Sunday, October 28, 2007

Let me explain the title of my blog

I've had another bout of insomnia and decided to post my blog on a more "easier" to read venue. I've blogged on my site off and on, but decided that this was a little more edit and reader friendly than the blogging on my site

If you found your way to my blog from somewhere other than a fitness or Kettlebell related venue, then you'll have to be patient with me. I will talk about something besides Kettlebells at some point. Maybe I'll review the movie I decide to see later on today.

For now, this inaugural entry will be a simple and lengthy explanation on the Blog title. Here is a hint: I WON'T be receiving an invite to next years "Beat Me in St. Louis" S&M extravaganza. I've got the story on how I started KB lifting on my site. It's titled "We all Started Somewhere"...extremely profound I know. But, the history is there. So, I won't get into it here.

The concept of "getting comfortable with discomfort" is the main reason I've embraced Kettlebell Lifting. It has simply made me tougher physically and emotionally. But, I'll go a step further and say that it has done those things...safely. I'm not one that advocates working into pain. True pain is a sign that you should stop what you are doing and cut the offending limb from your body where applicable.

Discomfort avoidance is something that plagues our society. I should know; I've been a repeat offender. I'm not just talking about avoiding exercise because it's hard; I'm talking about avoiding situations in life because they are uncomfortable. I'm talking about finding the true path to complacency.

So, for me the process of embracing my discomfort in my "physical life" is starting to have a carryover effect outside of the gargage torture chamber. I don't avoid conflict. Note: I don't like conflict for conflicts sake, but I don't run away from it. I'm not naturally combative or even that competitive. But it is just like when I'm lifting the Kettlebells, I don't set them down when it gets hard.

It will be an ongoing process; Like my Southern Baptist preacher used to say, I will backslide. The goal is and will be to keep that backsliding to a minimum.


1 comment:

Scott said...

Nice blog Cate. I look forward to more of this stuff. "Beat me in St. Louis" that is pretty funny.