Hi there Ladies and Gentlemen, children of all ages! Hello and how are you? I hope you’re having an incredible week so far! The weather seems to be slowly headed towards that amazing feeling of spring time! This coming Sunday is the first day of spring, so lets get all we can out of whats left of winter, even though I’m sure we’re all quite excited to start into the new season!
Have you challenged your self lately? Such as setting a goal that you thought was hard to accomplish, and weren’t even sure you could achieve it? I think it’s an amazing tactic to use, to help and grow yourself and push yourself to the next level in your own lives. Here are a few examples happening in my life right now;
My sister Marianne, has recently entered a weight loss challenge in Yellowknife. I was just up visiting her, and I’ve never seen her more on fire about a challenge, and her life in general!
She’s made a conscience decision in her life that this is her new life…this isn’t a short term work out schedule, or diet, and she’s truly committed to a healthier lifestyle. On top of that, still she challenged herself against nearly 200 people to lose the largest percentage of body weight.
Unfortunately she didn’t win the contest, however she did lose almost 21 lbs in this 6 week challenge, totalling an amazing 11.2% weight loss. Congratulations to my sister for an amazing job well done. You may not have won this contest, but the impact of this challenge and lifestyle choice will have in your life is worth way more than a prize in a contest!! If you’d like to hear even more about her incredible journey, check it out here.
Secondly, I was recently inspired to challenge myself by doing my first ever Half marathon. Up until that point, I’ve never raced or really ran much beyond the 10km mark. I’ve always been active in fitness, but have never even had the thought to run a half marathon till then. So I did it, and it was a heck of a challenge.
I definitely should have trained more in order to have a better time, but the feeling I got when crossing that finish line was incredible! Even though Amanda was right behind me, and could have easily overtaken me by that point (even though I usually run events faster than her), it was inspiring to me to discover that I can do it! I made a choice, set my mind to it, and accomplished it!
That’s actually how I ended up running my first ever triathlon too! It was just a thought, a desire, and we trained lots (not enough for a fast finish), but we made it happen and again, the feeling when you complete what you set out to do even though I wasn’t sure how I’d do, and almost wanted to quit the day before because I was fearful…it changed my life!
Now the latest challenge that I’ve set for myself, is running a race in Yellowknife called Frostbite 45. It used to be called the Rock and Ice Ultra. It’s a 45 km race along the frozen arctic tundra and lakes of the great white north. Amanda and I will be splitting the distance, as we’re also creating a film for Stormtech, but it will still prove a great challenge to run a half marathon in -20 or who knows how cold it could be, but by the confidence that challenging myself in the past has given me, I know we’ll have an awesome experience! Here’s what I’ll look like on Saturday! eeep : )
Believing in yourself enough to know you are able to achieve anything you set your mind out to, is what makes our lives magical. You deserve the amazing opportunities in life, and are blessed with the body you have! It may not be perfect…no one is perfect, but in order to live an engaging and exciting life, we need to challenge ourselves…even if we don’t succeed, try it again. As we’ve discussed before, failure brings with it a seed of an equal success, so go for it, challenge yourself, have fun with it and enjoy it! It’s our only life, lets make the most of it!
Thanks for stopping by the website today! I look forward to see you on Friday as I will be posting my 11th Mike in the Morning podcast on the topic of taking action! My absolute favourite topic to discuss! Take care everyone, and have an awesome week!