As much as I know, going to the gym is good for me, but that doesn’t make it any easier to get in the car. I know that I am in good company, and there are a lot of people who agree that they know they should go but it’s hard to get out the door. Once I get there, I’m okay, it’s just getting there that takes work. Why is it that the things in life that are good for us, take the most effort and aren’t fun? I wish that was different, but it’s so true.
When I think about the things I know I should do, like going the gym and eating vegetables, I have good intensions but poor follow through. When I had my kids I read lots of information about what to teach, when to teach it, and how to get kids to like vegetables. One book that I remember talked about setting a child’s palate by feeding them vegetables. They will see them as sweet and begin to enjoy them. That was good in theory, if only it worked. It didn’t work for my daughter, but for some I have to believe that it did. Just like eating your vegetable, sometimes doing the right thing is the hardest thing to do.
So why are the best things for us so hard, and the things we would rather do easy? Not sure about that issue. Still working on that one for myself, but I will say that I think some of the issues are learned. It’s hard to admit that I have issues, but I would rather have pizza than baked chicken, and pie than broccoli. For me, it’s about rewarding myself for doing hard things at work, at home, everywhere. There is no reward in a healthy meal, even if it helps me with goals I have and want to reach.
So how do you find the motivation to do the right things, and eat healthy, and go to the gym? I’m not sure, but I’m working on it. I think that’s the key, as least as much as I can for now. In working with people, I have learned that there are set backs, so I tell people not to give up. When working with people around not smoking, I talk about never quit quitting. As I see it, the idea is never to quit. I drag myself to the gym because it reminds me to try to stay with it. I try to eat better, even if I fall (okay jump) off the healthy eating wagon. If you stumble, you have to keep going. Don’t’ give up, and don’t stop for good. I may not eat good every day, but I’m getting better at getting back on the horse, so to speak. I’m hoping that’s progress and I’m hoping I can keep stumbling and getting back up again.
So today, I’m going to the gym because I should, not because I want to go. I will try to keep eating healthy, even if I don’t want to eat healthy, and I will keep trying to make better choices. I will jump off the wagon at times, but I will get back on as soon as I can. That’s how I can start, and I hope that will help me keep going, toward a happy, healthy, future. It’s part of my focus on being happy for life.