Action & Attention (Working Out & Eating Well)

Now that I have kids it's hard to find a good time to workout. And when it's hard to find a good time to workout, the workout doesn't usually happen. My wife told me for months (in subtle ways, of course) that I need to get back in the gym, but I was always drowsy in the morning and worn down in the evening.

What's a guy to do?

I figured if I couldn't find the energy to workout, then I could at least make an effort to eat better. I had a hunch that if I started to eat well, then I'd be more likely to workout because I wouldn't want to waste those valuable nutrients! So I went to the grocery store and bought some chicken breasts, bags of rice, cans of tuna, and leafy spinach for salads. Surely, so I thought, I'll eat these.

Blame on the inactivity, I guess, but when I opened the door to the refrigerator or the pantry I just wasn't inclined to reach for those items. Instead I'd made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or I'd stop by the local quick-serve Chinese restaurant. Spinach just doesn't compare to strawberry jelly and egg rolls!

It was a lose-lose: I wasn't working out and I wasn't eating well.

Then my wife and I arrived at a workable plan that allowed me to get some sleep at night and make it to the gym in the morning. I started running on the treadmill, doing pushups and situps, and lifting weights. The next thing I know, I looked in the pantry and what did I grab? A can of the tuna I bought a few months earlier! I mixed into a salad with some spinach. I worked out the next day, and then that night I grilled some chicken and boiled some rice. Day after day, the sequence stayed in tact.

I can't explain it, but here's what it amounts to:
If I don't workout, then I don't eat well.
If I workout, then I eat well.

Take that for what it's worth.


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