Guilt, hmm, you know - good old guilt - that built-in mechanism which warns us (or screams - as the case may be ) that we are going astray or we are gazing in the wrong direction. .... When guilt kicks in, it is a mighty powerful force to be reckoned with.
I am acquainted with it in my life "Better not eat that cake - remember you are on a detox - no sugar, - zero - zilch.... you'll be sorrrrrrryyyyyyy' or "HE" will know. Who? The naturopath silly. Oh yeah... move away from the cake move away from the cake ...
WELL, now MISSY - you've gone and done THAT, (or EATEN THAT) YOU KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE DONE SO NOW YOU need to..... x y z .... insert any of the following : walk 5 kms on the treadmill, Eat nothing next week (ahem.... nothing? really? ) : ABSTAIN, I'm talking absolutely abstain from anything fattening, with sugar or carbs for the following week. DO YOU HEAR ME? Are we agreeing on this? We can use our guilt though, to help motivate us into making better choices, so this is what I did.
I decided since I've been on a detox, I need to join a gym. Better now than never. Yep. Gotcha. Remembering what my psychologist many years ago told me 'just put your gym shoes on and GET OUT OF THE HOUSE, do not think about it for a second or your done like a dog's dinner.... Right. Thanks for that. Ok, Gym Shoe's on, off I go.... as you can see, there's not much competition for the equipment.
Well, I'm lucky enough to say, I've been down this gym road many a time. I'm not a gym junkie (no way Jose!) and I'm not a novice. Indeed I've signed on the dotted line many a time ( I know, I know, it rhymes). This time, I'm committed to going 5 x week for the next month. Yep, there's a mighty good start, hey - what?
Plenty of time to get this exercise equipment working in fine form. So, for what it's worth - these are my top tips (I'm not an expert ok? These are what work for moi)
1. Do NOT over do it 2. Do NOT feel guilty if you can only manage a 10 minute session - eventually you will build up and so what if your only on a 10 minute sesh for the first few weeks. Be proud of your efforts. 3. Keep going!
4. Only listen to positive feed and messages like "you can do this" and 'you will feel better after committing for a month"
5. Drink lots of water!
6. Take lots of short walks in the sunshine, remember to praise yourself for having the gumption to actually walk into a gym in the first place.
7. There's a fine line between over thinking and not thinking at all. Praise yourself every single time you enter the gym and pat yourself on the back every time you choose a glass of water over a soft drink.
8. Take a bath, soothe your muscles or have a massage. It's so important to reward yourself for going the extra mile.
9. You will feel happy that you began this - now. In summer you'll be able to wear last year's shorts and it will have been all worth while.
10. Don't forget to smile while you push yourself a little more each week. If you have managed 5 minutes on the treadmill and bike up it to two lots of reps. Or push it to 10 minutes.
Ask yourself, where will you be in six months time? If you don't start exercising and trying to better your health now, when will you? Time is of the essence, so get out, enjoy this wonderful life and then, you'll be able to enjoy that occasional slice of cake - guilt free. I know I will.