Thursday, September 11, 2008

Bargaining with myself

Lately, I find myself negotiating with myself like a tired parent bargains with a spoiled toddler: "I'll let you have crackers if you have soup for lunch." "You can drive to work (intead of biking or walking) if you mow the lawn." "Just do 15 minutes of your weight workout, you don't have to do all of it." "Just start the run, if you feel crappy after 10 minutes, you can quit and go home."

It seems to be a good strategy when I'm in danger of throwing a temper tantrum. It seems to help with that all or nothing attitude so many of us struggle with. I didn't leave early enough to get to the gym for my full weight workout today, and I was tempted to scrap the whole thing, just because I was looking for my stupid heart rate monitor. Finally, I decided that I didn't need a gizmo to know how hard I wanted to work in my Spinning class, and I just went. I did about 15 minutes of weight training, which isn't as good as my planned 25-30, but it's a whole heck of a lot better than 0. If I had scrapped it, I am sure I'd also have been less likely to go next time. Now I still have my streak going.

A second strategy was that I convinced my husband to get up early with me in the mornings and do a 20-minute Pilates or yoga video. We're committed to two of each (which means we can pick one day to be lazy and sleep in). If I had decided to do this by myself, I think I would have slept in today, but since he was already awake, my husband got me out of bed too. And it was really not so bad, once I was in the vertical position.

I guess what I'm saying is that since I don't have killer willpower or motivation, I'm making do with flexibility, self-trickery, inertia, and a pestering spouse. We use what we've got, I guess.


  1. Yep, I use a lot of those same tricks myself. Good job keeping the streak going!

  2. I have to admit that I have been doing the same with negotiating how much I am going to work out. Glad it is not just me. Now...what is the solution to make us stop. hmmm...


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