Getting into your Yikes Zone

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Getting into your Yikes Zone
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Tue, 09-17-2013 - 1:05pm

There's a great ski book that's about getting out of your comfort zone in skiing and going to your yikes zone. The author is a riot and she said you have to spend some time in your yikes zone but if you spend too much time there, you'll end up in the scotch zone at the bar.  While the book is ski based, it really is about live. She covers people who are always safe and limit themselves. As time goes on, their zone gets smaller and smaller until they're not skiing any more.  Or, they get hurt and pull back. Or they get hurt and refuse to pull back and push harder but don't let themselves recover so they end up burning out.  

So, the question is, do you get into your yikes zone? When was the last time you did something that you didn't HAVE to do, that made your heart rate go up, just by thinking about it (let's keep it clean here...well, unless it's yikes zone related.  In that case, I'll let Karla be the judge on appropriateness)?  I've been thinking about this a lot lately as I run into too many movies, books, etc. about middle aged women who find themselves bored in their lives and wanting more.  Eat, Pray, Love under the Tuscan sun and all that.  

BTW, this is a thought of a business idea that I'm playing with.  You all know for me, I live in the yikes zone, or the lie on the couch zone. 






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Wed, 09-18-2013 - 11:16am
It's funny, I have been mulling over the fact that I've always done what is expected of me, but I'm "obligated quote to do. Compared to my teenage daughter who feels that life revolves around her, perhaps I am balancing out my teen years? I can't tell you how many times I've said to my husband, "when my mother dies, then we can..." C'est la vie. My yikes own Intel going on numerous roller coasters this past spring with my daughter. Since the birth of my children, I have found it very difficult to go on any scary rides. So going multiple times on each roller coaster was my first stop in "letting go. "I've also ventured into the yikes zone with things I won't write here. I did hot yoga at a yoga studio, And definitely thought, "yikes! "Your thread has made me feel little bit better about my life. LOL.
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 09-18-2013 - 3:47pm

I love roller coasters.  Did you enjoy them once you did it? I did notice as I was in line that I was there w/ all the dads and kids and that moms tended to sit out.  You know, I think that's true for most of the stuff I do.  I'm the one planning the zip lining, water fall repelling, etc.  

I was talking to a client who is a senior and she went to a bridge group at the community center. She said some of the people there were in their 90's. I think those who are more likely to embrace change do better as they get older.






iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Wed, 09-18-2013 - 6:06pm

I make a habit of doing Yikes-zone things.  The tourism copy job I accepted this week - I accepted it partly because I wasn't sure I could do it.  

Physically, after the last few years I've had, I don't do a lot of Yikes zone stuff.  Perhaps when I feel better, I'll be more interested in pushing myself in that way. 

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 09-18-2013 - 7:02pm

LOL,I was thinking your regular life would be most people's yikes zone.  Going to BM would be one for me.  It doesn't have to be physical.  Public speaking would be one for me, too. Give me a mic and I'd be happy to do a bootcamp, no problem. But talk and stand still. Yikes!






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Wed, 09-18-2013 - 10:45pm

I found that the anticipation/fear has/does consume too much of my life, and, quite simply, it's not working for me anymore.  Yes, I LOVED the roller coasters, but after hearing about that woman who was hurled to her death on one recently, it's made me think twice again!  :O

I have lived such she lettered life, I had never even heard of BM until I was on this board.  And, yes, I agree with Jean that would be in my yikes zone.  That's one of the things I love so much about GR!  Have you heard the Baz Luhrman Sunscreen Song?!  "Do something every day that scares you."  YES!

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 09-19-2013 - 7:26am

"after hearing about that woman who was hurled to her death on one recently, it's made me think twice again! "

If people regularly get hurled to their death on a roller coaster, I'd think twice But one out of millions? I do avoid those travelling carnivals because they're put so so quickly and they move on and their safety record doesn't follow them.  But, you're really safer on a roller coaster than you are in the shower!  

I haven't heard that song. I might have told you all this but I was on the roof of the office at parkour a few months ago and my son was trying to get me to jump off. It's about 12' off the ground but there was a thick mat below.  I can't tell you how long I stood there. Then I looked over and saw a woman about my age. She was picking up her kids, and just looked harried, like one of those women who do nothing for themselves, out of shape.  I thought, "I can't be that" so I jumped.  It was really easy, actually, and fun.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 09-19-2013 - 8:30am

lol I am not a chance taker and hate roller coasters. I am one of those people that love to be in the safe zone and have spent most of my life in it. However, I have stepped out of my safe zone a few times in recent years and I am liking it more and more. Like the time I signed up for college classes. I did something new and I loved the experience. 

Currently my signing up to participate in the obstacle race with a group of 20 somethings has me in the yikes zone. My whole life routine and focus for the past several weeks has been different. 

Karla
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Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 09-19-2013 - 10:43am
Wow! You jumped off the roof of a 12 foot structure?! You rock! Your son must be so proud to have such an amazing mom! Did you land and roll? I can't imagine the jarring on your joints! That is definitely outside of my yikes zone!
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 09-19-2013 - 2:16pm

I think you have a higher threshold of yikes. You're a black belt, you do cross fit, you home school.  Those would all be yikes to me.  






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 09-19-2013 - 2:17pm

It was a REALLY thick mat and absorbed it all. All I could think from above, other than how much higher it seemed from up there than from the ground, was whether my knees and the rest could handle it. I don't think my son was impressed. He probably thought I was a wimp for freaking out about it.