• Emily

Fitness is not about matching socks

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

My alarm went off two hours after I went to bed, I swear.

Okay, it was 6.5 hours, but it felt like 15 minutes. So tired. So dark outside. So warm in bed. But yesterday I told myself I would get up and go for a run before work.

Already my mind is churning with excuses and rationalizing why I simply cannot follow through with that plan. Once my brain is awake I realize I won't be able to fall back asleep, so I get out of bed to get dressed for a run.

Leggings on, sports bra on, long sleeve shirt on. I open that top drawer and guess what? I have exactly 6 socks inside and none of them match at all. How can I possibly be expected to exercise under these conditions?

Even after I had overcome the largest hurdle of getting out of bed I was still (consciously or otherwise) looking for something to excuse my responsibility.

There will always be drawers of un-matching socks in the way of reaching your health goals, but it's those instances where you grab whatever two socks you have and get moving.

Sometimes the barrier will be far bigger than your socks. You will have to overcome hectic schedules and sick kids and work travel but at the end of the day you are in control and you can make 15 minutes to take a walk or pick chicken and vegetables over a burger and fries.

You are not expected to make perfect decisions and your surroundings are not always conducive to the lifestyle you want to lead, but even the smallest effort to use the positive things you do have in your environment is worth it.

So, next time you don't have matching socks, you got home late, your boss is a jerk, you didn't get enough sleep, don't let your excuses get the best of you and make do with what you have!

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