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This guest post is by Jill, who blogs over at The Sassy Pear. She blogs about the process of losing weight and getting active - and also whatever she thinks is funny! She describes herself as a "thirtysomething wife and mom who is trying to overcome generations of putting butter and bacon grease on everything, while also trying to become active and healthy. (My people were built for comfort, not 5k races)." Thanks, Jill!
Some days, I feel like I have two distinct personalities living inside my head (my husband would say there are more than that, but that’s a post for another blog) and depending on the time of day, month, or year these two opposing forces can really battle it out. The first personality is the Drill Sergeant – she’s focused, she’s in control, and she doesn’t let anything get in the way of a workout. She gets high off of endorphins and she can totally rock the elliptical trainer. I like Drill Sergeant; I can count on her to get things done and to make me feel like a million bucks.
Then there’s Lazy Girl who, although she appears to love nothing more than to melt into the couch and stare off into oblivion, actually works really hard to derail the Drill Sergeant’s good intentions. When the Drill Sergeant is thinking about how awesome her run will be after work, Lazy Girl will, upon arriving home, sit on the couch and remain there until Oprah is over and the time allotted for the run has come and gone. She’s a sneaky one!
Sometimes the two will have an actual argument that sounds something like this:
DS: Okay! Time to workout!! Shall we do Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred or shall we do 45 minutes on the elliptical tonight??
LG: Yeah either one is great, but first let’s watch American Idol, okay?
DS: No! You know as well as I do that if we don’t get it done now, the workout won’t happen, so let’s go!!
LG: Um, okay but don’t you think we should maybe get a snack first? I saw some Oreos in the pantry…
DS: NO! No Oreos – are you crazy? Just get up and let’s get this workout done, then you can watch all the American Idol you want - that’s why God gave us DVRs.
LG: Sure, I’ll be right there…man this couch is extra comfy tonight. I could go for a nap…
DS: Get up!!! Get up NOW!!! Just think how much better you’ll feel when you have accomplished an excruciatingly difficult workout! You’ll feel like a champ!!
LG: Maybe we could just get up extra early in the morning and work out then…
DS: (hysterical laughter) Oh my gosh, I just peed a little! That’s a good one LG! *wipes tears from eyes*
LG: Okay, fine! *throws down remote* I’ll do the blasted workout, but I won’t enjoy it!
DS: That’s okay. I’ll enjoy it enough for the both of us. Now move it Girlie!!
Disturbing, isn’t it? Most days the Drill Sergeant wins, but some days Lazy Girl just keeps whining until DS regretfully gives in and they both feel awful afterward. As long as DS wins most of the battles, I’ll be in good shape, but that LG can be persuasive, especially when she’s got TOM and Bitchy egging her on and tempting her with chocolate. But like I said, that’s a post for another blog entirely.