Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

By Megan Parker

10-10 WOD WeightliftingHey y’all!

If you’ve seen me in the gym, there is a good chance you have no idea what I am training for. To be honest, if you ask, I’ll give you a pretty long list spanning a lot of things. In the past year, I’ve trained for and completed a CrossFit partner competition, a Strongma’am competition, two 12-hour endurance events, two half marathons, and an Olympic weightlifting competition.

You may be wondering why I can’t seem to make a decision on what exactly I want to do, and while training, ADHD might have a little something to do with it.

The truth is, I don’t ever want to get comfortable again.

3-9 WOD ThrusterI’ve written a post before on finding CrossFit Full Circle at a low point in my life – overweight, in an unhealthy relationship and emotionally stunting job, and having no idea what I wanted. I was very comfortable being comfortable, and that had gotten me in a hole.

The first thing I did was sign up and keep showing up to Full Circle for the intro program. I saw a lot of changes physically and emotionally. I lost about 45 pounds and started making significant decisions outside of the gym. I left the unhealthy relationship, I transferred jobs, and I started making gym goals. I met with Matt about specific gym issues that made me uncomfortable, which at the time were the Olympic lifts during a WOD.

Megan GORUCK 2Being an awesome coach, he pushed me to sign up for a competition. I got really uncomfortable really quickly. I came out stronger both physically and emotionally, and that’s where the crazy list started.

When you are surrounded by a group of people, whether it is during CrossFit classes, Barbell, or a particular team at Full Circle, you are constantly pushed to be better and when you voice your goals, everyone applauds you. It is addicting.

I have yet to come to Matt and express an interest in something new to train for and have him not come up with a plan that gets me more than ready, even if it takes a day or two. To be fair, trying to develop a training schedule that includes endurance, lifting heavy things, cutting weight, and working on specific techniques doesn’t make itself.

All of this translates outside of the gym. I might still get nervous about a big move, but I have the confidence to face it full on.

[Tweet “I have become comfortable being uncomfortable.”]

Megan 1I am seeing my career take off as I start putting myself in situations that are uncomfortable, like leadership positions or finding funding for a project I want my students to complete. This is much like training for flipping a 375# tire as many times as possible in 1 minute like at the Ice Queen. I am lucky enough to have found a super awesome guy that supports me during all the training, shows up to every event, puts on a coaching hat when I need it, and deals with exhausted me. I have the confidence to be in this relationship and work on it because I am okay with putting myself out there, much like being on a platform all alone and trying to PR the Clean & Jerk while 75 people stare at you.

Full Circle, my coaches, and the amazing humans I train with have helped me be comfortable being uncomfortable, and I cannot wait to look back on the next year and gawk at the awesome things I never thought I could accomplish.

[Also, seeing Matt’s face when I tell him I think underwater basket-weaving is going to be my new target will be fun too!]


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