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yesturday i did something i havenīt done in just over 26 years.

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?

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FATHINSN 3/8/2013 10:32AM

    Sounds like a fun exercise class. If it's me, I also will feel uncomfortable with the guys in the same class but I think as long as your intention is pure and you don't do anything against Islam, I think it should be ok :)

I pray for you to get great health!

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UMMWALEED 3/6/2013 1:40PM

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I'm glad you enjoyed it. Hopefully you will master the moved you couldn't do.
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TRUCKERWIFE2 3/2/2013 5:01PM

    Wow! you are doing so well. I can't imagine how hard it was for you to exercise in front of men. Sounds like you are doing many positive things to help yourself. Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINDYSDAY 3/2/2013 11:39AM

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ILIKETOZUMBA 3/2/2013 12:03AM

    That is AWESOME!!! Congratulations! Not being from the same kind of background that you seem to come from, I don't think I can quite fully appreciate how difficult it must have been for you to exercise in front of men, but I certainly find it awkward and weird to do that myself...so I'm guessing it was definitely harder for you to do that! Way to go!! I agree with your reasoning - whoever we all pray to wouldn't begrudge us our health for the sake of something like modesty. Our bodies are gifts and we must take proper care of them and respect them! :)

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KAYTIE22 3/1/2013 10:31PM

    So proud of you! I need to follow your lead. You are really an inspiration to me.

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HONEYLEA 3/1/2013 12:06PM

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Good for you Karen! More of us need to make ourselves a priority!

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SARABENGSCH 3/1/2013 11:14AM

    I am SO SO SO proud of you Karen! I know how hard it can be to go to an exercise class (especially one with men in it), I'm always so self-conscious when I exercise around a man. I'm sure that was a huge step for you. Go you!

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MILLISMA 3/1/2013 10:07AM

    Karen, I am so proud of you!!!! What a big step you took and you did so well. Hugs to you my friend. Keep up the great job.

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/1/2013 10:07AM

    emoticon I'm so proud of you! I'm getting ready to do the same thing! We can do this, Karen!

HUGS!

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SAASHA17 3/1/2013 7:39AM

    Way to go Karen...I am glad ur doing this...Proud of u buddy!!....Enjoy ur freedom..I am so happy that ur taking this freedom given and utilizing it...u go Girl!!! I used the weights room with some well built guys without worrying about them judging me and my 8lb weights...hehhe

love
Mana
sa

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FORBANDE 3/1/2013 6:27AM

    WOW!! You are amazing! And you're right. Being your best physically, emotionally and mentally is the most important thing you can do.

GREAT JOB!!
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LAUROCHKA 3/1/2013 6:23AM

    Karen - YOU'RE AWESOME!!!

Well done - I'm so pleased and proud for you :)

Lxx
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KICKINGKILOS 3/1/2013 6:18AM

    awesome Karen! emoticon emoticon
I tried to skip soda :(
You can guess

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PANIK257 3/1/2013 6:13AM

    Congratulations!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 3/1/2013 5:11AM

    Oh Karen I have goose bumps. This is wonderful. I am so happy you have the support and encouragement of Lofti. Here where I live there are MANY Muslim women who are interacting in many situations more and more with men in the gym/classes etc. I live in metro Washington DC and at first I noticed it most with younger Muslims but in truth it seems to be much more all inclusive now. I just think our world is perhaps adapting in some ways? EMBRACE this encouragement and own the freedom this is giving you and appreciate every moment. I am proud of you and excited for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/1/2013 5:08AM

    Well done! You'll soon forget about the other people in the room.

Happy St David's day!

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DEEGIRL50 3/1/2013 5:05AM

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You're doing it! Hooray!! That was one big leap out of your comfort zone!

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SUSIEPH1 3/1/2013 4:48AM

    Well done Karen.. good for you .. glad Lotfi has been great about you going to the class..
This is what you need my friend ..
You need the company and the lessons.
so very glad your hubby and your boy went to see you ..
So very proud of you my dear friend ..
Much love Colin and Susie .. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 3/1/2013 4:31AM

    Wonderful for you! I would think Allah knows your heart is in the right place and why you are doing this. Group exercise and with the opposite gender is a big deal as far as a comfort zone
for many regardless of which religion. Your husband sounds like an amazing and supportive gentleman. Go You! You are an amazing woman.

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HAVEFUN2LOSE 3/1/2013 4:29AM

    I am so proud of you and I think God will know that your health is important and you had your husbands blessing. I am sure that God wants us to be the best we can be.

Happy St Davids Day my Welsh sister...lol emoticon

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