Monday, March 10, 2014

The Mean Lazy

la·zy adjective \ˈlā-zē\

: not liking to work hard or to be active

: not having much activity : causing people to feel that they do not want to be active

: moving slowly

Synonyms

idle, indolent, shiftless, slothful


Slothful…that is a pretty powerful word. That is a freaking disgusting word!!

Fun fact: I *hate*…I would even say *loathe* laziness.

Fun fact: I can sometimes be the laziest person I know.


Sad fact: I have caught a case of the mean lazy.


They say that it takes 21 days to form a habit. But how many days does it take to UNDO a habit?? Not many!! Becoming lazy is easy. Becoming UN-lazy (is that a word?) is not.

Yeah, yeah, yeah...I know the story. Just start moving....just put one foot infront of the other...just get off my ass. It all sounds so easy, so simple.


Well, it IS that easy & simple. But when a mean case of the lazy can be as tough to break through as a mean case of the sads. Sometimes that son of a bitch just takes over you. It can be the worst!! I *HATE* feeling lazy (unless its due of course). My father was one of the laziest people I have ever known and I have always vowed to never be like that. I'm not at quite that level I don't think. But lazy is as lazy does.


It's not that I do not want to exercise. I do! I really, REALLY do! I need running in my life more now than ever before. But this mean case of lazy has me running to the couch instead of the road. In reality I can't really run at all right now. I just need to start walking again before I take off running. And even though I day dream a lot about going out for a nice stroll, clearing my head and working up a little bit of sweat...I just can't seem to freaking get out there!! I just can't seem to shake this case of the mean lazy!! And dream's can't come true unless you chase them.


I've signed up to run a half marathon on my birthday this October (not my first half marathon) so I really do have to get off my ass and get out the door. Saddest part of this story is that I own a treadmill and an elliptical. Both of which are sitting pretty in our bedroom. Since I've quit drinking I *definitely* have more energy and I do find myself going out and doing more things...like running to store to get things I need, going to the local Cafe for a cup of coffee and to do some writing (which is what I am going right now as a matter of fact), getting up at a decent time in the morning. But I still can't seem to make myself get off my ass and get a workout in.


Just like quitting drinking...just like eating better...it doesn't magically happen. It is something that *YOU* (*I*) have to make the choice to do. I have to choose to take time out after I get home from work (yes, after work. Because I am NOT a morning person and believe me I tried in the past to start a morning workout routine. It is not for me). I have to choose to wake up on the weekends and get a workout in before tackling the day.


I used to do these things so easily. It can become easy again!! It's time to tell the mean lazy that it's just going to be a friend that I see on occasions...like Sunday afternoons or Friday nights. I should be thankful that I have the ability to move. I should not take the ability to move for granted. I should be selfish and use my physically ability in excess. And that is what I am going to start doing again.


It's kinda funny. This chapter of the journey is kind of starting backwards. It used to be that I always started with my eating & tracking, then adding in workouts, then working on my drinking. Maybe I finally found the right recipe.


What's something that motivates you to not be lazy???

 

15 comments:

  1. my child.
    my puppy.
    that's it :-)

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  2. Friends expecting me to show up at a certain time....I can't let them down and that motivates me!

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  3. Well, trying on my wedding dress 2 1/2 months after picking it up and realizing that it barely zips up because I have gained too much weight. Instead of having them let out seams, I am going to lose (at least) the 7lbs I have gained in the last 2 1/2 months.

    Besides my already purchased wedding dress, my motivation is that I do not want to feel guilty. If I do splurge on some pizza or french fries, it helps to have a few work outs under my belt for the week. I swear it stops me from going crazy and throwing in the WW towel altogether. I just track my two slices of pizza and then move on and plan when my next workout will be.

    Something that came up in my WW meeting a few weeks ago was "Why am I doing this?". Apparently, I am not the only one in world who sometimes considers just being overweight for the rest of my life so that I can enjoy pizza & ice cream. Some of people who feel that way are really close to goal. But what we decided that is your motivation will wain, but if you keep going through the motions (tracking, eating your salads for lunch, exercising) eventually your mojo will come back and you'll start pushing yourself again!!!

