Friday, July 30, 2010
I was just reading a spark friends blog about having to change things up for August and how she has stopped really working out because of the bad time she has been having lately. This got me thinking about my own situation especially in the answer I gave to her.
I remember when I decided to quit smoking. I did it by reading Allen Carr's book "The Easy Way to Quit Smoking." He said something in that book that has become my motto of sorts. As far as grabbing that next smoke, he said, "Will smoking that cigarette really make the problem go away or will it still be there after you're done smoking the cigarette?" I used that every time I wanted a cigarette. (Now, I do have to add in here that one thing that can keep Ulcerative Colitis away is smoking. I thought about it, but I just don't want to smoke. The smell makes me ill).
Jump forward...I have learned to apply that motto to the issues I am having now. The ulcerative colitis, the lack of income, the issues with my mother etc. There are days where I get up and figure I am too upset to exercise or too depressed. Then that little voice comes into my head..."Will not exercising make the problem go away?" No, the problem will still be there, but at least I'm not feeling worse because I did nothing.
One thing I have seriously questioned lately is why I am bothering to keep at it when the weight just seems to keep coming on instead of going away. I know why. I have come to far to quit. I've accomplished so many things that stopping is just not something I'm willing to do. Why should I give up all I've worked to accomplish? Not exercising isn't going to make the weight go away or the disease go away.
I am going to let Allen Carr's words continue to ring in my ears. Not being healthy is not going to make my problems go away. They will continue to be there. So, I am going to continue the good habits and exercise that I have worked so hard to achieve.