The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
June 2, 2011 3:17 AM Subscribe
I feel sometimes like I'm fighting a losing battle with myself: to accomplish certain things, stave off certain bad habits, develop certain good ones. How do you actually change yourself for the better when your lizard-brain is fighting you every step of the way?
posted by Ziggy500 to health & fitness (24 answers total) 117 users marked this as a favorite
Like many people, I struggle with certain aspects of life. Waking up on time is my personal DEMON, followed closely by getting enough exercise. Oddly enough, I feel great on the days that I do wake up on time and get enough exercise - but I find it difficult or impossible to make a habit out of these two things. I'm also a champion procrastinator.
I have very high intentions, but am constantly sabotaged by what I call Bad Me.
It sometimes feels as though I will NEVER overcome my bad habits and that I am fighting my lower self constantly to accomplish these things. No matter how hard I try, sooner or later Bad Me wins and I end up sleeping in and skipping my workout. And then THAT becomes a habit.
I hate the feeling of failure, and the feeling that at a certain level I am sabotaging myself, am my own worst enemy, etc etc. Today for example I woke up on time and worked out for an hour, and am already stressing about tomorrow, and whether I'll manage it again.
I'm not specifically looking for tips on how to wake up on time or how to get enough exercise in (but if you have any please feel free to share). My question is more about changing yourself intrinsically and how you do it, and how you stop seeing failure as inevitable, and how you bounce back.
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