Expanding Your Comfort Zone – Being Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

One of the best things that horsemanship has taught me is how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Since I took up the study of horsemanship as an adult, I have found myself in many situations where I am not comfortable. These moments of discomfort have been anywhere from learning how to put on a halter to cinching up a saddle. From riding a mechanical bull to learning how to pick up a left lead on a canter. And, I have to say that I was pretty frightened the first time I swung a leg over the back of the first colt I started.

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In each one of these situations, I was either embarrassed, confused, frustrated, afraid, or a combination of all of them. But, I had intentionally stepped outside my comfort zone, even though it was often with an instructor offering me a little push. Before I started learning about horses, I had carved out a life in which I was pretty comfortable most of the time in my work, in my home life, in the way I played. But, since I was a complete novice when it came to horses, everything was new and every situation was outside my comfort zone.
 
As I accomplished new tasks and survived what seemed like scary situations, my comfort zone grew. I became more comfortable in, around, and on horses. I realized that the only way for me to grow was by pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone.

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The best part is that I have grown to the point where I look for situations that put me outside my comfort zone. I want to learn more, and I know it requires that I put myself in uncomfortable situations. When I realize I am getting tense or afraid in a new situation, I find myself saying. “Cool. Let’s go. I know I am about to learn something.”
 
More than being comfortable with being uncomfortable, I find I like being in that zone, because I know the payoff will be worth it.

Facts About Nutrition Labels

The nutrition label located on each and every food item,
will tell you all the information about that food.  For
some however, this information isn’t exactly that reader
friendly.  Fear not, as it’s actually easier than you
think.

Serving Size
This size is based on the amount people eat. Similar
food items will have similar serving sizes, thus making
it easier to compare 2 foods of the same category.

% Daily Value
This indicates how food will fit in a 2,000 calorie
diet.  This will help you to understand if the food
has a lot, or just a little of the important nutrients.

The middle section
The nutrients you’ll find listed in the middle section
are the ones that are most important to your health.
This information can help you to calculate your daily
limit of fat, fiber, sodium, and other nutrients.

Vitamins & minerals
The percent daily value found here is the exact same
as the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance for vitamins
and minerals.

Now that you know what the nutrition label actually
means, it’ll be a lot easy to eat healthy.  Eating
healthy is a great thing – especially when you use the
nutrition label to assist you with your food choices.