Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Morning Battle {SOL 3.07.17}

I don't like working out, but I love how I feel when a workout is over.

(Kind of like writing sometimes: I don't always like writing, but I do love having written.)

Exercise and I aren't exactly the best of friends. It's one of those relationships that I know is good for me, but sometimes it pains me (literally) to be in it.

I woke up Monday morning, feeling that creeping sense of guilt that I should get up and go down to the elliptical to work out.

I wish it was that easy.

Here's the conversation I had with myself about that:

Time to get out of bed if I want to have time to work out.

I really don't want to work out today. I'd rather read Slice of Life posts. That would be more fun.

But I didn't work out yesterday.

I think my back still hurts from Saturday. I don't want to overstrain myself. Besides, aren't we supposed to take a day off between workouts for recovery?

But I bought those cute new Reeboks on Friday. I could wear those.

{Thinking, thinking.....}

OK, maybe I'll just get up and put my workout clothes on. That would at least count for something.

Yay! I did it! I'm dressed. Hey, these workout pants feel a bit loose. And these Reeboks are really cute!

OK, maybe I'll just go downstairs. If I don't feel like it, I can always come back upstairs and read.

{Congratulating myself as I am walking downstairs......}

There we go. Put those ear buds in. I think that Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull song should get me going.

Let me just pull up Pinterest on my iPad while I do this.

Well., that song went by fast. What's next? Taylor Swift telling me to "Shake It Off." I wonder if she knows the trouble I'm having today.

Pin that recipe.

Pin that quote.

Pin that writing idea.

Check email.

{Twenty minutes and six songs later.....}

Oh my gosh, time's up! I did it!

Man, it feels good to have gotten through this. What was my problem anyway? 

I know, right?! I should do this again tomorrow.

Now, let's not go getting carried away.

{I can write this conversation from memory because it is the one I have with myself every morning.}


  1. Haha! I love hearing your self talk. Starting is always the hardest. Good for you for getting out there and getting it done!

  2. Well, I am right there with you! That ping-ponging back in forth in your head and the wasting of that mental energy, I get it! Bravo to you for completing your workout and enjoying some Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias along the way. They are two of my favorites!

  3. I am bowing down right now! No way I could do that on a school morning! You go girl!

  4. Thanks for a chuckle this morning! Great structure of the alternating voices.

  5. This is a familiar conversation I have with myself. I am now walking outside for exercise rather than going to a gym. Seems to be working and definitely cheaper.

  6. I love your conversation with yourself!!! Totally relate. Great post!

  7. I love this format and the conversation you had with yourself! I constantly talk myself into things or through things! Great post! Look forward to the rest of your post and following you on this journey!

  8. So funny, Jennifer, and love that final line, 'writing from memory'. Getting up and at it is a good thing, but the doing takes some talk for sure. I go to an exercise place, but manage only a few times a week. My favorite thing is walking out, & it's good to have the warmth lately.

  9. Love the internal monologue! I remember the advice writer Gretchen Rubin's father gave her, which was to commit to putting on her shoes and stepping out the front door.

  10. Win win for you...and chuckles for us!

  11. Same battle here, but mine is on the stationery bike every morning for thirty minutes. Now I don't even argue with myself, just get it over.


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