My personal trainer is making me uncomfortable.
In a good way.
The main reason I signed up for a personal trainer was because I knew the only way I’d really accomplish my goal is if I had someone who kept me accountable and didn’t let me slack off when I decided I didn’t like something. To keep pushing me when I got uncomfortable and wanted stop.
Do I have to?
Can we do something else?
Sometimes I think these excuses are exactly what I do in my diabetes and that’s why my A1Cs have never gone below 7.0%.
Because getting below 7.0% is uncomfortable. And so is getting under 165 lbs., even though that’s where my body should be.
Now I have someone who is teaching me and motivating me to look good on the outside, in the same way a diabetes educator teaches me how to be good on the inside. It takes a lot of practice and it probably won’t be perfect everyday. I am not very strong, am easily defeated, and I silently protest what I’m doing by eating foods I shouldn’t. It’s very counterproductive, but it feels better than the alternative.
It’s like this feet thing my personal trainer keeps talking to me about.
My toes point out, angled towards the side, when I walk and when I stand. They probably do it when I’m sitting down and sleeping. He says a lot of people walk with their toes pointed out. They don’t even realize it. It doesn’t help that I spent two years doing ballet in college and that what we had to do.
Now, during our workouts, my personal trainer makes these little adjustments to my feet by having my toes face forward. And man is it uncomfortable. But it’s what I’m supposed to do all the time. He says that the more I do it, the better it will feel. My joints and tendons will get used to holding my feet in a certain position and eventually, if I stick my toes towards the side, it will feel uncomfortable.
Being uncomfortable is the main reason why people don’t make changes, even if they are what they need to do. I think that’s the number one excuse of why people on What Not To Wear dress so badly. They describe their scruffy, oversized or ill-fitting clothes as “comfortable. Dressing and looking nice takes effort and it’s different, thus, it’s uncomfortable. That is, until they started learning how to do it the right way and then it doesn’t become as uncomfortable.
It’s easier to stay with something that isn’t working – even if it isn’t good for you – than it is to put in the work to change your habits for the better.
What are good things are you avoiding because you are uncomfortable with them? And what are you doing to break out of your comfort zone?