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Just do it


Monday, July 08, 2013

Some of the best advice I ever received was from Nike: JUST DO IT.

At the time, I don't think I realized how great of advice it was. It sounded dumb. Like, I wanted to pull out my whiny six year old voice and say, "But I don't waaaaaaaaaaant to do it."

But the thing is, I do want to do it. I want to want to do it. I want to run three miles today. I want to eat healthy today. I want to keep buying smaller jeans. I want to be able to keep up with my friends when we play soccer. I want to continue to get picked to guard one of the boys when we play frisbee. I want to inspire other people. I want to keep wearing my tank tops without worrying about jiggly arms. I want to maintain the progress I have made, and I want to make even more progress.

Except for when I don't want to. And when I don't want to, my only option is to lay on the couch and wish that watching TV burned calories. My only option is to eat donuts and wish that they didn't have 300 calories each.

And NEITHER of those things are an option!

So, you know what? I just do it. I just decide to just do it. Choose first, think late.r. I'm realizing that sometimes, it takes our minds a little while to catch up with our bodies. And when you decide to put your body in motion, when you make a choice, your mind usually catches up with you.

Just do it. Just go for the run, walk, or bike ride. I always tell myself that when I get really tired, I can turn around. I end up tricking myself into doing twice as much, ha. Just decide to walk away from the cheesecake. Waaaalk. Awaaaaay. Just do it.

Sometimes, it sucks. Sometimes I run and run and hate every single step. When I get home, sometimes I think, "That sucked. That wasn't worth it. I still feel crappy."… but the next day, I don't feel crappy anymore, and I get over it. I've never regretted exercise for more than the time doing it and up to an hour after finishing. Sometimes I sit at a party, and the entire time I think about how much I want to try every single dessert from the dessert table. I already chose the one I wanted the most and ate it…, but I have spent the time entire three hours I was at a party wishing I could try the raspberry cheesecake and the chocolate chip cookies and the puppy chow and the lemon bars and the apple pie. Sometimes I get home and still wish I could eat it. Once, I thought about strawberry shortcake for 4 hours straight. Nothing else but strawberry shortcake. But you know what? It passed. It went away. I resisted. I chose to resist, and I did. Just. Do. It.

Want to know what I'm doing today? I rigged up a standing desk. I used a high counter instead of a usual desk, and I put my screen up as high as it can go. I propped my keyboard on a pile of books. I have to look down slightly, which is annoying, but, hey, it's a step in the right direction. I also disassembled my desk chair so I wouldn't sit in it. Now, I only have a folding chair if I need to sit for some reason.

What will you do today?
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