So I was up late on Sunday night. It was a busy weekend and I was really tired. My alarm went off at the normal 5:30am which is for me to either get up and go to the gym or get up and enjoy the quiet morning before work. It was Monday, so it was a ‘get up and go to the gym’ day. I didn’t want to get up at 5:30 since I was tired. I hit the snooze twice. I caught myself thinking, I could just skip today. But then a more rational thought took over.
The inner Drill Instructor (DI) barked at me “You know your self, if you skip today it will be a slippery slope and before you know it you will not be going to the gym at all and paying $53.00/month for the shame of failing once again” “Suck it up, buttercup and go!” he continued to bark at me!
I rolled out of bed, now feeling a little anxious because it is almost 6:00, I have to get ready, make my shake for breakfast, feed the horses and go, workout and be at work by 8:00. This is impossible, then I realized that I didn’t have to do my whole workout. I could modify it to fit the time frame because the important thing is I go to the gym.
I ended up doing 16 minutes on the Elliptical, meant to due 15 but I fat-fingered the time when I entered it, and walked one lap instead of the 7 or 8. Then swam five laps. I was out of there at the same time I would have if I did a full workout and had the same endorphin rush I normally do. The frustration and shame of letting myself oversleep was not even blip in my memory. I was so grateful to my inner DI for getting me motivated. He can be a pushy butt-head, but it is working.
So the lesson I learned here was don’t let poor planning on your part or anybody else cause you to stumble. As Gunny Highway from the movie “Heartbreak Ridge” would say: “Improvise, Adapt and Overcome”. All my life I would be rigid and if I couldn’t do all I had initially planned, I would just skip the whole thing. In the end this caused major failures. Now I am going with the flow so to speak and making due. If I was the cause of the issue, I would look at why and change that behavior. If others were I would mitigate as best possible, adapt when all else fails.