What a scary word. What an almost impossible process. I seem to be most comfortable in a rut. I find that perfect butt groove in my recliner and that’s where I gravitate to. In fact, I’m working on that groove right now. I get comfortable eating the same drive thru food because it means I don’t have to cook or do dishes. I’m comfortable working at my same old job because I know it, I’m good at it and there is a slight sense of security there. Maybe that’s the key word here, security.
Change and security don’t really go hand in hand, do they? You know you can do better. Anyone you talk to will tell you that you have what it takes to make a positive change. But, there is that block of comfort and security. How do I get over those hurdles?
I mentioned that I am sitting in my recliner right now. What I didn’t mention is that I just got done “jogging”. I put that in quotes because if you had seen me you probably would have thought I was having a seizure with forward momentum. But I got out there and I did it. I started by using an app called Couch to 5k (C25k). It’s a free app that starts you out at being a couch potato (me) to training you to run a 5k in eight weeks. On day one I started out with a brisk five-minute walk to warm up, then alternated sixty seconds of jogging with ninety seconds of walking. All totaling 30 minutes.
Truth is, I didn’t make it all the way through the 30 minutes. I am WAY out of shape and I’m 48 years old. All excuses, I know. But what I’m most proud of is the fact that I actually separated myself from my butt groove, put on my knee braces and jogged.
I am trying to make other changes like this in life too. I’m trying to take my blogging more seriously. I’m reading more and changing how I fall asleep by listening to soft music for a half hour. Also, I need to make changes in my diet.
I have been listening to a lot more audiobooks and podcasts in order to increase my ability to write. I’ve been trying to write about my own experiences in order to help other people who might be going through similar situations.
I am doing a lot of this in the hopes to combat what is called fog brain. It’s that inability to focus on things even when you have taken away all distractions. I have this problem and from what I have found on the internet is that I need to start exercising, eating better and getting plenty of rest. If you have any experience with this problem or have overcome it I would love to hear from you.
What changes have you tried and succeeded at? What changes are wanting to make but are scared to try? Please let me know in the comments below.