Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The exercise binge

I was messaging with a trainer who is helping me get back on the exercise train.  Yup, like millions, the New Year is bringing with it exercise.  The interesting part is that it was not a New Years Resolution.  I have been planning for the last 2 months to improve my health and been doing small things and then this trainer, Michelle, had an offer that seems like it would work with my lifestyle and obligations.
I told Michelle that I tend to binge.  I will do something for awhile and then fall off the wagon.  I also said that I think I binge because I like the variety of doing one thing for awhile, but then get bored and want to do something else. She talked about shifting from the binge to making a lifestyle choice and of course she is right. 
Now, as I thought about how I binge, I was feeling a little bad that I don't commit, but then it came to me that maybe I was looking at it the wrong way.  Maybe I do really like variety.  Maybe I need to stop calling it a binge and change my language. 
I realized that what I do is try different activities and enjoy them until I am ready to move onto something new.  I keep recommitting to physical health.  I don't fail at physical health when I stop jogging as winter approaches.  I stop because I don't like the cold and then I do something else.
The truth is that I am SO committed to my health that I keep trying and never give up.  I am SO committed that even though I ate extra desserts over the holidays, I am not giving up on healthy food, and I am recommitting to healthy eating. 
This little shift in language changed my perspective on past activities.  They were not failures because I didn't keep going to the gym or jogging or eating cleaner food.  They are evidence of my ongoing ability to recommit.  

How can I improve what I am doing?  I know that when I get bored with an activity, I stop and it takes awhile to find my next thing I want to do.  To improve and decrease the time in between, I need to plan ahead for the eventual boredom or change in weather or whatever.  I need to have my next activity ready in the wings.  That next activity might actually be the motivation to finish what I am doing now so I can get started on the new thing.  It gives me something to look forward to.
So from now until the end of February I am doing a new workout program with Michelle called Transformation 20.  I know it's going to kick my butt, but I also know I am looking forward to it.  I am also going to start looking at what I will do after, so I am ready for the next steps in my commitment to my health.

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