What I want vs. what I’m doing

by Julie on May 30, 2012

in Deep Thoughts,Healthy Living

Lately, I’ve been having trouble with balance.

You see, there’s the Julie that I want and know I can become and the Julie that I am right now.

{and yes, I just spoke in third person}

Let me give you an example:

Today, I came home from work with a set schedule in my mind. I would visit Todd at work (he’s there 24 hours today) and then go to a yoga class at 6:00 pm. That did not happen and instead, I putz around the apartment, reading blogs and looking for summer work until I became exhausted. I decided to take a cat nap for an hour which turned into a two hour nap.

I had every intention of waking up early and taking my good yogi-self to yoga. Instead, I slept for what seemed like forever, had dinner, and then met Todd later. At least by visiting Todd, I was able to do something from my original schedule, right?

Kidding aside, this is what I tend to do pretty regularly. It does not help that I’m a natural napper and since I’m done with work earlier than most people, I have the late afternoon to take a cat nap instead of exercise. I actually think that napping is in my DNA. My mom is a napper and was when I was little. I see no problem with napping except when it gets in the way of goals and scheduling.

I just want to become that person that exercises almost daily with no excuses. What I am doing is not helping me get to where I want to be as a person. I need to stop with the excuses, plan for naps accordingly, and get off my ass and run/do yoga/go for a walk/whatever.

Maybe some type of June challenge would help me… maybe break a sweat everyday, perhaps?


Oh, and on a totally unrelated note, I am sooooo excited because I’m finally trying out Noodlecat tomorrow! I’ve been wanting to try out this place foreverrrrrr and tomorrow is perfect. It’s basically high-end ramen noodles. I mean, how can that not be awesome??

mmmm… I’ll be sure to blog about it ASAP.


P.S. My intended schedule for tomorrow.

- Workout before work.*

- Work.

- Go to Noodlecat

*hard part

P.P.S. There is a neighbor playing guitar and right now his is singing and playing American Pie… I love it and now I wanna go camping and sing around the campfire.

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Holly May 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I am in the same boat as you! I did great, working out the last two nights. Tonight I was just beat. Did the putz thing you described too. I think the key is have a snack/water if you need it and then work out IMMEDIATELY after work. Then rest later.
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Crystal @EatDrinkCleveland May 31, 2012 at 8:11 am

I have the exact same problem w/ exercise! I wish you lived super close and could drag my lazy ass to something. Enjoy Noodlecat! You’ll be slurping on my b-day – have a bun for me : )
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Susan May 31, 2012 at 9:50 am

I think we all have that odd balance. I get out of work at 3:15, and I have every intention of coming home, working out before my husband gets home, and then cooking dinner and spending some time with him. I even have tried putting it on the calendar. Instead, I go home, watch a quick show on hulu or read blogs (typically both at once) and then I decide B will be home soon, so I’ll work out after dinner. He gets stuck at work, delays coming home, I delay working out or making it to yoga, and before I know it, we’re eating dinner, catching up and climbing into bed.

I’ve decided the only way I’ll ever manage to make it happen is over summer, when I’m off work, or if I never sit down when I get home from work. I wish there were a yoga class at 4, maybe then I’d force myself there!

I want to nap, more than anything. I envy nappers! I can not sleep if I nap, and I’m not someone who can take a 30 min nap and feel good. I feel miserable and angry if I only get 30 min ;)
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Alicia at Poise in Parma May 31, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I’m the same way about evening workouts – if I didn’t go straight to the gym from the office, there was NO chance I was headed back. Even now, I hardly do a 7:30PM yoga class – all my moving motivation is gone for the day.

Enjoy Noodlecat! The happy hour there rocks.
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Katie O May 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Love this post! You’re so easy to relate to. Hope you were able to get up this morning. If you ever want to do a crazy early morning run, let me know!


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