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Fighting Fears

Posted by: Melody Sears, Guest Blogger   |   Monday, June 6, 2011   |   Latest Articles   |   Back to Blog


Editor's Note: Great Shape is a six-month wellness program that gives individuals the opportunity to receive personalized support for healthy lifestyle changes. Melody is among the current class of "Great Shapers," and will be a guest blogger as she chronicles her journey to a healthier life.

Does anyone else watch The Biggest Loser? Of course you do, we all do. So, a few weeks ago they were in New Zealand. Several of the contestants, even trainer Bob Harper, had the opportunity to conquer their biggest fear heights. I was so touched by those episodes because, on a lesser scale, that's what I feel I am doing (along with my fellow Great Shapers). 

My first fear? Applying for the Great Shape Program to begin with. Actually, it was more just writing down on paper that I needed help. Because just like all of you other super moms out there, I like to think that I can do everything on my own, without help from anyone. (You know we are fooling ourselves, right?)

Then the next challenge was to continue asking for help while putting myself out there for everyone to scrutinize. Not necessarily anyone associated with Great Shape, but everyone around me knows what Im doing, and are watching and waiting to see how I will do.

I'm also working on fighting all my fears associated with my feet. I know, Im weird. In 2010 I had reconstructive surgery on my left foot, after which I had a very long recovery. I spent many weeks on crutches or the oh-so-humiliating knee walker/roller/scooter. It was many months before I could wear both shoes and walk on my own two feet.

Then, about six weeks after I finished physical therapy, I fell and broke BOTH my ankles! Yeah, I know ... wow. After my recovery and physical therapy from that, the doc said I was good to go. Yeah, right. I have been SO scared of doing anything that might result in hurting my feet or ankles again even just going up and down stairs sometimes can be intimidating. And, I was convinced I would never be able to play softball again, even if it was just playing around with my kids in the yard.

But, now that I'm exercising and getting stronger every day, I'm not so scared anymore. I still have some issues (obviously), but Ive decided that next summer, I am definitely playing softball. I might even try Zumba someday, too. Eeek! I will not be afraid to try any more.

I know these are small potatoes compared to bungee jumping or jumping off of a building like they did in New Zealand. But I know there is more to come. Next, I think I'll try bathing suit shopping yikes!

Melody Sears is a Great Shape participant making steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Click here to see her other guest post, "Get Over It!"

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