Ever have one of those days when you don’t want to . . .
. . . eat right?
. . . exercise?
. . . be with people?
. . . or even get out of bed?
Today was my day to not want to exercise.
I’ve been burning the candle at both ends lately – trying to take better care of myself; take care of my hubby, who’s been dealing with multiple surgeries for skin cancer; make sure my son (who has Autism) and his staff are doing well; and preparing my recently deceased mother’s home for sale. With all that going on for months, after my mother’s protracted illness, I’ve managed to exhaust myself.
Today, I just didn’t feel like taking myself out into a cold, gray day to march around my neighborhood. I was tired and every muscle in my body ached.
But I went out and did it anyway.
And guess what happened.
Once I got moving, I didn’t ache so much. And once my heart was working and my blood was circulating, I didn’t feel so tired. And I walked a little over 3 miles!
I have to be honest though . . . I wasn’t pushing it for speed or distance. Which is okay. Every workout can’t be my hardest/best workout ever.
But today’s walk was better than sitting home in the recliner.
Which leads me to my question of the day:
What can I do when I don’t want to . . . whatever?
1. Think about whether doing whatever “it” is is truly important. If it is, suck it up and do it.
2. If “it’s” something I really don’t want to do and “it’s” something I can delegate, I can give myself permission to let go of that responsibility, even if I feel like I’m giving up control. (Yes, I’m a control freak)
3. Consider why I don’t want to do whatever it is. If the reason is legitimate – like I’m sick, for instance – then I can give myself a break. If the reason is I’m being lazy or worried about what someone else might think or otherwise unnecessarily fearful, then I need to get to it.
4. If I don’t want to do “it” because “it’s” hard, I need to embrace the hard and move it.
5. If “it” is important but I’d rather be doing something else that’s not as important, remind myself to use my prioritization skills, do whatever “it” is that needs to be done, and do the other thing later.
6. Start “it”. Lots of times, if I get started (like today), I’ll finish because getting started is just the impetus I need.
7. “Reward” myself for “doing the right thing”. Maybe spend some extra time in my whirlpool tub. Enjoy a (that’s 1) glass of sangria. Spend some time reading or watching some t.v.
8. Sitting around thinking about my “to do list”, won’t motivate me to get moving. Motivation comes from DOING. (See number 6)
9. If I don’t want to do what is required to lose weight and get healthy because I feel the whole thing is just too overwhelming, I need to refocus on the things that are within my sphere of influence and under my control. The scale is definitely NOT under my control BUT certain behaviors like eating better, exercising, getting enough quality sleep, and being kind to myself are.
10. If I don’t want to because I’m bored, find a new way to accomplish the same thing. For example, if I don’t feel like walking around my neighborhood one more day this week because I’m sick of looking at it, I can go to the park. Or, if I’m sick of walking all together, I can ride my bike. Or I can surely find a new way to cook that chicken breast.
11. Remind myself of the benefits of doing whatever “it” is. It will be out of the way and I won’t have to do it tomorrow. I’ll be proud of myself for doing “it”. “It” will bring me one step closer to my goal of being a healthier version of me. I’ll look and feel better if I do “it”.
The bottom line is this: Most of the time, when I don’t want to do something that I know will benefit me in the long run, my best choice is to follow Nike’s advice and “Just Do It”.