“The Day Sarah’s Big Cojones Pushed Me Out of My Comfort Zone!”
So this blog post is all about pushing your limits. One of the thing I often hear from fellow weight watcher devotees is that they got very stuck in a routine, be it food or exercise, then they get bored, and then they give it up. People like Sarah (who is pictured below) should be inspiration to all of us to step out of our comfort zone and embrace our big cojones!
You see, Sarah is a fellow weight watcher devotee, having lost more than 30 pounds and kept it all! She is also about to embark on a life-changing trip to Thailand, where she will teach English for six months and then backpack solo through Southeast Asia for another six months, at least.
Sarah is embracing the concept of traveling the world in a backpack, seeing sites and having experiences we could not otherwise imagine. And she’s inspiring me to do the same, though from the comfort of the United States!
I recently took a Bikram yoga class with Sarah. Bikram yoga, otherwise known as hot yoga, is 26 yoga poses over 90 minutes, in a room that is heated to 104 degrees and 40% humidity.
I don’t care what kind of shape you think you’re in, Bikram yoga is no joke. But I want to have new experiences in this new body, and continue to push myself to do more physical activity, no matter what that is.
So, with some serious apprehension, I went. I wore tiny little bike shorts I would not normally wear out of the house, and brought a huge bottle of water and a headband and a towel. And when I left, the water bottle was empty and everything else was soaking wet with my sweat.
But it felt incredible. It felt incredible to stretch my muscles, push my body farther than it has gone in many years and strive to achieve the poses.
Please don’t be confused. I was absolutely terrible, but I pushed through and managed to work on 25 out of the 26 poses over the 90 minutes. And it raised my competitive nature, and now I want to go back and do better.
It’s just like when we start exercise, or start a new exercise, on our weight-loss journey. You’re not exactly sure what you’re doing, you can’t do it very well or for very long, but you get that fire in the belly and you push through.
When I started out on my weight loss journey, I would bike for 20 minutes, then 25 and then 30. And then I added resistance, the treadmill and finally the elliptical. It’s that idea that you don’t have to be great at it automatically, but you have to try and add and change to continue to push yourself and your new (old) body!
So I was prepared to call this blog post “I Tried Bikram Yoga So You Don’t Have To,” but instead I’m calling it “The Day Sarah’s Big Cojones Pushed Me Out of My Comfort Zone!”
How is your weight loss journey pushing you out of your comfort zone?