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Getting Out the Door

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It’s ALWAYS the hardest part. Why is that?

I ran to the gym tonight and did a class, then ran home. It was my first workout since last Monday (besides the Sat Zombie event.)

It. was. AWESOME.

I felt great. I feel great! Frankly, I could have ran further and stayed at the gym longer but I had to get home and cook dinner!

The funny thing is, it took every fiber of my being to actually get my butt out the door. The excuse gun was loaded, cocked and ready to go in my head, but I wouldn’t let myself pull the trigger. Instead, I turned on autopilot and simply…

walked out the door.

Sounds easy enough right?

It should have been but, for some reason, it wasn’t!

Once the door shut behind me I was into it 100% and why WOULDN’T I be? It was the first time all day I was doing something just for me.

No baby needing to be fed.
No grade schooler needing help with his homework.
No husband wanting me to review his work.

It was me, my music and my thoughts.

What a luxury!

I’m so happy I didn’t give myself an excuse, but I have to wonder….

Why IS getting out the door the hardest part?



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    Carolynne

    October 24, 2011

    Oh gosh, you are so right. As soon as I am out the door, it’s no problem. I just procrastinate so much and then I decide not to go. Ugh. I need something to make me get out that door!! :) Good for you btw.

    Robyn @ New Every Morning

    October 24, 2011

    I agree! Getting out the door is the hardest part, usually! A few minutes into a warm-up walk before a run and I am focused and ready to go. But getting myself out the door feels like a huge PITA chore!

    Not sure why. Maybe it’s all of my “sit, veg, don’t leave your comfort zone” feelings rising to the surface. Maybe it’s just a moment of wanting to take the easy way out. But whatever it is, it disappears once I get out there. But the getting out there is the biggest hurdle to overcome.

    Still looking for a cure for that one…

    Nicole

    October 24, 2011

    So true …getting out the door IS hard … all the more true due to the cold weather – even at 6AM I have a list of excuses in my head abbout why I dont want to get out … ! but once out the door I have realised I actually like running in cold better than the scorching heat.

    Robyn @ New Every Morning

    October 24, 2011

    Oh, I have no idea how it would happen if I were to start running first thing in the AM. I’d have to be out by 5 or 5:30 and that just would NOT be happening, especially with the darkness, the colder weather, and the thought of my comfy warm bed or at least the thought of being able to get up and get into a nice warm shower and putter around, getting ready for work, instead of busting my butt on a run first thing in the AM!

    Bless your hearts, you morning runners – you have my ultimate respect!!

    You’re very right, getting out the door is the hardest part. We workout at home and we have a sign that greets us on the door that has hands clapping and says “congratulations, the hardest part is getting off the couch!” It’s so true!

    Julie

    October 24, 2011

    Sooooo very hard . I work from home and when I wake up I tell myself that I will go for a run during me lunch break , but mire often then none I font make it out the door :(

    Carmen

    October 25, 2011

    I agree and if I don’t make myself exercise for me it just doesn’t get done, it’s one time a day I do something for me and once I’m there in the moment I’m so glad I’m there, so I have to push myself out the door also! Thanks for letting me see I’m not the only one that has to push myself to keep going, I’ve started & stopped many times & this time I’m sticking to it, I’m worth it!!

    Kim F

    October 25, 2011

    I HAD this problem until I got myself an accountability partner! For the past 7 weeks we have been getting up at 4:30 in the morning, heading to our local track and doing 2-3 miles of walking/running 5 days a week! NOW I wouldn’t miss it for anything! What gets me out the door is NOT wanting to disappoint my friend! Not everyone can do this schedule – but it works for us!

    Lisa (sunnystl)

    October 25, 2011

    Because we as moms and wifes we leave so much behind as we step out that door!
    I often wonder will it all still be standing when I get back?? ;) the simplest things dont happen when I leave, I ask for the dog to be fed and I get back and shes looking at me practically with the bowl in her mouth wondering why no one fed her? Or leave the kids dont do homework, or shower…etc.. the husband…well hes his own mess.. lol Never moves from his chair to lift a finger anyway…I digress.. so ya its hard to leave…since sometimes there is more to do when we get back!!

    Roz@weightingfor50

    October 25, 2011

    Hi Roni. I’m JUST the same. Happy once I get to the gym and happier when I’ve worked out, but getting there sometimes….not easy. If anyone can come up with a way to make it easy, they’d be very very rich!! :) Have a good Tuesday.

    Kathy

    October 25, 2011

    That is the big mystery, isn’t it? I can’t figure it out either.

    It’s one of the reasons why I haven’t been using my treadmill and try to get myself out that front door too.

    It’s just too easy to hop off the treadmill when I’m not feeling it. But once I”m out the front door and a mile away…. even if I decide I don’t wanna walk anymore… I don’t have a choice but to keep walking another mile..just to get myself back home again.

    I think the auto pilot is the way to go. Don’t start thinking about it, since it’s so easy for us to talk our self out of doing it.

    I’m worried how I’ll do once the bad weather really sets in. I will either have to commit to the treadmill or head out to the mall to get some miles in there.

    Crystal

    October 25, 2011

    I have this problem sometimes, and I’ve found that the more I think about it, the harder it gets. So sometimes I just do it (a la Nike), and it seems to work for me.

    Lyn

    October 25, 2011

    Starting ANYTHING is always the hardest part!

    And I haven’t been here in awhile but can I just say I LOVE the picture of you and your 2 babies in the header??? SUCH a great photo Roni!

    Erika

    October 25, 2011

    I did a class today for the first time in a while although I have been working out in the gym and WOW did I get pushed out of my comfort zone! It was enlightening and inspiring to realize how little I push myself! LOL! My muscles went past shaking to not really cooperating with my brain anymore and I was so proud of myself when it was over! I loved the feeling of not giving up. I also had at least ten reasons why I shouldn’t go to the gym today! Weird, eh?

    Living The Sweet Life

    October 27, 2011

    It’s so true!! But you should congratulate yourself … this is exactly like you said, YOU time… YOU DESERVE to take care of your body!!

    Going to the gym was very difficult for me too, so to eliminate the chance of making excuses for myself – I now do a 30min full body workout DVD. I can’t make excuses, if all I have to do is press “play”.

    june @ fitness tips

    August 27, 2012

    I have been trying to workout a least 3-4 times a week and hopefully I will work my way up to 5 times a week. But you are right that it is so easy to make excuses to skip a workout, especially when we leave our workouts to later in the day. This is when in most cases we are most likely to skip it. If you plan your workouts for first thing in the morning you are more likely to actually do it.