Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Last night was Green Drinks -- it's a monthly program I organize. I checked out the menu options, and stayed well within my ranges for the day even with one beer (I was at 1255 calories!!) And I planned to come home afterward and go for a half-hour run and strength train.
EXCUSE #1: Too tired
EXCUSE #2: I had alcohol, so I can't (really, Falon? One beer over two hours ago?!)
EXCUSE #3: It's too hot
All three of these excuses beat through my head on the drive home, and I knew that I was justifying that slippery slope that will lead me back to weight gain and unhealthy living. But I listened...I went to bed instead of running and ST, but I decided to get up early the next morning and do my workouts then.
I remember this cycle from college. You don't WANT to do something, so you JUSTIFY procrastinating. You say you'll do it tomorrow morning before class...but then you oversleep...and oh no, panic!
EXCUSE #4: The kitties were fighting again, and they woke me up.
This one is at least semi-valid. They started fighting (hissing, spitting, yowling, the whole 9 yards) IN THE BED at 3 this morning. And let me tell you, when the kitty sleeping on your pillow makes those noises, the adrenalin rush will keep you up for a while.
I did actually think about exercising then, but tried to go back to sleep instead.
EXCUSE #5: It's too late/dark, it won't be safe.
So I prefer to run outside....the apartment complex has a full gym that is EMPTY at 3! I could have run on the treadmill, or even stayed in my apartment and done strength training, rather than lying in bed reading and waiting for the adrenalin to settle. I probably would have fallen back to sleep FASTER if I had exercised!
EXCUSE #6: I'll just hit the snooze button once....
EXCUSE #7: I can still sleep for XX more minutes...
(Can you figure out where this is going?)
EXCUSE #8: I overslept.
EXCUSE #9: I didn't sleep well last night.
This is another vicious cycle for me. When I don't sleep well I don't exercise because I'm TOO TIRED, but when I don't exercise I can't sleep!
All of these are valid EXCUSES...but EXCUSES nonetheless. What I should have done was just told myself that I would take a rest day ahead of time, knowing how busy my day would be, and planned to work out the day before and the day after. THAT WOULD BE PLANNING AHEAD!!
Instead, I tried to make a plan that, deep down, I think I knew I wouldn't keep and then entered the shame spiral, justifying my EXCUSES for changing plans.
So from now on, I'll look ahead and see what events I have in the evenings (when I'll be working more than 12-13 hours, or driving for more than 3-4). And I'll plan to take those days as rest days, or I'll plan to walk outside for 10 minutes as my cardio. That way, if I feel up to it I can do more, but there won't be any shame or excuses for being human.