Leaving your “Comfort Zone” – 1.25.2018

You always hear people say “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.” And really, they ain’t kidding.IMG_20170617_112202I am the first to admit that leaving that happy, snuggly, comfortable place is absolutely terrifying. Will I get injured? Will I fail? Will I look like an idiot? (All these questions whir through my head). But ya know… it honestly does come down to getting out of your head and into your confidence-building heart of a lion. πŸ™‚

If you’ve read any of my posts regarding my life before I discovered my passion for any/all things health and fitness (or have seen any of my Instagram #transformationtuesday posts), then you’ll remember that I used to despise anything that had to do with exercise, sweating, or getting my heart rate up. It felt awkward, and I felt stupid for not being able to carry on a conversation while running. My comfort level was very happy down on the bottom rung of the ladder, where I could just sit around and talk and talk and talk with no heavy breathing or sweating.

But then one day, something in the back of my mind starting nagging – and my body started reflecting that negative icky feeling I had thought I only imagined. I was overweight, unhealthy, and had zero endurance for any cardiovascular movement (even walking for a long time KILLED me!). I knew that I had to change something, but it was that little skinny rope bridge crossing from my current life to my future life that made me pause.

That was my comfort zone border. That was my happy place! I didn’t want to leave it for no good reason! I could figure that out when I got older…right? It didn’t matter now…?Β Wrong. I very quickly figured out 10 years ago shortly after my IBS diagnosis that I had to change my lifestyle. I had to cross that scary bridge into a zone that was NOT comfortable anymore.20140722_060548I started slowly with getting a gym membership (the picture above is from 2012, my first real gym membership!) and worked out a couple times a week, particularly when no one else was in the gym at odd hours of the day so I could get my heavy breathing and sweating on with no one around me πŸ™‚ After that, I started signing up for some 5k’s with my family, then 10k’s, then all of a sudden I signed up for my first half marathon with 6 other family members in August 2012! THAT was the kick-starter of me really learning to LOVE getting out of my comfort zone.IMG_20140726_112541And I also found yoga as a true deep calling. I never knew how to stretch or move my body comfortably before I started taking these classes; I felt so awkward and embarrassed whenever I would be in a forward fold if my stomach would roll over my leggings or if I couldn’t reach the floor when everyone else was.IMG_20180124_104625_813But, through self-love and pushing that comfort zone barrier away from me, I figured out how to move with intention and how to love every single inch of my body and appreciate what it can do when I ask it. My self-expression has opened like crazy, and now I am constantly trying to learn new ways to deepen my practice, hone in on meditation, and truly bend so I don’t break πŸ™‚IMG_20180123_195708_856Now, it’s the beginning of 2018, and I’ve completed 4 full marathons, 20+ half marathons, almost 10 triathlons, countless 5k’s, and I’m now training for my first Half Ironman in Madison this summer. I have found my happy place again, pushing the line, and it is DEFINITELY out of my comfort zone πŸ˜‰Β IMG_20171001_160156_651xoxo,

Shannon

Instagram: @fitnessbyshannon

Jumping in with Amanda’s Thinking Out Loud Thursdays!Β 

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