Tuesday, January 08, 2013
What I do for "me" time has certainly changed over the years since I've been working on my fitness. It used to be that I would come home after a full day at work, and I would stand at my kitchen counter (because if I sat down, the kids would take that to mean I was free to attend to their every need...) and work crossword puzzles and eat, and eat, and then eat some more. This was my way of changing gears: engage the brain, engage the mouth.
When I finally got tired of being overweight and all the discomforts that went along with that, I had a hard time thinking about giving up that "me" time. I was sad, and probably just a bit angry, that I had to give up that one thing I did for myself every day if I was going to find the time to fit workouts into my schedule. I just wasn't happy about that.
But the strangest thing started to happen as I gained consistency in my workouts. I started to really crave them when I came home from work. If I missed a day, I got cranky. And not only was I doing something positive (working out), I was NOT doing something negative (standing at the counter and eating), so the benefit to my health felt like it was doubled! Eventually, I came to embrace my workouts as my NEW "me" time. If I had an extra half hour in my schedule somehow, I would sneak in some movement instead of sitting down and I actually felt like I was getting away with something :-)
It's amazing how a positive perspective can change what felt like a sacrifice into what now feels like a reward!
Happy Tuesday, everybody!