Ok, I’m going to be totally honest here. I haven’t done any exercise for a very long time. I’ll say that again, with em-PHA-sis, so I feel bad. A verrrry loooooong tiiiiime.
Walking to the bus and weeding the lawn for four days does not count (although I do think the lawn was the straw that ‘broke my back’, figuratively).
This blog is all about being fitfor15in15. Along with being mentally and nutritionally fit, I want to be physically fit with a minimum 15 minutes of EXERCISE a day. That was my mantra. That IS my mantra, but it’s all gone pear-shaped and I’m trying to work out why.
I’m surrounded by friends who are fit and healthy, who love to run or walk or go to yoga, and I know the benefits, yet I’m suffering from a severe lack of WTFC. Who The F*#$ Cares. I should care! I do care! So why is it so hard to actually get up and do it?
Freda from livesimplysimplylive has been totally succeeding in her 30-Day Challenge to do a ballet class every day for a month – she’s passed day 21! – plus, to top it off, she’s taking swimming lessons. I dip my hat to Freda for really sticking to her guns on this one. Some people love a challenge more than others and I’m in awe. I’m flailing!
Today should be Monday Runday. I came home from work (ahaha, how good does that sound) and had full intentions of putting on my sneakers. But first I sat on the couch. Then I lay on the couch. Then I fell asleep. Then Leo woke me up at 5.30pm. Oops.
Could it be a case of half-way mark burnout? In just over one week, it will be six months of fitfor15in15. I have no problem writing everyday (sorry for all the waffle) but for the past month I have had serious issues with actually exercising. Even for just 15 minutes. My brain says “neh”, which is a cross between “meh” and “nah”, so that just shows you. how. bad. I’ve. got. it.
It’s time to go back to the drawing board. It’s time to start again. There’s no shame in admitting a slight defeat – oh ok, a big defeat – and putting the wheels back on the cart. Or the donkey in front, instead of behind. Or a carrot in front of the donkey.
Light bulb moment! That’s it! I need a carrot … I’ve lost interest in my goals because they’ve been reached. Now that I’m happy with my weight, I’ve fallen for the age-old trap of becoming complacent. Why keep exercising when I’ve lost the weight I wanted to lose? Why keep going when I’m feeling healthy and more aware of what I eat?
Because it’s too easy to fall back into old habits. I don’t want those old habits returning – too much couch time, not enough active time. I can feel the lethargy creeping in after just one month. If I focus on how bad I felt last year, and how much better I feel this year, then the road to redemption will be much easier to handle.
Have you ever turned a positive into a negative then back into a positive again? Was it hard? Am I on the right track? Do you have any suggestions or handy hints to get the wheels, and body, in motion again? Should I set challenges, when I’m not very good at following them through to completion? Or should I just start with a fresh set of easy to achieve goals, rather than trying to bite off more than I can chew?
Wishing you a wonderful day.
15 thoughts on “June 22: The wheels are falling off”
Set the bar low, Ange… Build from there
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Thanks Seano, I definitely need to stop ‘running the marathon’ and settle for ‘plodding to the shops’. For now! It will be like going back to the beginning, I’m sure. It’s amazing how quickly fitness drops off. I never really had it (before this year) to notice! 🙂
I’d say 4 hours of weeding the lawn does count. What are you doing with the quit sugar diet? That could be messing with your carrots. And you have just started a new job too – that will be making you tired and take some adjustment I would have thought. I am good at losing motivation for exercise and yeah, having reached your goals will be contributing to that. I have found something that I actually look forward to doing and miss when I can’t go and that is a Yin yoga class. You don’t sweat. It’s basically deep stretching that often feels like a relief to do – like a massage maybe. For my easily overwhelmed head it is great to be I a light filled room where no-one can contact me for an hour and someone is reminding me to breathe and not to go so far that my back pinches. Juicey is a word they often use. I could look for some on-line class for you but I’m getting the boys to school/ taking Will’s rats to show and tell/ meeting another mum for coffee etc so it won’t get to it till later. Love to you and your wheels and your carrots.
Thank you curlymint77! Where I’m working now, they do yoga classes in the evening. Maybe I should make hay while the sun shines and go to a few classes and walk home in the twilight! So glad you’ve found quiet time and enjoy going to yoga. I can imagine you there, breathing deeply and feeling the streeeetches. My wheels and carrots send love back to you too 🙂 xx
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You’ve been so busy keeping that place weed free so that counts as excercise! When you go to the city you walk to the bus for 20 minutes, that’s excercise too! Maybe you should set yourself a new goal, e.g. try to run 10 km? Or find a new sport, e.g. swimming or cycling. Don’t set the goals too high, you won’t reach them. And I know that “neh” feeling too well! It’ll pass 😉
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Thank you Sandra! One of my goals for this year was to try to run 10km. I had forgotten about that. It would be nice to be able to put the shoes on and get into the zone. I’m dreading going for my first run after so long! I might make it a walk-shuffle-run-shuffle. If you weren’t so fit I’d suggest we go for a run together but I’ll eat your dust! Maybe in December we can try?!?! Swimming is definitely on the cards – might need to try a bigger pool than ours though ahahaha.
I’m not a good runner! I’m only faster on inline skates, haha! And I haven’t been running lately. The thing is that I can’t talk while I’m running. Experts say that you should be able to talk while running but if I want to talk then I don’t run 🙂 But we can run along the Aare once, if you’d like! And chat afterwards 🙂
Maybe we’ll just have to accept that the beer and chat at the end of the run will be our reward for effort 🙂 I’m cool with that!
Here’s a thought.
Before I started running I use to go through bouts like this all the time. I had the advantage of having the ability to ring my PT and she’d get me back on track by giving me new workouts to try.
I’d be happy to send you short 15 minute workouts every day for a week if you do the same for me. I’ll keep them short and simple. My only issue is I’m tapering for the marathon in 12😁😁😁 days so is have to keep mine focused on upper body only.
It would be fun to switch it up a bit. Let me know if you want to give it a go?
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That sounds like a brilliant idea, ifly29. So excited for you and the Gold Coast marathon! How about we do it after the big race though – I’d hate to send you a week of boring workouts and stuff up your routine! xx
You’ve been inspiring me all year Angela! I just think you need to redefine exercise ! For me exercise is the opposite of sitting around doing nothing! If gardening for four hours isn’t exercise I don’t know what is !! It’s natural movement as opposed to something you do just for the sake of thinking you’ve done “exercise”, so come on, change your mindset!! You have done brilliantly and haven’t stopped exercising at all ! There we are, I’ve turned into the Bossy middle aged mother that I am, but truly, you are doing very well !! Penny Lxxxxxx
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Thank you for your encouraging words, Penny L! It’s so nice to know you’ve been reading all year too! Yes, I think I need to change my perception of exercise. At the moment, anything that doesn’t involve lying on the couch can be classified as exercise!
I’d love to ‘get back into it’ again and am sure it will happen very soon. Your much appreciated ‘kick in the pants’ is a good thing to focus on! Thank you Penny, and thank you for taking the time to write! Angela xx
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Gently, slowly. lightly, smoothly until one day you feel like going at it again. You have achieved so much (and helped me achieve so much). Be proud, be grateful, be relaxed and happy! Take a breather, cut yourself some slack, baby steps while you reconfigure your way forward….You are still doing lots by most people’s standards!
Thank you Freda. I like the thought of reconfiguring my way forwards, very much! Maybe it’s not so much a lull, but a recharge before another full-throttle assault … Ahh, maybe not. I think I’ll take it a bit easier in the next six months. Work smarter, not harder, or something like that …