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Defunkification

So, with the exception of a little design work, I decided to take the month of September off from blogging. Yea, right after I announced the news of buying my domain.  Weird, I know.

But, I'm back, and I can't wait to get things rolling.

One very honest reason I wasn't writing is because I found myself in a funk.  The first part of September I was doing great.  In an effort to finally start losing my baby weight (you know... from the child who is now 16 months old...) I started a strict diet and started temporarily working out twice a day.  Yea, I said twice. a. day.  I was doing my 5k training, the Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred DVD, and an additional walk or workout when needed.  I did great.  I was super motivated.  I lost 3 pounds in one week, and I (snugly) fit into my goal shorts for the Tennessee/Florida football game.  I was one happy chica.

And then we got home from the game.  And I was tired.  And I just wanted some chocolate and a break.  Luckily, I knew I would feel like that after traveling, so I was prepared.  I had thought ahead and had the house completely clean and ready to come back to and had low fat/low cal chocolate options in stock. Score!  Except the tired feeling never went away.  This was burn-out at it's finest, not to mention the shin splints that are just today starting to subside (a whole 2 weeks later).

With the help of a great neighbor I did have one exceptional non-funk day this week.  I even finally bought my fall candles, (WooHoo!!)  and may I just say, the house smells delish (Which also may be due to the yummy crock pot recipe I made today).  Now if the house was clean...

Enter defunkification.

I decided to compare my funk days to my non-funk days and I've discovered some (obvious) things I've got to do to get my game back on and to take care of my family as well as myself, such as:

- Prepare a plan of action ahead of time.  When I wrote my plans the night before, the next day's to-do list was so easy to stick to, rather than dealing with an overwhelming cloud of to-do's on the day of.
- Wake up early.  This starts the night before as well.  If I don't get a good night's rest, the next morning will be hard, the day after that will be even harder.  Is anyone else like that?  Adrenaline keeps me going the first day after no sleep, but the day after that is always harder to me.
- Exercise.  How could I not be energized after a morning run or 25 minutes of cringing at Jillian?  Exercise totally boosts my energy for at least the first half of my day.
- Have quiet time in God's word and in prayer.  Having time with God before anyone wakes up in the morning is so refreshing.  Does it mean my day won't be challenging?  Absolutely not.  But it does mean I'm better equipped to handle it.
- Do my "chores" first thing in the morning.  I have the most energy to be efficient in the morning, so if I put this energy towards the things I have to do, I have no guilt doing the things I want to do later when I just feel like relaxing.
- Have something to look forward to.  This was true for me on two levels: Per day, and in this particular case, at the end of the week (Getting to wear my goal shorts to the Tennessee game).  My usual reward for the day is internet time, usually blog time (reading and writing), facebook, or Twitter.

So, I gave myself until Monday, October 4 to defunk.  I'm going to enjoy this weekend spending some time with the family, doing some fall craftiness/decor, and watching my hubby play in his football league Sunday afternoon.  I'm going to make a plan, get some rest, and look forward to a great week.

If you're in the same boat as I am and would like to work on "maximizing your mornings" you can join a great challenge going on over at Inspired to Action.  If you're just looking for some inspiration through the month of October you can head over to some blogs that are each doing their own 31 day series through the month of October.  A couple I like are Chatting at the Sky and The Nester.

And on a final note, don't think my dieting tactics are usually crazy strict and working out twice a day.  I know that isn't particularly healthy, and it was only a one week thing.  I am continuing to watch what I eat, and look forward to jumping back into my morning workouts on Monday.  However, by watching what I'm eating (for the most part) I have lost an additional pound since the 3 pound loss.

Have a great weekend and spend some time recharging with those you love! :)

P.S. I read a great post on spending some time in rest today, and thought I would share.  You can read it here.
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3 comments:

  1. Brittany-
    LOVE your blog & LOVE this post! Now that I am at home every day, I am finding myself facing these same challenges! