- Sadness upon leaving your dog alone for fear your dog will be sad, scared or bored (this particular symptom is preempted by my dogs chronic separation anxiety – I am sure you have heard me discuss this before…)
- Feelings of serious guilt when leaving your dog alone, enough so that you put off important tasks, like working out, running errands or even hanging out with friends.
- Giving in to sad dog stares, and choosing to walk your dog (cue wagging tail) instead of completing your task at hand (which in many cases for me is: working out)
So, I am happy to report, that in the past two days I have made small strides at curing this unlikely condition. I have forced myself to change and leave for a workout immediately after getting home. This reduces the amount of time my little pup Sumo has to wrap me around her little paw with her sad face trickery and I can walk her as soon as I get back (and thus relieve any guilt). I know this should not have taken me over three years to figure out, but two days in a row of an after-work workout feels like a monumental step! P.S. Does anyone else suffer from this condition as well? Please leave comments if so and we can form a support group :-).
Getting into a workout routine will probably always be one of my life challenges, but I’ve found a few things that seem to help me:
- Workout outdoors. I realized I am not a fan of the gym and being outdoors allows you to be pensive while enjoying nice scenery, and in general feels more worthwhile. Whether it is going for a run, stretching, or doing strength, it all feels easier and less like ‘work’ when you are outside.
- Workout alone. It has come to my attention, that I not only have introvert tendencies in many situations, but it also applies to my workouts. I may be alone in this, but working out alone allows me focus on breathing and go at my own (leisurely) pace.
- Have a good playlist! This is a key element in the formula for me, however I am currently lacking in this department, any suggestions?!?
- Tell yourself it does not need to be a production. If you only have 15-20 minutes, do a few sprints and pushups, everything counts.
- Wear a stop watch. This is really important for my runs, it keeps me motivated to go further and run a certain distance/amount of time. I just picked up this cute one from Puma.
A view from the inside…
Last but not least, the ultimate canopy. I know this doesn’t really count, but it looks dreamy nonetheless.