Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Persistence when I'd rather not

What made me happy today was going out and exercising even though it was the last thing in the world that I wanted to do. I have days where I have to fight myself on this, where I'd much rather give into the aches and pains that I somehow make so much bigger simply so that I can con myself into believing that it might be a good idea to take a day off.

I cannot tell you how many times I have given into that desire only to do the same thing the next day and the day after that. My little break turns into years. I really am too much to take sometimes with my ridiculousness. Trust me on this.

So I put my sneakers on, pulled my hair back, popped my IPOD in my ears (on songs that lift my heart) and I walked.

The payoff is twofold. I get the exercise which somehow helps me cope with my life so much better (not that my life is horrible or anything, but I've found that I need to make time to exercise because ultimately it makes me feel so much better.) And secondly, I feel good that I didn't give in to my desire to be a lazy ass, and, really, that's worth every blister and shin splint. I think.

So that was my moment of happiness which lasted most of the day.

And I went out for Chinese food afterwards with my husband, and that was good, too.


Eliza said...

Hey, good for you! I've always found that it's true what they say about keeping the blues at bay: you need to EAT, SLEEP, and EXERCISE, and there's no doubling up on one to avoid another (believe me, if there was a way, I would have found it). So I dragged my sorry ass to the bus stop today on foot pulling my littles in the not-so-little-red-wagon, and felt virtuous for a solid five minutes. WHOO, TITS!

Eliza said...

Oh and thanks for reading and especially for commenting! Your comment cracked me up--I do TRY to provide explanations for those who are interested in figuring out the lingo, but if you'd only seen the blog on feed reader I can see how you'd think I was NUTS! Now I feel like I should run a "beware, all ye feedreaders" post just in case. Thanks for sticking it out, and props on your perseverance!