If you know me at all, you know that I love a challenge! Having a fairly competitive nature (just ask my younger sisters), I thrive on tackling difficult tasks. Tasks that others might find impossible? Bring ‘em on! Don’t think I can do it? Watch me! I love to push myself more, further, faster, higher.
This past year I’ve been involved in many, many challenges. Some knitting, some fitness, some nutrition, some professional. Most have been on-line (it’s so much harder to resist a Facebook challenge than one issued face to face) where the support and encouragement of the other participants makes it easier to get to the end.
Some I’ve successfully completed.
The 2 Week No Sugar Challenge (liked it so much I did it three times; two successfully, the last time, not so much)
Eleven shawls in 2011 (I’ve finished 10 and I’m pretty sure number 11 will be done by January 1st)
Some were just okay attempts. Maybe I didn’t finish, but I learned something along the way.
30 Days without Chocolate? Maybe I managed 5 in a row. (Thank goodness that one’s over on Thursday!).
One hundred pushups? After a valiant attempt, I got stuck at week 4, day 3 (my total number of full, on toe pushups was 120 over 5 sets; I was impressed, but my shoulder said ‘no more’).
Some were epic fails. Why I even agreed to them I cannot say. Bravado? Lack of planning? Sheer folly?
Tour de Sock. What was I thinking? I mean, 6 pairs of hand knit socks in 60 days? (My all-time record was 1 pair in 12 days and this was on holiday). On a positive note, the entry fee of $7.50 went to a good cause, Doctors without Borders, and I did get 6 new sock patterns (that I’ll probably never knit up…).
Looking back, I realize that although these types of challenges are fun and help to keep you on track with your goals, sometimes life gets in the way and makes it impossible to finish them.
Sometimes life is challenge enough.
(If you haven’t been reading this blog for very long, read this post and this post and this post to get an idea of the particular challenges I’ve encountered over the past year; no worse than yours I’m sure, just unique to me!).
Come January 1st, I’m resolving to just say ‘no’ to any online challenges that find themselves staring at me when I check in with my Facebook (follow me at fitknitchick) and Twitter (@fitknitchick_1) friends. Not because I’m done with challenges. Not at all. Just because I need to focus my attention on new endeavors (see how I’m not even calling them challenges?).
Stay tuned for some exciting news…
Do you participate in online challenges?
Which one/ones were your favorites?