It’s been 3 weeks since I started my transformation to a healthier lifestyle. These first three weeks have been great; I feel like I have truly started down the road to being healthy. However, I’ve already started to notice things that just simply aren’t going to work for me. It’s time to make some changes. When it comes time to make adjustments you have to make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. There’s a fine line between knowing yourself and having an excuse to go back to some of your old unhealthy ways.
Over the last week I’ve taken some time to really think about what works for me and what doesn’t. I think it’s important to analyze the situation before you actually make the change. My first change is really a no-brainer; I mentioned it in my last post, I’m abandoning my morning meditation.
The Search for Perfection
I am my own worst enemy! When I commit to something I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist and any deviation from perfection is seen as failure (no matter how small the imperfection is). On the one hand it has helped me to be very successful in my career, but on the other hand I think it has been a source of a lot of my personal misery. It is because of this I am abandoning my morning meditation. There’s a ton of literature out there that touts the benefit of meditating for as little as 10 minutes each day. I’ve been doing it on and off for the last 6 months. There are times when I think it helps and other times when it seems pointless. I’m abandoning it for now because when I don’t do it, it makes me feel like a failure on an otherwise successful day. My goal right now is to lose weight, meditation can wait.
Did Someone Say “Good Morning”?
I am not a morning person. Let me repeat, I am not a morning person in any stretch of the imagination. Under my current plan, I’ve been getting up at 5AM and exercising. I started with 15 minutes in the first week and I’ve managed to add 5 minutes each week after with the plan to get to a full 60 minutes. The problem… did I mention I’m not a morning person? I have to go to bed at 9PM in order to get 8 hours of sleep but unfortunately I just lie in bed and stare at the ceiling. When the alarm goes off I just want to curl up and die.
Regular Routine and Fitting it all in
I chose the morning to exercise because it’s the only time in the day when I’m guaranteed to have time. My job is not conducive to exercising at lunchtime regularly, and anyone with kids will tell you that days after work are filled with soccer, gymnastics, and music programs. Because I’m a very structured person, I strive for a very structured workout regimen. Doing it in the evening just didn’t make any sense.
Remembering the Past and Making the Change
When I restarted my blog the first time, I wrote a post called “My New “Radical” Exercise Plan”. In it I wrote about changing my mindset and learning to fit in exercise whenever and wherever I could. I went back and read that post and realized that I need to go back to something like it again. I was also inspired by another blogger. If you regularly follow weight loss blogs you know who he is [Check out his blog]
. I was inspired because this guy has a crazier
schedule than I do, but he almost always finds time to do something in the name
of exercise. It’s not the same time
every day and sometimes it’s just a walk, but he finds a way and he doesn’t get
worked up when things change. If he can
do it, so can I.
Moving forward I’m abandoning my plan to get up at 5AM and workout to a structured plan. Instead I’m just going to make a commitment to make an honest effort to do something in the name of exercise for at least 20 minutes every day.
Are These Changes Right?
As I said, I had thought about these changes for about a week before I made them. I pulled the trigger after I missed a workout in the middle of last week. I couldn’t make it up in the evening because I didn’t get home until 8PM and then needed to go to bed in an hour. Since then I’ve been true to my word opting to do elliptical training after dinner during the remaining workdays. I also played basketball with my daughter on Saturday for 30 minutes, and as of this writing (Sunday morning) we are getting ready to go on a 5 mile hike at a local state park.
Are these changes right for me? No doubt, dropping the meditation is the right choice for me right now. I hope to re-visit that someday, but I can’t fix everything all at once. As for exercise, time will tell; it depends on how honest I am with myself. I have no doubt that I made the decision for the right reasons, if I am truly serious about changing my ways, the exercise will happen.
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