Friday, January 31, 2014

January Was Uncomfortable


Can I get an AMEN?

It's Friday (duh), and I'm blogging (duh - or you wouldn't be reading this) (I'm really good at stating the obvious today), and because of these two things... I am linking up with my girl Whitney for a little #backthatazzup action.

Murder (feat. JAY Z) by Justin Timberlake on Grooveshark

You may or may not remember a few weeks ago that Amanda and I came up with a challenge for 2014 to:


Now, with this challenge, we don't mean getting uncomfortable by wearing underwear that's too small... Ahem. We mean that you should get out of your comfort zone and things that you would typically say 'No' to, or things that you'd typically avoid - you give it a shot. I promised to do a recap every time I step out of my comfort zone, or at least at the end of every month.. and I'm happy to say that January was definitely an uncomfortable month for me.

I found myself stepping out of my 'comfort zone' a few times throughout the month. With little every day things, giving myself new challenges with workouts, and committing to taking a HUGE step towards fitness goals. Some of the highlights from this month that stick out to me are:

  • Going Dancing with friends.
  • This sounds crazy, I know. But I DO NOT dance in public. I just don't. I can count on two hands, the amount of times that I've actually danced at clubs with my friends. I always stay at a table, or completely avoid going out all together if dancing is predetermined. Oh, how I wish I was kidding. I just don't dance. But this month, I did... and it wasn't awful. I may even do it again.

  • Enrolling in a 12-week transformation challenge.
  • I had to publicly post basically naked photos of myself to show my 'before' at the beginning of January. I can't even tell you HOW UNCOMFORTABLE I felt doing this. I freaked out numerous times while singing up, but Juliette pushed me to do it. I'm proud of my self for doing that much, and now I've got something that I'm working hard towards achieving.

  • Burning 1,000 calories a day.
  • Last week I challenged myself to this completely insane goal. Burning 1,000 calories a day is NO joke. This was great 'motivation' for me last week, but it left me with more cons than pros, unfortunately. I stopped looking forward to my workouts because I was viewing them as a number and only a number. I injured my body because I double up on workouts to reach my goal and my body had zero recovery time. At the end of the week I needed a 'break' from working out because I was in a phase of hating it. I didn't like the outcome. So, while it was great - calorie burn wise - I don't think I'd challenge myself to be that extreme again.

  • I signed up for a 10k.
  • This BLOWS MY MIND. I once blogged about 'why I don't run' and now I have signed up to run 10 FREAKING KILOMETERS. For you Americans, I think that's like 6 miles. I know that's really not far for a lot of people, but let me just tell you that I am ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED of doing this. I never, ever, LIKE EVER, in a million years imagined that I would do anything like this. If this isn't getting out of my comfort zone, I don't know what is.

I hope every single one of you is doing something to get uncomfortable.
Break that barrier, work on changing and creating a better you! ♥

Happy weekend, friends. Ciao.


Rachel said...

Mama June! And congrats on signing up for a 10K!! I'm the same way about running, I absolutely hate it, but I think I'm going to run a half marathon in July. Woof.

Leah said...

OMG Faith, a 10k - that's freakin awesome news!!!! Good on you girl, bring it on!

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

congrats on signing up for the 10K! you'll do awesome. a friend of mine who never worked out in his life signed up to tough mudder with me! tough mudder is 20K and 30+ obstacles on a SKI MOUNTAIN. he loved every second of it and is doign it again with me this year too :) you got this!!

Vodka and Soda

Allie @ Tales of a TwentySomething said...

I'm so damn proud of you! Like I can't even explain how proud of you I am <3

The Pink Growl said...

burning 1000 cals a day is pure amazing! I need to get on that challenge!

Jay T said...

I see what you did with the underwear... AHEM. And in the US we have races called 5K and 10K (kilometers obviously) and most of the time when I discuss them with people they're like, WHAT IS THE K FOR??? IDIOTS. A 10K is 6.2 miles. And that is the only km to miles conversion you'll get from me. Except I also know that a 5K is 3.1 miles, so there's that. The end. You're awesome and I'll never stop telling you that.

lil desiqua said...

This song makes me wanna dance! And even though you didn't like the outcome (and may never do it again) at least you stayed committed, got out of your comfort zone, and did burn those 1k calories!! Kudos to you!!

The Rachael Way said...

You're so wonderful, and such an inspiration!

Nikki Mitchell said...

You will do great! Kick ass in the 10k!

Whitney Alison said...

I should sign up for a 5k. Running makes me hella uncomfortable :) Go you though!

Kym said...

WOOHOOOOO for the 10K! I actually JUST re-started my 10K for Pink app today and I though that I was going to die. I hope you'll share tips along the way of training!

Tina Goodthing said...

I have signed up to a do a 5K, u are braver (madder) than I am! x

shannon said...

LADY - you blow my mind in like the best possible way.