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Resetting my goals ..

To be honest, the past few weeks have been rather strange, hence my delay in blogging. After a rather stressful 2 years of a masters’ level course, I took my final exam – a huge relief to the whole family as it’s been quite tough on all of us. I thought I’d take the weekend off, maybe start my diet again by the middle of the week.

I began by enjoying a break from the usual routine, but then I found myself struggling to re-start the disciplines I had been enjoying and benefiting from. My Pilates Class had a break at half term and then both my dogs had to be quarantined due to illness. Unable to fulfill my key sources of weekly exercise, it led to an excuse of drifting into 10 days of inactivity – totally lacking motivation to do anything, especially exercise.

What I think happened was a build up of expectation, that once the exams were over, I would feel relief. However, as I won’t get the results until mid-March, I’m feeling bereft and I’m experiencing feelings of being directionless and lacking purpose – why aren’t I enjoying doing nothing? 

I’ve mostly kept to my diet but slackened off during this period which resulted in me gaining 4lbs, as I wasn’t bothering to monitor my points. Not disastrous, but in combination with the lack of other activities, it was evident that having no structure to my week really wasn’t good for me.

My usual reaction to this is frustration, which as we know, is always counterproductive, so this time around I have tried to embrace it by looking at the positives to come out of this “downtime” period. Firstly, I’ve decided to try something new this year and learn to ski, and have already had 2 lessons with a third booked next week. Secondly, as you can see from the picture above I have bought a few items to create my own make-shift gym in the garage; a bench, a few kettlebells and a suspension training system, all for under £70.

So, I’m going to set a new goal of 10 minutes in the gym a day, 5 or 6 days a week. Either some load bearing exercise based on the 7-minute workout or a short Pilates routine my instructor gave me before half term. If you’re interested in finding out about the 7-minute workout idea, google it, there’s plenty of information out there and it’s quite basic so the information is pretty reliable.

It’s all been a very useful experience. What surprised me most was just how long it took me to work out what was happening, but once I had, it was quite fast to change. When you expect relief and instead get a sense of loss, it’s disorienting. It’s ok to feel this lack of motivation and sometimes you don’t have the energy to fight against it, but there’s a fine line between going with it for a short time and allowing yourself to get caught up and ending up wallowing in it. Luckily this time around, I managed to catch it before it took hold. 

Posted 26-02-19

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