I have always been one that finds every excuse in the book to NOT workout when I am sick. Sometimes it is best to give your body rest, but other times, its best to just sweat it out. I started getting sick last week and it started with a stomach ache for a couple days and then it moved on to a scratchy throat and ended with nasal congestion. I took Sunday through Wednesday off. I actually had all intentions of waking up early yesterday and working out. When my alarm went off at 4 AM, I rolled over to my husband and said, "Do you think I should just sleep in to give my body rest?". Meaning - I am really tired, please justify my sleeping and and skipping my workout.
Do you do that? Look for others to justify your excuses?
I am the queen of it. If my husband says its ok, I feel better about my excuse. At the end of the day, whether you justify your excuses or not, you are still letting your excuses win. Another example. The other night, I was craving Tim's Jalapeno Chips SO bad. As you know, I am following the 21 Day Fix Extreme plan right now and unfortunately, chips aren't allowed! Before my husband left for the store, he asked me if I wanted him to grab the chips. I said no, but was secretly hoping he would get them anyways. Thankfully, he didn't! But once again, even if he would have bought them, it doesn't make it ok.
My goals are my own, not my husband's or anyone else's. I need to do what is best for me and have enough willpower to stand up against my excuses. I can't rely on someone else to tell me no!
So, last night, I committed to working out in the morning. I laid my workout clothes out, had my DVD ready and even put my scoop of E&E in a cup. I got up at 4 AM today and had one of the best workouts I have had in a long time. I had to pause a few times to blow my nose, but overall, the workout made me feel much better than I had been feeling previously. Felt good to SWEAT out this cold. Burned over 400 calories before 5 AM and I felt really proud that I didn't let my excuses win.
We are all tired. We all want to sleep in. But, we need to remember to make our health and our goals a priority every single day. We are important!