I oftentimes ask myself, “Which do you dislike more: housecleaning or a dirty house?” I don’t really like either 🙂 but I a dirty house wins the contest. Today I asked myself that same question about exercising – which do I dislike more: being the sad owner of a puffy muffin-top hanging over my jeans or taking a small part of my day to work out?
The question seems really silly when I put it to myself in those terms. I mean, of course I’d rather feel good about myself and how I look and as a side benefit improve my health, but just like I wish I could have a clean house without cleaning, I also wish I could have a small shapely body and good health without the bother of working out.
Where I get hung up the most is when I hear myself say, “Ugh….I have to do this every day for the rest of my life!!!!!” (notice the “have to” attitude) It’s like I’m standing at the base of Mount Everest, straining to see the top, realizing what it will take to get all the way up there. Next thing you know, I’ve lost my desire to take even the first step up the climb.
But when I remember to 1) be thankful that I have two legs and two arms that are still able to exercise, and 2) take it one day at a time, one workout at a time, and one jean size at a time, I find that I can take that first step and the next day take the next one, then the next, and so on.
Keeping my daily workouts as daily workouts and not as a lifetime of sweating sore muscles, helps me enjoy them and the added benefit of being healthier and feeling better about how I look in my jeans. But I still wish I didn’t have to clean my house so much.