Guilt and exercise
This could be the world’s shortest post: guilt has no place in exercise.
That could be this whole post.
Then why do so many of us spend so much of our time and energy making ourselves feel guilty over exercise?
“I didn’t exercise today – I’m so bad”
“I’m wasting money on that gym membership – I feel awful”
“I never use that treadmill – I’m so lazy”
Yes, exercise can make you feel great and lift your mood – but not if you’ve had to literally force yourself, kicking and screaming to do it. All this beating yourself up not only sucks the fun out of what can be an enjoyable activity but leaves you feeling more exhausted and more lousy about yourself than if you just sat on the couch.
No, I’m not suggesting that just sitting on the couch is a better alternative, what I’m saying is really look at why *you* want to exercise – because you know you do, that’s why you signed up for this bloggy-butt adventure. At the end of the day you really do want to be fitter/healthier/leaner (pick your own adjective!).
exercise should never be viewed as punishment.
it will never work. And even if it looks like it’s working for the first 2 days, you will never be able to maintain it. Working against your instincts is a recipe for disaster.
So I’ve compiled this simple little list of do’s and don’ts to help you keep everything in perspective the next time that nasty guilt monster sneaks up on you…
Cate’s anti-guilt exercise list:
promise yourself you’re going to exercise everyday
punish yourself with words or actions for not exercising
think that only vigorous, sweat-producing exercise is the only kind that counts
join a gym if you can’t comfortably afford it
buy expensive exercise equipment, period.
set realistic goals
give yourself permission to take a break if you’re exhausted, sick or injured
find a form of exercise that you really enjoy
exercise with friends for company and encouragement
reward yourself with pride when you have done *your* best
I hope you are all finding this journey you’ve undertaken rewarding. And if you’re struggling – reach out and talk to your friends, family and fellow bloggy-butts bloggers. A little encouragement is worth so much more than a great big pile of guilt.
thanks for reading…
This week for me has been good. I am a little freaked out that there are only 3 weeks left for me to reach my goal I originally set but, I am noticing a difference, feeling better about myself and happy that for once I am focusing on a new years goal that I set.
I really love reading about how you are going on your challenge and have been blown away at some of the weight you have lost. I really appreciate the support you have given to Michelle and I and even though it has been really hard to get this weight to shift I have been having fun blogging about this.
Here is a record of my journey so far:
Week 1 * 71.9
Week 2 * 71.6
Week 3 * 72.2 - Blah!
Week 4 * 71.6
Week 5 * 71.3
Week 6 * 71.0
Week 7 * 70.7
Week 8 * 70.3
I am happy to have another loss this week. This weight is moving very slowly but it is moving.
So over 8 weeks I have lost 1.6 kg - I was hoping for so much more than that but at least it is staying off. To meet my goal I have exactly 2 kg to go. Ahhhhh! I so hope I can make it but looking at my previous weeks - I am not feeling that confident.
For me it is also about making a lifestyle change and being healthier. I do feel like I am doing that.
So generally I am happy.
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