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An Exceptionally Lazy Homebody

Monday, May 12, 2014

Years of allowing myself to be lazy has really made it difficult to change. I try not to beat myself up when I have gone yet another day, week, and month without pushing myself to make more of an effort to increase my physical activity. It’s not like I don’t have time. My alarm goes off at 5:30 am to give myself time to do a quick workout but I hit snooze until 6:00 am every weekday. I leave for work at 7:00 am and normally return home about 5:30 pm. I visit with my mum for a little while, eat dinner, then watch TV and surf the net until 9:00, 10:00, or 11:00 pm. There’s plenty of time in there to get in a really good workout. On weekends I usually get up at 6:00 or 7:00 am and take care of errands and chores but have most of both days wide open for whatever I want to do, which should include working out or at least taking walks. I don’t have kids or a husband to occupy my time and my aging mum is still mostly independent. I live in a charming, walkable neighbourhood that has nice parks. It’s also a short drive to hiking trails and beautiful beaches. What is my excuse?

The problem is that I love to relax. I love to just veg at home. I don’t get out and do things like I should because I’m a homebody. I don’t leave my home except when I must. When I am away from home, I long for being home. Okay, so I found workouts that can be done at home. Well, that didn’t last long. As I mentioned, I do love to veg. Doing any type of workout means I have to get up and move. What’s worse is that I can’t just sit back down and veg immediately afterwards because I will be too amped and sweaty and hungry. *rolling eyes* What doesn’t make sense to me is that I love the feeling I have after a good workout so I should want to work out. I feel energetic and strong afterwards! I know that if I work out, that feeling will return. I remind myself of that every day, yet there I lounge.

Thankfully, I continue to do well with eating healthier than before. Because of this, I am still losing weight or at least maintaining even on the bad weeks. I hover at 38-40 pounds under what I was early last year. I am grateful and very proud. However, my heart, lungs, muscles, my entire body is screaming at me to move more and the increased physical activity would help me reach my weight loss goal faster! I sound like a broken record because my previous posts have the same complaint (which is why I haven’t posted a blog entry in months) but I suppose it helps me to vent and perhaps I hope it helps let other homebodies know that they are not alone.

Any other exceptionally lazy homebodies out there?
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    Hi Reznut: I know exactly what you mean. I've tried joining gyms in the past; but it never lasted, because the last thing I wanted to do after a long day of work was to get in the car and get sweaty somewhere else (especially in the winter). I have exercise equipment in my house, but it was so easy to say, "I'll just finish X, and then I'll exercise." The problem was, as soon as X was finished, Y would pop up.

    Then, three months ago, I got to the point where you are now. I knew I had to get more active, but I also knew the usual things that I had always tried were doomed for failure. So, I started thinking to myself, "I used to be so active." (I know you used to be, too, so this may work for you.) "What did I used to LOVE doing?" One of my favorite things to do when I was young was to run long distance, so I decided on that.

    I knew, however, that if I just tried to do it on my own, it wouldn't work. So, I signed up for a 10 week running clinic. I thought that spending the money on it ($60 - not a fortune, but not something I wanted to just throw away) would motivate me to show up regularly. I also quickly felt obligated to show up, because my coach had such faith in me.

    It's now 9 weeks into the clinic. I LOOOVVVVE it! I run with the group twice a week and once on my own. I've made progress that ASTOUNDS me, and I'm completely hooked. I'll run my first 5K in a week and a half, and then I'm signed up for a 10K training clinic immediately after. I've found my passion again, and I'm getting stronger so quickly!

    My point is not to talk you into starting to run; but I'm sure if you could find something that you used to love, you may find that you still do. That may be your ticket out of couch potato land.
    2108 days ago
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    Well you must be doing something right losing weight
    I am the same, working out was never in my life, it's hard but it's in my life now!
    2108 days ago
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