I spoke pretty adamantly against Beachbody in a post awhile back. It is still not the way for me to go, I’m not getting wishy-washy on you, but I have been exploring some things lately that are somewhat related.
The program within Beachbody that I was involved in was Piyo, an exercise program led by Chalene Johnson. She has many credits under her belt within the Beachbody family, but she also has her own brand. Within that brand, I stumbled across her Courageous Confidence Club and her 30 Day Push Challenge (corresponding with her best selling book, Push!).
Both of these programs have forced me out of my comfort zone and taken me baby steps closer to the person I want to be (no shakes required!). I am officially starting the 30 Day Push Challenge on January 1st, though I’ve taken a peek at a few of the videos ahead of time and joined a secret support group on Facebook. The Courageous Confidence Club is something I have been in for about a month now, and am just over half way through the videos and assignments. The club is getting me out there, putting me in situations where I would normally shy away, and forcing me to step up and get involved. One of my favorite experiences so far was the five minute conversation I had with two strangers in line at the grocery store before Christmas.
You know how sometimes there’s a person with you in line somewhere and they start making comments about the crowd or the weather, just to be friendly? I am not that person. In fact, I am usually the person that responds with a half smile or maybe a quick, “mmhmm,” and then ignores that person hoping they won’t keep talking. I get nervous, I never know what to say. Before joining this club, I never thought about how rude that makes me come off, and if that’s really the kind of person I want to be. I’m not saying you need to bend over backwards, accommodating everyone at your own detriment, but how hard is a quick conversation at the store?
Not hard at all, as I found, and I loved it. Within those five minutes, I learned personal details about two people I had never met. I was able to wish someone good luck on their move across the country, something I could have never done had I not chosen to engage instead of retreat inside of myself like I normally do.
I am so much of a work in progress that I feel silly even posting, because there’s a good chance I’ll run to the store after this and freeze if a stranger strikes up a conversation. The point, though, is that I’m becoming aware, and I’m trying. If 3 times out of 10, I engage in that conversation, that’s 3 more times than I ever did before! I need to see these as the victories they are, and not get hung up on those other 7 times.
As part of my little victories, I am back. Stepping back into this blog is stepping back into myself because really, I don’t think anyone reads it so I was only hiding from myself. 😉 Too often I feel the need to be perfect, and ultimately that keeps me from being me, so I will try my hardest to write without fear, without judgement, and without getting in my own way. You are more than welcome to follow along on my journey. 🙂
PS- My husband and I just bought a camera and I am SO excited to start adding pictures on here!