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My Lazy vs. My Warrior

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Monday, June 24, 2013

"But I Don't Wanna!!!"

Does your body ever tell you this? Say, when your alarm goes off in the morning and you're just so comfy cozy in your bed? I know mine does.

They say you're supposed to listen to your body. (Well, at least that's the excuse I use when I don't wanna).

Then I realize, 'Hey, that's not my body. That's my Lazy kicking in.'

My Lazy. That little voice that makes things sound so good. That thing that makes the bad decisions sound a little less, well, bad.

Have you met your Lazy? That creature that tells you it'd just be easier to eat that cupcake on the counter than chop up the fruit in your crisper? That evil little being that says twenty more minutes in bed will feel so much better than a 2 mile jog?

I've listened to my Lazy for way too long. My Lazy got me to 265 pounds. My Lazy had me creeping towards diabetes and heart disease, high cholesterol and a shorter life span.

My Lazy needs to be a little less, well, lazy.

My Lazy hasn't liked me the past several mornings. My Lazy tried to get me to roll over when the alarm went off.

My Lazy has been defeated with hikes, jogs and core exercises at 5:30am for the past week.

My Warrior is enjoying a winning streak.

My Warrior has gotten me out of bed and into my workout gear. My Warrior has gotten me outside for hikes and jogs and back inside for stretching and core work.

My Warrior has been kicking my Lazy's butt.

My Lazy has been left in the dust, wounded and disappointed. My Warrior is triumphant.

You can have all the support in the world. A top notch personal trainer. Kids who want to cheer you on. Family and friends who revel in your accomplishments. What you really need to find is your Warrior.

My Lazy is a loud one, I tell ya. The attention seeker. The drama queen. My Warrior? Just a quiet voice inside. I found that I just needed to block out the rowdy noise to listen a little more closely so I could focus on my Warrior.

This morning, I realized my Warrior's real name is Shelby. My Warrior is me.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
YELLOW_VOLKSTER 7/18/2013 9:44PM

    What a WONDERFUL blog! I feel motivated to be a warrior tomorrow morning! emoticon

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JAKESBIGSIS 7/18/2013 9:16PM

    LOVED this!! I've kinda slacked off the past little while with workouts and tracking calories... until this past week. I've worked out for 60 minutes every single day so far this week, and it feels so good. And I've done well with tracking my calories and staying within my calorie range each day. Anyways, this is just what I needed to help keep me motivated to stay on track like I have been this past week!! Thanks, girl!!!

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FIT_MOM_44 7/18/2013 9:13PM

  You are so right about the Warrior being a quiet inner voice. The power comes from daring to claim it.

Thanks for an inspirational post!

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CHRISSYM30 7/18/2013 9:00PM

    Great blog. So inspiring. My lazy got the best of me two days in a row this week, but yesterday I told it to shush. Got in a good walk and great 22 minute workout from one of my Sparkpeople DVDs. Today my lazy really hated me; even with this current heat wave I decided to get back into my walk/jog intervals on my way to work and home from work. I was tough, and my lazy wanted me to give up (especially on my way home after 5 1/2 hrs standing on my feet at work but I decided to listen to my warrior instead. Thanks for posting this and reminding me that we all have a lazy and a warrior, but its more important to listen to our warrior. :-)

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JOANNHUNT 7/18/2013 8:43PM


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ROCKYCPA 7/18/2013 8:29PM

    My Lazy gets me to hit the snooze alarm a few times but then my Warrior is moving!. Thanks for the blog - it was really good!

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PREMAMEHROTRA 7/18/2013 8:15PM

  I enjoyed your blog and I love your choice of words to describe the split personality in all of us - Lazy or Warrior. As a creature of habit, from Monday to Friday, Warrior rules supreme but on weekends, Lazy does take over during the weekend...especially in my choice of food!!! But working towards it!!


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LGRACE42 7/18/2013 7:54PM

    Oh my! I can't believe I'm reading this blog today of all days. I've had two days of totally listening to my lazy and not wanting to get out of bed or move out of the house. I don't know why I do it. I feel SO good when I get myself to the gym, yet I've been fighting myself. This is just what I need to hear at this moment. Please Lord, get me to the gym tomorrow. Don't let my lazy win. emoticon I need prayers everyone, PLEASE!!!

