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Weekend Quote: It’s Better Than….

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I have a new mantra. I’ve actually been saying it to myself for a few weeks now. Especially since the pregnancy is slowing me down a bit in the workout department.

This morning I hit my weekly boot camp class. It’s really one of the things I’m holding on to while pregnant. It’s scheduled and I workout with the same group week after week. I like that I have the habit of going to the gym and meeting them on Saturday morning.

This morning was rough. I’m 29 weeks now and I can feel the changes happening in my body. I’m waddling more. I’m uncomfortable when I sit. Even standing too long makes me a little light headed. But I trucked my butt to boot camp anyway to do what I can. I ran a little. Rhode the bike a little. Did a few push ups and lunges. I by far was not 100%. Where I normally sprint, I walked. Instead of doing regular push-ups I dropped to my knees. ALL this while I kept repeating to myself…

‎"It’s better than watching TV"

Every little bit helps! Right? "Old Roni" would have easily used the pregnancy as an excuse TO sit on the couch. "Old Roni" wouldn’t bother going to the class at all, pregnant or not, because it would be too hard. I wouldn’t be able to keep up so why even try?

What I’ve learned these past 5 years is that EVERY LITTLE BIT counts. Everything. Every step. Every movement. Every time you do something it’s WORTH IT. Don’t let that perfectionist gene take over. The all or nothing attitude will get you nowhere. Do what you can when you can and celebrate that you did it! No matter what it is.

It all counts.

P.S. I happen to LOVE TV but it’s also the biggest energy and time suck in my life. The only time I’m completely unengaged and not active is when the TV is on. So for me ‎"It’s better than watching TV" really means.. it’s better than sitting on the couch doing nothing and eating when you aren’t hungry.



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There are 15 comments so far.

    Patrick

    January 22, 2011

    Very important reminder to us all, ” Do what you can when you can ”

    So oftem we blow off a workout if we cannot get in te entire desire workout. If you only have 15 minutes, do that… sounds so easy and smacksof good sense. Now I need to live that good sense more often.

    Have a Great weekend!

    You have a great attitude Roni. I’m totally impressed that you got yourself to a bootcamp class while pregnant. Just awesome!

    Sana

    January 22, 2011

    We will never have the ideal time to be healthy. We will all be either stressed with school or work, injured or bringing new life into this world.

    So that is why you are amazing for ding the best you can :)

    Sherri

    January 22, 2011

    Roni: I kill time while watching t.v. exercising. Have my elliptical machine in front of it and either stream a movie through Netflix or catch up on the shows I DVR’d for the week. Makes the task of exercising much more tolerable. And good for you for keeping up while pregnant. They say it will make for a much easier delivery.

    Mary Nell

    January 22, 2011

    Love this!

    Lauren

    January 22, 2011

    Again, thank you! EXACTLY what I needed to hear! The all or nothing mentality is absolutely my biggest struggle and the reason why I’m overweight!

    girliefriend

    January 22, 2011

    Awesome mantra. I tell myself this every time I go out and park at the farthest end of the parking lot. It may not be ‘organized’ exercise but it is better than parked on the couch.

    I’m sure I don’t need to remind you of this, but
    make sure you’re staying hydrated, I have a big problem with this, even though I drink a lot of water, and light-headed is my first symptom. Take care of yourself.

    Lucy

    January 22, 2011

    Thanks for this, Roni. I’ve been a reader for a while now, and appreciate all the pearls of wisdom you share with us on this blog, including this particular one. I couldn’t agree more. The ‘perfectionist’ in me, the one which demands that I either do something with 100% effort or nothing at all, is my biggest enemy. Perfectionism is counter-productive and leads to procrastination.

    Every little bit counts. Thanks once again for the reminder!

    Megan

    January 23, 2011

    So, SO true!!!

    ashley@quasichick

    January 23, 2011

    I love that mantra, and TV can be such a time suck!

    Shannon

    January 23, 2011

    I am 37 weeks pregnant & before becoming pregnant I lost total of around 45lbs from my heaviest. Exercise has become a part of my life now & I have managed to do my elliptical on average probably about 4 days a week while pregnant even if it’s only for 20 minutes one of those days & I think it has done wonders for me. I have yet to become swollen, I am still sleeping throughout the night, I feel good about myself, & I have gained only about 24-25lbs so far. The benefits of exercise are endless. The best benefit is mental though I believe. I just feel much happier when I’m active.

    Sonia

    January 23, 2011

    my negative side would say, if every bit counts, then don’t the bad bits cancel out the good ones? That’s my issue, I’ve eaten something bad already so why bother.

    roni

    January 23, 2011

    Sonia – There is always a negative side you need to to choose the positive. I also struggle with the “I already ate this I might as well eat that” mindset but the point of this post is that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. The little bit of effort can and does payoff. What’s the alternative?

    Sonia

    January 24, 2011

    Thanks Roni! I needed that. Hope you are feeling good today.

    Sarah

    January 24, 2011

    Thanks Roni, I thought of this post yesterday as I sat on the couch with my daughter watching a movie. We paused it, got dressed and took the dogs for a walk. I managed to run/walk 1 mile, which seems so small and like nothing at all. But, that was more than I planned on doing and was tons better than sitting on the couch eating popcorn! Your tips/comments/advice are great and you should know, I think of you (and your words) many times throughout my days. :)

    ~Sarah

    P.S. I did boot camp this morning…..kicked my ARSE!!! :)