Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A few days ago, ONEKIDSMOM put in her blog "The cycle of motivation."
It went like this:
1. Phase one - active rebellion.
2. Phase two - patiently waiting for motivation to kick in.
3. Phase three, highly motivated, actively working.
4. Phase four, success and flying high, living easy and loving it.
5. Phase five, burnout starting, but still on auto pilot.
6. and something snaps, and it's back into phase one.
I've been thinking about this since. Last time through this cycle, phase one lasted about 18 months. Phase two another 8 months. Together they undid the 30 pounds I had previously lost.
I hit phase 3 in early November, and I had lost 16 poundsby the end of the year.
In phase 4 I joined the January jumpstart fitness challenge to give myself some variety and add some strength training to the cardio I was doing. I think I have been in phase 5 the last week or so. I'm feeling burned out. Yesterday and today I've really had to force myself to work out - and it's been hours later than usual. I think I'm a hairsbreath away from open rebellion.
Knowing it's a cycle of phases is very helpful. I hope I can keep the phases 1 & 2 VERY short this time. I'm trying to complete the January Challenge so I don't lose my chance to win a prize that it is VERY unlikely that I'd win anyway due to the number of people involved. Lol. I'm a type A who likes to cross things off my list by finishing them, not by quitting. Leaving things unfinished disturbs my mind! So, I'll probably keep forcing my exercise through February 2nd.
What can you suggest for FUN exercise - especially if it doesn't include much financial outlay? Maybe I'll find something new to try that I will love. I love the way I feel AFTER I work out. Who knows, if I find a fun exercise, I might skip phases 1 & 2 altogether! That would be great!!!!
Saturday, January 19, 2013
I'm happy and amazed to say I'm down a pound since last week. Down 20 from where I began in November.
I've eaten well and exercised consistently, but my scale read like a roller coaster this week. Yesterday was the second day I touched down below last week's reading. I spent most of the week at or above that figure. Today I was down the other half pound. There's just no accounting for weight fluxuations. I'm happy to say I wasn't thrown off emotionally this time.
I made 3 new sparkrecipes this week, and will be adding one of them, Chicken Leftover Tostada, to my favorites file. It's always a win if my husband likes it as much as I do.
Have a great day, and don't be intimidated by your scale if you've been following your plan!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I've always needed a lot of sleep. I usually get 7-8 hours. This week, due to my husband's mandatory 10 hour days plus 2 hour commute on top of the event that must be dealt with in the evening, We've been getting about 6 hours sleep - and that is full of tossing and turning. UGH!
I've been fighting the "don't wannas" since Tuesday. I have had to force myself to work out. I love the feeling AFTER, but before and during are not so appealing. I'm doing the January Jumpstart Fitness challenge, and I can do the videos, but doing my regular cardio is hard. I feel like I'm slogging through mud. Today I got on the elliptical and started going without setting a time limit. I thought I might have to stop early. I got it all done, amazingly, but I still feel a bit weak and sluggish. I miss my sleep!!!
There's light at the end of the tunnel. The rumor is that my DH can go back to 9 hour days next week. I hope for a return to normal 8 hour days soon after. In the meantime, I've had a very close look at how lack of sleep affects my performance and attitude.
May you have a great night's sleep and energy to burn in workout tomorrow!
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