Hi guys. It’s been a while and that’s because I’ve been in a different place (season) recently were I feel like I’m marinating. Lol. It’s weird because I just want to soak up so much and I’m honestly enjoying the process but that’s not why I’m here today.
Today, I want us to talk about comfort zones.
So anybody who knows me knows that I have a healthy, beautiful relationship with food and that’s cool because my body supports this ministry.
But recently, I made a decision to start working out and like every serious person, I registered in a gym and El Oh El. It’s been a journey.
So here’s how workout works in relation to building muscles. If you haven’t worked out in a while and you do it, because this is a routine your body isn’t used to, there is a lot of “discomfort” and when you wake up the next morning, your body feels sore.
I remember the second day when I went to the gym complaining, my gym instructor told me “You have to work out more to ease the pain. Let’s do something lighter”
I wanted to faint😂 Wow. More exercise? What part of it’s paining me aren’t you getting?
But he said “The pain you feel is evidence that it’s working”
After you workout, your body repairs or replaces damaged muscle fibers through a cellular process where it fuses muscle fibers together to form new muscle protein strands or myofibrils. These repaired myofibrils increase in thickness and number to create muscle hypertrophy (growth)
Basically what all this English means is that your muscles “tear” and then heal into the new form that you have introduced. This adaption, however, does not happen while you actually lift the weights. Instead, it occurs while you rest.
That injury stimulates muscle healing and hopefully, replication of muscle fibres and ultimately strengthening.
Isn’t the body amazing?
Anyway, this ultimately got me thinking about comfort zones and how most of the time, stepping out of your comfort zone means that routines have changed. You’re functioning in a capacity you’re not used to. You’re introducing a new system to your everyday lifestyle and most of the time, it feels new and scary and uncomfortable.
There’s that discomfort that comes with being in an unfamiliar place. But like my gym instructor said to me, “This uncomfortable feeling is sign that you’re growing”
Growth almost never feels like growth when you’re growing
Like I always say, healing starts after the surgery. While in surgery, the damage is repaired but 15 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy has taught me that the healing actually occurs in Post-Op. During surgery, you’re highly sedated so you don’t feel anything but right after you feel EVERYTHING!
I get this because very recently, I struggled with imposter syndrome and it was intense.
I’m just here to tell you tonight that you’re doing okay. You will fall into pattern and the discomfort will go away. This fear will fade and you’ll see that you were born for this.
So you continue even when you feel out of place or like a fraud.
You continue even when everything feels new and unfamiliar.
You continue even when it feels like you’re all alone
Because ultimately, consistency births routine.
You were made for this, flap your wings till you gain the strength to fly!
I’m rooting for you❤️