Climbing Mountains and Overcoming Challenges

When I was in high school… I hated Physical Education.  PE sucked.  I had played baseball in elementary school, but somehow lost any sort of desire to be ‘athletic’ in high school.

What I wanted was to be cool and to fit in.   (ok, stop laughing, I know, I know – I could have had more friends if I had joined something like school sports)

At any rate.  I hated PE so much I failed grade 8 PE.   Twice.   Yep, you heard me.  I failed twice.

HOW, you ask, does one fail PE?  Don’t you just have to show up and participate?

That’s the thing.  You have to participate.  And if you don’t have a gym strip, you don’t get to participate.   5 times of no gym strip… and you fail.

I did this two years in a row.  (yay me!)

During PE, I hated the runs.  I hated long distance running with a passion.  My legs would burn, my lungs would burn and I wasn’t fast at all.   I would walk, take shortcuts, do anything to get out of it as fast as possible.  (If I knew we had a run that day, *oops* I forgot my gym strip – hence failing)

So what made me think that roller derby would be a good fit?

I guess I just thought that it couldn’t be *that* hard – after all – I’ve roller bladed (lets ignore the fact that the last time I did that I was 100lbs lighter) and I was ok with that.

My point is, when I first started, I didn’t realize how hard it was.  I didn’t realize how much I would have to push it.

I found this article.  Its all true.  You can skate whether you’re 95lbs or 195lbs or in my case, 275lbs.   I wish I had been in better shape before I had started though.

As we come into the New Year, I have 3 goals:

1. Get to a healthy weight.  This means losing about 130lbs.

2. Pass the freaking skillz test in mid-February.

3. Run a 5k.   I may never ever run again after that 5k, but I want to prove to myself that I can.

I am looking forward to realizing my goals.

What goals do you have set for yourself?



About sunnyjane

On a journey of fitness, health and healing. One blog focuses primarily on health & fitness ( and the other is about my path through widowhood ( Life is a Journey. I'm learning to enjoy the ride.
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