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Embrace the suck

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

All of you, who have found an exercise you love, go do it.
This blog isn’t for you.

This blog is for me and any fellow travelers for whom the truth goes something like this:
Exercise sucks! Off the top of my head I can think of twelve things I’d rather do with my clothes on. My inner sloth is using my inner athlete as a seat cushion.

There it is. That’s the truth. The truth is not the excuses we might say out loud. Valid excuses like:
It is 102 degrees with 110% humidity and no one is moving outside. Bike ride, my ass.
I commute 3 hours a day, what time to exercise?
I’m eating on a chair in the living room; my apartment is too small for cardio equipment.
I have no physical grace; it’s painful to watch me try and move.

We say these things not because we deep down inside believe them to be really valid. Deep down inside our inner sloth (in my case, recliner girl) wants adult beverages and the power to rule the day. But we’re not going to admit that out loud.

So here’s the deal, we’re not fooling anyone. Our very pores are exuding “exercise sucks” pheromones.

This is my challenge: embrace the suck. I don’t have to get all gung ho and I don’t have to pretend this is exactly what I want to be doing. I'm avoiding the suck I like least.

Exercise sucks but cardio vascular disease sucks more
Exercise sucks but diabetes sucks more
Exercise sucks but hating the way you look sucks more
Exercise may suck for every single treadmill minute, but I’m embracing the suck and doing it anyway.

This is my record of how I lost the weight for the last time and got healthy.
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    Gosh most of the time I love exercise but yesterday it did suck! I never say that either. Talk about timing! emoticon
    3040 days ago
    Made me smile! Thanks!
    3042 days ago
    You know I am a gym rat but it hasn't been as much fun for me as it used to be.
    Plus, I'm reading a book that claims long cardio sessions are a waste of time.
    3042 days ago
    I appreciate your blog. No, it wasn't a blog for me, but I'm glad I read it anyway. You will make your goals with your determination.
    3042 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    If you're on a treadmill under such conditions, you should get a medal!

    "My inner sloth is using my inner athlete as a seat cushion." Did you make that up?

    Thank the heavens your sloth is inner. emoticon
    3042 days ago
    You. Are. A reality-facing, truth-telling, hero, my friend!


    I hear you. Loud and clear, sister! I used to be pretty gung ho about my morning exercise DVDs. But since that routine has gone the way of the dodo for an embarrassing number of months now, I rarely feel the love anymore. Much of the time, the only reason I manage to get 50 minutes of cardio 5 days a week is because, even at 102 degrees with massive humidity (tomorrow's forecast for us), biking to work is still faster and less super-annoying than packing myself like a sardine onto a 112-degree train that circles around the downtown area, including my destination, for 15 extra minutes before actually getting to it. (Chicago's el train system might have been inventive at its birth, but with few to no improvements 60 years later or whatever the heck it's been, I'll stick with my Specialized hybrid and an insulated water bottle as I battle a half dozen a-hole drivers per trip, thank you very much.)

    So yeah. In my own way, like you, I do what needs to be done! If I enjoy a few minutes along the way? Bonus!

    Keep on keepin' on! emoticon
    3042 days ago
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