“How’d your exercise goals go this week?” That’s the weekly phone notification that Patrollers receive on their phone each Sunday. A simple message with a simple goal: to make you stop and actually think about your goals.
Have you ever been in a sour mood, and had someone turn to you and say, “Turn that frown upside down!” I for one can attest, that the last thing you want to hear when you’re in a funk, is someone being all cheery, and telling you how easy it is to be happy. Especially in such a goddamn optimistic tone. Get stuffed!
Being unhappy, in some respects, is like being unfit. You see all the curated social media feeds of “fit” people, all telling you how easy and enjoyable their life is, and you just can’t help but say “bullshit.” Because for you, it’s not that easy. And you know, you’ve tried. Many times. Like happy people taking photos of themselves always smiling, and their gloriously perfect life, it’s easy for fit people to boast how easy it is to be fit. It’s easy to forget the uphill climb when you’ve reached the peak and are admiring the views.
And I’m with you on this. Just because I’m writing this blog post doesn’t mean I’m immune. Some days I feel like I can’t lift my bad mood. Some days I feel like I’ll never achieve a level of fitness I’m proud of.
Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s why this Pooch Patrol project was started in the first place. I believe that realising and admitting you’re unfit is a major milestone on your path to improved fitness. Because at this moment, you have choices at your disposal. If you’re not in a happy mood, no matter how much you don’t feel like it, you do have a choice to smile. A side of your mouth might start to rise. Then it goes back done. Minutes later, you smirk a little bit. A few hours pass, and you’ve forgotten your bad mood and are happy again.
Likewise, you might decide that you’re going to start taking small steps to live a healthier lifestyle. You start off with small adjustments, then go backwards a bit, but slowly slowly, you make progress forwards. Eventually, we’ll achieve it. If you’re anything like me, you’re too stubborn not to.
I think it’s important to constantly remind yourself of your goals. Even if you aren’t currently making progress, you’re aware of where you stand. You’ve got a much higher chance of success if you’re conscious of your reality than if you’re not. Acknowledge that.
Don’t be unhappy about the fact that one of those pesky happy people told you to smile. Be grateful. If they didn’t tell you to smile, you might never have realised you’ve got the world’s worst case of resting bitch face.