I woke up at about 5:30am this morning. That's not a bad hour for me (I'm an early bird), but it came with the following issues:
- It's a holiday here today. 5:30am is a dumb time to be awake on a holiday Monday.
- I'm heading into the city today, which means driving, walking, and weariness, especially if I haven't had a good night's sleep.
I hobbled down the stairs and filled the bath and sighed when I got in. That was better. After a good soak and scrub, I got out, dried off, got into some comfortable yoga pants and a tshirt and made some tea while I s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d for few minutes. Eventually, I headed back upstairs and back to bed for another half hour or so.
I could have prevented this if I'd just spent twenty minutes last night stretching like I needed to. I felt sore last night from all the exercise I've been doing, but instead of getting up and doing something about it, I opted to look around online for some bamboo circular needles I've been wanting. I dithered so long over it that, by the time I closed the laptop, it was late.
Score one for procrastination.
So often, I hear people say:
- It hurts. I'll stretch later.
- I'm so out of shape. I should exercise more.
- I'm not sleeping well. I should talk to my doctor and see if there's something I can do about it.
- I don't feel well. Maybe I should do something about it.
And you know what? Yeah, you should. Because you pay in the end... maybe not at 5:30am on a holiday Monday, but sometime. And it sucks.
So, my resolve today is to make sure I do a full hatha yoga session tonight, complete with bow and king dancer pose to ease my still-aching quads. And I will repeat the mantra: I will close the laptop before 9, I will close the laptop before 9, I will close the laptop before 9...
Score one for me.
Photo by Malene Thyssen