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Honoring My Commitments or Yeah I Know "Just Do It"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Itís 4:50 AM. The gym opens in twenty five minutes and I will be there. It simply comes down to the fact that I said I would be there every day for forty minutes. I will be traveling all day to day and by the time I return home, I know I will be tired. I know I wonít change my clothes and head for forty minutes of invigorating cardio!!! So at 4:40 AM I drug myself out of bed and got dressed. Itís cold and I am not quite awake.

Why?

Because I looked myself in the mirror three months ago and said I would. I said Iíd honor the commitment I made to myself. Itís not all hearts and flowers and Spark Goodies. They are nice, they are appreciated and they give us a sense of belonging and friendship.

What kind of friend would I be to you if I didnít honor my commitments? What kind of example of health or motivator do I become if I donít do what I said Iíd do. In that case Iím not even honoring myself.

Thatís the most important thing. I could tell Joan and my friends and the kids that I ďover slept!Ē No one would know. I would. Iíd know I fudged on a commitment and then Iíd start fudging on a lot of other commitments and all of a sudden I am back to where I was three months ago --- lying to myself.

Donít pin an award on my chest. Iím not walking out the door with a huge grin on my face. A very large part of me would rather be under the bed. Iíll do my work out, shower and head for my first appointment of the morning. Iíll get home late this afternoon. No, this was not in my top ten things to do today.

I can lie to you all day and all night and in a lot of respects you would never know. I cant lie to me anymore. I can be something Iím not or I cant say something I donít mean. It is the very small things in life that make up the total fabric of a large and beautiful tapestry. It can be very small actions that push us to great victories or by the same token unravel the whole fabric.

Sorry this is short. I have to honor a commitment I made to myself.

Care to join me?
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BTINTERNET 8/12/2010 10:41PM

    I know you wrote this a while ago but I'm only up to here in reading the archive, but I had to say something. Honoring that commitment is SO hard for me - thanks for the gentle shove.

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TINKERBELL200 3/18/2010 9:59PM

    John you are awesome! You are exactly right, you would be lying to yourself. And if you can't be honest with yourself, who can you be honest with? Keep on keeping on and you will meet your goals! Your doing emoticon !!!! You know you're committed when you just do it anyway, whether you feel like it or not!!!
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GIRANIMAL 3/18/2010 3:27PM

    Bravo! Sometimes it really is just about nose-to-grindstone getting it done. And you did! emoticon emoticon

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TNTEACHER2 3/18/2010 12:35PM

    AS always, John, it hits the spot!

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WORKINGSTIFF 3/18/2010 11:47AM

    I am not, repeat, not an early A.M. exerciser. Made a decision a long time ago that as long as I get the workout in, I have to make it at least bearable for myself, or I won't commit.

Kudos to you for being there for yourself. You are right-no one but you would know your reasons for not getting there.

Thanks for living as an example for the rest of us.

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DOLLIE6 3/18/2010 11:16AM

    You are right John, just do it. No fan fare, no lies, no whinning, just do it.
Thanks for sharing. I hope you had a good day. emoticon emoticon

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TAZZAT2003 3/18/2010 10:42AM

    I have always told everyone I call friend, Honesty is the most important part of any relationship. I think one thing that slips most people's minds is you have a relationship with yourself. If you lie to yourself you are hurting that relationship and possibly other relationships as well. Glad that you are staying committed to yourself. I will not be at the gym this morning but you can bet your britches I will be there this evening.
Have a great day John!

~Jess

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TRIPLE_EMME 3/18/2010 10:27AM

    Wow! Your blog entry is just the kick in the butt that I need.

Thank you!

Yes, I do care to join you!

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KATJAMN 3/18/2010 10:16AM

    AWWWWWWWWWW JOHN --
It wouldn't count if we loved every minute of it!!! LOL
You are so wonderful with words.
Thanks for being you and honoring your commitment!!

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VTORIA3 3/18/2010 9:15AM

    Great blog. Honesty is good and, in fact, a requirement. I can't rah-rah all the time. Some days are just very hard. It's what you do with that to turn it into a positive that counts. We can create our own results. Kudos to you today for sharing your story.

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BIBLIOHOLIC57 3/18/2010 9:15AM

    John, you rock!

I've learned that the time I'd spend arguing/discussing/coaxing myself to NOT exercise is more of a waste of time than just doing it (oh no, I'm paraphrasing NIKE!). And I feel more energetic, happier when I do.

Good for you, and keep it up.

Have a great day!

Annie

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NJMATTICE 3/18/2010 9:05AM

    Keeping promises to yourself. Way to go.
I'll join you and I'll eat a vegetable/grain and bean combination for ya. With a fruit for dessert!
Love,
Nancy

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STORMTMB 3/18/2010 8:08AM

    You make a great point in that once we start breaking commitments in one area of life, they start to slip in all other areas too. Thanks for a great reminder.

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CMBELISLE 3/18/2010 7:54AM

    No matter how much I want to sleep late and/or hit the snooze button, I somehow manage to drag myself out of the bed, up the stairs, change into my workout clothes, get my coffee and hit the bike or elliptical. Once I've done it, I usually feel better and have more energy to face the day. It doesn't mean I like it or want to do it all the time, it's just what I know I NEED to do it. I can face the day better and even though I often exercise longer since I switched to exercising first, I have found that I can usually make it to work earlier too. Being true to yourself is the biggest priority we all have - it's absolutely amazing how easy that is to forget.

BTW - I was on the bike at 4:45am, so you could say that I already joined you.

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WANDAH3 3/18/2010 7:50AM

    John, Amabile75 said it so well. Yep, we might fight and argue and drag ourselves to do our exercises...but we sure do feel great once they are done. It's the honoring our commitment to change our lifestyle and become a healthier person that gives us such an energy boost.

Have a great day.

Hugs,
Wanda

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KLEONIKI 3/18/2010 7:48AM

    Totally with you!
See ya there! emoticon

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AMABILE75 3/18/2010 7:46AM

    One that that always amazed me is how even on those days you drag your butt kicking and screaming to the gym, the entire time fighting with yourself, trying to force yourself to turn around and skip today.... after you finish your workout you feel so great! Sometimes I feel even better because on those days I not only feel great for getting in a good workout... but for doing it when I really did not want to!! Way to go!!

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DOLLBABE56 3/18/2010 7:21AM

    You'll be glad you did go exercise when you get there. And you will also be proud and confident for the rest of your day. Now, to get myself up and motivated too!

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MARCYNA 3/18/2010 7:11AM

    Join you, join you!!!!...made it to the gym yesterday and ordered my costume for the show.
Me on stage is a committment to SP.
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KATIEGLEN012 3/18/2010 6:44AM

    You are bound to have a great day...since you got off to such a good start. Being true to yourself is an important part of having a good day!

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JNNANNE 3/18/2010 6:13AM

    I think you've nailed it on the head - we can lie, excuse, explain away almost anything to others, but you can't get away with lying to yourself. Congratulations and keep up the great work!

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