Don't Put Off until Tomorrow What You Can Do Today
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
I think this quote is attributed to Ben Franklin, but I haven't got time to check. I say this all the time to my children, especially when I can point to a number of house cleaning tasks that need to be performed.
I'm pretty good at not putting things off, ever since I put off learning the second movement of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 before I had to perform it with an orchestra only 2 weeks later. (The performance turned out fine, but man, was I sweating bullets onstage.) I promised God if he got me through that performance, that I would never put anything off again, and pretty much, I haven't. Except...
How come when it comes to my fitness routine, which I enjoy, I often find myself wanting to put it off or skip it altogether? Maybe it's because I don't view it as a task that "needs doing". Nobody really counts on my being ultra fit but me.
My schedule is really busy these days, more so than ever. When I discovered fitness 14 years ago, I was a stay-at-home mother. I could work out pretty much whenever I felt like it. Then gradually I went to work... first working about 10 hours a week, then 20... now I'm working 40 hours a week at three jobs (2 churches, 1 college), all of which I love. However, going to work outside the home has definitely impacted my running and lifting throughout the years. I have to plan it now, and I find myself thinking more and more, "Oh, I'm in good shape, I can just skip this workout". The end result is I am NOT in nearly as good shape as I was 2 years ago. Sure, I still "look great" but I don't feel as great when I'm running. I can't lift the recycling box at church without hurting myself. Fewer than half of my pants fit anymore.
I need to just do what I tell my kids. If I have the time, and I've planned a workout, I need to just do it. I will feel good afterward and it will help move me toward my goal of qualifying for Boston again.