Breathing in, breathing out

workout-planI’m always happy when I get through a whole week of completing every part of every workout I’ve planned to do every day.

That sounds like such a simple thing, doesn’t it? The sad fact is that I haven’t been doing this for long enough so that it’s never tempting to skip this part one day or skip that thing another day. It’s a little bit like quitting smoking. How many years in do you have to be before you are never craving a cigarette? I quit six years ago and I still occasionally get an urge to go find a cigarette.

How do I answer that craving? I tell myself, “You don’t smoke, Dawn.” Within seconds, the craving is gone.

It doesn’t quite work that way with my workouts. Probably has to do the difference between resisting the temptation to do something and resisting the temptation to not do something. If I want to resist the urge to have a cigarette, I don’t really have to do anything. As long as I do nothing, the craving will eventually go away. But, to resist the temptation to skip a workout involves actively doing something. “Ignore it and it’ll go away,” is not an option.

The trick there is to get myself to the point that I’m on autopilot. I come home from work. As automatically as I hang up my keys, I go change into my workout duds and come down to the workout place otherwise known as my living room.

I have realized that the reason I was rambling along in what felt like a directionless post last week was because I was rambling along in a directionless post. The bottom line of that post is the relatively simple task of setting short-term goals (and long-term goals, for that matter) still lies before me.

This is a no-brainer, right? I have to decide where I’m going before I decide how best to get there.
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