It’s been a rough month, full of final projects and more naps than I’d like to admit. After lull in my exercise and dieting, I got back into it and fell into another lull. All this not working out has given me time to think about why I’m not working out and why I’m doing all this.
Reasons Why I’m Probably Not Working Out
My thinking behind this is if I know why I’m not working out maybe I can change some of my behaviors (or I’m rationalizing). Take from this what you will.
- Limited self-control. Going back to my first Diet Diary. Humans only have so much self-control. We’re getting close to the end of the school year and I’m sort of kinda close to graduating (T-Minus 1 year). After 15 years of school, I think my brain finally gave out and now all I want to do is cuddle with as many puppies as humanly possible.
- Burnout. I’ve been powering through homework, tests, and projects, a crazy work schedule, club activities, and attempting to work out. I might have just stressed myself out so much that I feel like I need to hibernate for the rest of the school year. Check out my first mental health post for more information.
- I never leave my room. We actually train our brains that certain spaces are for relaxation and other spaces are for work. This is why you’re only supposed to sleep in your bed and not work or eat (this should help achieve a better, deeper nights sleep). Due to the amount of Netflix and sleeping I do in my small study/bed dorm room, I’ve probably trained my brain to be unfocused whenever I’m in my room which is basically all the time.
- Diet. I’ve been trying to stick as closely to my diet as possible, but I also ate a whole bag of Milano double chocolate cookies in under 30 minutes last week. I’ve heard that dieting is the most important part of weight loss, and I’ve been rationalizing that as long as I stick to my diet and walk everywhere, I’ll be okay with not working out.
Hopefully, next month goes better.
Why I’m Doing This
I think about this every time I tell myself I’m going to work out later as I crawl into bed to take a three hour nap. My line of thinking usually follows, “I’m not trying to impress anyone,” and “I’m happy with the way I look now.”
I genuinely believe these are both valid reasons to stop working out especially if it no longer makes you happy. Dieting and working out should be about feeling comfortable in your own skin. You should be doing it for yourself.
I guess I’m conflicted at this point. Any suggestions?
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