Enjoy not enjoying it!

Today I am feeling super good in my body. I got up early and did a 30 minute run through the desert hills. Being up early with the birds and watching the day begin brings a sense of peace and joy to me. I love getting up, drinking some water, putting on my Vibram 5-fingers and heading out the door with my ipod in my pocket. I set my music to play (usually dance cardio on Pandora) and ask Siri to set a timer for 30 minutes (or however long I want to go for). Then I go out and enjoy the first 5 minutes of not enjoying it. I got this idea from my friend Dorothy Bauer who would say to me: “Are you enjoying not enjoying it?” It really works for me. I just laugh and say,” Enjoy it because it will pass soon.” As soon as I am warmed up and looking at the blooming cactus, the birds and the sun coming up over the mountains while running in nature, I feel euphoric. Sometimes I do feel tired as I trudge up a hill, but  the music motivates me up and soon I am on the decline side of the hill. I will get to the very top of the hill and just stop and observe the beauty of nature around me while my chest heaves for breath. I love that I am doing something so amazing for my body, mind and soul, which outweighs any discomfort. Taking care of my body is such a joy and pleasure. The better shape I am in, the better shape I want to be in, and it works in both directions (sluggishness breeds sluggishness).
Here is one thing to ponder for today: Eating things that move you away from your goal of amazingness and excellence (if that is your goal) is nothing more than a bad habit that has been learned and ingrained through years and years of practice. Stop! Rethink your choices! Is this choice serving you in the long term? Are you really hungry? Check in? Is it just a discomfort in the belly saying to eat? Can you recognize this feeling and choose to move beyond it? Interestingly enough, it is usually a mental thing. Once you tell yourself that you are not going to eat in this moment and that you will delay the eating for meal time or your set goal time, your mind will move on. You may feel the gurgling or pain in your stomach, but that too passes in about 2 minutes. It may come and go, but you can feel good in knowing that you are in charge here, not your addictions or habits.
My goal for telling you all of this is to get you to think about your habits that don’t serve you, and to create new ones that do serve you.
I’m reading a book right now about intermitent fasting which seems to really work for a lot of people to create lean muscle mass. I’ll keep you posted on what I discover.
Enjoy a green juice and some exercise today knowing that you are doing something amazing for your beautiful body!

2 thoughts on “Enjoy not enjoying it!

  1. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate to this brilliant blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.

    I look forward to fresh updates and will share this blog with my Facebook group.
    Chat soon!


  2. I needed this today! Thank you.

    3 months clean from a flash addiction (6 INTENSE months) after losing my job, love, and home. Life still a mess, learning on day 2 of this fast that I don’t even know who I am right now. And that’s okay! Maybe it’s why I was called to do it in the first place. I feel old and over with at 26 but the truth is that WE ALL CAN BECOME WHOEVER WE WANT TO BECOME WHENEVER WE WANT IT BADLY ENOUGH.

    “Desperation is the raw material of drastic change.Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.” — William S. Burroughs


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