Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Some days I have an inner battle with myself

My girlfriend and I were chatting the other day and the topic of exercise got brought up.  She's very fit - and naturally thin - and goes to the gym probably 4-5x/week.  She said something along the lines of "you've been working out almost every day, haven't you?" (I see her basically every day.....at preschool drop off and at mommy&me or the park with our little ones too.)  I said, "yea...I try to."  She responded with, "well I can tell because it's really paying off."  Needless to say I was beaming!  HELLO this week's NSV! 


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I ENJOY working out.  I like the way it makes me feel.  I see the changes it has made to my body and I want that momentum to continue on and on and on....  But sometimes I find myself obsessing.  (PS - Obsessing over things is fairly normal for a Type A, organized, anal person like myself, because when I do something I have to do it at 110%.)

Here comes the inner battle part: There are days (few and far between - but they happen) that I obsess over completing a WOD every day...it's very hard for me to skip a workout.  (If I'm hurt or sick, that's a different story)  My main reason - or the one that I tell myself - is because I know I could get in a great workout in 10 or 12 minutes...and can't I find that small portion of the day every day to get in some exercise?  

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Let's be honest....even if I have 10 minutes to spare for some exercise.....SOME DAYS I JUST WANT TO BE LAZY....SOME DAYS I DON'T FEEL LIKE GIVING IT 110%....SOME DAYS I'D RATHER SPEND IT WATCHING TV!  Ahhh, getting that off my chest feels really good, actually!

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I consider myself a rather rational, intelligent person.....so why is it that I feel like if I miss a workout or 2, my body will revert...that I will lose my muscle and strength and (dare I say) new shapely body?!  It's such a sick and silly way to think.  I know it's ridiculous, but sometimes that's just how I feel.....I'm crazy, right??

Roni has blogged about this countless times - she has had to remind herself (not verbatim!) 'that 1 bad meal or bad day or bad weekend will not make her gain the 70 lbs back!'  It's totally logical, of course!  But when you want to beat yourself up for eating like a piggy or being totally lazy, it's hard to convince yourself that it's true! 

Does this ever cross your mind? Like if you have a lazy day or a day where you don't work out your hardest it's a boomerang that will take you right back to where you started?!

I'm planning to do a little run later - either way I'll be back with my WOD! (How ironic, huh?!)

10 comments:

  1. Sammy-I think this post is so relevant in the healthy living blog world. It's so easy to get caught up in exercise and clean eating and forget that what makes a person truly healthy is a sense of balance. We all need rest and it's definitely necessary to cut ourselves way more slack. Working out everyday is A LOT so if you skip a day or even a week you won't be off track from your goals. Remember that even rest is part of the game :)

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    1. So true!!! It's not a sprint to the finish line - it's a healthy balance in order to lead a healthy life - it's a journey! Thanks for the encouraging words Davida!! :)

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  2. Just like one missed workout is not going to BRAKE you, one amazing, kick-arse workout will not MAKE you. It really does take time and consistency...once I was able to understand that, I became a lot more (maybe too) lenient with missing a workout! :)

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  3. Never be to hard on yourself girly! I think we all have our struggle days, or even weeks. I know I do! Sometimes I even miss a workout, not because I need a break,but because I have a million things I need to get done in one day and of course 10pm rolls around an a workout was never done! I normally do my workouts after work, but if I have errands that need to be done before I cook dinner I normally don't get a workout in. I think it's normal for us all to miss here and there, but I understand when it get's to you. We must always remember we are only human and sometimes things just come up, or we really need a day for our bodies to rest! : )

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    1. Amen Heather! Thanks for showing me that we ALL go through busy/lazy/crazy days :)

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  4. I think everyone can really relate to this! I am not a dedicated fitness person, I prefer to walk/jog, do yoga, hike, etc. But I am like this with food! I'll feel so guilty sometimes for eating unhealthy for a day when I know it won't affect anything majorly!
    Thanks for sharing your struggle! It happens to everyone! :)

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    1. Right Nichole! You can have this kind of mentality with lots of different aspects of life - food especially. We're human!! Thanks for your comment :)

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  5. I CANNOT CANNOT MISS A DAY OF EXERCISE! I am not sure what would KILL ME FIRST: the GUILT or the CRAPPY MOOD I would be in!! AH HA HA! Every day, I wake up... Cry a little inside, hug my pillow, then kick my own butt out of bed, put my sneakers on and GO GO GO!!! Just gotta get it done because my brain knows actually what's going on! LOL!!! It does work though because I haven't missed a day in about 9 months now... The only time I ever miss a day is if I am driving for a million hours and there is no gym or time to work out before hitting the road... or......... Never! LOL!

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    1. Haha, I totally feel your enthusiasm! Most (if not all!) mornings I get dressed first thing in my workout clothes - leaves me really with no excuse when I do have the time to do something! ;) Thanks for you comment GiGi!

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