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I didn't want to...

Thursday, February 04, 2016

I have had a busy week at work. I had a busy week in my after work hours - meetings, son's basketball, appointments. Tonight I got my haircut and colored. I got home and sat on the couch. It felt so good to sit and do nothing! I turned on the tv. I thought to myself "I should do those reports for the meeting this weekend". I didn't want to. I thought to myself "I should get on the treadmill and walk a half hour like the doctor wanted me to". I didn't want to. I sat on the couch. I started playing a game on my phone. I turned on the tv.

I really ought to do that stuff. Nah, I don't want to. The phone rang. I chatted with a friend for a half hour. I told her I had things to do, but I didn't want to. She laughed and said "Please don't use me as your excuse!" I got off the phone and started to play a game again. Oh gee I should do that stuff. Ugh. I don't want to.

I got up, put on my walking shoes and got on the treadmill. I didn't want to. I started to count the steps. One, two..... only about three thousand nine hundred ninety eight to go. This is awful! I turned up the music. I started an internal dialogue with myself instead of counting steps. I started telling myself how good I would feel when this was over. I started telling myself how this was moving me towards my weight loss goal and following my doctor's instructions. I told myself how this was getting me conditioned to do a 5k with my grandkids this spring. I started thinking about that 5k and how out of shape I was! I looked at the treadmill and I already had over a mile behind me! I picked up the pace and did a few minutes of a slow run. I was breathless. I can't say it felt good physically - but it felt good mentally. Thirty minutes later I had in a little more than two miles. I didn't want to.... but I DID! WooHoo! Accomplished and crossed off the to do list!

I went upstairs turned on the computer and finished up those reports. I didn't want to. I wanted to sit down, cool off and do nothing. Well those reports are done and I don't have to worry about how I am going to get them done anymore! Now I can go take a shower and sit on the couch! I can watch tv and do nothing!

Sometimes I just don't want to. Sometimes I think and think and wear myself out. Sometimes I am my own biggest obstacle!

I had a trainer who used to say if you want different results, do something different. So I did. I DID IT! All I can say is I'm glad it is all done! No regrets!
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  • KENDRACARROLL
    Well done!
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  • FLEETFEETGIRL
    emoticon You rock...it's so hard sometimes to get up and move; good for you on all the self talk that got you moving!!!

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  • SAM_I_AM_2K
    emoticon GREAT job!!!

    I have had the "don't want to's" a lot lately... you are so right that you have to change something... hhhmm
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  • ASRMOM
    I like this blog! It is so me! I'm going to have to add you!
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    Loved this blog - it is so ME!! It's so easy to use "I don't want to" as an excuse for doing nothing but the guilt that comes with it takes away any good feeling that you might feel from relaxing! Good for you for talking yourself into doing SOMETHING and following through on it! I need to post this near my couch to motivate me into quitting the excuses and just DO IT!!
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    Truer words were never spoken - if you want different results - do something different! We can all take something from that! Good for you Barb!
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    Mickey. Thanks for such a simple motivational blog. It is simple. Just do it/ Of course, as we get a little worn out, we don't want to. It is easier to sit on the couch. But easy doesn't get much done. I have an apartment to tidy today. I don't want to BUT your blog lets me know that when I am done. It will be tidy AND I still have time to relax , just a little later. Great step forward. Thank you again for the inspiration!!!


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  • MISSUSRIVERRAT
    Interesting how in tune with yourself and honest you are. It allowed you to work with yourself to get things done that you wanted to. Interesting how you gradually turned things around and what you specifically said to yourself. May seem like a small matter, but this is where the change happens.
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    I have these internal monologues all the time! Good on you for getting stuff done!
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    OH YEAH!! Way to talk yourself out of and into getting stuff done!! lol! Good job!!
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    Good. This is a good blog as there are quite a few folk that go thru this. I lived reading this.
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  • SHIRLEYPBROWN
    Thank you. I needed to read this post for personal inspiration. Thanks again & again. Good luck & God bless.
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