Things I'm learning about myself
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Before my now-husband and I moved in together in 2018, I lived in a 2-bedroom condo about 12 miles from work. I had to drive almost directly past the YMCA to get home, so stopping to exercise was no big deal; I'd put my exercise bag in my car when I left for work, then stop and work out on the way home. It was easy.
But we got married, and we bought a house--much closer to work, which is nice (15-minute commute vs. almost 40 minutes? Yes, please!), but significantly farther from the gym. I could still do it, but, well, we have a house now, not a condo, so I have so much that needs to get done. I'm off the clock at just after 2 pm, and my husband isn't home until 6:30, so it makes sense that I would get home and do Housy Stuff during the week--mow the lawn, plant the flowers for the deck (in all fairness, that's my project, so yeah, it really should be me), put together the Stupid Porch Swing That Will be Awesome When I Get it Done but OMG It's Such a Pain Right Now (also my project/my idea--I have such great ideas until I suddenly have to do the work for them!), run the vacuum, etc. Don't get me wrong: my husband does a lot around the house--he cleans in the morning before he leaves for work, he cleans the kitchen after dinner, and does a TON on the weekends--but the weekdays are pretty much my responsibility. Also, my stepson gets home from school just after 4, so someone has to be home for him.
All this to say, I've not been to the gym in a LOOONG time. I could blame COVID (and that is a consideration)--but we actually had COVID in December, and we're both vaccinated now, so really, I *could* go if I wanted to. I just have to want to.
My stepson's half-sister lived with us for a while, but she's now back to living with her mom, so I'm turning her room into a quasi-exercise studio. I have my yoga mat & blocks in there, and I'm considering getting an exercise bike. We have a treadmill down in the garage. I could exercise at home, easy. But I don't. Why???
1. I'm doing so much other stuff around the house and yard that I don't have to? (Nope. I mean, I am, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't do any actual exercise.)
2. I'm too busy? (Nope. Not an excuse. I spend a fair amount of time on my butt playing dumb games on my phone--and while crosswords are certainly fun, I can spare a half hour or so.)
3. Exercise is boring and I don't want to do it? (DINGDINGDINGDINGDING! We have a winner!)
I actually do enjoy exercise once I'm doing it, and I *really* enjoy the feeling of having done it, but actually starting is my issue. I have to just make myself. But that's really the hardest part.
What ways have YOU motivated yourself to actually get off your butt?