I dread working out. If I can find any excuse to get out of exercising, I will take it gladly. Alarm didn’t go off? Well, I don’t want to be late to class because it’ll look bad, so I’ll just forget about it today. Cloudy weather? Bad omen – better stay home. Can’t find my water bottle? Well, working out without water is a major no-no! I’ll just eat some chocolate chips from the refrigerator instead.
But the weird thing is, once I actually start a work-out, I really enjoy it! Especially when I am in a class with an instructor, I feel incredibly motivated to give all of my effort. Even if I am the slowest and the least in shape, I relish knowing that I am burning calories, and the camaraderie I feel with the other members of the class surpasses any embarrassment I might feel at being slower and less coordinated.
What’s even better is the way I feel after I work out – full of pride and joy, like the goddess Diana after a hunt, or Joan of Arc in the midst of battle. It’s incredible how much working out brightens my mood for the rest of the day.
And yet, I’m always spending the hour or so before I start looking for excuses not to go. My brain hasn’t figured out yet how awesome working out is – I’ve spent too much time reinforcing the idea that exercise is boring. But as long as I keep going consistently, my brain is going to catch up. Our brains have an amazing ability to change and adapt (check out Michael Merzenich’s TED talk on this topic), and every time I work out and enjoy it, I am rewiring my brain to tell me that exercise is awesome!
So today, despite any excuse I could think of, I went to my workout, and I have discovered the following:
–Just because it’s cloudy doesn’t mean it will rain. Today was cloudy, and I had the workout of my life!!
–Troy can go to my workout in his pajamas. No one will mind, because HE’S A BABY. Even if he was a toddler, I still don’t think anyone would have passed judgment.
–If I forget my water bottle once or twice, it’s okay – the park is full of fountains, and I can drink a big glass when I get home too.
I think Batman’s girlfriend Rachel Dawes put it best: “You are what you do.” Showing up matters – especially when you don’t feel like it.
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- Brown thumb (slowly) turning green!!