not a shining moment OK OK OK, I will admit that I was going very slow and that I was NOT enjoying this hellishly long ride that he took me on. (shhhh looking back we were probably not even 2 or 3 miles into the ride...but I'm not going to admit that!). But anyway, my walk down memory lane just proves that athleticism and the name MaryFran didn't go hand in hand. As a side note, it took me about 10-15 years to get back on a bike (well, I did get
back on that day, I rode like the wind to get home and clean the
pebbles out of my knee!..but when I got off that bike I never once got
back on it!)
So I've never been an athlete. So was that my issue with that sentence? I'm not an athlete. I'm a girl who is learning to like some forms of exercise. Or maybe I should say I'm a girl that is learning to enjoy the challenge of pushing her body into zones and areas it has never been to. But still, saying that out loud doesn't bother me...so why the indecision?
And then it hit. It's fear. (damn fear!) Fear. Oh yes, my frenemy and a frequent topic to this blog. You see, if I put it down and admit that the athlete is emerging, then how will I feel in a year if I've turned back into a fat couch potato? If I admit it then I will be the laughing stock if I fail. I don't want to be a laughing stock. I HOPE that this is a new lifestyle for me that lasts for the rest of my life, but seriously....what if it's not. I'm 40 years old. I have 40 years of bad habits pulling at me. (well, except for my brief stint as Ponch or John!). I could and probably will slip in the future. I'm afraid of failing at this new lifestyle. Fear of failure is a huge things with me. But then I have to tell myself..... There is nothing to be afraid of. All I can do is be true to myself and I will be fine!
Fear is a debilitating thing. Intrinsically I knew that I had to leave that 'scary' line in my blog post because I'm facing one fear at a time and knocking the fear out of the ballpark!
This newly minted athletic girl has stared this fear in the face and has decided that she will enjoy every day of this lifestyle that she is building. If I slip...I will face it with my head held high knowing that even if I fail in the future that I have asked my body to do amazing things and my body responded favorably and I did things that I NEVER thought I could. Fear is not allowed.....PRIDE is welcome!