Daily Archives: June 14, 2011

Time to stop “shoulding” on myself

I don’t know about you but I keep a running list of shoulds.  These aren’t written down, to the contrary, they’re like squatters, taking up space in my head rent-free!

All I need to do is take a look around and there they are, glaring at me:

Should file those benefits statements
Should get out and pull some weeds
Should organize that closet
Should exercise and lose some weight

What’s the message?   That what I am doing is clearly –not enough.

Ugh!

It’s time to stop SHOULDING on myself!

So … I’ve been getting up early to exercise.  Some days… when I am tired and achy it is oh-so-tempting to hit the snooze button and blow it off.  But I haven’t.  I do a weights routine in the mornings and cardio at night, after I get home from work. There’s always lots of other stuff to be done, but, for once, my stuff is getting done first.  Whoop Whoop!

I’ve been down the exercise path a million times before because I know I should.

But that’s not why I’m doing it this time.

I am exercising regularly … because I want to. 

I am choosing to stretch, to sweat, and to be sore.  Conversely, I am also choosing to lower my cholesterol, strengthen my bones and tone my muscles.

I think it’s different this time, because, by plowing through the shoulds, the musts and the have-tos,  I’m making room for choices.

Of course, some “shoulds” are important and non-negotiable (I should wear a seat belt and I always do) but there are just so many more in my head that …aren’t.

And now? Now the benefits statements aren’t filed but … I will take care of them on my lunch break; the weeds are thriving but … the youngest kid wants extra money so here’s his chance  to earn it …. and my closet?  My closet looks exactly the same as it did.

And I know I should care.  But I don’t.

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Are you “shoulding” on yourself, too?  What “shoulds” can you replace with “want tos?”

Categories: Attitude, Determination, Forgiveness, Friendship, Gratitude, Home, Joy, Life, Life Lessons, Opinion, Personal, Random, Rants, Relationships, Self Discovery, Share, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Women | Tags: , | 22 Comments

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