- Consideration: the vague thought of getting out of the house, listening to music, and watching my beloved History Channel flickers on my inner marquee. I can do all three things by going to the gym!
- Denial: I’m not really that interested in leaving the house. I already left the house today. I don’t really need to go the gym today — I went [yesterday, the day before, last week]. The History Channel is probably just showing a program I’ve already seen three times.
- Self-scolding: You last went to the gym [yesterday, the day before, last week]! It’s not like not going today is going to encourage you to go tomorrow! You feel like shit, and it helps release endorphins. Have you looked at your ass recently?
- Self-pity: Oh, boo, working out is hot and sweaty and I’m never going to be a supermodel anyway, no matter what I do. Oh boo hoo hoo, why is life so hard?
- Bargaining: If I don’t go to the gym, I could just not eat dinner. Who am I kidding? It’s [Thai, Italian, Mexican, Indian, Whatever] night. Mmm, [coconut curry, lasagne and bread, tacos, chicken Masala, Burgers, Wings, etc]. Ok, if I don’t go to the gym, I’ll clean the house instead. Who am I kidding?
- Excuses: Oh, but I’m already so tired! And I hate being hot, and I’d have to find some gym clothes, and do I really have time to go, get back, and shower before I have to [meet friends, go to dinner, do a grocery run, sleep, go to work]?
- Acceptance: I’m going to feel better if I go. I just won’t think about it, I’ll just go. I’ll keep calling me, I’ll keep calling me until I go to the gym. I’ll make me feel guilty. This is, this is ridiculous. Ok I’ll go, I’ll go, I’ll go, I’ll go, I’ll go. What? I’ll go! Shit.