Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Some things work, some don't...this one didn't

Askfirmation versus Affirmation? Well, it was a swell idea, but it didn't work for me this morning. In fact, it had the reverse desired effect.

I woke up at my usual 4:40 a.m. intending to get up and get to the gym by 5 a.m. Instead of my normal self-talk of "get up, get going and just don't think about it", I had a debate with myself.

I thought about how I didn't have to go workout, that I could think about it, and asked myself "when would I work out today?" After falling back to sleep and waking up at 5:30 a.m., I thought about it some more. The bottom line, I made it to the gym by 6:20 a.m. This is unacceptable.

If you think I'm being too hard on myself, trust me, it's really easy for me to fall back into old, bad habits. Although I've been exercising consistently for three years, it doesn't take much to convince me it's not a necessity. I'm easily swayed. Look Diana, shiny object!

Exercise is a necessity for me. It's the only thing I've done consistently for three years. I try to eat right most of the time, but obviously I mess that one up pretty often (or I'd be skinny by now).

As far as when I exercise, it's not up for discussion. I exercise in the morning. Period. I need to be at the gym by 5:30 a.m., or 6 a.m. at the very latest. This has been working for me so I don't know why I thought it was necessary to change things. Some things should stay the same.

The Big Climb
I know I keep talking about this but I'm really excited the Big Climb. So far I have 20 people signed up to participate as part of a corporate team, and today was the first day I posted it.

We're going to plan a fundraiser breakfast. I also found out today I might be able to get my company give matching funds. Maybe. I'm setting a fundraising goal of $5,000. I know that's pretty high but that's what the Light of the Night group was able to raise for cancer last summer. I hope my team can the same.

Facebook & Twitter
Since I want to get the word out on The Big Climb, I'm going to join the 21st century and start posting on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I've had these accounts set up for a long time, but basically I'm just a stalker. I never post anything, I just read about other people's lives. Hopefully this will help get the word out about the Big Climb.

The links to my Twitter and Facebook are in the upper right corner. Please friend me or follow me or whatever the heck you call it. I'd really appreciate it!


Vee and the Kid said...

It is SOOO easy to fall back into old bad habits. You're right. Good for you for not just staying in bed. Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

Danielle said...

Hi Diana,
Went to click on your twitter button to follow you but it is not connect to your account - it goes to the welcome page or to my own newsfeed. You might need to adjust your settings. :)

Runnergirl said...

I have that problem too - I so easily talk myself out of going for a run - and like you, I'm not skinny because I have no WILL POWER.

I find going for a run first thing on the weekend the best thing, but at this time of year it's the gym after work and I am already wavering about going tonight - despite the fact that I haven't been in a week and I am 145k short of my 1,005k in 2010 target...

Runnergirl said...

Also weird - you are exactly the same height and weight as me... but look so much better, so there's my motivation for going to the gym!

M Pax said...

Took me some time to enjoy twittering, but I loves it now. Don't think I have you on FB.

I hear ya. I've been working out consistently ... oh, going on 5 years now. Some days are just harder than others to find the drive. I don't know why. When those moods hit, I recite what I like about working out [there are a lot of things I like about it] and then remind myself the funk is only temporary. Also I will bribe myself with a favorite workout if I have to.

Alan (Pounds Off Playoff) said...

Diana, this is so great what you are doing with the Big Climb.

I don't Twitter (except to follow Mariners rumors) or Facebook (except vicariously when my wife tells me about it). But I'll be here for the long form updates.

Mama Bear June said...

Keeping the healthy habits can be a struggle! You look wonderful, so you are definitely doing a great job at it.