Over the last few months, I came to the realization that my Penchant for reading has gotten me into some trouble.
Now, as an English major, you will never hear me say that reading is bad and that is not what that first statement is about. I am all about curling up on the couch or in a comfy spot and reading until my eyes are dry and blurry and I can’t take it anymore. What I am saying is that ever since I can remember, I always carried a book to read with me for the times when there was nothing going on and to keep myself busy. Again, this is not a bad habit. But over the course of my life, reading I came to realize most recently is my escape from dealing with real life.
It started with reading the book below over 2 years ago:
At one point in her book, she challenges you to get mighty real with how you spend your time, down to minutes. While I did not do the down to the minute calculation of what I spend my time doing, I realized that my go to habit of reading had become something more than just when I had a few minutes of down time. It took up a large chunk of time and resulted in missing out on time I could have been playing with my boys or sneaking in a few minutes of sit ups or push ups or squats or some other type of exercise.
Then, a co-worker who I admire for her seemingly no nonsense, confident personality gave me a copy of Jen Sincero’s:
I have been reading this book off and on over the past 10 months since my co-worker gave me the copy of the book. I am near the end of it but it has been a wonderful read and call to actually get up and do what I know I need to do to reach the goals I want to reach.
My penchant for reading is not bad but I have allowed it to take over all my extra little minutes and some of my non-extra minutes.
I also have become addicted to Pinterest in the last year or so and this too has sucked up and sucked away many minutes that were extra and not extra. I knew that it was a great place to get ideas and ideas only carry you as far as you are willing to take them. This connection finally slapped me upside the head. It dawned on me that I will not get where I want to go physically by sitting around and reading motivational pins and articles and posting them on my boards. I have to get up off my butt and perform the actions needed to reach my physical goals.
Silly as it sounds, at the ripe age of 36, this connection that came about with Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign finally took root in my mind. Exercise and self improvement does not have to be done at a scheduled time for a specific length of time. My issues with control gave me the perfect excuse to skip over what I know I needed to do to get my desired physical results. As a stay-and-work-from-home mom & wife, it means that those 5 minutes in between tasks, or waiting on dinner to cook or I hit my afternoon slump is the perfect time to bust out some exercise to help me reach my physical goals.
This epiphany I have had about “Just Do It” also translated to the realization that the ultimate form of self-care I can do for myself is to eat healthier and get that exercise in at those random moments and at the not so random moments that I can plan.
Today’s Challenge: Reading takes you to an unlimited number of places and expands your horizons but remember to reel yourself back in to your day to day reality and go after your own dreams and goals. Don’t use it to avoid difficult situations because then you feel guilty about reading and NO ONE should ever feel guilt about reading!