I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I want to be better about my health and exercising. It probably doesn’t help that I’m sick right now – my cold isn’t helping me feel my best.
As my loyal readers (read: friends and family) know, I am a very goal oriented person. I respond well to structure. I make rules for myself and I follow them. Mostly. There was that one time in the grocery store…
The thing is, I am realizing that perhaps the key to feeling good and feeling healthy is not making strict rules for myself. Instead, I am starting to realize that it’s about consistency.
I had planned to start running in the mornings before work today. I was going to make myself run for a month straight. I like running once I get into it and a short jog always gets me excited in the morning. Well, at least once I get out of bed.
But this morning, my carefully laid plans weren’t happening. I feel terrible and it’s raining. No thanks run.
So instead of giving up and saying, “To hell with today! I’ll do whatever I want and start being healthy tomorrow,” I’m going to say “This isn’t right for me today. That is ok. Today I will rest because that is the healthiest thing to do and tomorrow I will see how I feel.”
Consistent thinking. Consistent goal of being mindful and healthy.
It’s not going to be easy for me, but if my body’s telling me anything, it’s “slow down and be gentle.”
So that’s what I’m going to do.