I sit here at my computer checking and rechecking all the blogs on my favorites list in search of…something. I’m not even sure what I’m searching for: motivation, inspiration? I don’t know. All I know is that lately I am unsatisfied. Maybe unsatisfied is not the right word…maybe apathetic? Not really, because I feel very strongly that I want to feel…something, I’m just not sure what that something is. So I guess un-satisfied is the word (is it really even a word?) that is best used to describe my current mental/emotional state. Blogging used to be a very satisfying experience for me, as was reading other people’s blogs (don’t get me wrong – I still love to read YOUR blogs) but the last few weeks, I just don’t feel the urgency to write/read like I used to. How can I best explain this malaise? Think of it this way, you know you want to eat something, but you don’t know what you are in the mood for, so you go from the refrigerator to the pantry and back again, hoping something will suddenly appear and you’ll say AHA! THAT’S what I’m hungry for! Only, nothing pops out at you and so you wear a visible trail in the linoleum going back and forth between the fridge and the pantry.
My intake of all things junky has jumped exponentially and in direct correlation to that, the number of workouts I have completed has dwindled. I’m worried about this because as the weather gets colder and grayer, my desire to do anything healthy goes down the tubes, and I soooo do not want to regain any of the weight I have lost. And it could happen so easily, I recognize that.
Up until a couple of weeks ago, I was really consistent with my workouts and getting them done NO MATTER WHAT, and then Merry or Crabby (I can’t remember which one) over at Cranky Fitness asked the question “how do you stay motivated to work out” or something along those lines. I was feeling empowered and rattle off my answer and from that moment on, I’m not kidding here, my mojo flew out the window. And it hasn’t come back yet. It’s like the universe said, “oh yeah? Feeling a little cocky are we? Well how bout we knock you down a peg or two!” and BLAM! No more motivation. At all. Anywhere. I’ve eaten my weight in Cheetos and Oreos (and I don’t even like Oreos that much) and anything else I can get my hands on, and no I’m not even PMSing. I know my lack of exercise is fueling my desire for sugar and salty carbs, which in turn makes me feel so sluggish that I don’t want to work out, etc etc etc. It’s a cycle not easily broken, which brings me to the point of today’s post.
Part of the problem is that I have only two windows of opportunity to walk. Either I get up early in the morning (4:45 am) and do a 35 minute walk or I do it as soon as I hit the door after work. I have about 1 hour to get it done in the afternoon before the family demands set in, after that it ain’t happenin. Lately I am so tired in the mornings, that I just shove my alarm clock under the covers so I don’t hear it, then I wake up in a panic and have to hurry to get ready for work. If I decide to do it in the afternoon, I’m usually so tired by the time I get home that I just want to relax in front of Oprah and have a snack.
Exercising at lunch time is not really a viable option because I only get 30 minutes for lunch and since I work in a refinery-type place, there isn’t a good place to walk.
Wow, that sounds like a lot of excuses, I know, but really this is what I’m working with here. So tell me, oh wise and all-knowing blogosphere, what do I do? How do I overcome this? Really if I could have MizFit come over, drag my azz out of bed every morning and direct me in a heart pumping workout, that would be great (you don’t mind do ya Miz? Texas is right next to Oklahoma!). But other than that, what would you suggest? I want to hear from you on this one, so let’s have it, people! Help a sistah get her mojo back!!