Sooo....I bet you are expecting me to write about some half marathon I dominated, or some other Mount-Everest like event. Alas, no. But, I did have what I thought was one of the biggest triumphs this week.
Backstory (suspense is the backbone of every story): As some of you know I have been criss-crossing the country for the past few weeks for work in what is a bit of a depressing time. Not sure if I told you the whole story, but my team in the midwest has been laid off. So, I'm supposed to be hiring a team in Philly while rolling off my team in MN. Although their official last day isn't until February, people will choose to leave sooner if they find jobs. And, one of my very good friends and rockstar team members told me last week his last day would be at the end of the month. It was pretty devastating as we have been friends and worked together for a long time. And, he's just an awesome person. I'm hoping this winter he will be our guest columnist for the Daily Sweat because he loves to cross country ski. Anyway, not such happy times as I love my team and we've been through a lot together, but such is the corporate world and the state of the economy these days (don't get me started :).
So each day I'm out there is emotionallly challenging as we are of course all humans and whenever something like this happens there is anger, grief, etc. I'm a bit of a sponge when it comes to other people's emotions, so staying strong is a little exhausting. I'm able to do it at work, but usually I turn into a zombie the minute I hit the hotel room.
Last week was particularly hard as we had this incredibly tough project which meant staying late most nights. In the past I would have used this as an excuse not to get up and work out the next morning. Isn't that how we humans work (I worked so hard last night, I deserve to stay in bed a little longer, etc. etc.)? One night in particular we stayed until midnight. I had a year at my company where that was pretty much status quo (a year when I gained about 10 lbs by the way) as we were fighting to stave off bankruptcy. Not much taking care of myself happened that year.
So, I crawled into bed around 1:30am that night, setting my alarm for six doubting even as I set it that I would get up the next morning. When the alarm rang, I did the usual trying to talk myself out of it, saying that I deserved to sleep, blah, blah, blah. But then another voice kicked in. At the Healthy Living Summit, Dawn Blatner told us that she used a little psychology trick with new clients who didn't workout. For 7 days, their homework was to put on their workout clothes and go to the place they would typically workout and then leave. She made them promise they WOULDN'T work out. She said every client by the 7th day was dying to work out. I kind of used that mentality with myself.
I told myself - hey just put on your workout clothes, all you have to do is walk on the treadmill for 10 minutes, stretch your legs from sitting all day yesterday, no biggie. So, I dragged myself out of bed, dressed and headed to the gym. I started the slow walk and then the next thing you know I kicked that sucker up and did some speed drills. After that I did a quick 20 minutes of lifting and core work. Voila - a 40 minute workout that almost never was. May not sound like a big deal to you, but it was one of the biggest triumphs I've felt in a while.
It's easy to workout or eat well when everything goes according to plan or you have tons of support, but I believe that hardly ever happens for most of us. All of us that find those few minutes a day to dedicate ourselves to our health deserve a HUGE pat on the back.
Any triumphs out there - big or small - from this week you'd like to share? Please comment or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And for those of you out there struggling to start working out, try Dawn's trick (http://dawnjacksonblatner.com/). It really does work.
Take care Sisyphers. I know putting your shoulders to the boulder gets overwhelming and exhausting. I'm proud of all of you who triumph every day and continue to persevere to change your life for the better.
Freeing Sisyphus (aka Melody)
Putting the shoulder to the boulder and taking small steps each day to achieve freedom from the mundane.