Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Challenge: Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Yesterday I posted on Facebook that we are challenging everyone to do something healthy this week that they have never done before. This can range anywhere from trying a new exercise to adding more veggies into your diet. Step out of your comfort zone a little bit and do something you haven't done.

I decided to take my own advice and do push-ups every day this week. I'm hoping it will stick and last longer than just this one week. Actually, I'm really hoping that by some miracle I will LOVE push-ups by the end of the week and my arms will show it. Hey, I said 'by some miracle'...

Truth is, I hate push-ups. Mainly because I have little to zero upper body strength right now. I'm hoping to change all of that though. I'm forcing myself to step out of my comfort zone and do something I hate because I know it's good for me.

Oh, but let's not stop there. Oh, no. Let's be a little crazy and do something even further out of my comfort zone. And this my friends, is how I get myself into trouble. Always getting caught up in the excitement and committing to something a little crazy. You know, like a Super Spartan in October. (*WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot was I thinking?)

Tonight I have my first Spartan Training class. I am feeling very intimidated about this whole thing. There is a long story here that I'm not going to go into but suffice it to say that I knew going into this whole thing that the potential for AWKWARD was at a level orange. Yet, I'm doing it anyway. Sometimes I worry about my sanity.

So the gym where I am going for this is new to me. I have a few friends who are taking the class too though so that is a huge comfort. My impression of this gym though is that it is a 'man-gym' and by that I mean, I think 'they pick things up and put them down.' In all fairness, I've never been there so this may not be the case at all but it's what I've built up in my head because I am a gymaphobe. Yes, of course that's a word. Maybe. Anyway, I've worked myself into this ridiculous state over what is probably going to be just a really good workout. I hope.

"Don't be intimidated. I'm just going to stand here and stare at you."

I go to a gym now that also has men but honestly, I avoid the weight area like the plague. Even though I've lifted weights and used the machines before I still feel self conscious. I feel like I'm going to misuse a machine and have 4 people explaining my dreadful mistake while looking at me with pity and a condescending smile. Rationally, I know this isn't likely to happen. But still. Oh, and all the mirrors in the free weight area. I know why they are there but I still think it would be better if everyone had to wear blindfolds in that area. This might only make sense in my head...

In conclusion, I'm really stepping out on a limb here so you all better be too! :)

Peace, Love, Happiness!

Are you taking our challenge? 
What new healthy thing are you going to do this week? 

*I totally stole WhiskeyTagoFoxtrot from my friend and fellow blogger, Mandy, at LastMandyStanding. :)

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