Ugh, today I do not want to make a to-do list.
Today I do not want to do interval training.
Today I do not want to go for a walk.
Or go to work.
Or work on my really fun (REALLY FUN!! YAY!) project I will be able to tell you all about soon.
Or work on totally boring projects that there is no point in telling you about at all.
Sometimes when we’ve going gangbusters in our fitness program, we have a little crisis of faith. We’re seeing results, but not like, Biggest Loser results where people lose 12 pounds in a week. Or maybe our fitness classes are taking off after a few months of pushing and marketing and now, just when things are going well, we’re losing a little energy.
I’m feeling that way today (blame the margaritas! HA!) I don’t want to do anything productive, I just want to loaf in my pj’s. Luckily, I have commitments I can’t back out of. I teach tonight, so I’ll be getting at least 1 workout in today (hopefully more). I have lawyer work to do as well and, if I want to be able to do all my other fun projects, that’s work that must get done.
I’m not even going to talk about the laundry. That is a subject that is forbidden today.
The trouble with losing momentum when we’re pursuing fitness or other goals is that we haven’t achieved our goal yet. So losing momentum delays achievement of that goal. It also makes it more likely that you’re going to quit. And all those good habits and systems we put in place have to be re-established. That takes precious time. We have time, but not so much we can waste it.
So what do you do when your momentum is lagging like mine is today?
1. Eat a good diet.
I had a lot of processed foods yesterday. They’re fun at the time, but my energy and attitude always suffer after I eat them. Healthy foods = healthy spirit.
2. Put systems in place so you can’t flake out.
I have a commitment to teach tonight. I have a commitment to show up to work. I have commitments to people to get these projects done — I’ve shared my goals with people whom I respect. If I lose steam and don’t get the job done, they’re going to ask me what happened. While they won’t read me the riot act if I find an excuse not to accomplish my goals, I know that my credibility with them will be shot if I don’t do the things I said I was going to do. I don’t like letting people down.
3. Use a to-do list.
Remind yourself of your priorities and goals. Remind yourself of what needs to be done today, tomorrow and next week. The pros all say “eat the frog” and get your big task over with first. I say, when you’re limping along, accomplish the easy tasks first and enjoy the feeling of marking them off your list. That feeling of accomplishment will push you to get more done.
I’d love to hear your tips below!
But FIRST… the winner of Friday’s Giveaway (very few entries in that giveaway!) was:
In my never humble and never expert opinion, I do not believe there is such a thing as a definitive guide to fitness. I think “fit” means different things to different people, and rightly so. I think there is a wealth of knowledge out there and I am trying, trying, trying to absorb as much as I can. I think we can read something, watch something, try something new all the time and take bits and pieces and find what works for us. I think it’s about finding balance in our lives. Being a fit person isn’t just physical, it’s mental, emotional and definitely spiritual, so finding the harmony in that, and not letting one area of our lives suffer as we nurture another. xoxo
Okay guys, go out and crush that to-do list today!