Tuesday, December 1, 2015

In a bit of a motivational lull

Does that ever happen to you?

I have 189 days left in my "40 week plan" (but, who's counting ;-)), I don't know yet how much my annual bonus & raise will be, which will allow me to put some final tweaks on my savings goal. My 40 week plan feels real, but still far away. I'm battling the desire to take advantage of "great offers" for the holidays, but am trying to rein myself in, reminding myself that we don't need the majority of things "on offer", and I'd rather save the money & feel confident with my big plan.

The great stretch of the unknown is feeling a bit intimidating at the moment.

I do know one area of my life that could use some time & attention, while I'm letting the financial details get sorted out . . . my fitness! I've been hovering at the same weight for months, yo-yoing between five pounds, not really eating as well as I should be, and definitely not getting as much exercise as I need!

So, while all of my other goals still apply to December, I'd love to kick start some fitness mojo right now! Here are my goals:

  • No dessert at work, or at home in December. Only for special events (Christmas, etc)
  • 1400 calories/day (on average) for the month. This one will be tricky, given a few big holidays!
  • One morning workout/week during the work week. If I can cobble these together with weekend workouts & some other opportunistic workout, I should be able to hit my targets. 

What about you? How do you break out of a funk when you are in the throes of it? How do you reinvigorate & inspire yourself, & find the motivation to complete your goals?


  1. I am so very excited for you about the 40 week plan and admire your discipline with that long-term goal in mind. But I've also experienced the funk that comes with hurry-up-and-wait with regard to goals ... I'm presently wrestling with myself with regard to my diet. Exercise I seem to have pretty well in hand, but diet? It's not so easy as getting up early and getting it done. It happens repeatedly throughout the day, with lots of temptations and people around to cause me to give in to impulse eating. I am about to try writing about my successes and failures, maybe a "this was my eating day" type recap for 30 days, and I must admit to having gotten the idea after reading one of your weekly spending recaps. I am going to wait until AFTER the holiday, though. This month we have more socializing, parties, dinners and lunches out than the entire rest of the year put together. It's going to be all I can do to survive this month through the first week in January, and I may have to amp up my already generous exercise time budget to make it work.

    1. I love that idea! I may try to do something similar - challenge myself to a 30 day journal exercise. I find it helpful & it may help me see the forest for the trees, as you mention. Thanks!