When It Comes to Exercising I Have ADD

Every now and then I will get tired of being angry when I have to put my jeans on and I get tired of remembering that my tubes are tied and it’s not possible for me to be 4 months pregnant, so I will get on a health kick. We’ve all done it. We make New Year’s Resolutions to start to exercise or we will join a gym so we can be as cool as our friends on Facebook or because there is an awesome app that everyone is using; example Couch to 5K.  I will admit that at first, I do really good, I stay focused and actually do what is needed to do to sweat and remove some of my jiggle. After the first week or two, as I’m exercising my ADD kicks in. SN: now obviously I’ve not been diagnosed by a doctor as to having ADD but I have self diagnosed  myself as having ADD but only when I am exercising.

In the past, a few times, I have attempted to workout to the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD. At first, as usual, it went really well. I would take the time every morning to get my SHRED on! At first it hurt but I kept going; a week later my ADD started to kick in. I would find myself on my back doing the arm weights, but instead of focusing on the proper way to arm lift I would notice that my head would slowly turn towards the under part of the couch. Oh my goodness, my world stopped! I had to immediately clean out from under the couch because my mind could not continue to focus on Jillian. I would hit Pause on the remote with the intent of starting the Shred where I left off, but I would get so far into cleaning I would eventually tell myself that I would start it back up tomorrow.

Yesterday I was walking my treadmill, doing awesome and all of a sudden I remembered there were clothes in the dryer. I kept walking but could not stop thinking about the clothes in the dryer. They had to be folded or they might get wrinkled (even though they had been in the dryer for at least a day). My intent was to walk for 30 minutes but it was cut short at 15 minutes because the laundry HAD to be done.

I have come to the conclusion that I can’t be serious or focus when I exercise. If I am not counting the number of curse words I say when I am walking the hills by my house or making someone giggle by being silly, I am finding something to distract me away from my mini workout; housework or breaking up a fight between my girls. I seriously think I have ADD, but only when it comes to exercising.

What activity, life event, chore do you find yourself all of a sudden having ADD?

Written by: Aimee Fauci


  1. Mine is cleaning house: I start strong in one room making piles of stuff that belongs in other parts of the house, then get distracted by laundry or end up in kitchen with something that belongs in the masterbdrm. Or kids have a catastrophe thats requires immediate attention. Once I get back in there and begin making piles… end of the day piles in each room & I am too tired or its time to start dinner.

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