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Stepping outside yourself

So much of weight loss involves pushing boundaries you haven’t pushed before. You think a way you hadn’t before, push yourself harder than ever and put yourself in positions outside your norm to become a person you didn’t think you were. I have been there, as we all have when we take on that journey. Believe it or not, there’s an amazing element to pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. When you take chances, and work towards something you know you deserve, you go places you never thought you would. This is a story of the places you’ll go when you step outside yourself.

Last year I went to Quebec City for the first time. My plane landed long before my colleagues and I had to find ways to kill time in a city I knew nothing about. I randomly decided I would go for a run and experience it by foot and not car. I saw a side of the city most people never will, and instantly fell in love with it. It became a tradition for me to go for a run in every city I visited. Surely every city in Canada I’ve fallen in love with for a different reason. It’s a tradition I never thought I would encounter as my overweight self.

One of my favourite runs I ever had was after pulling into Niagara Falls, changing fully in the parking lot in front of a bunch of tourists, tying my running shoes, grabbing my video camera and just running. Everyone stared as I bolted through the main streets of mini-Vegas while holding my camera and loving every minute of it. Half my face was covered in sweat, the other half in water from the falls. I ran all the way up Clifton Hill past hundreds of attractions and back to my car. Tourists still stared as I wiped my face, and suited up for a night on the town. Somehow, I never felt more at peace. I’ve seen the falls so many times on TV, and even a few times as a kid, but I never ran by them. I never thought I would run by anything when I was overweight and that was the beauty of what was in front of me. No one will ever remember that city the way I will because I was doing something I truly loved.

It’s easy to hope that if you work hard enough in life, you’ll get places. But admiring these places when you get there is a whole other level of accomplishment. I’m sure anyone can run through the falls with a video camera and love it, but knowing I’ve made it somewhere I never thought was possible is where I really felt at peace. So often we let the weight of the world crush us, letting it impact how we’re able to reach a goal. If peace is not within us, it makes sense to step outside ourselves. You will be amazed at what you find when you’re willing to try something new. I never would have lost a pound if I hadn’t been willing to change. Truthfully, I can’t even picture my life without having these adventures. If you take that step, you won’t be able to picture your life without it.

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination” –Jimmy Dean

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