Getting out of the comfort zone...
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
I did something out of my comfort zone yesterday. I'm actually shocked at how small my comfort zone has gotten lately. It makes me feel as if I'm getting more closed minded in my "old age" and too comfortable in my routines. (I'm seeing this in many areas of my life). Since I don't want to succumb to "getting set in my ways", I'm going to work hard to continue to try new things and push myself.
What new thing did I try? I went to a totally new gym, to a totally new boot camp, all by myself. Now, I know this isn't a big thing for some people, and in fact didn't used to be a big thing for me, but lately I have been blessed with a fitness buddy (yay KOKITTY!) who tries out all sorts of new classes and races with me and I've gotten way too comfortable with having her by my side. Between amazing friends and a good boyfriend, I hardly do anything by myself anymore and that is not acceptable!! I used to go clubbing downtown by myself and now I get nervous when I'm going to a class or bbq or party with people that I already know I share a common interest with and I have high confidence that they will be great people.
I was very nervous yesterday. What if the class is super hard? What if I need a partner and I don't know anyone? What if I can't find the gym? What if I hate the instructor? So many questions. I had bought a pass to this new class on Groupon and it was going to expire this week, so it was now or never. I went early, found the gym fine, and then walked in to a room with 35+ people who all seemed to know each other. EEEK! The owner was super nice though and assured me it would be a good time. Luckily there were all different body types around so I wasn't too intimidated there. I found the only other girl who didn't look like she knew anyone and started talking to her, we ended up doing stations together and it was AWESOME! Some of the stations were things I do in my other boot camp, some were totally new and fun. I feel like going to boot camp fairly regularly for the last few months had prepped me to do well in this one. It was more fast paced than my other class, which I really liked, had a better variety of activities and was generally a little harder. (I don't know if part of that is that I have gotten comfortable at my other class and therefore maybe don't work as hard as I once did?)
So, I tried something new and it was great and I'm going to try to go as many time as I can during my pre-paid two months. Unfortunately, the gym is twenty minutes away from my work in the wrong direction and there's an hour of time to kill when I get there due to when I get off work so I don't think I'll be joining after the time it up. But hopefully this experience will make me less nervous about trying other things, in fitness and the rest of my life!!