This was a scary but exciting experience. I’d wanted to do a photo shoot for a very long time, but the thought terrified me. I’m not the most photogenic person and I definitely don’t feel comfortable in front of a lens. I feel slightly awkward in my demeanour and stance. Basically, I am not a natural poser! So why would I want to have a photo shoot? My answer is, so I have proof of what I have achieved, to help motivate and encourage people and to show everyone you can change (even when you get older). So I took the plunge and found a fantastic photographer, Simon Hooley at The Image Cella. I had seen some of his work before and I knew that he had a good reputation.
At first I was slightly uncomfortable and I couldn’t relax, not because Simon wasn’t putting me at ease, he was the nicest chap ever, really easy going. It was just my mental block. I didn’t know what to do; I didn’t know how to stand, I didn’t know where to look. In short, I felt a prat!!!! This was so out of my comfort zone, in my head I knew what I wanted to look like… swishing hair, laughing, relaxed, strong, confident, sexy… but instead I think I looked like a quivering lump of jelly. And that my friends is how some of you feel when you first start your fitness journey, am I right or am I right!!!? Every new experience we have that makes us go out of our comfort zone is scary stuff, whatever that may be.
But, sure enough after about half an hour I was getting into the swing of things. We were bouncing ideas off each other, my body relaxed, I started to feel strong and the confidence grew. Simon was very complimentary and gave me direction, which enabled me to think less and relax more and enjoy the experience. I am already thinking of what I can do in my next photo shoot!
This blog isn’t just about a photo shoot. It’s about how we tend to stay away from new experiences in life that take us out of our comfort zone. It’s about the things we know we should be doing, but feel like too much effort and so we can’t be arsed. But this is not how we should be living life, we should be bothered, we should do the things that make us feel slightly uncomfortable, push ourselves, make our lives better, give our kids/family/friends someone to look up to and want to aspire to.
Today is the day to try and change something in your life for the better. We can all make small changes, baby steps can take you a long way over time, just don’t stand still. We all need to believe in ourselves more, one of the biggest barriers for me in a lot of things I do is that I over think. I put myself down and worry too much. I am trying to let go of this. You may not believe that I feel all those things, but yes I do. When I’m put into a situation that I’m not comfortable with but I’m learning to embrace it, I’m learning to think differently, and in some cases not give a shit. It is not arrogance or self-importance, it is belief, believe in yourself that you can do things.
Yet again this is where exercise, healthy living and food choices are the fundamental thread to this blog post. If you look after your body, strengthen it, give it exercise, nourish and feed it well then other things begin to fall into place. You will feel better, look better and then the confidence grows, we all have hang-ups and doubts creep into our heads, but do not let them override your mind. You can achieve things, but most importantly enjoy your journey, find something that you enjoy and want to participate in. Getting to grips with these things can be a life changing experience, if you never try you will never know. You could be missing out on a whole new chapter in your life.
You never know it may be you wanting that photo shoot soon.