We always seem to want to wait for that magical mojo to happen.
What a great way to put off starting.
Get up, get moving whether you feel like it or not!
Transcript for Not Feeling It? So What! Do It Anyway!
Hey, this is Coach Carlene from Thin Brain Training. Today I wanted to talk to you about moods, you know, one of the biggest complaints I get from women when I asked them, why didn’t you stick to your plan? Why didn’t you go out and exercise? They come back and say to me, I just wasn’t feeling it yesterday. And I say to them, so what, you don’t have to feel it. You can’t wait to feel things to go and do things.
Imagine, if our grandmothers ever did that when they were young. They were so busy, they had so much to do. You don’t think they had emotions and moods? You don’t think that they woke up and said to themselves? Yeah, I just don’t feel like it today, and then wouldn’t take care of everything. No, they got up and did what they had to do, whether they felt like it or not. Why do we think we’re so special?
It doesn’t matter if we feel like doing something or not. If it needs to be done, we have to go do it. And this applies to dieting and exercise. You know, if you’re on a food plan, our food plan over at Raw Food Boot Camp, the rock star plan has a lot of fruit, and I’ll hear from people all the time. I just didn’t feel like eating fruit today. And my answer always is so what? That’s your diet, you stick to it, you eat the fruit whether you want to or not, you don’t have to feel it.
Mojo. Why is it that everyone wants Mojo? I just have to have my mojo back. Well, you know, Mojo is overrated, because it is a sense of euphoria. Woah. That is not everyday life, we don’t have that euphoria every day in our life. Most days, we wake up, and we’d rather just pull the covers over our heads. But that doesn’t matter. If we want it, we have to do it, we have to do it, whether we feel like it or not. So you have to get up, you’ve got to put on those sneakers. It doesn’t matter if you’re not feeling like walking. It doesn’t even matter if it’s inclement weather. You still have to find a way to get done the things that you need to do if you want the success that you’re going for.
You have to realize that this idea that we have to be in the mood for something is new. It’s new for the past maybe 40/50 years, where people think we have that privilege. Not everywhere, of course. You know those little girls who go out there and break up rocks to turn it into gravel for a penny a day. Do you think they feel like going out and doing that every day? I bet not. I can’t imagine some eight-year-old waking up first thing in the morning, go oh yeah, I get to go break up rocks today. No. But to feed themselves and their family they have to do it anyway.
Maybe you don’t relate to that but you should. We think that we are above this need to have to do the things that are required of us. We aren’t.
Our bodies require us to not be obese. They require us to eat healthy foods to get healthy exercise. Our body isn’t sitting around waiting for us to feel it for it to help start healing itself.
Stop saying you have to feel it to start something or to do it every day. You get up you put your sneakers on, or tennis shoes, whatever you call them. And you go, you don’t think about it. And here’s the real truth. The real truth is once you’re out there and you’re doing it, you’re okay. It’s just that getting up and getting it done where you have to fight the I don’t feel like it mood.
I never woke up all excited, yeah, I get to go hike that mountain and kill myself doing it. I can’t wait to go. No. Every morning, I would say to myself, Oh, God, I have to do that mountain again. But so what? I could not want to go do it but that didn’t mean I didn’t go do what I had to do. I had goals. I had dreams. I wanted to be out hiking with B-level hikers. And I wasn’t going to get to do that if I didn’t get my shoes on every morning and go tackle that mountain.
If you want something, you make it happen, you don’t wait for your mood to fit what you need to get done. That is just the truth of things and getting people to accept that, to act on that has been very hard. Now I’d say after all these years people know I’m just really stuck on this. So long-term boot campers know for sure that when I say get up and go they need to get up and go.
We can’t sit around and base our life on our emotions. That’s a whole different podcast on emotional eating. But for the most part, so many people base all their actions on how they feel, their mood.
How do I feel today? You don’t have the luxury in life to sit around at home. I don’t get to sit around and wait for the right mood to go and do the things that need to get done. When you wake up in the morning and your kids have to go to school, do you wake up and say, oh, I don’t feel like dealing with their school today, we’ll the day off.
We don’t get to do that. Our kids have responsibilities, we have responsibilities to our kids. So we get up and we go, and we do it. Whether we feel like it or not, we make them dinner, we feed them, we clothe them we get them ready, and we send them out whether we feel like it or not.
