The whole idea of Live Life Trying is for me to actually do the things that I post. That’s the whole keep myself accountable part that I need. I need to start small. Big goals overwhelm me. I follow the “how do you eat an elephant? one bite at a time.” train of thought. Although I would never, ever eat an elephant.
This is one of those Tries that some people will consider a complete no-brainer and not worth the keystrokes to keep track of it. But you have to start where you’re, and where I’m at is in pain. From lack of movement. I hurt everywhere but most of all in my hips. And recently my knees have been voicing their opinion on my age, weight, and laziness. I will not resort to medical intervention until I’ve done what I can do for myself. So here I am…starting small. Very, very small.
This month-long Try is stretching. I will stretch every.single.day for a month keeping track of how it goes. I’m not good at doing something every.single.day so that in itself will be a challenge. My prediction is that I will have a hard time remembering to do it every day, but once I’m on track I will start to feel looser and have slightly less pain. I will add more physical activity when I’m ready.
I’ll post periodic updates throughout the month. The updates will be my real-time thoughts on the whole process. It probably won’t be pretty. I’ll start out with how today, day 1, went.
5/27/2016: Day 1 — “The floor is gross and needs to be vacuumed. I can’t vacuum now. Kids are sleeping. Well guess I can’t stretch now. No. Put a damn blanket down and stretch your lazy ass!” Finally got my butt on the floor and was immediately interrupted by a teenager who lost his truck keys. Got back up, helped kid, and forced myself to get back down to the floor. Did four basic stretches. They all hurt…a lot. Took maybe five minutes. Which is probably less time than it took for me to convince myself to do it.
I reread that and realized that was a lot of mental bullshit for a less than 5-minute activity. But I know I’m not the only one that self-sabotages that way. Maybe tomorrow will be easier.