Morning Coffee | Me Against My Mind
Good morning, everyone! How’s your week been?
As I mentioned in last week’s Morning Coffee, this week has been all about getting myself back on track again after the extended Christmas break, and in that respect, I think promising to update you all with my progress every week was possibly the best decision I could’ve made. Er, possibly not for you, obviously: I mean, I’m not sure how interesting the minutiae of other people’s workout plan are to anyone, but it’s definitely helped me, that’s for sure.
Honestly, I had the very best of intentions, but my missing motivation is… well, still missing, basically, and I woke up on Monday morning to howling winds, pouring rain, and a powerful urge to pull the duvet over my head and go back to sleep. I’m pretty sure the only thing that got me out of bed and onto the treadmill was the knowledge that if I DIDN’T do it I’d have absolutely ZERO progress to report in this post, so I guess making myself accountable did the trick!
(The word count is the overall total, by the way, not a weekly one!)
This month (or what’s left of it, anyway), I’m mostly concentrating on getting back into a routine, and kick-starting the running habit again, so my main aim has been to try to do something every day, rather than worrying about how far/fast I manage to go. I figure 20-30 minutes of actual running has to be better than telling myself I HAVE to run for an hour, and then ending up not running at all, because I’ve managed to convince myself I just don’t have time for a full hour.
Not even I can pretend I can’t possibly squeeze in a 20-minute workout, so that gets me onto the treadmill (and when it stops snowing/raining horizontally, will hopefully get me out of the house), and once I’ve started, I’ll always manage another 10 minutes at least, so it’s definitely better than nothing. I’ve been fairly successful in making running a habit in the past (Just in case anyone thinks that’s something I should be congratulated for, no need: it’s purely because I have an over-developed guilt complex…), so I know I can do it again: it’s really just a case of me against my mind, which keeps trying to convince myself that I JUST DON’T HAVE TIME, OMG!
Lack of time is also the main barrier I have to overcome with my book writing: even more so now that I’m back to creating daily content for ShoeperWoman.com. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy writing about shoes, and feel really lucky to get to do it for a living, but there’s no denying that it feels much more like “work” than writing for this blog does, and I find than when I’ve been writing all day anyway, the last thing I want to do is write some more in the evening. Again, the thought of having to admit that I didn’t make any progress at all on The Book was one of the main things that persuaded me to do it, and, as with the workouts, I generally find that once I get started, I’m fine: it’s the getting started bit I struggle with.
(Again, don’t be too impressed by my progress this week: quite a few of those words were ones I’d written before!)
Anyway! I didn’t intend these posts to become totally devoted to tracking my progress with those two goals, it’s just that not much else has happened this week, what with the snow and the dark, and the January, so I’m hoping you’ve all got something a bit more exciting to report. How was your week?[separator type=”thin”]
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