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Analyze and ReBoot!

Monday, May 18, 2009

I am already feeling the stress of a new school semester and the excuses to skip workouts are gathering at the edges of my energy. I'm taking a cue from my work / school and performing a risk analysis. =)

Excuse A: Too tired
Cause: Well, yeah. I'm stressed, my sleep quality is utter drek and the waterbed has decided that I must be menopausal as it is FREEZING COLD lately.
To Mitigate: More pajamas! Keep the afghan over the comforter! Stretch out before rest and try to calm the mind. Eliminate the stress drivers (READ: Do some homework, but not right BEFORE bedtime). More knitting and quality time with the cats should help, too!

Excuse B: Too Busy
Cause: Not saying "No, Thank You," to activities and plans. I need to plan my week more realistically and provide better balance to accomplish what is important.
To Mitigate: Identify what is important, either to my goals or to my happiness. Make those activities the most important. If something comes up that doesn't fit in the scheme of importance, decline (or at least minimize; hey, change takes time!).

Excuse C: Oh, the Pain
Cause: March, the Month of Final Exams, was a bit lazy. April had some excuses for letting the lazies linger. It's halfway through May now and it's well past time to step away from my desk. Sure, there's pain (knees, back, shoulders), but it wasn't THAT bad when I was active. In fact, it's likely worse because I've lost some strength AND gained a few extra pounds.
To Mitigate: Wherever I am is a good place to start! Get busy - at a reasonable pace, not where I left off - and get back on track.

Sheesh, those excuses don't look like much when I stare them down. Maybe, with a bit of reminding, they'll lose their power over me!
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    I definitely need to do the same sort of risk analysis when I feel myself slipping. Thanks for posting this.... I may steal the idea when I need it!

    I remember how hard it was for me, way back when, to put exercise as a priority when I was in school... I was better at it then than I am now that I am working full-time. Congratulations for realizing that you needed to take a look at your habits and figuring out how you could get back on track! That's most excellent!!
    4301 days ago
    Great job! putting your excuses down. You will now be able to combat them more easily.

    You can find a way to Finally Love Yourself within all of that. Kudos for you sticking with school and trying to be healthy. Its not easy but it can be done.
    4301 days ago
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