My Slug Nature

I didn’t work out yesterday. I felt sluggish all day.

If I’m honest, before I started my workout today I just felt like sitting on the couch with a big mug of sugar and a big plate of sugar on the side. I had a nagging headache and felt emotionally off, all I wanted to do was sit under a blanket and cry. I felt like a slug – wanting to hide under a rock.

I seriously contemplated giving up on this whole thing. I know I’m getting stronger and feeling better, but I think the realization of this being a lifestyle change and not just a 30 day thing is hitting me. Yeah the DVD is a 30 day workout, but if I want the effects to stay with me I need to make this part of my everyday life. I wondered if that was something I was willing to do. And I wondered if I don’t make the change to be more active now….then when? I’ve been wanting to for a few years already, and keep quitting. Every time I quit it gets harder to get back up and start again. And then I put my shoes on and got my butt in gear.

Now, after finishing day seven, I feel energized! I’m not dead tired like I was on day 1, I’m in less pain, and I don’t feel like bursting into tears anymore. I’m walking with a spring in my step rather than feeling like the weight of the world is on my slumped-forward shoulders.

Have you ever poured salt on a slug? When I was in my teens, my whole family spent a week on an island off the coast of BC. It was beautiful, but on it were the most massive, slimy, disgusting slugs I have ever seen in my life. After it would rain the slugs would be all over the place. Gross. But if you pour salt on them….well, I’ll spare you the details but they die. Really, there’s a point to this, hang in there….

Okay think of it this way: the truth of me needing to take care of my body and get stronger as an act of worship of our Great God and Savior is like salt. It’s like I need to constantly pour that salt on the slug in me, and put to death that slug nature. So from now on, when I don’t want to be active, and think I would rather sit on the couch with a big cookie, I’m going to try visualizing those slugs.

I do not want to be a slug.

2 Responses to “My Slug Nature”

  1. Kendall Says:

    I hear you!
    I’ve got a slug-nature, too, my friend. A couple of things that have worked well for me over the past several months – my “salt” if you will. :-D If they help, great. If not, ignore them. :)

    1) Remembering that after 21 days, you develop habits. If you do it long enough, it will become your “normal” and even if you don’t do the video – you’ll want to go swimming, or walking, or sledding with the kids. Your body will crave the activity. I never actually “enjoy” it – but I get satisfaction from it being completed.

    2) Reward yourself! After your workout have your cookie. :) I will sometimes brew a pot of coffee for little-‘ol-me in the afternoon just because I finished my workout. Or I’ll watch a show I enjoy… whatever works. I also don’t work out on Sundays, and rarely do on days I’m out of the house for more than 5 hours. Those days I just try to watch my portions.

    3) Keep being honest about it. My guess is that after you blogged this you were feeling more motivated about today, right? Even saying how much you hate something can cause you to realize how much it’s necessary. :)

    4) Last – but not least: Remembering to take one day at a time. Missing a day isn’t the end of the world. Planning how you’re going to do the next workout on your “off” days is fine. When I switched from “big” goals to little ones it became easier. From “I want to lose x-number of lbs.” to “I want to exercise tomorrow.” and the next day thinking the same thing. And all of a sudden, you’ve worked out 10 of the last 14 days and are being able to lift the baby a little higher. :)

    Keep it up, Kim! You’re doing great – and really? – reading about your attempts is keeping me motivated. Speaking of which… :) I’m off to get my walk done.

  2. Becky Fehr Says:

    What an honest post… I can identify! I came up with a bunch of great excuses to not do my PLAN during the week… It gets dark too early to be safe going out alone to skate or walk like I planned and Dad isn’t home to watch the kids so I can go till after dark… can’t go during the day since I have the two babies and how can I skate and where would I walk to with them along? Well that was busted open because I can always walk to a friends and warm up then come home and they are fine bundled up on the sled… I can skate with them on the sled and get a double work out, skating and pulling and they love it!…

    Anytime you wanna be active with me we could go sliding at the hill by my house with the little ones during the day! Or meet at the skating rink! Now that I have started pulling them around the rink on a sled I have no excuse about taking the kids to the rink and getting some exersise during the week…

    I have yet to do this though… oh blah… your post was a good kick in the butt for me too… thanks

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