Monday, October 01, 2007

Failed Happiness

I have to admit that my first happiness challenge was an utter failure. My original goal was to exercise for 30 minutes, 3 days per week. But because of my head cold and my UTI, I only worked out twice in September. Oopsie. *insert frownie face*

I think my problem was that I didn't have a backup plan. When I got sick with the head cold, I had a fever for 3 days and lasting effects for like a week. So obviously, exercising was out of the question. And it just so happened that around the same time, I caught my nasty UTI. So, there was no way I could work out when I had to run to the bathroom to pee every 5 minutes. And I highly doubt that sweat is good for a burning pee hole.

The times I did work out were great. While the sweat dripped down my temples, I felt empowered. I felt a sense of strength and control, totally different from how I feel in my daily life with IF. It was hard work but it felt good to feel that burn. I had missed that feeling. I could get on that treadmill and run away the pain and frustration of work or everyday life. Afterward, I felt good about myself. I looked forward to the future rewards of lost inches and a firmer body.

So, my first attempt at happiness was not so successful. However, as they say: if at first you don't succeed, try try again. I'm going to give it another go. But I will also have a backup plan, in case I can't work out. My backup plan will be to drink a cup of coffee a week. Good coffee - no instant stuff. Only some awesome gourmet stuff will do. A good cup of coffee always relaxes me and helps me to focus. So, that will be my backup if I am physically unable to work out. Notice I said physically unable. I am not allowing myself to use this as an excuse to get out of working hard. Only if I am sick am I permitted to use this backup plan.

In addition to making up for my lost happiness, I am tackling the second happiness challenge of meditation. Part of my exercise 3 days per week will now include yoga. It is important to me not only to challenge my body, but also my mind.

May this month work out MUCH better than the last.


Samantha said...

I failed my happiness challenge too. But I'm going to try again, with some modifications!

niobe said...

Good luck for the coming month!

Carrie said...

I'm glad you're motivated again. Exercise really does help in all ways (you don't know how much I hate admitting that!) I'll be your virtual workout partner!

LeRoy Dissing said...

Winston Churchill once said that those who do not fail, do no succeed. You will succeed :)

Courtney said...

Perseverance is priceless in this game! You will get there...we will all get there!!!

LeRoy Dissing said...

And I highly doubt that sweat is good for a burning pee hole.

Truer words were never spoken!