By Michele Zehr
Ok, so if you have been reading this blog, you’ll notice I haven’t posted anything new in 3 weeks! It’s not because I’ve quit, that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s because I did a poor job of scheduling my life, something I’ve struggled with my whole life. I have a tendency to say “Yes!” to most things that excite me, but this can quickly turn into an unbalanced work/life situation even though what I’m doing is all really positive and great stuff.
So this week, I’ve learned the lesson that when I get busy, I have to literally schedule in the time to exercise. When things are flowing a little less chaotically, I can keep track of my life in my mind and I say, “Ok, tomorrow I have the afternoon open and I’ll go running then.” This week was so not like this and it was a big wake up call for me to make sure I place my exercises as high on the priority list as eating and sleeping.
I also traveled for work a lot the past few weeks, and I am proud of myself because I took my running gear and made sure the hotel I was staying in had at least a treadmill. Usually when I spend half the day on a plane, I just feel like chilling out in my hotel room and the self-limiting belief I always hung onto was, “Well, you’ve just traveled all day so you deserve to just relax.” I’m not saying this didn’t come up for me, but then my way of dialoguing with this is to say, “I hear you, but we’re talking 45 minutes here, and you would only be laying around all evening, so why not hop up and exercise.”
I used to see people in hotel fitness rooms running and I admired them while at the same time secretly believing these people were a little obsessive if they felt they had to work out while traveling. This is just another example of how I was sabotaging myself with the stories I told myself. In reality, traveling and the ability to exercise aren't really all that connected, but I certainly created one as a way to justify my lack of movement.
So the big BIG lesson this week is to not put exercising on a lower priority list, and when I get busy, to make sure as I’m scheduling my work day that I leave enough room for working out.
I did run my second 8 mile day this week after I got home from my travels, and I have to say it was a totally different experience this time as compared to my first time last week. It just seemed easier for some reason. When Mo came over for my session earlier this week, I was so excited to report that I actually ran 8 miles last week! He said, “Did you cry?” Actually, during the first 8-mile run, on my final time going down the mountain trail, I DID tear up because I couldn’t believe I was doing this! How does that guy know all of this? He explained that 99% of what makes exercising and pushing our bodies difficult is our mental attitude. I’ve heard this but never quite experienced it like this before, so I have to agree with him. The difference between last week’s 8 mile run and this week’s was that I knew I could do it this week because I did it last week. The mind is an amazing thing. Here’s to a life that flows a little better, doing a better job of scheduling my work, and another week of loving my body. Life is good!
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