Blooming El



At the end of last year, I joined a gym. This is quite a normal thing for someone to do. There are people out there who have joined several gyms, who have been running on treadmills for years and see the gym as just a normal part of their daily routine but for me, it was a big step out of my comfort zone.

I'm a very quiet person in real life. I don't say a lot, I tend to stay in the corner of a crowded room and I constantly worry what people may be thinking about me. A crowded gym, full of equipment I've never used and people I don't know isn't exactly an ideal place for someone like me. 

stepping out of your comfort zone

My weight has never really been an issue. However, I knew I had to do something. My job involves sitting at a desk for several hours, only getting up for toilet breaks and grabbing a bottle of water out of the fridge, and when you don't do any form of exercise it can take its toll on your health - both physically and mentally.

One evening, I was feeling extremely down. I felt miserable, tired, and unfit. G kept on at me about going to the gym 'Just try it, I'll show you around. If I can do it, you bloody can'. I said no, then I said okay, then I said definitely not, then I told myself to take it one step at a time.

I went upstairs, found a pair of joggers and a t-shirt, I put my hair up, and tied the laces on my trainers. There were tears and lots of deep breaths but I made it to the front door of the gym. If I didn't have G beside me, spurring me on, I probably would've just turned back and gone to bed. I'm so glad I didn't though and I can't thank G enough for pushing me just that little bit further, helping me step out of my little comfy, squidgy box. 

It's only been around three months (and I did lose my gym card so missed out for a few weeks) but I love going. I haven't quite worked up the confidence to try any weight machines yet (if that's even what they're called) but I can really feel the difference. It's amazing what a little bit of exercise can do. I feel happier and before Christmas I even saw a teeny tiny improvement in my weight (damn you biscuit trays and mini sausage rolls).

I still have a little wobble when I go to the gym after work and think it's going to be really busy but I stick my headphones on and just concentrate on what I'm doing. 

Joining the gym has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone a little more, to try new things and to feel the fear but do it anyway. It's my theme for 2018 and so far, so good. Stay tuned to see where the outside of my comfort zone is taking me next!

Do you step outside of your comfort zone often?