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Excuses for not working out

Sunday, January 27, 2013

This was my challenge for the day - to list the excuses I may try to use and then find ways to combat them. I've actually been doing really well with this since I started up again. Oddly enough, I've actually put more on myself than previously. I will say that I added it gradually. First was just adding 10 minutes of cardio on the days I didn't go to the gym. Then I added some strength training as well. I spilt it up so I focus on my core one day, my arms the other. I have yet to miss a workout or the 10 minutes of cardio since I started back up on the program on the 7th.

And I've sometimes wanted to skip them. The gym - I get up at 3:25am to be there for 4am. I'm still sleeping for all practical purposes. I just get the workout in before my body realizes it. ;) The mornings I'm feeling too tired to get up at that hour, I talk myself into going by reminding myself I'm only going to get about 35 more minutes of sleep even if I skip the work out. I'll still need a shower and to get dressed. Literally all I would get back is the time I'm working out (25 minutes) and some stretching(10 minutes). Not enough to make skipping worth it.

The 10 minutes on the other days? Well, it is after all, only 10 minutes. Could be dancing, could be walking. Ten minutes. Anyone can do 10 minutes.

Then there is the C25K training. So far, it's a 20 minute workout. It isn't an easy one. But I really want to do it. I don't want to be a runner. I want to run in *this* 5K in June. I want to run it annually. I don't want to embarrass myself. I want to feel some pride in accomplishing something I've never done before.
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  • CDCSMITH2013
    I usually get 6 hours of sleep in. I fall fast asleep shortly after 9 and not much (the occasional zombie nightmare maybe) wakes me. It is relatively quiet at 4am for a gym.

    I hadn't thought about merely running in the 5K as already being ahead of those who don't even try. Good way of looking at it.
    1852 days ago
    Wow, That's some dedication!

    When I first started running 10k's I came in second from last. I wasn't embarrassed. I beat 950,000 people in my city who couldn't be bothered to run. It got better. Eventually I made it all the way up to the middle of the pack.

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    1853 days ago
    OMG. 3:25AM? You'd have to be going to bed at 7PM to get your 8 hours! I hope you sleep well and get at least 6. You must feel very proud of yourself the weeks you make yourself get up early enough to hit the gym. And at that hour it's probably fairly quiet, true? Find fun in it! :D
    1853 days ago
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