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Some Days Are “Meh” Days

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018



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?
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  • no profile photo RUNNER11G
    We all experience MEH days. Thank you for giving us some ideas of how to deal with them. I think we each need to think about MEH days and how we can handle them. One that works for being is just getting dressed in my workout clothes and getting out the door. Than like you said just one step at a time.
    1022 days ago
  • WHYTEBROWN
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  • AIYANASMAMA
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  • LOVEANTIQUES
    Great advice. I've been having too many meh days and not doing anything. I'm hoping this will put me back on the right track. Thanks!
    1067 days ago
  • NASFKAB
    Great way to get moving
    1072 days ago
  • QUAIL75
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  • PLATINUM755
    This may sound a bit cruel but I have a small picture board with the words USE IT OR LOSE IT and there are pictures too. It ups my appreciation for so many of those things we take for granted until you can't do them, i.e. walking, and reduces "mood' driven actions..
    1076 days ago
  • JERICHO1991
    Walking and drinking water are my best two consistent habits.
    1078 days ago
  • KACEYSW
    Yes, Meh days are a symbol of the days we are alive, even though they aren't the most exciting days...
    1080 days ago
  • MAREE1953
    Yaaay, Toni! Great message!
    1081 days ago
  • DINIE123
    Wow, just what I needed, thank you for the wonderful post. I am having a Meh day and I forgive myself. I am now going for a walk. emoticon
    1081 days ago
  • no profile photo NYLAURA1
    Thanks for sharing the dangers of meh and ways to get past them. I will remember this blog next time I have meh
    1081 days ago
  • MARYJOHANNAH
    ...Music certainly helps my MEH mood...
    1081 days ago
  • no profile photo INCH_BY_INCH
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  • FERRARIFITNESS
    This is a fabulous reminder that every day, even the small steps, placing one foot in front of the other on the right track, get you closer to your goal and help solidify the commitment and lifestyle change. Some days are just lower energy and that is life. Good thing to learn through the process because this is a huge part of maintenance once you reach your goal weight.

    I have been blogging about my journey through an eating disorder that has spanned 35+ years and finally ended with a first place win on the competitive stage of women's figure - at age 57! I wrote a post about this very subject and included a couple of short videos about the importance of making even minor exercise moves count more. You can check it out here if you're interested:

    https://www.fift
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    /19/Prevent-The-Stall

    Stay with it - it sounds like you are on the right track and I wish you tremendous success!
    1082 days ago
  • no profile photo CD23307219
    When I have a day where I just can't get going, I change my routine. I have a second cup of coffee and watch some videos of babies or animals. These lift my spirits. Then I play some good music. I usually start with something slow and a few basic stretches. This gets the blood flowing and next thing I know the music picks up and so do my feet. I dance like there's no tomorrow. When I finish I am usually breathing hard and feel much more motivated. Lucky for the neighbors no one sees me doing this. I am sure I look like an idiot, but now I am an energized and motivated idiot.
    1082 days ago
  • PHEBESS
    On those "meh" days, I tend to go with some extra caffeine - I usually drink tea, but I'll have some coffee just to get an extra boost.

    But if it's a rainy "meh" day, I'll just accept it as a day to get cozy and read.
    1082 days ago
  • BUTTERFLYJANS
    Thanks for the great blog with some good suggestions on how to handle meh days. When I read this blog I realized that I was verbally beating myself up with how I have been handling my life. It made me step back and exam what I am doing. I am dealing with a lot of stuff at the moment. I am trying to heal from all the abuse from my childhood. Which is not easy. I usually get to the point that I admit that I was abused and then I bury it all saying I was lying and make it all up. I would then just pretend everything is wonderful but I was dead inside. Unfortunately it is back to haunt me. Soon as I remember an event from my childhood I stuff food in my mouth until I am sick. Then I get mad at myself for doing this then I am depressed and I stuff food in my mouth and on and on and on... But I realize I need to come up with a healthier way of dealing with my emotions. I need to learn how to experience them, release them, and know that it was not my fault I was the child. Sounds easy but for me it is really really hard. So iam going to try some suggestions I have read here. I need to deal with this mess so I can be free to get myself healthy and strong. But I can only handle doing one at a time. Not I do not want to gain back the 250 pounds I lost. So I am going to try to come up with either music or journaling or crafting instead of stuffing my face with food. If I am not successful and I do stuff my face I will forgive myself or at least try not to feel guilty. I use food to comfort me or a way to stuff the feelings down, or as a form of punishment. "I am a worthless and bad person so I do not deserve to live." This is the message I got growing up. Or the message I thought they were telling me by their words and actions.

