I hate the phrase you see over and over in beginning help posts about fitness. It’s always some variation of “it’s not hard, just do it.” It’s like everyone in the fitness blogging world works for Nike.
Well, it is hard. If it wasn’t, more people would run marathons on their Sundays.
You’re not supposed to make excuses, but really, sometimes it’s just reality and facts. Sure, I could push myself to do more, to go out and run, or to lift weights, and maybe I’d even feel better after.
But starting is hard.
When your body is tired, worn out and just not up to anything, then it’s not just hard. It’s not just mental.
I may not be that overweight, and I may not even be that out of shape. But I’m exhausted.
I’ve been sick since January for unrelated reasons, and that has sapped everything from me. My energy, my spirit, any motivation I might have had.
It’s also made it really essential that I start taking better care of myself. I’ve cut back a lot on my sugar and processed foods consumption. I still need to work on packing better lunches, but mostly I’ve just concentrated on getting through a work day. My work days are long, and there are six of them all in a row with a day to play catch up on housework before doing it all over again.
It’s not easy.
A few months ago, I started wearing a step counter. On my lazy at home days I average about 8000 steps, on my busy work days I can easily clear 14000 steps. That was just a baseline. With this sickness I’ve had, I’ve lost 5 – 7 pounds. Mostly from eating smaller portions and giving up a lot of sugar.
I don’t have a plan. I’m not going to say that I’ll get out to start walking more, or that I’ll start using my treadmill. Since I probably won’t. Just like with eating better, I’m only going to concentrate my effort into making better choices as I face them.
Then we’ll see what happens. Maybe when it’s nice out, I’ll decide to go for a walk one morning. Maybe I’ll just stroll around the nearby park. Maybe I’ll enjoy that, and decide that on Thursday mornings I’ll start going for walks.
We’ll start with that in mind: no pressure, no deadlines, no stress.