When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone? Has it been a while? You’re not alone.
For me, the past few months have pushed me above and beyond my comfort zone, that’s for sure.
First, let’s backtrack to last year
After sadly losing my Mum in September, and having already lost my Dad several years ago, I took some time to think about where I was in life – and where I’d really like to be. One of the areas which I felt the need to address was my health. I really needed to lose a few kilos and increase my fitness… it was time to rejoin Weight Watchers.
I first joined Weight Watchers back in 2001, when I lost 15 kilos and felt fantastic. This weight was found again soon after when I fell pregnant with our son. Over the past 16 years, I’ve lost and gained weight like a yo-yo, which I know is also bad for my health. This time, I was determined to lose weight and keep it off.
Since joining WW in October, I’ve lost 7.5 kilos, with another 2 kilos to go! This loss has been due to healthier eating, more exercise and drinking more water. I feel so much better! A friend even asked me if I’d had “work done” referring to cosmetic surgery! Just for the record, I haven’t had any work done, I’ve just been putting myself first and taking better care of my body, my health and my happiness.
Conquering the fear and venturing out of my comfort zone
Once I’d lost the weight, knowing that I have a business and training background, my gorgeous coach Belinda approached me to ask whether I would consider becoming a Weight Watchers coach myself. Initially, I said no – partly due to fear and partly due to other commitments (I have a LOT going on!). Although I’d done it many years ago as part of my job, standing up in front of people and presenting is somewhat out of my comfort zone these days. It’s strange how we seem to lose confidence as we age, when it should be the opposite!
A couple of months later, the Area Manager for WW approached me and managed to convince me I should give the coaching role a try. So in January, I became a Weight Watchers coach. I took on the role to keep myself in check and keep the weight off. After all, how can I stand up and advise other people if I’m not living the program? I also enjoy helping other people, which is a major part of the coaching role.
However, being a coach is also quite challenging, with so much new information to learn and remember, as well as the public speaking aspect of it. The learning process has certainly been a very steep learning curve, but I’m getting there. Funny thing is, I’m quite OK with standing up and speaking in the meetings, as long as I’ve prepared what I need to say. Preparation is the key to success.
I’m really enjoying the interaction with members too. There are so many lovely people and it’s very rewarding watching the transformation of these beautiful women (and the occasional man) into happier, healthier versions of themselves.
What else have I learned?
Stepping out of my comfort zone has challenged me and helped with my own personal growth. Seeing I spend most of my time working from home, it’s great to get out of the office and work as part of a team for a change. It’s also good to be accountable to someone else in many ways. I think the challenge has brought out the best in me. A lot of people think WW is just about losing weight and improving your fitness, but it also focuses on mindset (thanks to Oprah, who now owns a major share in Weight Watchers).
A 2013 study highlighted the need to continue to learn new things as we age. This study also concluded that those who embrace challenges and new knowledge will age better! Don’t we all want to age positively? That’s another great reason to take on a new challenge and step outside that comfort zone.
So – when was the last time you stepped outside your comfort zone?
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