In our jobs, we go to work most days, and we do our work, whether we feel like it or not. If we took a day off from work every day we felt like we didn’t want to get up we would never go to work, we wouldn’t have jobs, we wouldn’t have homes, we wouldn’t be able to support ourselves. You have to put that same attitude towards dieting and exercise. You do it whether you want to or not.
We have the luxury of saying to ourselves my moods matter more than my goals and responsibilities.
No, moods don’t matter. They don’t matter at all. When you’re working for your own health and your survival. You just do what you need to do.
Did you ever watch The Walking Dead? Well, imagine if they didn’t feel like fighting zombies that day? Well, if you don’t feel it, you don’t do it, and you’re going to end up being a zombie yourself. That’s funny and extreme. But it’s still the same thing.
If we get up every day and say, Okay, I’m going to wait till I feel like getting this done. I’m going to clean my house when I’m in the mood to clean it. And other than that, it can just go. Well, I’ll tell you what, for me, I hate housework. So I’m never ever in the mood for housework. My dogs, even though I ask all the time, would you please clean up after yourselves. They just don’t do it. I ask my grandchildren, they don’t do it either. So if they aren’t going to do it, and I don’t have the luxury of little elves to come into my house every day, I have to do it, whether I feel like it or not.
Get this through your brain. Whether you feel like it or not doesn’t matter. It has no power, it is just a thought. You have to go do the things that you feel like doing or not doing anyway. So you might as well just get up, put your shoes on and go out for that walk, you might as well just go to the grocery store, get the food you need and eat the right foods, whether you feel like eating them or not.
Your body doesn’t care about your moods. Your body just wants you to do the right thing. And to eat the right food and to give your body the right exercise. And if you do that, each and every day, your body will reward you by allowing you to lose weight and allowing you to get more fit. You get stronger lungs. You get a stronger heart and that always gives you more energy. In the end, even if in the beginning, it’s taking your energy, overall, you’re going to get more energy, you’re going to feel better about yourself and your life. And that’s what we’re aiming for. Right?
We’re aiming for better lives, we’re aiming for a sense of thriving in our lives. And therefore if we want that, we have to make that happen. It doesn’t happen just because we want it. It only happens when we force it on ourselves and we make it happen. Whether we want to or not. And that is a lesson everybody has to learn.
I remember when in the 90s I had this dream of being the next Stephen King. I listened to what he had to say intently about writing. Writing is very much like dieting because it has a lot of stumbling blocks. And you know, you don’t get rewarded till the end. And for me, which was never, I never really got anything published. But I wanted it and because I wanted it. I took what he said seriously. I got up each and every morning and for the first two hours of my day I wrote because Stephen King said, You know what, if you want to be a writer, that’s what you have to do. You have to even if nothing comes to your head, you have to sit there, and you have to stare at that computer and type anything. Just make sure you are writing two hours a day. And I did that and I wrote seven novels. None have been published, unfortunately, because maybe I’m not the best writer. But I’m really proud of what I did I have I have the books, my grandchildren will have those books.
At that time, no, I wasn’t as good as Stephen King. But I got it done. And I only got it done because I learned that lesson. You get up and you do it. You don’t think about it. You don’t worry about it. You just schedule the time and you get up and you make it happen. And if you make things happen, eventually you’ll get good enough at it. Alright, so I didn’t get good enough to get published. But I did get good enough to actually love the fact that I wrote all those novels. It takes patience. It takes perseverance it takes telling yourself all the time. Yes, I want this, I really, truly want this. And if I want this, it’s up to me, me and me alone, to force myself to get up and go do it, whether I feel like it or not.
If you can master that, if you can change your own mind, and tell yourself, I don’t care how I feel, I’m just going to go do it. And then when I’m done, I’ll be glad. And when you go do it, and you get it done the great thing about exercise is if you get up in the morning, and you go and you get it done, you have the rest of the day, you have the rest of the day not to worry about it. It’s awesome. You go to work, you see people, they’re getting their two or three cups of coffee, and they’re dragging themselves around going, Oh, I hate Mondays. And you look at them, and you’re all perky and peppy, because you’ve already gotten your exercise, and you don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day and you’re awake. You don’t need that coffee because you’re awake.
I’m not saying you can’t have coffee, I’m just saying you wouldn’t need it as much. Because you’re already awake from the exercise. There are so many benefits to finding the right diet and doing the right exercise and how they are going to affect you right away. Yes, in the beginning, it will tire you out. But eventually, and it’s not that long, your body builds really fast. Eventually, that will add to your energy and you will have more energy to go do more things. And then you’ll be grateful that you got up and you did it. Whether you felt like it or not.
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