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.}





11 comments:

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

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  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!

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

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

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  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.

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

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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

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  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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