Working Out – A Necessary Evil


Like a lot of people I’ve been on a weight loss journey for a while now. My weight has gone up and down for several years and I’ve struggled at times with working out and eating right. Working out in particular has been a real problem for me because I really don’t like it but I recently made up my mind to get myself together and focus on getting back in shape.

For me the issue with working out has been consistency. I will start a routine, do it for a while and then stop for whatever reason. I would come up with all kinds of excuses: I’m too busy, I’m sore, I’m not in that bad shape and on and on; do you see my pattern when it comes to doing something I don’t like?

Once I got myself in the right mindset to workout it became much easier; I had to get my mind right before I could get my body right. I started working out and it was going along well: I had cleaned up my eating also and I was slowly starting to see changes in how I looked and felt. Then…

The first big bump in the road: I decided to treat myself for all the hard work I’d done by eating something I hadn’t had in a very long time. That seemed to create a snowball effect and I ate something else, which lead to something else, and so on and so on. Then the next big bump in the road: I stopped working out.

All of this occurred over the past two weeks and I felt really bad and could feel myself slipping back into my old mindset and bad habits. Now left on my own, I would have easily just thrown up my hands and given up once again but because I belong to a support group online (Virtual Assistant Health & Well-Being on Facebook) where we help each other stay accountable, I was able to stop beating myself up over those two weeks and get back to my workouts and clean eating.

Working out for me will never be something that comes naturally, especially at this point in my life. I find though that it is necessary to my health both physically and mentally, and the more I do it the more I am starting to enjoy it.

How do you deal with doing something you don’t like but is necessary?

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