• Kim Leslie-Underwood

Going The Distance....

Four years ago, I felt lost in my abilities to manage my life and gaining fulfillment. I was thrown off by circumstances that surrounded me. I decided to take part in a 3-day workout regimen with a few co-workers We had a trainer and a weekly routine. Each week we were introduced to a new drill.The first time we went running, I could barely breathe. I'd never done track, never played a competitive sport, and almost didn't make it to the end of the track. But I wanted to keep my commitment. I kept showing up, determined to net my goals!

Little by little, I began to see hopeful signs. I started to think,maybe I do like running. I can do this. After months of hitting the pavement, plugging away even when the season changed and we couldn't work out-doors. We found away to continue our weekly routine! Four years later, I've running alone on varies tracks around the city.

The act of training and running taught me so much about what it takes to set a goal, maintain focus, and follow through and I've dream on these lessons countless times in all areas of life.

Now, in my work as a Qualified Health Profession, I help clients who, like me, struggle with finding a motivation to go after their dreams.

No matter what your particular finish line, the lessons ring true. STRETCH.

Sure, we could all use a little more flexibility in our hamstrings and quads. But what’s more interesting to me is the idea of stretching our limits. Had I not signed up for that 3-day weekly regimen, I might never have known the extent of my capabilities. It taught me a lot about myself. To focus, I had to dig deep and muster up the inner reserves of endurance and determination I didn’t even know I possessed. And my entire sense of self was expanded as a result. In retrospect, I see that I had been unhappy not because of the things surrounding me, but because of the potential I had not yet fully realized.

The lesson here is this: It behooves us to get out of our comfort zone occasionally, as it’s the only way to see just how far we can go. Is there an activity (scuba diving, singing at open-mike night, starting a business) that you’ve always wanted to try, but lacked the courage to do so? A place you’ve wanted to visit but felt like you could never go it alone? If the mere idea of the given pursuit scares and thrills you, sign up for it immediately. Go. Do. See. You’ll never regret trying, but you will always regret not doing it!

See you at the finish line!

Kim Leslie-Underwood, MHC-LP, CASAC-2

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