Removing Fear

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Saturday Leg workout in the City Centre
Post-game in my 3-day old clothes!

Fear robs us of many things. 

It can rob us of joy, growth, health, new experiences, love and so many other things. Far too often, our life is controlled by the limitations our fears place on us- capping us with a glass ceiling which we can't out grow. Recently, I've been reading and educating myself more. I want to grow as an individual and move beyond my self-limitations. Faith over fear. 

"For God did not give us a spirit of fear or timidity, but one of power, love and self-control" (2 Timothy 1:7)

Today, I had an opportunity to exercise this. The past few weeks have been scattered over temporary living, new places, new languages, new food and no permanence. All of these things have been road blocks in my past to continuing or maintaining my fitness + nutrition. However, now I'm a coach. Now, I'm equipped and growing. Now, I have a team standing with and behind me. Because of those, I'm learning how to be an overcomer. 

We arrived in Hungary just two days ago. No luggage; it got lost. My poor sweet husband had to play his first game with no spandex, old unders, and a teammate's shoes. Talk about uncomfortable and not letting your fears control your results! He told me he had never played without his spandex before- even in practice. Wow! He overcame that which was foreign to him so that he could enjoy the gift of assisting his team in the game victory! That is overcoming- that is living beyond your fears or potential self-limitations. Living a life God intended- one of power, love and self-control.
Local Neighborhood

I on the other hand literally have had NO clothes except the shirt and jeans I wore getting here. With no chance of working out, I've been feeling pretty crummy. Late last night our luggage finally arrived (much to my dismay one of my brand new suitcases was completely beaten up with a huge punctured hole on the side). I could've woken up this am similar to the past few days. Sulky, limiting, and simply down. Instead, I set in myself new goals. To get back on track with fitness + nutrition, and to overcome that which intimidates me: a new city. 

We've been living temporarily in a hotel, and there is no gym here. It's such a cute quaint cottage-style hotel. I love it! Minus no gym ;( So I had two options: 1. Stay inside, sulk about the windy weather, no gym, feeling off my routine, and having fear of the locals staring at the foreigner running through town.... OR..... 2. Go outside, ignore the comments, stares and car honks, breathe in the fresh air, see new places, explore the city by foot, break a sweat to re-energize myself and catapult me back into my routine. 

See... there's that fear again. Rising up within, trying to prevent me from doing something out of my comfort zone. Doing something foreign as a foreigner in a new place. 

Pretty Hungarian shutters
Not today fear! Not today, not tomorrow or any other day for that matter. I'm getting stronger, I'm growing, and I'm overcoming. 

I will live my life overcoming road blocks. I will live my life unafraid, and choosing to celebrate the wins when others think I'm crazy or weird or foreign. I will rise each morning and see opportunity, see blessings, see hope and see faith. 

I will be different because it's who I want to be. I want to be healthy. I want to be fit. I want to eat clean. The opinions or thoughts of others around my lifestyle is of no weight to me. After all, I'm the one who lives with the body, the health and food I choose. ;) 

And just between you and I, they're probably far too concerned with themselves and their fears to ever really care about yours :) 

How will you live today? 

Fear or Faith? Limited or Overcomer? Pessimist or Opportunist? 

The choice is always yours. 


  1. I love this! I can totally relate. My family and I move around a lot due to my husbands job.. In about a week we will be separated for 9 weeks for my husband to attend training. When we see each other after those 9 weeks we will most likely be in a hotel for Christmas and temporary living for the following year! We got married five years ago and lived in Italy for four of those. I definitely let fear settle in while we were there. I was out of my comfort zone! This move has me excited to choose strength and opportunity over fear. This post is a reminder! Thanks again girl :)

  2. I went to a women's conference tonight at my church and we heard a lot about relying on faith to live fuller and happier lives. Faith can overcome fear, pessimism, disappointment, regret, etc. It really spoke to me at my current stage in life and then I came home and read your post which just emphasized many of the points. Thanks for a timely and wise message - and way to go on getting out of your comfort zone!! You are going to move mountains with that attitude!