I had a chat with my wife about the procrastination article in the context of our physical wellness.
One of the points raised in the article, the concept of front-loading the emotional pain, resonated with us. Through this lens, it was easy to understand our continued failure to push ourselves to act on the need for physical health. Imagine suffering through the emotions associated with failing to do the right thing, now imagine compounding those emotions by front-loading the feeling of not prioritizing your health for the coming year. That tends to stop us in our tracks. We shrink back to seeking security, certainty, predictability, which is a human, and an ever present habit.
We agreed that we do better when physical activity is social, for her, it's with a coach, for me it's group sports, or activities. I also came across an old notebook, where I declared that I'd be at peak physical health by March of 2017. Though I didn't achieve that goal, I did over time allay my fear of exercise I had due to suffering from a herniated disk. In 2017/2018, I started physiotherapy, and 'fixed' most of the upper body challenges I had. I felt better, and so, didn't continue investing in the habits that allowed for these gains. I think recognizing past progress, current impediments, and aligning with my wife for future needs will allow me to better advance my goal.
For the moment, the things I will say 'no' to this week are:
- Bubble Tea at the end of the week
- Desserts that constitute more than 2 ingredients
The things I will say 'yes' to this week are:
- Completing at least 1.5L of water each day.
- Sleeping by 10 p.m. each night