Help! I’m experiencing a “slumptitude” (thanks for the word, Miz!)! It’s not only just a mental lack of motivation, it’s an actual physical slump as well. Mentally, I’m on “I just want to eat crap and lay in bed all day” mode. Physically, while I can usually run 6-miles and hardly break a sweat, running just 3 miles feels like I’m running a marathon. What gives? Any ideas? While I have experienced mounds of stress recently in trying to find a new job and a whole gamut of reasons I care not to divulge, my life is only going to get more hectic in the coming weeks as school starts up again and my new job (!) begins. I cannot let the insanely hard-work I put in to losing my final 10 go to waste, right? I’m trying my darnedest to think of some creative ways to reinvigorate myself with motivation and the easiest things I can think of are…
Spice It Up
If you’ve ever read a chick mag (hello, Cosmo), you’ve surely encountered (or been bombarded with) articles on how to “spice it up” in the bedroom with your significant other. I don’t really need help in that department, thank you very much, but it sure gives food for thought. My relationship with the gym is going stale. If my gym were my boyfriend, he’d be off at Barnes and Noble right now reading, “She’s Just Not That Into You” and trying to figure out why my visits have been more infrequent and sporadic. I’m sorry gym, but we’ve just lost that spark. I can’t help it, but my eyes are wandering…to other avenues of exercise, that is. If I’m going to get hot and sweaty, I think this is one relationship that’s going to be poly-amorous – I’m seeking new options! Outdoor exercise, here I come! More beach rollerblading, more dog walking, more playing in the sand with my niece. I need to remember why being active is *fun.* Don’t worry gym, I’ll still be seeing you very often, just won’t be as committed. Can you guys relate to needing to spice up your relationship with exercise? Perhaps variety really is the “spice of life.” Or maybe just “switching things up”? (that would explain why my cat has been eating the dog food, and my dog has been eating the cat food. Strange pets!)
I need new music on my iPod, friends. All the music on my “play-list to weigh less” is no longer cutting it and we all know how important good music is for fueling our work-outs. Any suggestions? What are you favorite work-out songs? Do you give your work-out play-lists funny names on your iPod? Do you have different play-lists depending on what type of exercise you’ll be completing? p.s. Did ya see that pseudo-study that playing your music louder makes you work out harder (at least in strength training)? **Oh, sweet! Check out No Meat Athlete’s compilation of runners’ songs here! I, of course, recommended “Idioteque” by Radiohead
In the News
- Science Daily‘s, “Parents Can Help Stop the Obesity Epidemic, Says Psychologist; Healthy Body Image is First Step” (8/15/09) here — Loved this! I am totally going to check out the books “Body Intelligence” and “Emotional Eating” by Edward Abramson, Ph.D. Do you guys agree, at least at face-value, that “healthy body image” could be our answer to the “obesity epidemic”?
Give-Away Round Up
- Win some Zevia zero-calorie, naturally-sweetened soda here
- Win a sock-gram here
- Win some Nuun hydration tablets and other loot here
“Karma Police” is a great song by Radiohead and also something I believe in! So, throwing the good karma I’ve received back out there I would like to say I am thankful that I got a new job doing something I actually love doing, I am thankful my mom and her co-worker returned safely from a sketchy work trip, I am stoked my gym added nice new treadmills, I am thankful for having such strong women role models (thanks for lunch, B!), and I am thankful that every morning I get up is full of opportunities.
When you guys foresee your life getting even more hectic, do you take proactive measures to keep yourself on track? In other words, do you write out a schedule or calendar? Or do you just “wing it”? I’d love practical suggestions on how all of you deal with the stressful lives you lead.
Have a wonderful Saturday, guys!
<3, The Cranky One
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