Hey you guys! Hope life is going peachy for you If not, then cheer up, it’s almost the weekend!
In other news, please, please VOTE for me. Daily. Until Sunday night. Thank YOU X a million.
In more news, I felt like death again…..I had another migraine yesterday. Boo. What the heck?! I swear I am not stressed out. Maybe it is because I lift too much?? Grrrrr
Don’t worry though, after a few hours of rubbing myself down with essential oils and taking a short nap, I felt tons better. But really -why, WHY me?! These things hurt, y’all. If you’ve never had one, let’s just say I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy (if I had any).
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
Something I told my class a few days ago resonated with me right after blurting it out (sometimes things just come out with a mic on. So never blame your fitness instructors for weird things they might say. Hah.) Awkward.
Anyways, what I said was that “lifting is supposed to be hard” (at this point they all had the look of death on their faces because they were almost done with triceps dips. Classic.)….and that “we should do something hard every day to become stronger” (this applies both physically and mentally).
Well guess what, that hard usually means taking a step outside your comfort zone. Daily.
If we never take that chance and get OUT of that comfort circle we’ve drawn for ourselves, we will never grow.
Exhibit A: If I never took that chance to check out a new major, I would be an unhappy ballet dancer in a corps of some small ballet company, probably still struggling with disordered eating. And I definitely would not be the happy, married, fitness enthusiast I am now!
Exhibit B: If I had never humbled myself and prayed for an answer to a personal question, I never would have figured out what path to take religiously, and I definitely never would have ended up living in Europe for over a year sharing the good news of what I knew to be true. (Some of the best 18 months of my life!!)
Exhibit C: If I had never opened my mouth to ask an acquaintance what she did for her graduate program, I never would have found my graduate school degree. (Which was the perfect match for me, btw)
Exhibit D: If I had never decided to just go and learn how to make homemade applesauce by first grabbing apples from the backyard of my condo, I wouldn’t be married to the man I am married to today. (!!!)
Exhibit E: And if I had never stepped off that elliptical or treadmill I was on and joined my sister in that group exercise class, I would not have ventured into the amazing world of fitness, coaching, and BodyPUMP or Zumba.
WOW. All those small steps that probably seemed very insignificant at the time have led me to something amazing.
I am telling you now: In ANY area of your life, if you take a chance and step outside your comfort zone, amazing things will happen. This could be stepping out and trying a new-to-you exercise, fitness regimen, lifting heavier, or even trying a fitness class. Or stepping out of that circle you’ve drawn for yourself and meet new people at work, school, or at the gym.
If it seems hard to do, then you’re probably headed in the right direction Ahem, burpees, lifting heavier weights, getting rid of the scale, overcoming disordered eating habits, eating a new way, adding mileage, etc.!
Seriously, whatever it is, it might be uncomfortable, new, and maybe frightening at first, but the uneasiness will subside and you will be grateful you did something HARD.
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” -Brian Tracy
It’s like the exercise overload principle–if you want to change something or look differently, you must put a greater load on that area you want to change.
I try to live this daily and my life has been fuller because of it! Health, nutrition, fitness, mental, spiritual,relationship-wise –you name it. But from the day we started dating, I can attribute SO much of this excitement to step outside my comfort bubble, to my husband. He is the best thing that happened to me!
- I am thankful for candles.
- I am super grateful for spinach smoothies <—made the migraine better (I swear!)
- I am thankful for hands that can type.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” -Henry David Thoreau
When was the last time YOU took a step outside your comfort zone?? What workout/fitness or nutrition change have YOU made that was kind of scary at first?? What are YOU thankful for today?!