This statement was made by a friend, in response to another friend’s laundry list of all she had to do. It’s become a joke between a small group of us. Whenever someone starts whining about how overscheduled she is, the response is generally “you don’t own busy.”
Lately, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed, in large part because one of the items on my “to do” list is taking up not only actual time, but also mental time. Even when I’m not working on it, my brain is churning on it. I’ve really been feeling like “I own busy.”
But I don’t own busy. And my “I’m too busy to run” attitude has got to stop. Yes, I have a lot of balls in the air. Yes, my kids are doing everything they can to make sure I have no free time. Yes, I may come down with their nasty cold right in time for a presentation.
But I don’t own busy. Sure, a two hour run is out of the question. Hitting up the gym for weights AND elliptical. Yeah, not going to happen. 90 minute Bikram yoga class? No way.
I can still:
- Go for a short run
- Ride my bike for a few minutes extra after kid dropoff
- Hit up some squats, pushups, and crunches while I’m folding laundry
- Add a few extra trips to the different levels of my house
- Oh, and now would probably be a good time to get that FitDesk out of the box…
Sure, those aren’t the kind of workouts that are going help me make major strides towards my fitness goals. Sometimes, though, you have to just settle for not moving backwards. When life gets a little crazy, I need to remember that it’s better to feed my family (healthy) simple meals and let the house get a little out of control. Because when something has to give, it shouldn’t be my health and fitness.