Put off - Procrastinate - Pudge up

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Since I work 12 hour shifts I have a well established procrastination pattern for my work days. Before bed the plan is to work out, but when I look at that 4.30 AM time and know I can sleep 20 more minutes if I hit the snooze I justify letting the eyelids drop by saying I'll go during lunch.

Now lunch time rolls around and a server crashes requiring the bypass of lunch or the guys go to one of my favorite restaurants for lunch so I say "no problem I'll work out right after I get off."

Here comes 6 pm (remember 12 hour shifts here because that's the core of my excuses) and I have a couple more things to do but still get out by 6.15. Go home take the dog out and start planning dinner. Now I've waited too long to eat so I decide to eat then exercise. After dinner however I'm too full and too tired. I justify this by saying I'll do at least 15 mins of yoga before hitting that pillow.

Yoga? What yoga? 11pm comes and I realize it's too late to get anything else done because I have to be up in 5.5 hours.

Round and round I go until my stomach has become equally round.

Yes I do get tired, yes I do have a busy work schedule but guess what? There are many others who have even more harrowing schedules and they manage to be fit and healthy.

Since they've found that even 10 minute increments can help I have no excuse any longer.

So the past few weeks I've started doing squats while waiting for the dog to do her business. When I have to go down the stairs at work, I go up and down twice rather than the once. I do stretches at my desk. I boxercise for 10 mins in the morning before taking my shower and pilates for 10 minutes at night before going to bed. Funny...I'm no more tired than I was before and I'm actually getting a bit of strength.

I think I'll give this journey a little more time and see what else transpires.
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  • no profile photo MSGO72
    Hang in there, you're worth it!
    2808 days ago
    Good for you! Finding a time in my schedule that worked for ME was difficult - like you, the only exercise I do reliably is procrastination! I finally settled on 30 minutes after dinner. If I tell myself it will only be for 10 minutes it often turns into 20-30. The hardest part is just STARTING. Hang in there - those small changes you're making DO bring you closer to where you want to be!
    2809 days ago
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