Tonight I headed down to the Georgetown area for an event at Sweetgreen! I was excited to meet some other fitness enthusiasts from the DC area, to get a good workout in, and to try out Sweetgreen’s July 2013 salad.
After trekking through the rain, I arrived at Sweetgreen nervous and anxious about the hours before me. You see, I love fitness and am striving to live a happier and healthier life but I still have fitness fears and insecurities that come to the surface in certain situations… like tonight.
The event started with a 45 minute workout with 3 instructors from around the area. The first workout was by Ingrid Nelson, a personal trainer, spin instructor, and NIKE trainer. Ingrid, who is amazing by the way, put us through one intense circuit workout… at times I really doubted my abilities. I sat there, struggling to do v-sits with a twist as all of the significantly smaller women around me busted them out. I started to doubt myself, to feel insecure, and to beat myself up with each passing minute.
The next instructor, Caitlin Dancy, took us through a 15 minute Barre workout. Now Barre may look easy, but it can be pretty intense. When we started a plank circuit I was like “seriously??”. My insecurities grew…
The last 15 minutes of our workout was with TanO Mazi, who walked us through a yoga workout. As I sat there, eyes closed, breathing deep, I started to process all that I had felt during the previous workouts.
As I sorted through my fears and my insecurities, I couldn’t help but think of how others may feel when working out or attending a class. Sometimes I take for granted the exposure I’ve had to fitness classes and various workouts and tonight reminded me how scary it can be.
I share this, not for sympathy, but instead to share that I know what it feels like. I completely understand the places your mind can go to when you start to doubt your abilities and start to compare yourself to the men and women around you.
I may have felt horrible during the workouts tonight, but I made it through. There were times when I had to stop, times when I thought to myself “what the heck”, and times when I just wanted to sneak away… but I still did it.
If you’ve ever allowed your fears to stop you from trying out a group class or a new workout, I want you to know that you’re not alone… but I also want you to know that YOU CAN DO IT!! You can take breaks, simplify moves, and achieve greatness. A new workout is really tough the first time you do it, but every time to do it you will gain confidence and your will adapt.
After the workout Sweetgreen treated us to an amazing dinner! We started with appetizers and then sat family style to enjoy dinner.
To drink we enjoyed Honest Tea (my favorite!!) and wine.
The appetizers served included a raw corn salad…
Raw beet salad served on bread…
and a summer gazpacho with peaches. They were all delicious but I really, really liked the raw corn salad.
For dinner we were treated to Sweetgreen’s new seasonal salad for the month of July.
The salad ingredients included:
- Organic mesclun
- Organic baby spinach
- goat cheese
- balsamic vinaigrette
This salad was amazing!! The peaches with goat cheese was just outstanding!
From start to finish I really sorted through a lot of thoughts and emotions at this event. The workouts were tough, the meal was amazing, and in the end I was reminded of the emotions men and women may go through when they’re working out. I really learned a lot tonight.
A huge thank you to Sweetgreen, Ingrid, Caitlin, Tano, and Honest Tea for an evening that helped to push me out of my comfort zone!
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