So here I am, after my second week with the White co, and I have to say that I feel much better… about a lot of things.
Week two – D – for dedication. And I do not mean just at work, but in general. Being efficient, dedicated and strong willed is not something one turns on/off – it is not something you are one moment and not the other. You either have it, or you don’t.
It is a lifestyle. So I decided to live it.
It is no longer a surprise that google and facebook know what I do in the morning. It looks like my digital persona is working out, as depicted by my article suggestions – 6 Ways to Wake Up Early, 7 Easy Ways to Become a Morning Person and 8 Ways to Wake Up with More Energy. (I must have missed the 1-5 bits).
So, in the meantime, what is my physical persona doing?
Working out, of course.
The advice in the above mentioned articles is really great. I had actually started my routine before getting to see them, but that makes me feel even more motivated : aside from giving me a sense of pride that I thought of a similar routine all on my own, I get to not make excuses anymore : if it is written online, it must be true, right?
Step 1. Waking up early
It is actually not as hard as I imagined it would be. I used to be a morning person a few years back, when I had to cram lots of different activities into the same day, and thus I knew that if I could do it then, I can do it now.
I wake up at the same time, and I go to bed at the same time. +/- 10 minutes.
Also, it solves a problem that I used to have in the evening: that great desire to stay awake, as if I did not want the day to end… yet. And it never felt like it was the right time to go to bed. Well, the issue is resolved now, as I KNOW when the right time to go to bed is. When I reach that time, I get sleepy and totally unproductive – the latter feeling makes me want to go to bed and leave my tasks for the day to come, when I KNOW I will be very productive and efficient.
I fall asleep a lot easier, which is also great. No more fussing around in bed searching for that perfect position, no more switching sides of your pillow, no more heavy thoughts of missed opportunities and possible failures to come. Only sleep. No matter which side I am on.
People often say that one should never set a favorite song as an alarm clock… I did, and it works for me, as I keep singing that song for the 1st few minutes of the new day. Of course, the actual getting out of bed part is still tricky, but I am working on it… day in and day out.
Step 2. Working out
Those seconds of doubt – when I start hearing the voices that tell me I am sleepy/hungry/cold / likely to not finish my tasks in time and thus I should skip the workout and get to work early/my muscles hurt/I will just skip today coz I do not feel like working out and if I miss one day nothing will happen/I can reward myself with a snooze – those seconds are shorter now, and I spring out of bed, I turn off the alarm and I stretch.
And it is a great feeling to breathe in the smell of the morning, even if it is an indoor one.
And yes, then I remember the video, Welcome to the Grind. And I say that no, this is not all I am capable of. Yes I am sleepy, but I have to do this.
One has to first decide, whether to work out or not. And that decision is easy to make, and a bit harder to stick to. What is there to decide? A healthy body means a healthy mind. Also, with spring/summer on the way, there will be immense opportunities for the outdoor activities that I love: hiking and cycling. I will no longer catch my breath when I go up a hill, or when I have to take the stairs, 3-4-10 flights up.
I like knowing and feeling that my body is strong. And I hate this feeling that I have after working out, where my muscles are shaking when I attempt routine movements such as writing this blog post.
So yes, working out has a lot of positive, and only one negative – laziness.
Working out…. at home
Working out at home has its challenges, though. First of all, it requires a bit more will power to both get going, and to keep going. Going to a gym is easier in that matter – one decides to go to the gym, and once there, there is really no turning back. One has to work out.
At home, things are not so straightforward.
At home, one can make the decision to work out, but without commitment to that decision, without sticking to the separation of the deciding and the doing – one can stop in mid arranging the furniture. And yes, the latter is a must, as for example in my case, I do not have to move anything, but the rather small space confines some of my movements and I end up hitting the lamp more than once per workout session. (sigh)
Another reason why it is hard to stick to a routine is the peer pressure and the lack of effort gratification- there is none at home, at least nothing immediate. At the gym, you see others who are in better shape, who manage to do more, who look better – and you feel motivated to do the same. At home, however, you only see yourself in the mirror, and guess what, those voices that you had shut down just a few minutes earlier start talking again, and you feel tempted to quit, as it is too hard for you, as you are not sure whether the routine works, or whether you are doing it correctly. At home, you get to be your own personal trainer – which is no easy job either…
But, the decision has already been made. (Great article, works every time I start re-thinking a decision already made…. http://www.raptitude.com/2014/02/keep-your-doing-and-your-deciding-away-from-each-other/ ) Shut those voices out and breathe in, then out. Then stretch. Then start your routine.
In the end, in this case, what you do does not matter as much as whether you do it.