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Leaving my comfort zone

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Monday, June 30, 2014

My BLC25 team Azure Destinations set us a challenge this week to do something out of our healthy journey comfort zone, and then blog about it.

Well I have to admit my initial reaction was quite negative, with a ‘why should I’ attitude, because what I am doing at the moment is working, and change for the sake of it doesn’t strike me as a good idea.

Now the challenge wasn’t mandatory, but we get rewards for doing them, so it niggled at the back of my mind, then on Thursday it came to me – Yoga Class (or Yogurt class as I keep calling it for no good reason)

I have never done Yoga, and while I do cardio and strength training every week, I ignore the third pillar of balanced training – Flexibility, so this seemed perfect.

I checked out my gym, and for a small charge I could attend an hour Yoga class on Saturday, so I booked myself in and arranged my Saturday around the class.

Now I had a few concerns:
• What if I passed wind?
• What if it was too difficult?
• Would everyone stare at me?
• Would my total lack of bendiness be an issue?

So I turned up, and 3 of the other 5 ladies had their own mats emoticon – a little intimidating
But the other 2 like me were brand new and using gym mats.

Well the hour flew by, the instructor was helpful and gave levels of moves, I didn’t pass wind, and I had the shortest hamstrings of anyone there (no surprise to me – I need a six week run up to be able to touch my toes).
I felt a little guilty logging it as exercise – that was until I woke up on Sunday morning to screaming arm muscles (lots of downward dogs).

So would I do it again – Yes, in fact after next week (I am climbing Snowdon on Saturday) I think I will include this as a regular part of my regime, as a class is the only way I am going to improve my balance and flexibility to start with.

As for getting out of your health journey comfort zone – go for it, we had to get uncomfortable to start losing weight, and that enriches your life, trying something new is always enriching, even if you decide it is not for you.

Nuff said – movin’ on
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LORIVIOLA 9/5/2014 8:52AM

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    Two thumbs up for a job well done!

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    emoticon I have enjoyed yoga for years

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COOLRAIN 7/2/2014 1:37PM

    I love Yoga, but because it doesn't burn as many calories or even build muscle very fast, I've been neglecting it--until last weekend. I think I'm going to make it a regular weekend workout. I really felt good when I was done, and I was proud as I could be that I did a shoulder stand for the first time in about 40 years. emoticon

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-THINQ- 7/2/2014 1:04PM

    I'm so glad to read your blog on this!!
-I can see why it's a featured one too, well done!
I also hadn't done yoga (yoghurt,LOL) from a reeeaaallly long time, and yup some of my muscles let me know, too!
Ps we're Proud! of you for bustin' loose!
Great job!

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MOMMY445 7/2/2014 10:59AM

    woo! glad to hear that you tried something new and exciting! way to go!

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JIBBIE49 7/2/2014 9:27AM

    Great to see your blog in the Spark Mail.

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 7/2/2014 8:03AM

    Taking that baby step out of your comfort zone was difficult but you did it and now you have a new pleasure to embrace on your journey! emoticon

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PENOWOK 7/2/2014 7:00AM

    I also recency tried yoga in the comfort of my home with a free class online... started with SP one with Betheny. I am so inflexible there are things I cannot od at all, but, like you, I am going to keep trying. I need the flexibility!

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ANGELN325 7/2/2014 5:54AM

    LOL about the passing wind. That always is the concern with Yoga classes. Passing wind on a downward dog, but hasn't happened yet. One of my goals is working on doing more stretching and you know, Yoga isn't a bad idea on how to meet that goal. I think once a week, I will do Yoga too.

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  good blog

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MAMAMOOSE54 7/1/2014 11:25PM

    I felt the same about yoga, too-I imagined people twisting themselves into pretzels and thought there was no way I could do it. But I took a class and love it. emoticon

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SHERYLP461 7/1/2014 10:32PM

    Yoga is one of the most inspiring things I have ever done.

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BIGPAWSUP 7/1/2014 10:10PM

    I know you can do this.

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/1/2014 8:19PM

  You never know, it could be fun to try something new and different. Good for you!!!

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  Good job, and thanks for sharing.

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DIANNEMT 7/1/2014 7:54PM

    Yep!! I also have very short hamstrings!!

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JSEATTLE 7/1/2014 4:53PM

  I think you will enjoy yoga. Increased flexibility and serenity.

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DYMONSMOM1 7/1/2014 2:13PM

    I am the same way about YOGA i actually do a at home tape b/c i am to scared to go to a regular class. I would look at the instructor and go you have to bend how you want me in what position. I didn't even know that existed. Come to find out i had a good bit of friends who do that as well and started out that way. They encouraged me so i did a couple of classes but found it was more for me to be at home stretcher. But, we are all happy you wrote this so we know we are not alone and thank you for the encouragement to do things no matter if we feel like its just us cause as you say when you show up there will be more just like you.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/1/2014 1:01PM

    Congratulations! You rock! I'm glad you chose to try something new, even with reservations and dread. Sometimes trying something new ignites the flame and brings something we love into our lives. Have fun!

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NONNAOF2 7/1/2014 12:30PM

  Even the slightest change can be an unexpected challenge! Good for you in trying something out of your comfort zone! :-)

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JERICHO1991 7/1/2014 9:36AM

    Entertaining and enlightening. Thanks.

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BELLENGLISH 7/1/2014 9:34AM

    Good job with doing something different. Keep up the great work!

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