Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My Aha Moment

repeatedly doing, originally uploaded by emdot.

Holy shit I just figured this out. It's fairly simple but also very big for me in my life.

Here goes.

There are lots of people who hate to work out. Hate it. Even Jillian Michaels, my current beatings-beating-and-more-beatings virtual dream coach, even she hates working out.

I don't get that. Me? I LOVE working out. I love running and walking and hiking and spinning and lifting weights and yoga and classes and the whole gamut. Love it. And, I have to confess, I have complete disdain for workouts that don't really work you out. I mean c'mon people: break a sweat! Push yourselves. Get dirty. Get out of breath. Don't give me this little Curves for-women type of weight machines. Puh-lease.

No. Work out. Work out hard and love every moment of it. Choose to love every moment of it.

And for those people who don't like to work out but who do it every day... that is some kind of determination and commitment. And I don't relate to it, but I seriously admire your ability to do something that you hate.

Okay. That was the background story. Where I'm coming from.

So, what do I hate? I HATE COOKING. I hate cooking; I hate shopping; I hate meal planning; I hate packing my lunch; I hate figuring out what I'm going to have for breakfast. And dinner? Seriously: too much pressure. Please don't make me think. I hate figuring it OUT, much less cooking. I mean cooking? Why don't you just poke hot rusty pokers into my eyes.

My attitude is typically, you cook and I'll do the dishes (because I love doing the dishes). And if you don't like to cook -- yea! -- we get to go out! My kinda meal preparation.

But when you are getting healthy, losing weight, creating a new lifestyle... it doesn't really work that way.

Eating out is the equivalent of working out at curves. Having someone else prepare food for you is kinda like doing the mamby-pamby don't break a sweat workouts.

And that was my aha moment. I don't like to cook, but I'm going to have to suck it up and do it anyway because this is about me reaching my goals, turning things around, and accomplishing what really matters in my life.

So you guys who don't like to work out but do it anyway? I salute you. And I am about to join your ranks. I will plan my meals. I will go grocery shopping. I will cook dinner. I will pack my lunch. And you know what? I'm going to choose to love it because this is what I want in my life. And what I want in my life, for my life, squarely trumps my "food, meh" attitude.


Joy said...

Does this mean I have to quit slacking off with working out? I LOVE to cook and would labour in the kitchen for hours, but it's like pulling teeth these days to get me on the move, so to speak. You've just inspired me. Okay, maybe I will go to yoga a couple of times before I fly out this weekend. :)

emdot said...

Ha. Well, it only means that if doing so is going to move you in the direction you need to go.

But, yeah, probably. Yup. :)

AND... really? Love to labor in the kitchen. I wish I got that....

Maybe I will pretend my way into loving-to-cook reality. It could happen.