A recent post by Angela Liddon from http://www.ohsheglows.com got me thinking. Angela wrote about her return from an exercise and healthy eating slump that was caused by both issues with her sciatic nerve as well as a nasty and long flu. When I read her words it was like I had written them. I knew exactly what she was talking about! I have been in a slump (or a funk as I call it) for quite some time now. While I admire and envy Angela’s get up and go attitude, I have not been so lucky beating these blues.
Last year I was super woman. I would wake up at 5:30a.m., run to the gym, circuit train, run home, grab my dog and run some more and then make it through the day on an amazingly healthful diet. I looked great, felt great, and had drive; I was on the ball. Then in December and January, health issues sidelined my usual die-hard training efforts. I expected to bounce right back from it and pick up where I had left off, yet that never happened. With each week that went by I just knew that things would get back to normal. Instead, I find myself sitting here over four months later no different. Seasons have changed; my motivation has not.
I am in a bona fide funk.
Things are getting serious, I stepped on the scale and the number has risen almost 4 pounds in the past month. That is the first time in over a year that the scale has gone up instead of down.
Needless to say, there was some serious dramatic chipmunk happening in my bathroom
However, I am still in a healthy weight range for my height and it is not all about the number on the scale. I do not feel as well as I know that I can. Not exercising regularly and being too lax about my food choices has contributed to an overall sluggishness in my body and in my mind. I am not taking care of myself. I know how good I can feel when I do, which makes it worse that I am feeling so bad now. I know that I need to change things and I know that I can change it.
So…how does one beat a funk? I would love to say that is as easy as making a declaration and then doing it. It is not! I can’t count how many times I have risen up and shouted “Funk! You are mine, It is my time to shine and I am gonna beat this thing.” (yes, I can be very dramatic when the time calls for it). I have even written out exercise and meal plans that are guaranteed successes! However, I start every Monday morning with gusto and by Friday evening I realize that I am still in the same old boat.
What will it take?
I have been giving this a lot of thought lately and I am truly really ready to get over this and to start feeling my best. In the next few posts, I will be discussing the different aspects of dealing with a funk. It is so much more than just the sum of its parts; the parts are what really matter.
(you can Find Angela’s post here.)