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I read a great quote today:

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
- Neale Donald Walsch

And it is so true. There have been many times in my life when I have chosen, however consciously or unconsciously, the path of remaining comfortable and in doing so, have failed to fully feel or be alive.

These days, I tend to live outside my comfort zone particularly when it comes to my training. I am often uncomfortable and awkward, especially when I workout in front of super-fit people. I am still fighting the good fight against these last 35 pounds, and it can be intimidating to try a new move in front of people who are 15 years younger than me, and who are amazingly fit and have been for years.

Since I am a beginner, I fail often. This is the learning process - to learn, one must accept failure. I run into walls, drop weights on my head, trip over my own feet and fall over on my face as I learn these lifts. And you know what? It's all good. At least I step up to the plate and try. I don't let the feeling of social embarrassment or discomfort stop me from working my body and trying to be my best. And each time I ignore the embarrassment or discomfort, and push myself past my comfort zone, the easier my training gets and the more alive I feel.

I guess what I am trying to say is never let your perceived fear of what others might think keep you down. Keep on trying your best. Know that we all fail, and it can be embarrassing, but getting out of one's comfort zone is a good thing. Challenge your comfort levels and chip away at them. One day, you'll step back and realize just how far you've expanded your personal boundaries and abilities.

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Cerulean Miko
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commentCommented on: Fri Apr 12, 2013 @ 07:37pm
Awesome and encouraging 3nodding

Many blessings for continued courage and strength. gaia_kittenstar

commentCommented on: Fri Apr 12, 2013 @ 09:13pm
So very true, and much needed. Your words of wisdom are much appreciated. heart

Dr McChibicakes
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commentCommented on: Fri Apr 12, 2013 @ 11:02pm
Of course!

What do you learn by staying within your comfort zone?

Do you grow spiritually, physically?

Are you challenging yourself to take on your fears and headbutt them into submission?

Are you cutting away vines of persecution to find that rewarding oasis afterwards?

No, of course not! Comfort Zones are bubbles.





Even I had to accept something of myself which I never wanted to...but had to face. Learning new things, accepting and adjusting to new challenges or ways of life is what we're supposed to accomplish. If more of us viewed the movement of life as a river, then I'm sure a lot more of us would man up to what needed to be done to move on and survive rather than hide.

commentCommented on: Sat Apr 13, 2013 @ 01:37am
That's good.

I'll no doubt have similar stories to tell by the end of the year (though I hope I don't find anyone 15yrs younger than me at the gym... they'd be 4)

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commentCommented on: Sat Apr 20, 2013 @ 06:10pm
I loved reading you blog posts. Ironically though if someone is at the gym then they are fit hands down. Size, shape,etc. does not matter if you have a work out plan you follow than you are fit. I get intimidated by older people whether they look fit or not because someone can be bigger but still really fit and healthy. I learned though from being on MTV "I used to be fat" that no one cares. They are all there doing their own thing.

commentCommented on: Tue Apr 23, 2013 @ 04:36am
Wow this is very encouraging to read! Great job you're doing great <3 I'm proud of you heart

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TS Sailor Cronus
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commentCommented on: Tue Apr 30, 2013 @ 07:29pm

You're absolutely right. I had to learn all this myself (and still am-- it's a process). And as it turns out, staying in the bubble is boring, but walking outside your comfort zone is amazing and lots of fun. You reap a lot of rewards for it in the end.

Just ask Bilbo Baggins. blaugh

commentCommented on: Fri Jun 07, 2013 @ 12:27am
Your so encouraging ^w^ !!!

Good Luck and you'll do great !!! biggrin heart

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Volkov Seraphim
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commentCommented on: Tue Jun 18, 2013 @ 01:18am
you're very inspiring. And have a beautiful soul.

commentCommented on: Wed Jun 19, 2013 @ 07:00am
Thanks for the little boost of esteem.
I've always suffered horribly from low self-esteem and...well...all the problems in my life are threatening to run me over atm.
But perhaps I just need to laugh at myself sometimes and burst my personal perfection bubble.

Take care,

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commentCommented on: Tue Jul 02, 2013 @ 11:12pm
It's comfortable in our comfort zones, but we miss so much opportunity for growth if we don't venture out there!

commentCommented on: Sat Sep 14, 2013 @ 04:01am
I believe the same as the rest, being outside of your comfort zone is much better then staying in your room all night, and being active helps the mind stay active.
Hi! I hope you all have good weekend and have lots of fun. razz

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commentCommented on: Wed Dec 18, 2013 @ 02:00pm
Wow ! whee

commentCommented on: Wed Jan 22, 2014 @ 03:08pm
I LOVES WATER ;3 4laugh

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commentCommented on: Wed Feb 19, 2014 @ 06:01am
I had homework to do over my holiday break gonk

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