I’ve had something on my mind since I wrote my my work-out plan post this morning.
I love creating schedules. They give me structure (which I need!), help me to see progress towards goals, and help to keep me on track.
For me personally, schedules are good for accountability.
I have a schedule for work, I know what needs to get done and when.
I have a scheduled date with Zach, I know not to make other plans.
Doctors appointment scheduled? Better get there!
I have a work out planned, I MUST FIT IT IN.
Did everyone catch that emphasis there?
While I am great at creating schedules and absolutely benefit from having them. . . sometimes my type A freakazoid personality keeps me from understanding that there can and should be flexibility in scheduling. This is very true with scheduled work outs.
I don’t have much guilt if I need to reschedule a doctors appointment or meeting at work. . . but If I’m being totally honest, I DO have guilt when I skip a work out.
Does that seem backwards to anyone else? I give myself anxiety over the possibility of skipping a work out? That does not seem very conducive to a healthy, happy or balanced life.
This point stuck with me all morning today. I was struggling because I hadn’t yet formally written out my work out plan for the week, but I was already making excuses for why I may have to move some work outs around, or god forbid miss a work out all together.
Let’s take a look at my schedule for the next three weeks:
- This weekend Zach and I are talking about taking a short trip to Rocky Mountain National and getting in some end of season serious hiking. If we do that, I may need to scale down the long run (and that’s OK).
- Next weekend we are in New York for Zach’s old roommates wedding Thursday-Sunday, so I am going to be trying to squeeze in a long run from far away. I’m hoping this just gives me a chance to explore a new place, but I also want to be open to wedding activities and recognize if I need to switch runs around (and that’s OK).
- And then of course, 2 weekends out is OUR WEDDING, so that entire week is all about flexibility, enjoying the moment, and enjoying our families. I already have some runs with friends planned, and I do have some time off so I can squeeze in a long run somehwere, just need to be open to moving work outs around (and dang it that’s OK).
Seriously, I have some AMAZING things coming up in my life, and I do NOT want to let a silly switched up or missed work out to affect that in any way.
Over these next 3
busy unique and amazing weeks, I am giving myself permission to be flexible.
I want to be sure that I fit in my work outs, but most importantly that I remember to enjoy them and be thankful that I am healthy and able to be active when I do fit them in. (I mean let’s be honest, I love a good Runner’s High to miss too many good work outs 😉
I cannot forget or undervalue that I am a happy and healthy person. I eat whole, natural, REAL foods for the majority of my diet. I work out consistently and find ways to squeeze in little bursts of exercise often in my daily life. I have amazing friends and family in my life who love me unconditionally. I live in an amazing city and have opportunities that I am thankful on a daily basis.
THESE things are important. And these things aren’t going to change over the next 3 weeks, if anything they will only improve.
No more exercise anxiety for this girl . . . and THAT”s ok :).
Question of the afternoon: Am I totally crazy with this? Can anyone else relate to this exercise guilt/anxiety?