Kick the Comfort Zone

Posted: July 15, 2013 in fitness, health, motivation
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“Weight is irrelevant, insignificant, and relative. The point is having someone there to motivate and push us past our respective limits. That’s where the magic happens and growth takes place.”

That’s what my good friend, and kick-starter into being fit and healthy, told me when I mentioned that I would feel ridiculous lifting with him because he was so much stronger than me.  On a real note, the dude is jacked, but he didn’t even bat an eye when he came at me with that bumper sticker worthy statement.

It’s easy to hide behind our weaknesses.  It’s easy to compare ourselves to other people and think that you will never stand where they do.  It’s easy to allow negative thoughts to be the reason you don’t make a change.  It’s easy to do nothing for fear of failure.  Luckily, there is a solution.

Quit that shit.

I know, not nearly as eloquent as you had hoped and much easier said than done.  You don’t just wake up one day and decide that you’re going to abandon your comfort zone.  If you’re anything like I was, and still can be, you say you’ll do it tomorrow because your comfort zone feels a lot like your bed on Saturday morning.  I’m telling you right now, though, that if you take baby steps you will make progress.

Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Get a salad instead of a burger and fries.  Go for a walk tonight.  Drink water instead of soda.  Go to the gym for 30 minutes.  You’ll be surprised at how fast you build on these little things and all of the sudden you aren’t the same person you were a month ago.  Slow progress is still progress.

Those jacked guys and those toned women that we all want to be like had to start somewhere.  So, instead of snuggling back up in your comfort zone; pick one thing to change today, then another the next, and so on.  Pretty soon you won’t even recognize your old habits or even your old self.


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