Sunday, August 25, 2013
To be honest, I have gone off my healthy path for the past 3 weeks. Oh, I have about a zillion reasons why...all of them reasonable:
Stress of cleaning out the last 38 years of stuff in my apt.
Stress of lack of funds
Stress at work
Stress with aches and pains
Worry concerning family members and friends
And Blah Blah Blah
Well, ya get the picture.
Then I thought, who is ultimately responsible for my work out, eating patterns and choice of foods? And regarding that above list, what on that list can I control? And even more important, what stresses am I allowing in my life that I cannot control?
I went to a seminar many years ago, and was introduced to the idea that when presented with choices, we tend to do the one that, at least at the moment, seems to be less painful in some way. So, when faced with time to exercise or eat,and if I am not truly mindful, I tend to pick the eating, since it seems to be less of a pain in the butt...for that moment. Later, my body lets me know that it is more painful not to exercise, then it is to move through the laziness, lack of motivation, etc...
And even with aches and pains, Spark offers dozen of exercises most anyone can do, no matter what the issue. When I was letting go of excess fat, up to 3 weeks ago, I still found it challenging to do some of the short 7 minutes workouts. 7 minutes is totally doable, and at times I actually found another short exercise video, and I have to admit, I felt really great after doing the workout(s), a sense of accomplishment and an overall good feeling about taking care of me.
So, no matter how much I want to blame things outside of me, for my very reasonable reasons for not working out and eating healthy, it still boils down to lil ol' me. The embarrassment of getting back in the swing of things, is far less painful than not getting back to being healthy.
So, here I am, taking full responsibility for my health, and getting back to basics. I have made a decision to do one thing, just one thing a day that I will do for myself, and every few days add to it, create new habits again, and feel so much better in my own skin. Like the saying goes, 'if your body falls apart, where ya gonna live?'.
Good to be back, not excited at the moment (keeping it real), but I want to feel good and place my energy with what I actually have control over...my exercise and my food choices.