Getting off the extra high carb foods lately - dinners out for the New Year's and then with friends to celebrate my birthday in January - has been difficult.
I buckled down all last week. I had three things going for me:
1. I knew I could do it.
2. I knew how to do it.
3. I was tired of being tired (so very motivated to do it).
All I had to do was decide to do it.
What else did I know?
- I'm a procrastinator. I know this about myself.
- I may have adult ADD - that's my sister's working theory on me and her, shared by our Mom to explain why she couldn't train us to be more organized and neat. I do get distracted easily. I think that's just a sign that I don't really want to do something, but hey if we can blame it on something other than me, who am I to argue?
- Or is my distraction just a way of procrastinating? Wouldn't that make all procrastinators part of the ADD crowd? Sounds like profiling to me!
Okay, so the point of knowing this about myself is that I know if I am going to do something, I just have to decide to do it -- as our venerable first lady Reagan once said - "Just do it!"
I apply that now to many things. If I think of something I meant to tell someone, I'll call
Yesterday, I had excuses why I wasn't exercising:
- It's too cold at 10:30 in the morning to meet up with friends and go for a hike.
- It's too early at 10:30 on a Saturday morning to get going and out the door.
- My son didn't want to go hiking.
- It's past 10:30.
- My hip is hurting too much, better not go to the 11:00 Zumba class.
- It's past 11:00.
- I'll just read one more thing on the internet.
- I'll leave after I finish this.
My brain starts its arguing in the opposite direction:
- I'll "Just DO IT" and then I won't have to think about it anymore.
- I'll go at 2 pm.
- The dog needs it.
- The park is not far away.
Again, the son doesn't want to go, my hip is hurting, I am finding so many interesting things to read online - I can't keep up with them! I need folders and files. There's so much to do around the house. It is my day of rest.
Eventually I look up and it's 3:15. So, finally, I just put down what I am doing (which I didn't want to leave) and I force ACTION.Guilt is gone. Pain in the hip didn't disappear, but I did have hope that moving would "oil the joint" a bit.
Sometimes last year, this was all the exercising I got - a lot of arguing with myself to just "do it" and arguing against myself just as well.
So, I wasn't exercising much in January and February last year, but it was better than long nights at the office spent with vending machine goodies and pizza delivery which I had done the January and February before.
How are you doing this year compared to last year?