The Morning After Pill

So if you live in Raleigh (or happened to read the last post), you know that we had a bit of snow over the weekend. Ahhh… how nice it was to not have to go anywhere or do anything in particular. Forced laziness. Well if you insist. While that can feel wonderful, too much can lead to feeling sluggish. Ick. And that was the exact feeling that was creeping in on me last night. Too much egg nog, saturated fat, and sedentary lounging can make us feel physically and mentally lethargic. Is that Guilt I see just around the corner?

I decided to shut Guilt down. Not today you don’t. Last night, I began plotting my revenge in the gym this morning. 10 pm lights out, 6 am alarm set. Chuck has been fantasizing about the training for marathon #2 (freak) and told me that it was time that we start picking it up. Just say the magic words! It started with a 1 mile warmup, infused with some sadistic version of squats, lunges, push-ups, pull-ups, planks, and then sugar-coated with a brutal finale on the stairmaster, just to ensure that walking will be an issue tomorrow.  Chuck was cashed. I was ready for a nap by 8 am.  It’s OK though, because I kicked that Guilt’s Ass!

This morning was a perfect opportunity to make excuses. It’s too cold. It’s dark. There’s still snow on the ground. It’s going to be icy outside. I don’t feel good. I have a long day. Our willful attitude can keep us from meeting our short-term goals and accomplishing our long-term goals.

It is important that we give ourself permission to take days off. We are going to do it anyway so why not let yourself do it so you don’t have to deal with the guilt of it all later. Guilt just sucks up more time and energy. It takes away from our ability to refocus and motivate ourselves. When we beat ourselves up, we are less likely to accomplish our goals because we are too busy playing defense against ourself. As much as we want a magic pill to fix the calorie damage, we really want a pill to erase the guilt. So give yourself permission to take a day off, loaf, eat, relax. Let go of the rigid thoughts and negative emotion. And now that you have it out of your system, get back to work on tackling those health goals! You’ll get a killer workout after feeling so rested!