Motivation Monday: Limitations Only Exist if You Let Them

Hi guys! This is my Mamavation Monday post for June 4, 2012.

I’m straying for my usual format of sharing with you my training accomplishments and my goals for the next week.   Instead I want to share with you my story about removing limitations.

Nineteen months ago, I gave birth to my third daughter, Amber. At the time I had her, it had been 8 years since I really pushed myself in an athletic event. Although I had run half-marathons, and marathons and competed in triathlons BEFORE having kids, I hadn’t done much since, and truthfully I was pretty out of shape.   Though I wasn’t that much larger than I was before kids,  I still had lost a lot of endurance, power, speed, strength, balance, flexibility (and firmness of my muscles).

After having Amber, I looked at my post-baby jelly belly, flabby arms and dimpled thoughs, and thought of all of my athletic dreams that I had been setting aside because of the kids.


(I found this as a pin on Pinterest, though the orginal source is:

I took a hard look at myself and realized *I* was my biggest limiting factor. No one else was stopping me from accomplishing my dreams.

So I wrote out my bucket list.

Over the past 19 months I’ve been slowly working on making what I once thought  were “dreams”, into GOALS, and as I’ve shared with you before, one of my biggest goals in life is to complete a 70.3 Ironman (in Canada, we call this a 1/2 Ironman distance triathlon).

Well yesterday I got a little bit closer to that goal: I did the longest bike ride of my LIFE!

I’m bursting at the seams with excitement over this!  I borrowed a bike  from a co-worker, and rode SEVENTY FIVE KILOMETERS (48 miles) at the Becel Ride for Heart (holy crap that’s far). I also raised $390 in pledges for the Heart and Stroke Foundation!

My support crew inspecting the bike.

I’m over the moon with that feeling of accomplishment from doing something you never thought was possible:

Taken at the 45k mark - can you see the excitement in my face? At this point I realised that I really could do it!

Nineteen months ago, my dream of doing a 70.3 Ironman was just that… A dream. But with over a year of regular working out, that dream has become so MUCH closer to becoming a reality. I’m building my running, swimming and now even my cycling endurance week by week – slowly lifting the limitations that I had set for myself and I’m turning my dreams in GOALS!  I cannot express how ALIVE this makes me feel!

My view of the CN Tower at the 6:30 am start of the Ride for Heart.

Thank you to everyone  who helped me  raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, to my co-worker who generously lent her bike to me, and  to  ALL of you who inspire me and support me in  reaching for my goals each and every day!

Have a great week guys!


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  • Morgan
    June 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    This is so impressive! Congrats on the bike, I know you can do an Ironman if you just keep up the hard work!

  • Heather (Where's the Beach)
    June 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Congratulations. Such a wonderful accomplishment. What a wonderfully inspiring post!

  • Ashley (Irishred02)
    June 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    WOW!!!! Congrats on that crazy long distance bike ride! 🙂 And you are so right about the limitations, I feel like I am finally pushing through mine. Have a great week!

  • Nicole Elliott
    June 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Huge congrats and way to go to turn a DREAM into an *accomplished goal*! 😀 That’s awesome!

  • Kat
    June 4, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Congratulations Janice! Keep going!

  • Tina
    June 5, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Ok, seriously.. AMAZING!!

    What a total inspiration you are and you are so correct, we definitely make our own limitations and sometimes we fall back into them when when we think we’ve overcome them..

    Can’t wait to read about your next accomplishment!

  • Shannon
    June 5, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Congratulations Janice! That bike ride is a huge accomplishment. If anyone can do an ironman it is you! Thank you for being an inspiration and source for motivation.

  • DynaLou
    June 5, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    “Limitations only exist if you let them”, this is very inspiring and I will share this to my friends to inspire them too..

  • Chucky
    June 6, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Actually, we really are the ones who set our limitations in life.. Sometimes, it is better not to have limitations so we can reach up to the top of our expected limitations..

  • Miz
    June 7, 2012 at 5:57 am

    you are inspiring me on this thursday.
    I neeeeeeded the limits-reminder.

  • Christine
    June 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Love this! Congrats on the bike ride. That’s awesome! I too have been thinking a lot about what’s holding me back and you are so right – limits only exist if we allow them to. I’m so excited for you for pursuing your goal!!

  • Amber K
    June 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Very cool! And you’re so right. Our biggest limitation is ourselves.


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