There was a definite ATTITUDE earlier in the week. I didnít want to exercise. It required too much effort, too much time, and I had way too many other things to do. However, I now seem to be programmed to do SOMETHING every day, even if itís just 20 minutes.
So, as I trudged along one morning, that inner voice was telling me that I didnít have the time for this, and there were many other things that I could do with the time, and why was I taking the time to do this?
And then I stopped dead, right on the trail and thought: youíre trying to figure out why youíre TAKING the time to exercise when you could be figuring out how to MAKE the time to exercise appropriately? So, I started moving again, and let my mind wander.
Some of the thoughts: I MAKE time to fix mom a meal, to make sure the dog and cat have what they need, that we have appropriate food, that I do my job extremely effectively and efficiently. In short, I MAKE SURE that everyone and everything around me is happy and healthy, that all the laundry is done, and where am I in all this?
Right then and there, I realized how I was shortchanging myself. Making time for myself, for exercise, proper eating, proper rest, is at least as important as all the other stuff that I do.
So, the Ďattitudinousí thoughts changed [yes, I know itís not a word, but itís such a useful adjective!], and I made sure I had at least a half hour hike. And one day this week, when things were just too busy in the morning, I made sure I had my swimsuit and went swimming after work! It was absolutely the right choice, as Iíd overdone it with weights earlier in the week and was still sore. This morning, I took an extra 10 minutes and took a longer hiking trail.
And I have to go now Ė itís time for the weekly Tai Chi experiment [and I promise to write more about that within the next few days.].
Once again, attitude is everything. As long as I thought I was TAKING time to take care of myself, I was really losing out. Realizing the need to MAKE time has made a huge difference.
Yet another new year’s tweak!