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  4. I start small with my level of commitment. Three days a week for 30 minutes. If I'm still not feeling my workout after 10 or 15 minutes I give myself permission to quit. I think I've only stopped three times using this method.

    When I was having trouble sticking with anything and was at my heaviest. I started going to a group workout class (like a boot camp). It was small so I knew people would realized I missed class (this motivates me). The first class I thought I would die. I was so embarrassed by what I had done to myself. I just told myself to keep going and each time I would get better. Four months after I started I ran a five miler. I found the class gave me the help I needed to get back into running after about a month. I'm not sure I could have run a quarter mile when I started. I had lapsed with my running for two years and put on about 60 pounds before that day. Two years later I still have phases of lazy, but I sign up for races every few months to keep me moving. Just 5 milers or 8ks. Something I want to keep my endurance up for, but don't feel like it's a struggle to keep up with the training for.

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  5. I agree with KayakMedia - if a friend is involved, I exercise. I even started a “competition” with a friend where we keep track of the number of minutes we exercise. We set a goal of 2,500 exercise minutes by June 1. If one of us does not meet the goal, we buy the other a small reward - $25 gift card to Starbucks. I stay motivated because I don’t want to lose but I especially don’t want to lose by a lot!

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  6. What motivates me- honestly- two things- fear & vanity.

    Fear because my dad died suddenly of a heart attack. I don't want to end up like that. He had polio as a child and with his one leg pretty withered, working out was a real challenge for him, especially cardio. He'd do the bicycle thing with his arms some, but I'm sure that was really, really boring.

    Fear of not being able to get away from something or someone attacking me is also a serious motivator for me. I like to picture myself as someone trying to get away from some crazy monsters sometimes. You only have to be faster than the person next to you, you know. Sounds insane, but it works for my crazy head.

    Vanity- pretty much speaks for itself. When I really don't feel like working out, usually a look at my body naked will get me moving. All that cellulite on me legs and booty motivate me.

    I agree with Dawn about promising to start a 30 minute workout several times a week. Usually I can talk myself into starting it, then if I make it more than 5 minutes, I will keep going until I am done. It's just changing your clothes and getting into the habit again.

    What about motivating yourself with some kind of reward? If I work out 3 times this week, I will get a manicure on the weekend? Or a massage? Or whatever little splurge item you would love to give yourself.

    Good luck! You can do it!

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  7. I am so with you. I am pretty sure my motivation froze to death this winter.

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  8. I usually really regret not working out or running if I have the time. I just try to remember how awesome it feels to be done after exercising. That's what motivates me. It doesn't always work, but it helps!

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  9. Can you watch tv or a show on your computer while on the treadmill? I started watching a Netflix series and told myself I could only watch it while on the treadmill. It was great motivation to get on it! I've really struggled this Winter too. It's tough, but as Nike says "just do it!"

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  10. First thing, you are selling yourself a bit short here. Giving up alcohol takes a HUGE amount of effort. Maybe it is not the same kind as physical exercise, but it is a huge step in gaining back your mojo in general. So, be proud of how "un-lazy" you have been about this. Second, exercise after work has always been a problem for me so that is why I do it in the morning. Getting up in the AM sucks whatever time it is for me, so getting up a little earlier sucks just a little more. The feeling of not having to think about it for the rest of the day is worth it. I often fight myself but I do it anyway. If that is truly not an option then make a plan to get the exercise in before you go home and get through the front door. I know, once I get home there is no going back out again. Bring the clothes to change into with you to work. Change into them before you leave. Stop at a pretty spot on your way home. Walk. A minute, two minutes, fifteen, whatever feels good. Whatever or however you decide to start, you are so not being lazy right now.

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  11. It is an interesting content. After reading this I get energized.

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  12. When I catch myself being lazy, which is usually once a weekend,I remind myself that life is too short to let it pass me by being lazy. Sometimes it works and sometimes I realize my ass is tired and I'm not being lazy,I need to rest. It's ok to rest Suzi. Give yourself that, then get up and get moving. Do it. You know how, you've done it before. Baby steps are at least steps in the right direction!
    Your kindred spirit,
    Suzette

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  13. Love your post! I'm struggling with food everyday and would love to see some daily food ideas here or on Instagram!

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