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POUNDSAWAY73 7/18/2013 7:51PM

  My warrior is in limbo, some days it's there. Other days it isn't. Spurs in right foot and OA do not help. Some days the pain is so bad that I can't work through it, but at least I am trying. emoticon

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JANETMOORE3 7/18/2013 7:49PM

  Hmmmmmm. It seems my Lazy has taken over. It has been blocking out my Warrior. My Warrior did really well in getting me over the line at my first 1/2 marathon. 2 hours and 36 mins. That was early in May. Since then my Lazy has taken over. Without me really realising it. It called it "needing a rest after my hard training for the 1/2 marathon". You are right. It is time for me to start listening to my Warrior. I always feel amazing when she is in charge. Thanks for reminding me. :) emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 7/18/2013 7:21PM

Thanks for the reminder that we need to be our own cheer leader. it go me back on track i have been slipping and sliding on the this trail to good health great blog emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEARSPIRIT369 7/18/2013 6:55PM

    I got to listen to my warrior more often emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 7/18/2013 6:27PM

    Great blog!

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MELISSAILYNSK 7/18/2013 5:52PM

  I have committed to at least 20 minutes a day of exercise. So far so good but everytime I get on the scale I get mad. I still go to the gym, I still do what I have said I'd do plussome, but I don't wanna be there. I don't wanna get up. Luckily I told my friend who I gym with that I can't give her any excuses and to not ask if we are going. Just show up because then I know I am committed whether I want to or not.

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TALLJOEY56 7/18/2013 5:48PM

    I like the idea of a warrior. But lazy does not feel good to me. I am injured, I have an illness that slows me down. But I still get up and go, even just for a small walk with my dog. When I do sit down and relax, I think of it as taking care of myself. If I push too much, I do get hurt. The nature of my illness is to walk a fine line between fitness and injury. My warrior helps me stand up most days, and for that I am thankful.

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FAIRERHIANNON 7/18/2013 5:35PM

    Thank you for this!

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VAMPYRE03 7/18/2013 4:17PM

    Thanks for the post. It actually made me cry. I slipped a disk in my back 9 months ago at work, and have been struggling with really any type of movement lately. I've been wanting to push myself to get back to the gym, but I've been afraid. I've dabbled with swimming. I've dabbled with the stationary bike, and the elliptical the only things the doctor's said I could do, but as you described it my "lazy" kicks in. It tells me I'm going to hurt myself more, or it takes too much effort and it would just be better to take another pain pill instead and lay down... even though I know after working out I usually feel better... I like how you describe lazy as being loud and roudy, and warrior as being a soft voice... I've found that to be true in the past as well... lazy makes me feel overwhelmed and chaotic, warrior makes me feel strong and in control. Warrior makes me feel like I'm actually in charge...

Thanks for the reminder Warrior Shelby!!!! It's time for me too to start listening to my warrior too :)

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JUMPINJULIE 7/18/2013 4:06PM

    Awesome blog I love it. I need to kick my lazy's butt again it's been winning for a week now so thank you for the inspiration.

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MARYDURHAM1959 7/18/2013 3:52PM

    This morning I listened to my LAZY, but this evening MY WARRIOR RULES, lol.

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MISSENG 7/18/2013 3:43PM

    Great blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CCBULLDOG 7/18/2013 3:28PM

    Two thumbs up on this blog! emoticon emoticon

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BARBARA41955 7/18/2013 3:04PM

  My warrior is dead. Was killed by Arthritis over a decade ago LOL. There is no waking up and exercising. Just pain and stiffness. emoticon

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MADEIT3 7/18/2013 3:03PM

    Super Blog. I need to find out if I have a Ms. Warrior inside me somewhere!!

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EVAGAY 7/18/2013 3:02PM

  I'm very sorry to say I don't listen to my Warrior!

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NANMIL1 7/18/2013 2:54PM

  Wow! what a neat blog! I really enjoyed it. I definitely listen to my lazy way too much. I have been listening to my warrior a bit more lately. I will start to listen to it more and more.

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KULTJAM 7/18/2013 2:48PM

  Very good post. Thanks for this, I totally know how you feel. I'm going to think about this and find my inner warrior... emoticon

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DFG5876 7/18/2013 2:27PM

    This was a very inspiring read, emoticon

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FLPALM 7/18/2013 2:24PM

    I love your description! Perfect!

