Looking at me now you might never believe I used to be very shy, I worried what people thought of me, worried to talk about my goals and dreams because I was scared, I was going to be laughed at or judged. I believe it comes from growing up in a very strict background where I was laughed at, bullied, and judged.
It has taken me a long time to get over that and sometimes its still haunts me. Finally, a few year ago I made a decision that this is my life and I am going to live it the way I want too! If someone wants to judge me or laugh at me its ok.
They say you are suppose to do something every day that scares you and takes you out of your comfort zone. Well, I don’t do that every day but i remember after my second son being born I wanted to try working out or finding a fitness class. A good friend told me to try kickboxing, she gave me all the information. I would drive to the class but I would sit in the parking lot and leave because I was scared. I didn’t know anyone there, what if I made a fool of myself? what if my husband couldn’t handle 2 kids? I had every excuse.
Finally after a couple weeks I did it and you know what? Yes, at first it was a little uncomfortable learning all the moves, but I stuck too it and really enjoyed it. Not only did I feel amazing after the class but I met other moms and other amazing women… I was hooked. So, my husband knew every Tuesday and Thursday evening he had to try and be home on time for me too get to my kickboxing class. If he couldn’t be home in time luckily I had my family to watch the kids for me. I no longer had any excuses not to go. I continued going while pregnant with my 3rd son until I was 8 1/2 months pregnant with him, yes I did have the ok from my doctor.
Even though I went to kickboxing the same instructor offered many other classes but trying a new class was once again stepping out of my comfort zone and scary, lol! But, I did it eventually and loved it. That was when i decided this is my passion, I want to teach classes, and train women and moms. I love it, inspiring and motivating moms and letting them know that its ok to take time for yourself. We sometimes tend to forget about ourselves and put every one else before us.
I found that I needed that time for me, it made me a better mom and I felt good about myself. Having other moms come up to be and asking me what I do to stay in shape and how I have the time to do it? That was inspiring and even more motivating for me and made me want to push myself even harder, so 2 years ago I decided I wanted work towards a new goal… that’s when I got introduced to doing bikini competitions.
Another stepping out of my comfort zone, I mean way out of my comfort zone.
I grew up having to be make sure I didn’t show off to much skin cause it wasn’t right to show off my body, I wasn’t allowed to cut my hair or wear make up and here I was going to go onto a stage and wear a little tiny bikini and have strangers judge me!?!? Yup, I wasn’t turning back I need and wanted to do this.
So, on July 26th 2013, I started eating very clean and working out 5 days a week. As soon as my kids would get on the bus at 8am I was out the door to the gym (another out of my comfort zone). I didn’t go to the gym, just to group fitness classes. Yes! going to the gym was scary at first and intimidating but now I am a pro at the gym… lol. I look forward to going every morning, I have met so many amazing people there and made so many friends.
My first competition was May 2013, what an experience… from getting naked in front of a stranger… to get my spray tan done lol. I thought I am just doing this one competition and then just back to eating clean and working out. Was i ever wrong? I loved every minute of it and I did two more shows after that. Now, I am just 10 days out of my first competition of the season and I am so excited/nervous. I am stepping of my comfort zone again for this one, its my first competition in the States.
We all need to step out of our comfort zone, we need to try new things, live life to the fullest don’t live with regrets… it’s too short for that. You know what else is stepping out of my comfort zone writing this blog lol
Decide today, what is something you have wanted to do but it’s scary? It’s out of your comfort zone! Write it down and make a timeline of when you want to do it by. Do It.