(Repost from September, 2011).
It’s been three months since I’ve last worked out.
Over one hundred days since I’ve laced up the running shoes and hit the road, trails or downward dogged on a yoga mat. For those of you who know me, and what I do for fun and work, you may now bring your bottom jaw back up to its full, upright and locked position.
Not well. Not well at all, my friends.
Sleep is not sweet. I am not sweet. Despite sharing a home with five other saints, my hormone induced personality disorders are really not sweet.
There are plenty of excellent reasons for my longtime departure from what I know to be good and right for body and soul:
- I’ve been very, very busy doing…er…farm stuff.
- I’ve been lonely.
- I’ve been out of sorts, off my game, upside down.
- The roads here are a death trap. Cars in south county pass on the shoulder at sixty miles per hour and my children should not witness their mother as road-kill.
- I don’t have a running buddy. I don’t have any buddy.
- I don’t have a workout group.
- It’s been raining, a lot. It’s humid! And it’s hot, did I mention?
- My fourth toe on my right foot really hurts.
- I’m out of shape and kind of embarrassed.
- The effort required to even think about interviewing/joining a gym is more that I can fathom. The cost of joining a gym here is more than David will be able to ever fathom.
- I HATE running on the treadmill. Hate it. Hate. It.
- Did I mention I’ve been really, really busy on the farm?
- Just so, so busy.
- Crazy busy.
As a coach, I’ve been sniffing out excuses that masquerade as reasons from thousands of athletes over the last decade. Each person, including me, thinks she is the lone exception to the “make time for exercise” rule. Isn’t it obvious that my excuses are special and unique?
Let’s just call a spade a spade, shall we? The list of reasons for why I don’t bother to exercise each passing day is a growing heap of lame excuses that’s starting to get moldy and stink.
So, today I have to coach myself. This list may help you in an endeavor where you need a little push.
- Start somewhere.
- Pick a place today and just start.
- A little is better than nothing. Ten minutes are better than no minutes.
- A mile is a mile. Running is not the only form of exercise. Walk, hike, bike or dance.
- The little bits of minutes add up.
- Smile, be humble, be brave. No one is looking at you, anyway.
- No-one is that busy. Especially me.
- Busy, productive people need exercise the most.
- Stress will come out somewhere. Best if it comes out in streams of sweat instead of a huffy-puffy attitude.
- My children really need a happy mom and my special agent deserves a pleasant wife.
- Deep sleep is one great reward of physical effort. And when I sleep deeply I don’t think of the stink bugs under the dresser. Bonus!
- Exercise makes you think about what you eat and drink. You do become more “health” conscious, because the effort shouldn’t be wasted.
- Don’t wait for the right moment, feeling, weather report or personal invitation
- Just start somewhere.