I have a problem with the whole "all or nothing" thing. It doesn't affect me in every area of my life, but one major area when it does is with schedules. I HATE when I have a schedule planned out and then I need to rearrange something. And if it happens too much, I start to just give up and I end up all over the place and nothing gets done. Ooh, I'm getting worked up just thinking about it!
One way that's showing up is with my training schedule. I'm currently training for a half, and it's been a lot harder than any other race I've trained for. My work schedule sucks, so I already have to shuffle around the days. I'm also exhausted from work, so sometimes the last thing I want to do in that moment is go exercise for at least an hour.
Today, I'm going to do a first for me. I'm switching some Saturday runs! :o I was supposed to get up early for an 8 mile run. Instead, I stayed in bed. I was tired AND the cold weather has decided to come back (whyyyy). And now, I just don't feel like doing it. Instead, I will meet someone next week to do the 8 mile run on the trails of a battlefield about an hour away, and I'll do the 5k that was scheduled for next week today. Now I'm excited about both runs!
Sometimes I get scared that if I change one thing, I'll start changing everything. I'm realizing that I need *this* particular change, and that's ok! I will also try to use this battlefield run to motivate me to eat better and drink more water throughout the week.
Sometimes, an all or nothing attitude can work. But more often than not, we need at least a little flexibility.