Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Just Write: Clawing Her Way Out

I ran today. On the treadmill. 3 miles in 36 minutes. It felt great. I didn't do a darn thing last week, in the way of exercise. Or much else, if I'm honest. But today, I ran (except when I walked). It felt pretty powerful to not do any exercise for over a week and then get on the treadmill and dig deep and pound it out. It would be easy and normal to beat myself up about not doing much last week. But I'm not. Because today I ran.

I do this in lots of areas of my life, as do so many of us. I think about how I didn't do the dishes throughout the day and let them pile up instead and then rush to get them done before dinner. It is frustrating when I do that, since it is my own choice. But today I did do the dishes, right after breakfast. Washed the skillet that the eggs were cooked in (I hate cleaning egg pans, so gross). Put breakfast dishes in the dishwasher. I quit lamenting my lack of motivation in days past and chose to do better today.

My room is a mess. I made the bed. It helps, even if it is just a mental boost. Maybe it will spur me on to finish the room. I know I would appreciate it (not to mention my patient husband). If I don't do it though, I'll smile when I go to bed in my made bed. Because I did that, at least.

There's a productive, organized, happier me somewhere in this mind and body. I'm not sad, don't be alarmed, but I am coasting. I think I need to do less coasting and more intentional moving. And not just on the treadmill. That girl is there, clawing her way out. I'm going to make it easier for her to get out.




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7 comments:

  1. Oh I need to do more intentional moving so much. I have to make an effort to do the things I need to do. Every day.

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  2. I make the bed to boost my mood some days too. I do not normally do it. It's kinda like putting make up on. It makes me feel better even if no one sees it.

    xo

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  3. I can so relate. It seems like I'm either on top of computer work or on top of housework. Right now, it is computer work. The house is a sty.

    It is SO much better to do the dishes right away after meals and make the beds. I TRY to do at least those things but sometimes life gets in the way (and work.) Exercise ALWAYS helps me feel better though, and gives me the energy to tackle the less enjoyable household tasks.

    Dig deep, girl. :-)

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  4. I used to focus on what I didn't accomplish instead of acknowledging what I did accomplish, and I always felt frazzled and behind!

    Today I celebrate whatever gets done, and I know I'll make a little more progress tomorrow. At the end of my life it won't matter when the dishes were washed, but it will matter than I enjoyed life every day.

    What have you enjoyed today?

    See you at BlissDom!

    Chrysta

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  5. Nicole,

    this last part?
    ". I think I need to do less coasting and more intentional moving. And not just on the treadmill. That girl is there, clawing her way out. I'm going to make it easier for her to get out."

    really struck me. I can totally relate. I need to MAKE IT easier for her, too

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  6. That last part hit home for me too. I think it's time I stop giving myself permission to coast too and find a way to pull the old me up and out there.

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  7. Good for you!! I'm sure that felt pretty awesome to knock those miles out after a bit of a break. I need more discipline in my life!

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