I’d be the last person to say that living a healthy lifestyle is exhilerating every day. There are ups and downs to weight loss and maintaining losses and there are days I feel...well, I feel meh.
Since I live with myself and my moods I know that “meh” means a danger zone for eating and maintaining a fitness routine. Sigh. When I am feeling’meh’ it is even hard to be alarmed by that.
On days like that what works to motivate me is to say just...I don’t have to do much, but I do have to do something.
There are so many ‘starting points’ to a healthy day but these are some slow start activities that really help me.
Water. I get a big glass and set it along side myself where I set on my sofa. (Remember, this is a meh day and I’m not moving very fast). I drink.
Laundry. Now I suspect this does not appear anywhere on Spark as a fitness activity, but for me, just getting up, collecting the laundry and getting it to the machine involves a few steps of stairs and well STEPS.
Walking. Well this is a little ‘meh’ booster that only works for me if I promise myself I will only take SHORT walk. I live on a cul de sac attached to a block long street. Even on a meh a day it does not seem like much. So I do that. When I start a walk like this I remind myself that just doing this will be ENOUGH. Otherwise I’d never get out the door.
Music. I like to listen to music when I walk. It lifts my spirits and makes walking effortless. Music also seems to go with cutting up veggies for a snack or a meal. So often in a meh mood I’ll turn it on.
Journaling. I write down exactly what I’m feeling. Sometimes I only write ‘meh’ because that will focus me.
That’s my starter list. My meh moods never last too long, but I’ve grown to like them in a way. I am not a puppet afterall, but a human who has her ups and downs. And for me, acknowledging my mood helps me get going and move along to a sunnier place. This is not a “jump start” but a slow start.
How do you to deal with a meh day?