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Blaugust 18: Do or Do Not. There Is No Try


Yoda was a wise old Jedi.

 

I’ve been thinking about my (lack of) workout routine today. Very few people reading this (just one or two, probably) will know that there was a time I used to work out nearly every day. I didn’t do super intensive workouts, just enough to get my heart rate up and work up a bit of a sweat. Generally, this consisted of yoga and bodyweight/dumbbell exercises, no gym required, just the decision to do it.

(Related: I once trekked home from City Sport carrying twenty pounds of weights that almost ripped through a reusable grocery bag. My shoulders were just a little sore when I got home…)

I honestly can’t say why I stopped, but at some point I just started NOT working out more often than I did. From time to time I would try to get back into the habit in small steps. “Just start by doing ten push-ups every day this week. That’s not too hard.”

Or, it shouldn’t have been. But I’d do it for the first two days. Then the third day I just didn’t feel like it. The next day, I completely forgot about it. Two days later I did the push-ups again, but gave up shortly. This sort of story (with different activities–a little bit of planking, a few sets of squats) happened a few times. Each time it just didn’t work.

I tried using this “start with a little bit” method of getting into the habit of working out because I read the advice in several articles. I can only say that for me, this does not work. It’s too small of a commitment. The time and exertion that actually goes into it is negligible. It feel pointless to do it, and utterly unimportant if you miss a day. I’ll just do them tomorrow! Except no, I won’t, because tomorrow five to ten minutes of working out will still seem too dumb to bother with.

The workout will not actually affect how I feel unless it’s at least thirty minutes (twenty can work, but only if I really do it every single day). Gotta get the heart rate up. Get the endorphins going. I need to work in a “real” workout or I just won’t feel any point to it.

I type all this out in the hope that verbalizing this issue I’ve been having (and the solution I’ve come up with) will push me a little more toward actually doing something, rather than just thinking about it.

What do you think?

 

Five Things Friday


I said I’d do it, so I’m doing it… promising to do a certain type of post each week can put you in an awkward position if you don’t have a good topic that week. Of course, no one would really even notice, I’m sure, if I didn’t do it. But I’m trying to be better about following through with things, having spent the last year essentially procrastinating on every possible thing. So here are five things, I guess. My five “resolutions” for the year. They aren’t things that can be achievements that are completed by the end of the year, but things that are meant to propel my life in a better direction.

  1. Save, pay off debt, make more money.
  2. Write more often.
  3. Work out at least ten minutes every single day. Actually, make it fifteen.
  4. Get my physical space organized and keep it that way.
  5. Actively pursue work that will make me happy.

I know, these all probably seem like obvious and common New Year’s Resolutions and you’d expect me to forget about them by the end of the month. If I’m lucky I might last until March.

Well, this is just not the case. It has become painfully clear (like, it was really painful…) that I need to make quite a few changes in my life. That’s not going to change in a few months so my goals will remain the same.

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