Tuesday, May 31, 2011


I know one of the essentials for keeping the pounds off my body is physical activity. I have to exercise whether I want to or not and I accept it. I would rather exercise than regain my weight.  My action plan every weekday morning is to wake between 6:00-6:30 AM, prayer, writing, exercise for 45-60 minutes and then breakfast. Bla, bla, bla . . . 

I have been really dragging lately. These past two weeks I have not rushed into my exercise. Instead, I toy around with books, blogs, news feeds, emails and the daily newspaper before I finally begin my workout.  I do the workout, just not first thing. Consequently, In the past two weeks I ate breakfast at least 5 times after 10am because of the later workout. One day breakfast was really lunch because it was at noon. 

This is not a good sign. It is not a sound practice for me. It causes my lunch and dinner times to move later in the day and it cuts into time I need for running my business and maintaining the rest of my life in sound condition. So why am I dragging?

Is my workout one that I enjoy or is it becoming a drudge? I choose my workout each day. If I do not want to do a,b,c I have 23 other options available to me to work out. The choice of activities cannot be the problem. Have the demands I impose on my body in my workout exceeded my mental willingness? I am not aching anywhere, my physical body is not in need to a break, so that is not what is dragging. It occurs to me that I may have a resentment against the need to exercise. Perhaps this has manifested itself as dragging behavior? Something to look at. . . . 

I am not sure what is causing it. I know what has to be done: I have to exercise - like it or not. While I seek to discover why my mental response keeps putting it off I need to keep moving - period. A body at rest tends to stay at rest. I have to stay moving. I what to be able to climb stairs and dance at age seventy. I do not want to be unable to visit a home with steps. Or miss the chance to dance at a wedding. My mom is seventy. She cannot dance anymore. She cannot safely climb steps alone. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. I have to keep moving. 

Until I figure this out I am going to try to police my actions a little bit more in the mornings. After my morning prayer I need to begin my workout. I will write afterwards. This should keep me from jumping on the computer before exercising. I still need to figure out what is going on in my head but in the meantime, I have adjusted my action plan. Let's see how this works. 

Do you push yourself to workout despite everything else that draws your attention each day? Have you successfully worked through this issue? Please share your experience and solutions! 



Diane Fit to the Finish said...

I wrote one time that it's when I don't feel like exercising that I "must" do it. I hope that you find your motivation and excitement for exercise again.

Jane Cartelli said...

Thank you, Diane. You inspire me with your continued success at keeping the pounds off. I think I may have found a solution. Will report on it soon.


Monika B. said...

Your story is very inspiring, I need to lose 100 pounds to be in my ideal weight for my frame, I'm 5'4" and currently 230 pounds, reading your story made me feel like I can do it too but believe me I GET YOU! I often fall into these energy slumps when I can't even think about exercise and I'm still looking for my motivation tool, someone suggested I should buy an outfit a few sizes too small to keep me motivated but I think that might just make me angry and frustrated because I can't fit into it at the time. Let's see how it goes, when I find my motivation, I'll report back, good luck! =)

Cenandra said...

I am sitting here right now thinking I need to get up and go ride my bike and get my day started, but here I am reading blogs and feeds.

Perhaps the tools that we started out with to help us hinder us? It really occupies a lot of my time. I try to only do it in the mornings now verses evenings too.

I am going to exercise, thanks for this post!

Jane Cartelli said...

If I can just get up off my butt and START exercising for 5 minutes I am happy to continue for 30-45-60+ minutes. I just need to make a 5 minute commitment and it always goes that I become willing to do the rest of the time without resistance.

Just 5 minutes is working for me today. :-)