It’s Always Going to be Tomorrow

I think since I told you guys I was going to try and make better lifestyle choices for myself I kept telling myself I would do it tomorrow and that was three plus months ago. There were definitely days where I put forth an effort that was equivalent to skipping dessert or adding lettuce to a sandwich, but in all honesty nothing drastic. For lent I gave up soda, and I really thought that would stick, it didn’t. I would go on walks but it was so leisurely and as soon as I would break a sweat I would be done. Everyday when it came down to the fries or the salad, my decision was “I’ll choose the salad tomorrow.”

When I was younger I loved the idea that tomorrow was never going to happen and I think that’s something I’ve always carried with me. For some reason I kept saying it though, tomorrow I’ll go on a walk, tomorrow I’ll go the gym, tomorrow I’ll have a salad for dinner, tomorrow I’ll figure out a healthier option than chicken nuggets and curly fries for lunch, it never turned to a today. Until you say “I’m doing that right this very moment” it’s always going to be tomorrow or later.

So today as I was in my vegetative state on the couch watching YouTube like I do everyday after work and dinner just staring at the elliptical. Then I thought, I should really work out, like I think everyday, however instead of thinking “I should” today I said “I will”. My dad set up the Google Chromecast for me and I watched YouTube while I worked out. I’m not going to lie it was tough, I haven’t done much physical activity since I left school and even towards the end of the semester I started going to a different church that was farther away and had to drive to so I stopped walking. I did the elliptical for probably a half an hour with some crunches, squats, and stretching in there too, don’t want to hurt myself that’s for sure. I then did yoga for what was supposed to be fifteen minutes but the last 10 was all breathing so I only did five of that.

I hope that maybe this sets a tone for healthy living for me. I hope that I keep putting YouTube on the tv when I get home from work. I hope that maybe I swap out my bread for lettuce (I’m really trying to like lettuce but I just don’t like it), eat more grilled foods, swap out the ice cream for just a piece of dark chocolate. I want this to be the start of something that’s good for me. I want to be fit, I want to be healthier, I just have to take the jump.

Any advice or motivation? Send me happy thoughts please. Just a reminder you don’t have to wait until January to be healthy.

XOXO,

Mary.

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6 thoughts on “It’s Always Going to be Tomorrow

  1. gettingthroughanxiety July 8, 2014 / 12:58 am

    I just want to say that I admire your effort. You deserve to be happy and healthy and I think you are so brave. I hope that I too can start doing things “now” instead of “later”, like when I know I need to practice getting over my fears and yet sometimes still put it off when I really can’t afford to.

    • Mary July 8, 2014 / 8:33 pm

      Thanks! Good luck!

  2. Simplexvita July 8, 2014 / 1:50 am

    When I need to relax and burn off stress I start an audio book on my iPod and begin to work out. Or I listen to a movie as I work out, similar to you watching youtube. Some days the incentive to exercise just cannot be found. Those days my motivation is to get through my work out and my reward is the nice shower. I applaud your hard work and effort to have a healthy lifestyle, it’s not a small step.
    But remember those skinny celebrity witches aren’t always healthy.

    • Mary July 8, 2014 / 8:38 pm

      I honestly don’t think most of those skinny celebrities are actually healthy. I’m not really doing it to be skinny or thin even, but more just to feel better about myself.

  3. gettingthroughanxiety July 8, 2014 / 8:52 am

    Simplexvita made me think of something that may help you. I find that listening to music and dancing can be relaxing and it gets you moving. Also hula hoops may sound babyish but can relieve stress. Plus you can do this while also listening to music.

    • Mary July 8, 2014 / 8:38 pm

      I love the hula hoops hahah

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