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MELKGAL 7/18/2013 2:14PM

    I definitely listen to my lazy. This opens a whole new idea of thinking for me. What a great blog! I'm definitely going to start listening to My Warrior more!

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SHIRLEY721 7/18/2013 2:05PM

    Afraid I listen to my Lazy much more often than I should until I just plain get mad at him.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 7/18/2013 2:02PM

    instead of I like this icon to click, we need an i love this icon so we can click it for this blog! I LOVE IT!

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COLOR-BLUE 7/18/2013 1:59PM


emoticon for listening to your inner Warrior, which I refer to as the Holy Spirit!!! He will get you up and going, no matter what. He will also let you know, if you're doing to much too soon, after God has given you a plan to follow. My Inner Warrior is also ALIVE AND KICKING!!! emoticon

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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STEPHANIE302013 7/18/2013 1:52PM

    Love it!! I'm going to start listening to my Warrior more often - my lazy can go to h*ll!

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WHYTEBROWN 7/18/2013 1:52PM

    emoticon blog. Soooooooooooooooo true!!! I'm kickin my lazy's butt 2!! My warrior has been victorious for 11 days & counting. emoticon

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JERICHO1991 7/18/2013 1:47PM

    Keep on winning, Mr. Warrior!

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BOBBYJUNE 7/18/2013 1:31PM

    sometimes I forget who I am. I don't have to listen to my body when I want pie, or don't feel like working out. I can choose to overcome. Thanks for the encouragement.

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AUSSIEJAN2 7/18/2013 1:24PM

    Great blog!
I think we all have times when we can't, or won't listen to our warrior voice. We get stuck, and unmotivated, we backslide, till something triggers the Warrior again. Usually I listen to the warrior and I am better for it. When I give in to the Lazy flesh, I always regret it.
Thanks for the reminder, my warrior was getting a little harder to hear.
Good job!

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STLOUISWOMAN 7/18/2013 1:22PM

    I'll admit it. My Lazy has been winning. Thanks for the inspiration to change that.

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BAREFOOT40 7/18/2013 1:06PM

    Lazy and Warrior are like the angel and the demon that sit on your shoulders whispering in your ears, and you must choose which one to listen to. Most mornings my Lazy wins out, but my Warrior is slowly becoming stronger and demanding to be heard. Thanks for the great post! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 7/18/2013 1:03PM

  Great Blog!!! emoticon

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KCHANDLER623 7/18/2013 12:58PM

    Thank you. Very inspiring!

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LODESTONE 7/18/2013 12:53PM

    Let that Warrior rock on!

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J2740LOU 7/18/2013 12:47PM

    Great blog! Made me really reflect on my attitude in the past vs. my attitude now. Very motivating. It all has to do with choice. Weakness ve strength.

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DLYNN1113 7/18/2013 12:40PM

    Great blog!!! Very applicable this morning. Most mornings I am up before my alarm and heading to the pool to get my swimming in. Not this morning, the alarm went off and I laid there, not wanting to get up... "is that rain I hear???" But no such luck. But, praise God, my inner warrior won and I got my 1 1/2 hours of swimming in. But now each time I don't want to get up I will remember, am I warrior or am I lazy????? Thanks so much.

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NICKIJO11 7/18/2013 12:34PM

  This was a really interesting way to think about skipping (or not skipping) workouts! I found this whole idea really inspirational and empowering!! Sadly, my Lazy has been winning the battle for the last week, but after reading this, my Warrior is ready to take over once again!! Thanks for the wonderful insight and motivation!

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JEWITCH 7/18/2013 12:30PM

    Fantastic blog. Thanks for sharing.

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AMARILYNH 7/18/2013 12:27PM

    Great blog - I'm kicking my lazy to the curb and doing my ST NOW!! emoticon

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ROZZIEOZZIE 7/18/2013 12:25PM

    The lazy does tend to be really loud! Which is why I have a dog who insists we go for walks several times a day. He really is my warrior because he MAKES me get out of the house and walk him! And if I don't he has a way of being much louder than my lazy could ever be! Thanks, Mack!! emoticon

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