I’m constantly amazed at how easy it is to start talking myself out of doing something simply because I don’t “have time”. Today was pretty crazy. I worked through my usual lunch break practically without realizing it, finally grabbed something and ate it at my desk while still working. I had some friends coming over later, and I needed to get home and get ready for that after work. I was starting to talk myself out of going to the gym because I just wouldn’t “have time”.
I decided to completely ignore myself as I tried talking my way out of my run, and just go do it anyway. I won’t lie; Monday’s run was definitely better. Today I had a much harder time settling into a rhythm, and I was just glad to be done by the end of it. But something amazing happened after all of that. I felt refreshed from having gone to the gym, powering through it, and taking my mind off of the long and tiring day behind me. Working out is important for me on so many levels, mental, and physical.
I’ve really been a slacker over the last few months. I haven’t been working out as consistently, and I’ve been eating less than stellar. All of these things started to pull me down. I justified my legitimate “lack of desire to do the right thing” with the false excuses of not having enough time. Signing up for a couple races seems to have forced me to carve out the time. Yet I don’t feel any more time constrained than when I was not doing those things. I’m finding that if I make those things important, there will be time.
I’m also finding that I’m involved in a lot of things that simply aren’t important to me, and are just the cause of more stress in my life. It is time to let those things go. They’re stopping me from pursuing a few other things that I really want to do. I’m already making “resolutions” in a sense at this point, but I feel encouraged by where these decisions will take me.