ARGH! I hate working out. I need to do it, that's for sure: I'm carrying at least 30 pounds (ok, more like 40) that don't belong in my belly and thighs. I want to have a stronger heart (I have athletic teenagers I need to chase around!). And I want to survive a bike ride we've put on our summer calendar -- going from Prague to Vienna (#spoiled). So my motivation is STRONG. I've resorted to tricking myself to get to the gym.
Last week I bought an awesome workout T shirt, because a pleasing workout outfit helps me motivate. It's a great gray/black color and just enough stretchiness (NO tight shirts for me!), but best of all, it has those slots to slide your thumb into. Because, you know, I'm taking a lot of outdoor runs and need to stay warm (ha-ha-ha -- no I'm not!). I just like how cool it make me feel.
I'm also highly motivated by... watching TV. We don't have a TV at home, haven't for 20+ years. (Yes, my kids have grown-up this way.) But there are TVs on all the bikes and treadmills, and yes, I know which station is the Food Network and which is E, and during the holidays, which is the Hallmark station (I didn't even realize they HAD a station -- I thought they made cards! Little did I know that I could watch a sappy movie every minute of every day in December!). I do not watch the news, I watch Friends reruns. Or cooking shows. And when I think no one is watching, I watch the Kardashian family, too (but after six or seven minutes, I get such an awkward feeling watching their bizarre lives, I have to click past and find a Hallmark movie to cheer me up).
I've recently come to realize that the opportunity to be alone and be offline is also a bonus of working out. No email for that hour; no Facebook, either. As my work gets busier (a blessing, for sure), I realize that time without tech is a gift I truly need to give myself. I embarrassed to say I find I have my phone in my hand, scrolling mindlessly, at least once a day. Gym time means phone in the locker (hey, I gotta concentrate on that Hallmark love story!), and even though I'm often still in front of TV tech, it's great to put the phone to the side.
So... it's 4:45 pm on a Sunday. Should I catch-up on email? Get a jump on my slice for tomorrow? Plan the three PDs I'm leading this week. Nah... I'm heading to the gym! (for REAL!)