Leaving lazy behind

December 22, 2017

in Fitness, Just life

As another year winds down, I find myself disappointed, a little sad, and a little mad. Okay, more than a little mad. The backslide I’ve been in continued much too long, and while I have started over many times, I feel this time I really AM starting over. From the beginning.

I can point the finger at many ‘reasons’ for the backslide, but in reality there’s no one or nothing to blame but myself. And I am going to own that. I could say going to work an hour earlier in the morning caused me to not get in a morning workout. I could say my living situation – with the hubs working out of town until just recently – caused me to not cook good meals. I could say a busy schedule caused me to just not have enough time.

Truth is, that’s all a bunch of crap.

I allowed myself to become lazy. 

It doesn’t take much to fall out of a good habit. One or two times of skipping that early morning workout to enjoy a few extra minutes of sleep in the warm, cozy bed…one or two times of eating Moe’s or Chinese for lunch and saving leftovers for dinner so cooking isn’t necessary…one or two times of not making oneself a priority when it comes to entering activities in the calendar.

Being lazy is easy. It’s comfortable – – until your shirts are tight and your pants don’t fit – – then lazy sucks.

It’s interesting to see how much confidence and faith we have in our future self. We eat that sweet treat or bag of Doritos because Tomorrow Me is going to work out hard. We stay up too late – but that’s Tomorrow Me’s problem. We forget about the little things that add up to make a big difference.

If you know me or have followed my journey for any length of time, you know I love a good, clean slate. A shiny, new fresh start. And here it is. We’re a little over a week away from the biggest clean slate of the year. Not just a new week or a new month, but a whole new YEAR. It may just seem cliche but it excites me. It gives me a feeling of hope and confidence that I can right the ship and get back on course.

It’s not going to be easy. If it were, wouldn’t everyone be their ideal size and in their ideal health? But I know there are some simple adjustments that can be made.

  • I will get my butt to bed earlier. I will set my alarm but leave the phone in the other room so there’s zero temptation to lay in bed and scroll Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest for an additional 30-40 minutes after settling in under the covers. (Thanks, Mel Robbins, for that piece of advice.) Speaking of Mel, I will be putting into practice her 5 Second Rule to bust through the excuse-making and get things done.
  • I will take time to plan meals. Cooking feels like a chore to me most of the time, but I know if I spend a few hours once a week planning and prepping some food, the rest of the week is much easier.
  • I will move my body every day. Ideally, this will happen in the morning. If I do it first thing it’s harder to talk myself out of it or find another chore that needs done, and once it’s done for the day, it’s done!
  • I will track. My measurements, my food, my workouts. Monthly progress pics. It’s harder to see progress if you don’t track.
  • I will set goals and put them in writing. A study conducted years ago proved that people who wrote their goals down were exponentially more likely to reach those goals.
  • I will define my WHY and post it somewhere I’ll see it every day.

I’ve dwelled long enough on the negative of how I allowed this to happen – – it’s time to take action and do something about it. Time to make things a little easier on Tomorrow Me and do something each day to make Tomorrow Me’s job a little easier.

 

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