*To be uncertain about something; to be undecided in opinion or belief.
*A feeling of uncertainty about the truth, reality, or nature of something.
*Obsolete. Fear; dread.
Which brings me to my next word...
*A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc.
whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.
*Concern or anxiety.
*To regard with fear; be afraid of.
*Archaic, to experience fear (in oneself).
Existing in this space seems impossible at times, all consuming, and then little moments of relief. I don't even like admitting how much fear has been just below the surface of my skin, scratching away at my insides--and I have snapped, both mentally, at times totally unable to quiet the continuous questioning, eventually bringing my frustrations out of myself and spewing emotions all over the place.
The one thing I have been able to do during this time is continue to workout. The gym provides salvation. Once an athlete, and having struggled with body image issues and my relationship with food since about the age of twelve, I am setting goals and working towards them. Feeling like I have absolutely no control over so many different aspects of my life right now (even though control really is a delusion), one thing I can do is eat better and take care of my body. Just over three months without a cigarette, and I have increased my workout routine, which now includes elliptical & treadmill walking/running, weight lifting, two yoga classes, and a two hour spinning class, but I wanted something more. Community and support! I have networks of people in practically every other aspect of my life, so why not with working out? So, I joined a bootcamp program at the gym. It's eight weeks long, Tuesdays and Fridays 5:30-7pm, and it will be the first time since being on a swim team, I'll be working out with people with a common goal.
My short term goal is to complete the eight week bootcamp session, continue my two yoga classes a week, the two hour spinning class, weight train, walk/jog. I'd like to add swimming back into my routine as well. My long term goal is to then train for a sprint Triathlon. I grew up with my father competing in Triathlons, waking up very early on Sunday's to watch him race. The run is what kept me from ever training before, but I'm hoping I can begin to channel my inner runner.
I know many women and men who can contribute to this dialogue, so I hope that's what this post can do. Open a dialogue between myself and anyone who can share their experiences, struggles, hopes, and triumphs. If you are uncomfortable posting a comment using your name, you can always post anonymously, or you can send me an email which will always remain confidential at firstname.lastname@example.org.