Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I'm not talking the kind made out of the white fluffy stuff - I'm talking the kind made up of an accumulation of other stuff. You know the kind!
So the past couple weeks of spring, I have been making snowballs. Here's how it went:
Exercise? I can't get to the gym, I don't have enough time today. I will walk on the treadmill at home later. Later comes, I don't want to walk on the treadmill, I want to put on my jammies and watch tv. It's ok to take a day off. I will get back on track tomorrow. Permission granted.
Tomorrow: it's cold outside and raining, no walk for lunch. I will go to the gym after work. Oh wait, there is a sale at some store, I should go check out the sale. I will walk on the treadmill. It's late, I don't want to walk on the treadmill. I walked a little at the store, I know hardly a cardio workout, but I was moving. I will get back on track tomorrow. Permission granted.
Tomorrow: Still cold outside, no walk for lunch. Everyone is ordering out from the local pizza place. I think I will join them. I could get a veggie pizza. Nah, I'll just get my favorite with ham, mushrooms, onions and pepperoni. I will work out extra hard at the gym tonight. Phone rings, friends want to meet for dinner. Yep, I'm in. I will eat healthy and walk on the treadmill later. Looking at the menu, oooooohhhhh they have a french dip with onions. Love those. OK, get that, just don't eat the fries. Ok, well maybe a couple fries. After hanging out a little too long, drinking a couple diet sodas I really don't feel like getting on that treadmill. It's ok. I've been doing so good. I know what I need to do. I will do it tomorrow.
Tomorrow: Busy day at work, not time for a walk at lunch, stuck behind desk most of the day - order out and eat at desk. Friend is in hospital, so after work head that way to visit. After visit, stop by some restaurant for food to go. Feeling emotional and sad. Load up on comfort food. Favorite shows are on tv tonight, no walk on treadmill, no walk period. Fitbit reads 3,200 for the day? That can't be right. Oh well, I will get busy tomorrow. I know what I need to do.
And the days roll on, the excuses roll on and the snowball rolls on getting bigger and bigger! Now I have this giant snowball big enough to be the base of a snowman!!! Not to mention while building that snowball, my pants are starting to feel a little snug. Guilt and shame starts to creep in. Oh ya, and that gremlin that says "You will NEVER be able to do this, it is just to hard" starts chanting negative thoughts in my head.
This is where I quit. WAIT!!!! I promised myself I was not going to quit, no matter what. Stop Barb!!!!
Remember that girl who was just beginning to blossom? The one you were becoming that you really liked? She is going to get buried under that snowball!
No more excuses. It's spring. It's time for that snowball to melt! It's ok to take a break. It's not ok to quit. You are on the verge of quitting. Pack the gym bag and put it in the car. Go out for a walk during lunch hour. I bet you may find that girl there.
The tv, your friends, the couch - they will wait for her because they like her too!
OK, it's a deal. Walking during lunch hour!!! Sometimes you just gotta see it in the blog or on paper or wherever to make it real. See ya - the park is waiting!!!