Saturday, March 27, 2010

Excuses Excuses

Thursday morning as I was dragging myself out of bed to work out, I could tell it was going to be a struggle. My mind was already throwing up reasons for me not to exercise. I was very tired. I was getting up later than usual and should help the kids get ready for school instead of working out. I could always run my second day of C25K on Friday. I started thinking about all the excuses we make for not doing what we know we need to do. All the things that we let derail us from becoming someone better. The kids could use help getting ready, and yes, I was tired. Other days its "I don't have the time this morning" or "My head really hurts" or "I can do it later." Some excuses are weak, others are completely valid, but it all boils down to the same thing: those excuses are a huge part of how we got where we are and nothing is going to change if we don't stop making them. So despite everything that my mind threw at me on Thursday, I did the Shred, and then, even when I kept hearing that inner voice say "you don't need to go run, you already worked out, let it go today" I went out and did W1D2. And when it was done, I felt great for having gotten out there even when I didn't want to. And that feeling will make that inner voice just a little quieter the next time it tells me I don't want to work out, because I already know how much better I will feel for having done it.

This morning I did day 3, and am feeling very accomplished for having done the first week of the program. It may sound like a small accomplishment to others, but to me, someone who really hates to run, and is more apt to quit when something hurts or feels hard instead of pushing myself, I am feeling like it is a huge accomplishment. I can't wait to start the next week.


  1. Great job! You're doing good work. Keep doing what you're doing. Every day. :)

  2. Changing your past behaviors is one of the HARDEST things to do and you are putting in some solid work there! So it doesn't seem like a small accomplishment to me at all. Keep up the GREAT work! You can do it!!!!!!

  3. Great job! The mental stuff is the hardest part of this journey. Our minds can seriously be our best friend or our worst enemy. Yea for you for not listening to that inner negativity and for working out!

  4. Every day is a deliberate choice to do it a new way.
    It's a swim uphill.
    Great job.
    As you go along, the voices get weaker and your own 'good for you' voice will get stronger.
    Great start.