One of the things I thought I swore I’d never do was join a gym again, and not just any gym, a CrossFit gym, where everyone seems to have the perfect physique. Are these people human? Talk about intimidation! Why would I join anyways? I had my routine that I was perfectly happy with; I go home after work, throw my dinner in the oven, and pop in a 30-minute workout video and workout. Things were good until I realized that I’d been doing the same thing day in and day out and was getting too comfortable with my routine to see any real change. That’s when I muscled up (pun intended) the courage to face my fears and join our local CrossFit gym.
Walking in that first day was truly one of the scariest moments of my life. Music blasting, weights being thrown around, intense exercise moves I have never even seen, people sweating profusely- not what I was used to AT ALL with my very quaint home gym. Among the fear and anxiety I was feeling, I couldn’t help but think that this is EXACTLY what I needed. Let me explain.
It’s times when I think: “I’ve got this” or “I can do this on my own,” that are actually the times when I really need help the most. I have been very guilty of this in the past and I’ve ended up doing more harm to myself than good in many areas of my life by doing this, not just fitness. However, I refuse to make the same mistakes over and over again! Now I know that in order to see any real change: I HAVE TO GET UNCOMFORTABLE. What does this mean? It means taking risks and asking for help when you need it (probably the two things I hate the most). This is precisely why I am a lifetime member of WW and never miss my weekly workshop.
The truth is that many of us cannot do it alone. We need to get out of our comfort zone (like my happy little home gym) to see the change we desire. I encourage you to take that jump and try something new, even if it seems daunting or scary to you now. Whatever that thing may be, try it because you have nothing to lose and everything to gain like the positive REAL CHANGE you want to see in yourself. As for me that scary place with super fit people turns out to be a wonderful community with supportive trainers who understand I cannot do a pull-up and that’s okay! I modify everything and honestly do not care about what others are doing because the journey is my own. Take control of your journey. You might get uncomfortable doing so, but I can assure you the gains outweigh the risks. I might not ever look like some of the CrossFit folks and that’s okay because at end of the day I’m happy being me and you should be too!