Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone


Each week, my Krushers group gets a nutrition, fitness or lifestyle challenge. This week, I asked the Krushers to step out of their comfort zone and try something new in the food department. Trying something outside our comfort zone usually adds a little ick-factor as our body and mind figure out what’s going on. But, as y’all know -  no pain, no gain! It’s so important to step out and try new things to avoid ruts; to expand our palate (especially if you’re picky - and I know some of y’all are) and endurance. It’s a great opportunity to prove to ourselves that we are capable and strong!

Being in your comfort zone is easy; there is a sense of familiarity, security and certainty. When we step outside that boundary box, we’re taking a risk and opening ourselves up to the possibility of stress, anxiety (ain’t nobody got time for that) and possible failure; we’re not quite sure what will happen or how we’ll react. It’s when we put one running shoe out on that ledge, though, and take a risk that we so often get that golden-ticket!

As kids, we are natural risk-takers (our kids show us that all the time - mamas, you know what I mean???).  As adults, though, it’s a little harder to say…..OK, I’ll try it.  As we age and learn to fear failure, we start holding ourselves back and attempting fewer new things. In my 14 years of experience, I have found that challenging yourself keeps you young and agile. It keeps your confidence up. It also makes you wonder - What else can I do? How much further than I go? How high can I jump?

The Krushers challenge this week was to try a new fruit and share their experience. Some of our members even got their kids involved - we all know kids will keep you accountable.  

Here are four more ways to step out of your comfort zone:

  1. If you are a runner: Try weight lifting. You can take it outside if you prefer the outdoors.

  2. If you are a weightlifter: Go for a run! The Couch to 5K App is great for beginners.

  3. Step Up Your Water Game: Set a goal to drink half of your body weight. Instead of drinking out of a water bottle, add water to a pitcher. You can also add fruit to make it pretty and flavorful.

  4. Switch your workout time: Do you always workout after school or work? For one week, wake up an hour earlier to get in a workout. Compare how you feel working out in the morning versus the evening.


Quick tips for krushing your morning workouts!

Hey y’all! I hope you had an AWESOME Christmas with your families. Are you a morning person? I have NO PROBLEM getting up to train my clients first thing in the morning, but getting up to do my own workouts first thing is another story.

Real talk about morning workouts.

It takes A LOT of motivation to roll out of bed and hit the weights (even if you’re a trainer, like me!). Even though this is a sticky situation for a lot of us, I have some tips for making early morning workouts a little easier to get to.

Morning Workouts - Let's get 'em done!

1.   Lay out your clothes the night before (or, sleep in your workout clothes). The fewer decisions you have to make in the morning, the quicker you can get going.

2.   Plan your workout the night before.

  • If you’re doing a DVD, have it in the DVD player already.
  • If you’re using a written out plan/program, have it printed or written out in a place you can easily get to it.

3.   Set MULTIPLE alarms. Personally (real talk, here) I set three alarms. You can physically put your alarm in another room so you have to get up and get going to turn it off (ain’t nobody gonna listen to an alarm going off in the next room forever!)

4.   Put your phone in another room before bed. I know how it works! You get a notification, then you have to check all your other apps and messages. Then, just before you put your phone down, you get ANOTHER notification. Then, what happens? The madness starts over. Give yourself a limit (example, 10:00pm) and put the phone away for the night. The sky is not going to fall if you put your phone away and go to sleep with notifications left on your screen. Just do it!

5.   Get an accountability partner. We’re much more likely to show up and give it our best when another person or group is depending on us to do so. There is strength in numbers, for reals!  If you need an accountability group – my Fit From Home program is a fantastic way to have built-in accountability (on your schedule and from the comfort of your own home!).

I hope you can put these tips to use and KNOCK OUT some awesome morning workouts in 2016! The sooner you get it done during the day, the less time you have to think about it.

Keep krushing it!!


Your Fit Gift Guide!

Do you have friends or family members left to shop for?

Maybe you want to pick up a little fitness motivator or reward for yourself (you know I approve of that!).I've put together a list of AWESOME fitness-related gift ideas that your friends and family will LOVE to find under the tree!

Hope you find something for everyone left on your list!