So, if you met me one year ago, at the beginning if my fitness journey, you probably wouldn't have known that I was concerned at all with fitness. I was so concerned with hiding my efforts, and what other people might have to say about them, to do anything other than walking in public.
Today I took my second ever fitness CLASS to celebrate how far I have come. Yep, I exercised in public, with other people, in front of a bunch of mirrors.
I was very nervous, because I had heard intimidating things about Tabata classes. For those who don't know what Tabata is, it's a form of high intensity interval training where you do one exercise as hard as you can for 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest. Then you repeat it 7 more times. You do the same thing with the following exercises until you are finished and lying panting on the floor.
When I arrived, I got set up and had a look in the mirror. At first I was picking out things that I was feeling self-concious about and imagining the other ladies thinking mean things about me.
Then I told my subconscious to STFU and let it GO. I didn't alter my exercises to minimize the jiggle, I didn't avoid unflattering moves, I just decided to go for it!
The class was great, I had a great instructor. She was the type that makes you comfortable and relaxed, you know she doesn't take things too seriously. Also, none of the other ladies glared at me or made mean comments. In fact, they were actually quite nice!
There was a few times where I was feeling really winded, but I looked at my tattoo and remembered that I CAN do this... so I did.
By the end I was a sweaty, red-faced mess, and I loved it!
Take THAT self doubt!