Thursday, October 03, 2013
Day 3 of the '100 days of weight loss' is about the idea of 'do it anyway'. Regardless of whether you 'feel like it'.
I think it's a good slogan. Still, being the perfectionist pusher-of-myself that I am, I need to make a few side notes.
Do it anyway if you don't feel like it. But be aware of WHY you don't feel like it. For example today I'm very tired, I have slept 5 hours last night and only 4 the night before. So when my body tells me 'I don't FEEL like working out today' - I think I'd better listen. I do go out for a walk and a bike ride but I keep listening to the signals from my body. I made the walk shorter.
So is the 'I don't feel like it' coming from a body that is sluggish, unwilling to move because it's not used to it, from a mind that is not disciplined enough (yet)?
OR is it coming from a body that is willing but simply giving off warning signals? A mind that is genuinely not interested, not out of laziness but for good reasons, in doing what the plan says.
I'm not (at all) for following rules made by the head / the ego blindly. I'm not for 'diets' that prescribe me exactly what and when and how much to eat. I'm not a robot.
So I like to say 'do it anyway' but ONLY if the 'I don't feel like it' comes from not-being-used to the exercise or from reluctance that would not better be overcome.
Then, I also feel that 'Do it anyway' should only be a slogan to be used in the beginning. I can force myself to do a thing I don't want or like to do. But only for so long. After that, I must either have started to ENJOY or LIKE the action I was reluctant to do, OR I must drop it and find another way to meet the main goal.
Pushing myself does not work. I know for some that is different and they seem to need to kick themselves and practice 'tough love' in order to get going. Not me. I've been pushed wayyyy too hard in my childhood and if you (or I!!!) push myself too hard now, I will come to a complete and obstinate standstill!
Last but not least: be careful what things you decide to 'do anyway'.
Knowing myself I can easily come up with a list of 30 things that I believe I need to 'do anyway' every day! Which would mean that in the end I'd have no time to enjoy the results of my work!