OK, People. Im passionate enough about this exercise that Im willing to put my misfit heart on the line and admit Im really hoping lots of you choose to join in.
You may choose to do it the way that I did.
You may choose to do option two below.
I just hope you choose to do it. Ive done it a few times in my life— with myriad situations—and each time it has served to both challenge and refocus me.
What is this “it” you ask?
I give you the No Excuses! tee shirt exercise (part one).
What you’ll need:
- A plain white tee (if youre me & have lottsa excuses I recommend a largelarge tee)
- At least one Sharpie
- A close friend (for option one anyway)
- To be ready to be brutally honest with yourself & prepared to experience some raw uncensored honesty as well.
For the sake of this blog-post the No Excuses! exercise will focus on what is holding us back from our exercise goals?
(If you click on my picture you’ll see the tee I did this weekend addresses a different subject matter. I urge you—-should working out NOT be something with which you’re currently struggling—-try this exercise with anything that’s currently a life-challenge for you.)
Call a close friend/partner/family member/spouse (really close as this gets kinda intimate) & invite them over. Choose someone you’ve found to be a cheerleader in your life as you work on carving your healthy living path.
Hand this supportive-person your Sharpie(s) & ask him/her to scrawl on the tee all the excuses/rationalizations she’s heard you make over the daysweeksmonthsyears with regards to why you ‘cant’ to stick to your exercise habits/healthy living goals.
Ask her to be loving but honest (this is repeatedly the most difficult part for me. Ive never had an excuse written I didnt know—deep down— I was making, yet seeing my words in print is still never easy).
I know at times I’m not in a place of wanting to hear what other people think (Sorry Ren Man) or not feeling strong enough to see reflected in writing what others hear me saying (When I feel this way I define it as “feeling fragile” as in “Ren Man I cant hear what you’re thinking about XYZ right now. I.Fragile”).
If youre in that place I still urge you to try this exercise.
There’s something powerful to me about placing pen to paper Sharpie to cloth.
My excuses feel simultaneously less daunting and more real.
I encourage you to make some YOUtime, grab your tee & pens, & scrawl as many reasons as you can think of why you arent currently achieving *your* exercise goals. Dont stop. Dont self-edit. Dont over-think. JUST WRITE.
Whichever approach you choose after you’re done spend a few moments looking over your teeshirtcreation (and remember this is only our first part).
Are you surprised by what you see (if you chose option one: by how others hear what you say)?
Are you encouraged (do your excuses seem pretty d*mn conquerable now that you’ve written em down?) or discouraged (be honest. are you now thinking “HOLY CRAP IM MORE FRUSTRATED THAN EVER! IVE COVERED BOTH SIDES OF MY TEE!” Ive so been there…)?
Are you thinking: MizFit.Crazy. There’s no way in hell Im ruining a perfectly good white tee.
Please to hit us all up in the comments (and please to mark your calendar for part two of our tee’perience on 4.26)