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Self-Care Excerpt from Don't Weight

Back Up, Don't Beat Up

Good Morning

Mike had plans. He was going to get up every morning and work out. He planned to begin by using a video workout right in his own home for convenience. He started out great. He got up every morning for a week and a half. Once in a while, when he was too tired, he skipped a workout. He told himself that he would get right back on track tomorrow. Then, inexplicably, he just was not doing his workout. He did not know what had changed. He just could not make himself get out of bed to do it.

At first he berated himself and called himself names. "What the hell is the matter with me that I can't do this one thing?" It did not take long for Mike to notice this train of thought was not fixing anything. As a matter of fact, the more he beat himself up, the more he felt like a failure. The worse he felt about himself, the harder it was to find any motivation. He had to approach this in a different way.

"I wonder what is getting in the way of my morning workouts?" A groggy answer slowly formed in Mike's head: "I'm too tired." Now, Mike had something to work with. But that was only the beginning. At first he thought that all he had to do was go to bed earlier. He tried for days to get to bed earlier, but he couldn't. O.K., Mike had to ask himself: "What is getting in the way of my early bedtime?" He was doing office work in the evening. How could he possibly get his work done at the office so that he did not have to bring work home? Mike ended up restructuring his entire workday, getting to bed a little earlier, and resumed his morning workout. He had to back up, and keep backing up, solving one problem at a time, in order to give himself the good morning that he deserved!

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