Ding Ding Ding DaDa Ding Ding… Under Pressure… Ding Ding Ding DaDa Ding Ding – Sorry, I was channeling David Bowie this morning. This post is about being under pressure. No, nothing big is really weighing me down, and no monkeys are riding around on my back. However, there are a few of life’s pressures worth mentioning (three to be exact).
1 – Do you ever put pressure on yourself to push yourself to the limit, even when it may not be the best idea? My three-mile Thursday run today got me thinking again. I have been pressuring myself lately to do a half marathon. I want to do it. I do. But that’s a lot of running. I know the cons outweigh the pros on this one. I don’t think my knees or my patience could handle all that training. Training would also lead to weight gain since I’d be eating to fuel my running. So why am I even considering this? Pride issues? Probably – but I still want to do it.
2 – Do you feel pressure to be more polite than confident? I do, and I think I’m not the only one. In a way, that’s a good thing – otherwise we’d all be a bunch of jerks. However, try and tell me you haven’t’ done or at least heard this before…
- You look great in that dress!
- Thanks. I hate the way it tightens around my ____ (insert perceived flaw here).
The other day I told Kevin that he has great dimples. You know what he said? “Yeah.” Imagine that coupled with a sly, dimple-showing smirk. I had to laugh. That was a good response, but I’m not used to hearing responses like that. I usually compliment my girl friends, but the feedback is generally negative. How is he so confident? More importantly, how can we all be more like that???
3 – Do pretty pictures in store flyers pressure you into buying things you don’t need? Nope, this pressure is definitely not weighing me down, but I’m still totally serious. I saw party supplies on sale in my local Target flyer. I want to have a party. My parties are usually epic fails, but Kevin’s good at throwing parties. Why do you think I was attracted to him in college?!?! Just kidding! We got a kegerator back in January or February, and we’ve only had one party and one keg with it. Instead of getting beer for a party, I think we need a party to justify getting beer!
On a side note, I had a nice workout yesterday. I did 30 minutes on the arc trainer (not my fav) and an arm workout. Today I completed a 3.27-mile run and some abdominal work.
Have a great Thursday! It’s my Friday – no work for me tomorrow. Woohoo! Don’t worry, I’ll still get up early and hit the gym, but you already figured that, didn’t you?