It’s been a long time since I worked out on a Saturday! But I NEEDED it today.
Yesterday I wrote about 5 posts and trashed them all. They all led to a discussion of how I’ve been feeling the last two weeks and it’s not worth going into when I’m trying to fix it. ;)
Since today was Saturday I decided to do all the things that are good for me. I spent some time with my mom and various friends. I ate a delicious brunch. I listened to upbeat music. I went shopping for things I wanted and needed.
Aaaaaand I forced myself to go to the gym for 30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical machine this morning before meeting a friend for brunch.
Totally a smart decision. I can’t remember the last time I worked out on a Saturday but it set a good tone for the day.
I also forced myself out of the house on a couple walks despite the rainy cold weather. I went on a walk by myself and on a walk with JuJu.
An extra 2 miles of walking! An hour of movement today in total today, which was more than I’ve gotten on many Saturdays past.
Gotta say, I really liked hitting the gym on Saturday. This definitely deserves a repeat next weekend!
Manny"the health nut" says
You seem to have to “force” yourself a lot for someone who otherwise seems to love what you’re doing?!
Eh, that’s what happens with depression sometimes. So be it.
When you come back we can do Saturday workouts! NEW FAVORITE THING EVER!
John @ Lose Weight Today says
Sunday is worse than Saturday :( keep it up!!!
Erin Brown says
I’m proud of your for making smart healthy choices this weekend so far. I can’t say that I’ve been as determined but when you are dealing with mental stuff it can get hard. Continue being a warrior! =)
Mary, how do you motivate yourself to stay committed or even just get going when you are struggling with depression/anxiety/hormones that make you feel like crying all the time? I know it’s something you struggle with as well and I’ve just been giving in lately and not even trying and it’s a vicious cycle.
Hey Ki! Honestly, it’s really hard. The last two weeks have been more actual depression than the normal stuff, so to be honest I haven’t been motivating myself that well. It’s been a haven’t-done-my-dishes-in-over-two-weeks, can’t-motivate-myself-to-get-out-of-bed-for-work, isolate-myself-from-everyone, cry-for-no-apparent-reason type of thing. On Friday night I decided I either had to go to the doctor or just force myself to do what I needed to do (or both). So Saturday that’s what I did. It really can be a vicious cycle and it can get worse. I know the last time I suffered from a more major depression I let everything go and regained all the weight I lost (50 lbs worth), racked up debt, and generally threw my life in the dumpster. Remembering that and realizing I don’t want to go there again is motivating me now.
Thanks. Sometimes it helps just to feel you aren’t alone in this and you aren’t the worst person ever at being an adult/functioning in life! It really does help to think about what you have overcome/where you don’t want things to end up sometimes to motivate you. :)
Wow – you did a lot between the gym and the walks!!!
Way to push through!
Cardio can be really effective in losing weight. I am sure you felt better and more energized after your workout. Keep it up and try to mix your cardio with upbeat music all the time, it tends to be more fun that way. You will not get bored.
I’ve been trying to workout sunday mornings. it’s fun, going straight from bed to the gym, then walking back home when most people are still getting up, knowing i accomplished something already! great energy boost too! it’s just the getting myself to wake up and get there on a day off part that’s hard.