    So thanks for your blog I learned a lot and also I learned tiny bit more about what is happening in my life. I realized if I don't think I am worth it I will never be able to lose the rest of the weight I need to lose and keep it off. So back to step one heal as much as I can from all the abuse in my past and the abuse I still do to myself.
    1082 days ago
  • HARRIETT14
    Today was a double "Meh" day for me. Things just upset me to no end. all caution went haywire. Here's hoping tomorrow comes fast and is a better day. Thanks.
    1082 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3433011
    Great blog! Thank you.
    1082 days ago
  • SUSIEMT
    My meh days are handled by drinking my water and going to the gym. Before I know it I am having a great workout and have forgotten my meh day! Keep sparking!
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    1082 days ago
  • WALKAPOCKET
    Take a Walking Meeting. And to make it easy for everyone have a Walkapocket available for everyone to have their phone to take notes if needed or cash to get coffee. You get outdoors, you walk and you get your meeting done. That's pretty good for a "meh" day!!!
    1082 days ago
  • DMSGLASS
    Even though I may wake up and it's a "meh" day, I still have to get up and walk the dogs. That gets me going. Once we are out the door and walking the trail along The Columbia River, the day has turned around. But, I like your method as well. Sometimes it's my evenings that see me not wanting to do anything.
    1082 days ago
  • ADRIENALINE
    I don't have too many meh days. I'm sa recent retiree and I have joined AAUW The American Association of University Women they are a great group of people and the all do interesting things that pound good or me to try. I also take classes at OLLI they may have them near you. Today I have a class on the British Invasion. It's great. I will start another soon on the migration west called Westward Ho. It seems I always have something interesting to do.
    1082 days ago
  • MARYGOLD5
    emoticon emoticon Great way to deal with "meh" days. I guess we all have them. Thanks.
    1082 days ago
  • 7430REYNOSA
    I do the same as you-just tell my self to "DO SOMETHING". What I usually find is often (not always), it's enough to get me doing more. But, I always know I can stop, having met my initial goal.
    1082 days ago
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  • BGABLE_1
    I hope I can follow your example when I have my next "meh" day.
    1083 days ago
  • MIYAMO
    I have been having too many "meh" days lately so your message came at the right time. Reading it has given me thoughts and ideas how to get through and out of these days. Thank you!
    1083 days ago
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  • CABLESCYBERARM
    Sometimes meh days can be good for you. This sometimes could be your body saying, "HEY, we need a break!" It is good to push yourself through this, but be careful that it could lead to injury if this is something bigger than just meh. Enjoy the rest day, and get back on the horse the next day emoticon
    1083 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3625614
    Good blog! For me I think taking a shower and getting dressed is a good start.
    1083 days ago
  • ANNKRAN
    I deal with it by moving, little bits of exercise works wonders.
    1083 days ago
  • JULIEA7201
    emoticon we are human. It is not all or nothing there is a lot of something in between emoticon
    1083 days ago
  • JHADZHIA
    emoticon Good on you! A well deserved featured blog post! For me its always uplifting music. You can't sit still when that Zumba music starts pounding. Doesn't even have to be a long workout, it can be as short as a single song -you can find all lengths on You tube. But once caught, its hard to stop. But if its a really bad pain day, that means turning inward and finding some good fantasy meditations where you are guided on fantastic journeys -running with wolves is one of my favorites (as I will never be able to run), or going into the fairy forest. Even having adventures with Lord of the rings characters. With long bitterly cold winters, I have found many ways to keep myself entertained indoors. But getting out in nature is a priority in summer.
    1083 days ago
  • DEBIGENE
    I read inspiring blogs like yours, thank you for the morning boost !!! Have a THANKFUL Thursday !!!
    1083 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    Been having a lot of meh days lately with the horrid political climate......going to the gym where I see friends and exercise always helps. And listening to music while I workout is the best tonic.
    1083 days ago
  • STEMON
    Love this! Thanks so much for validating "meh" days - and giving tips to just do something!
    1083 days ago
  • no profile photo SHARONCAPPS
    Good blog thanks for sharing.
    1083 days ago
  • OSDOWNS
    This got me out the door this morning.
    1083 days ago
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  • SHELLY707
    On my Meh days, I learned not to beat myself up for not being human. I may pray or listen to music and God willing start over tomorrow. emoticon
    1083 days ago
  • KELLIEBEAN
    I have a a lot of meh days! My go to is what got me back on Spark and to finally hit my goal weight... "just do something for ten minutes."

    I also used to like listening to Spark radio. One time they interviewed Spark guy who talked about "committing a small act of power" on days you slip up... get a cup of water, walk some laps or grab a piece of fruit.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
    1083 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    that's the way
    1095 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    thanks
    1097 days ago
  • HEALTHYANDFIT27
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  • JERICHO1991
    Moving slower these days with a left foot needing PT and recovering from small broken bones near the small toe.
    1098 days ago
  • IGSBETH
    That is a good list.
    1098 days ago
  • JUSTFURKIDS
    Hard to get motivated on those MEH days, I agree. I fall back on the routine. morning yoga, gardening and pack walks with the kitchen wolves.
    1100 days ago
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