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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Why Is Exercise So Hard?

Okay this is a totally non-stitching post but I need to get this out of my head.

Once I start exercising I have very little trouble with doing it and getting it done. My biggest downfall... I talk myself out of doing it!

"Oh I'm too tired tonight..."
"I've got a headache..."
"I'm not feeling well..."
"I've got to go to..."
"I'd rather be stitching..."

Yes, I've got a nice long list of reasons to talk myself out of getting started! I really have little excuse, I bought a treadmill about two years ago and it sits here in the living room ( did use it daily for about a year!). So its not as if I don't have the equipment... not that you really need any.

During the spring I would take a 25 minute walk at lunch time but then during the summer with 30c + temperatures and high humidity I used that as another excuse. Some days it wasn't so much of an excuse as the air quality was really bad and there were advisories. But I could of used the treadmill at home where I have central AC.

Then there's TKD, I always make it out to teach my classes... I have to be there but for the last month I've barely gone to my own classes. Why... see my reasons above. I do have the added excuse, on Monday night my class is at 8:30 at night and when you get home from work at 4pm I'm just so settled in at home I don't want to leave. I really am going to try to train two times a week. So that leaves Wednesday and Thursday this week.

Now a new way of "forced exercise" for me this fall is indoor soccer on Sunday nights. Boy am I ever enjoying that!!! It also gets a good sweat going... but my feet don't love me for it, its tough on my poor tootsies.

I really admire people like my friend Marj who has the dedication to go to the gym 5-6 days a week!

So tonight I did it, I got home from work and got on the treadmill. I was going to walk for 15 minutes but I felt like jogging. Boy, was I impressed with myself I jogged for 12 minutes and walked for 3! I think playing soccer has really improved my cardio because before this I could never jog for more than 5 minutes! Yeee hawww! Now hopefully tomorrow night after I get home from teaching my TKD classes I won't talk myself out of going for a jog. Unless I stay for my class at 8:30pm and that will be my exercise for the day.

So is anyone else out there as good as I am at talking themselves out of the things they should be doing?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes Dani, those excuses seem to be programmed universally :-) I do recognise them very well. But the good thing about it, is that we have a chance to turn that around any day. And sometimes I just let it be, knowing that I will pick it up when the time is right.

Anonymous said...

The above message is from Ann. Sorry I forgot to add my name.

Lnanaa said...

I know what you mean. I have a fitness center just near my apartment and I'm always "too busy" with my daughter to be able to get on that treadmill.

Then the excuses comes too.

I have been trying to do some home exercises while I watch TV though.

My daughter laughs at me when I do my exercises in front of her. :)

AnneS said...

I can just about find an excuse for everything - especially exercise ... followed in close second by housework ;) Once I pull my finger out and actually get my feet moving, I really enjoy it, it's just getting motivated to start moving that's difficult!

Shannon L. said...

OH yeah, I can come up with multiple excuses at once. Trying to ignore them though... and so far - well, see my blog - I think this whole healthy routine of mine is slowly killing me LOL

Anonymous said...

I can talk myself out of a lot of things, but I can actually say I am very good about exercising every day. I can't say that about vacuuming, or dusting, but oh well. I think it is because I am such a cheapskate--I pay to go to a gym, so I make myself go to get my money's worth--LOL. Also I walk on a treadmill, but I get to read, so that is my motivation there. There are lots of times, though, that I think I would much prefer to be stitching. Good luck sticking to it. Maybe once you get a rhythm going you will continue it every day?

Danielle said...

By the way, that was from Danielle--I am logged in, but it listed me as anon!