Today was a first. I have never worked out on the 4th of July. If I am being truthful, I don’t think there are many major holidays that I have. I have taken the opportunity to be lazy and over eat. That is what holidays are for right? No. Not really.

For the past 7 weeks I have been working out on a plan. This morning was supposed to be the start of week eight, but today is a holiday and I took vacation time from work this week, so my normal gym routine is going to be missed. I could either take the week off and rest, or improvise and workout with what I have here at home. As you saw above, I chose the latter.

The first couple weeks of the workout routine I spent training myself to get out of bed in the morning. I knew I needed to workout, but the voice in the back of my head kept telling me how comfortable my pillow was, how nice it was there in the dark, and how much better I would feel with another hour of sleep. Wrong, wrong, and wrong. Around week three the voice finally shut up because it knew I wasn’t listening anymore. Until this morning.

I got out of bed about 5:15. It is my normal time for the week and I came in here to the office. The voice knew it couldn’t keep me in bed, but it kicked into full gear when I sat down at the computer. It was a fight. A few months ago I would have given in and played Angry Birds in Google Chrome. Not this time. I took my workout plan and modified it on the fly and I am sitting here now tired and happy.

The moral of the story is this: I knew what I needed to do and I had to make the choice to just do it. No, it wasn’t perfect, but I keep moving forward. It is Independence Day. I celebrate the freedoms we have in our country, including my freedom to choose a better way for myself.

3 thoughts on “Nike said it best. Just do it.

  1. I celebrate the freedoms we have in our country, including my freedom to choose a better way for myself.
    It’s this very freedom that’s inspired me to mark today as a reset. I was vegan for eight months before I got pregnant; that fell by the wayside, and subsequent efforts haven’t been long maintained. I decided to view today, exactly as you said, as a time to “choose a better way for myself.” It’s good to live in accord with my beliefs, rather than keep on letting my tongue decide what should be on the menu!


    1. I completely understand about letting your tounge choose the menu. I have done this more times than I want to admit. It has been amazing how much better a little self control makes you feel though. I used to drink three liters + of Dr. Pepper a day. I had a third of a can the other day and it was enough. Eating healthy has been a good change of pace for me. One I am going to keep doing.


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