Friday, March 01, 2013
hi everyone.slowly getting back to normal.yesturday i stepped out of my comfort zone BIG TIME and did something i hadnīt done in 26 years.i went to a group exercise class.not only did i exercise infront of strangers it was a mixed class so there was also men there.(now all my muslim sisters donīt be made at me.my husband is ok about this as where we live theese are the only fitness classes we have and at the moment my health is a priority as my last op last november though it went well really effected my mentally and it is important i am in a better state of mind and body when i have to have my next op.so inshallah you and allah will forgive me and inshallah allah will understand why it is important to me bothe mentally and physicall.i nearly chickened out when i saw the men but i thought no karen you have come here to do this so do it.and i did and had fun.the class was called aerobic/fintness and health/pezzi ball.i had orginally hoped to go to the class last minute and sneak in at the back row.when i was last at aerobics class it was full with women and we were in rows and there was so many women that you sometimes would knock into one another as there wasnīt enough place for some of the moves.so with this idea in my head i walked into the class and stopped dead.it was a big hall and everyone was in a big circle facing one another with the trainer in the middle.there was yoga mats and a pezzi ball marking each persons face.so no hiding in the back was my first thought.then i saw the men .my heart started racing more than it was anyway if that is possible,lol.once the class started i totally enjoyed it i even managed to keep up with it except for two exercises.it started out with warm up then 45 minutes of aerobic exercise that i remember.then they went to half an hour core exercises with the pezzi ball.have you tried doing lunges with your back foot on a pezzi ball?it is npt easy that is one of the exercises i couldnīt do.had problems with balance.was ok with the push ups with the prezzi ball.though.the othert exercise i couldnīt do was again with the prezzi ball where you lay on the floor and have your knees bent up in the air as if you are sitting lying down with the pezzi ball balancing on your knes.then you had to stretch your legs straight (parralel with the floor but not touching the floor)while tightening your abs and back into sitting potition again while still lying on the floor and balancing the ball on your shins.needless to say i was the only one whose ball kept rolling onto the floor,lol.have asked lotfi if next time he is at the flea markt he watches out for a small pezzi ball so i can pratice theese two exercises at home.after theese exercises there was 5 minutes stretching then it ended up with 15 minutes yoga meditation exercises.i felt very pleased with myself.not so much for the fact that i did the whole 2 hours exercise and kept up with everyone despite not feeling 100% still.but the fact that i actually exercised infront of people other than my kids EVEN when there was also men there.i will definately being going again and i am even concidering going to the two hour pilates class on tuesday.i have also signed up fo the nordic walking class when it starts in the spring.i normally go alone with zakariya nordic walking at a time i know not many people are around so this will be another big step.also will have to get new workout clithes for the classes as there are men there.when i first started exercises when i was 330lbs i used to wear really baggy tops andloose joggingpants.now i tend to wear fitted exercise clothes with the breathable material etc. but not so baggy.ok for at home or just women but not for men being there so will have to by more baggy clothes again.as i said i really enjoyed myself and am really proud that i carried it through.so is my husband.without me knowing he had come to the sport hall with ayman and they had watched me from the over gallary.glad i didnīt know at the time as i would have been even more self concious.having said that i was only self concious the first few minuts than i was into the class.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE REACENTLY TO STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE?