Note to Self: Just Do the Damn Thing

I’ve been slacking. There, I said it.

In general, I’ve been slacking simply because I can. When I say that I’ve been slacking - I don’t mean that I’m not getting done what needs to get done. Rather, I mean that I feel like I’m not getting as much out of my day as I could - there are lots of other things that I want or need to do but I don’t simply because they fall by the wayside. Let me be clear, I’m not talking about being busy for busy’s sake but rather, being productive and turning all of those “hey, I should do that”  thoughts into action.

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[early morning gym time is rough]

It’s little things (that really aren’t so little) like sleeping enough, doing more mobility work so I don’t have to deal with this dumb strained quad muscle, writing and reading and learning more,  and stressing out less. All of these things are pretty important to me but I find myself making excuses for why they don’t “fit” into my day - I’m tired, I don’t feel like it, I’ve got other things to do, I feel lazy, etc.  - but they are just that, excuses. I have (or could have) PLENTY of time for those things but I chose to use my time another way. And lately that way hasn’t been very productive, at least, not for my particular goals. I also get impatient - I work hard and want things NOW but I forget that things take time, sometimes lots of it, and it’s something that I constantly must remind myself of.

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[sometimes (or all the time) doing things means doing hips thrusts]

Let’s put this in the context of training because hey, I like talking about barbells and squats and things like that. Due to my work schedule, I’ve had to switch to AM workouts for 2 of 3 main workouts during the week - that means I’m up at 4:45 or 5am and at the gym just past 5:30 to get in, lift, and get out the door by 7:30. I haven’t worked out in the mornings in quite awhile - I’m pretty used to lifting in the evening so it’s been a rough few weeks. Due to the time adjustment and aforementioned slacking, I feel like my recovery has been absolutely terrible. I’ve been good about eating enough but my sleep is lacking, my mobility work is definitely lacking, and my stress levels could be better managed. So what do I do? I get frustrated at tough my workouts feel, analyze what is going on….and then do nothing about it. Not really helpful, is it?

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[weakness = axle things. solution? coach buys axle & I clean, press, & zercher carry all the things]

I’m good at analyzing, observing, and solving problems - I’m an introverted person by nature, I like to sit and observe others around me. I make calculated decisions. I avoid failure. But at some point, that just leads to a whole lot of sitting around, having lots of answers and solutions on paper, but no accompanying action. I think about foam rolling and stretching and getting a few more hours of sleep but then do nothing about it. I tell myself that I don’t have time to foam roll and stretch because I’ve got a freelance thing to do or papers to grade. I tell myself that it’s impossible for me to get more sleep because I have to pick up my husband who works in a restaurant and doesn’t get out of work until past midnight.

But truthfully, I’ve thought up lots of solutions for these issues and they just sit there because I just won't do the damn thing.

Getting more sleep or taking extra time to read more and learn more isn’t a big, scary, daunting thing and the pay off is pretty big. I feel like all too often, whether it’s something small (get your ass in bed) or big (compete for the first time), we all forget to that when it comes down to it, we can plan all we want, but we just have to do it.