So a few moons ago I wrote about my year of yes…that I was going to do things that scare me. Things that get me out of my comfort zone, and last night I really felt that I lived up to my personal promise.

In April I joined the HIIT Factory. I don’t like calling it a gym, because it’s not. It is High Intensity Interval Training. There is a wide range of classes that cater for cardio, strength and core workouts. Now joining the HIIT Factory was definitely out of my comfort zone. I don’t really have a problem going to places or starting something new with people I don’t know. It was more because mentally I thought I could not do those exercises. That my heart was going to pound out of chest and I would die on the spot….Fast forward 7 months and low and behold I am still alive my friends! Not only alive, but healthier, fitter and stronger than I have even been. Not only that, my mentality has changed. I can push myself harder, and I can do things that I didn’t think were possible. I also make healthier eating choices (I am not banning food, I have a balanced diet and will admit to dipping a teaspoon into a jar of nutella the other night – balance my friends 😉

What does last night have to do with joining the HIIT Factory in April, I hear you ask? Well last night they held a Christmas Party and all members were invited. While I have met lots of lovely people while being part of this community, everyone to me were acquaintances. I argued in my own head about all of the reasons that I shouldn’t go – you should stay home, rest, you don’t know anyone, you won’t have anything to say, what if you make a fool of your self…but what did I do? I went! Not only did I go…I had the best time! I got to talk to people, I had things to say, and I certainly did not make a fool of myself.

Everyone was dressed up, everyone was chatting away, introducing each other to other members of the HIIT Factory. There were food and beverages, a DJ and lots of dancing! Boy did I dance, I danced so much that my knees hurt! I found myself looking around thinking how fortunate I am to have found these amazing people, who are all so different, who joined the HIIT Factory for so many different reasons, but because of that place we all had something in common.

The moral of this story is that you never know what could happen if you step out of your comfort zone! As the saying goes “I don’t regret the things I’ve done, I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance.”


Author: mabarberlissa

Hi and welcome to my blog! The aim of my blog is to share some of my experiences, my thoughts and feelings about mindfulness, while providing strategies on what gets me by in this ever changing, ever moving world! I hope that my readers gain something out of the entries as well.

2 thoughts on “Yas!!!”

  1. This is awesome Mel! I can definitely relate to the internal struggle of feeling like I’m not capable of vigorous exercise or socialising. When I have pushed myself to go out with new people and try new things, I’ve loved it! Love the ideas of saying yes more. You’ve inspired me to try the HILT class at my gym I thought was too many ch for me and say yes to more invitations. Keep up the great posts xxx Yvette

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