I haven't always loved to workout. When I got married at 17, I was slim, but flabby. I had no tone, no muscles, I just happened to be thin (think, 125lbs.). Cue my first baby. I didn't eat very well, and gained 50 lbs. (I had gained another 5lbs. after the wedding so final weight at the end of the pregnancy was 180.) With my 2nd-5th pregnancies, I started at 178, and after giving birth, went back to 178. Pregnancy #6 I started at 185 and ended at 192...only gaining 7lbs!! After my daughter was born, I actively worked out, and got down to 162 at my lowest! My 7th pregnancy ended in a miscarriage at 10 weeks, so I don't really have numbers for that one. I'm starting this pregnancy at 172.
What does that have to do with getting out of your comfort zone? I'll tell you...
I started working out because my friend, "D" encouraged me to try a live Zumba class at our local Y. I felt so stupid and awkward, and it was SUPER HARD!! But I loved it! I kept going back. I got pregnant with #5, and stopped. Went back after he was born, and she encouraged me to try something called, PiYo (a fusion of Piliates and Yoga. I went to my first class, and thought D was insane for doing it. It was so hard, and I was miserable. But, I went again, and again, and at the end of faithfully doing PiYo for a month, I had lost 7in. all over my body!! I was sold. I really love PiYo, and even bought the DVDs to do at home! Then, D told be about the new class she had tried, called R.I.P.P.E.D. (Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, & Diet.) I did my first class, and thought there was no way I would be able to do this long term. But, here I am...almost 2 years later, going to classes at least once a week!!
Stepping out of your comfort zone gets you results. I went from never exercising, to going to the Y at least once a week, and doing home workouts. I do a range of different styles, and have even started weight training!! And I love it all!!