Do you like Scattergories? I love it. If you aren’t familiar with the game, the point is to come up with words or phrases that begin with a certain letter (as determined by a die roll) and that fit into various categories on a list. One of my favorite categories is “reasons to be late for school or work,” because there are a million reasons—from “attacked by rabid squirrels” to “zephyr carried me away”—to be running late.
Another category I think I’d excel at, if it existed, is “reasons to skip the gym in the morning.” Once upon a time, I was almost machinelike in my adherence to the six-a-week workout schedule. But these days, despite knowing that exercise is an important part of staying healthy, even (or perhaps especially) for us chronic types, I truly manage to find an excuse for every letter of the alphabet.
- After all, tomorrow is another day
- Bed’s too warm
- Can’t find sneakers
- Dreamed about going (close enough)
- Eating breakfast sounds better
- Fitness is overrated
- Gotta write a blog post
- Have a chronic disease
- It’s [snowing/raining/sleeting/windy/dark/cold/hot] outside
- Just don’t wanna
- Kept hitting snooze; now it’s too late
- Lots to do
- My stomach hurts
- No energy
- Over it
- Playlist is stale
- Quit caffeine
- Rest days are important, too
- Sick (see: H)
- Toe cramp (see: J)
- Up too late on Twitter
- Vile thing, that elliptical
- Whatever, I look fine
- Xercise, schmXercise
- Yeah, yeah, I’ll go in a minute
Every morning, one must win.
Photos © Allie Holzman & Joint Base Lewis McChord (Flickr)
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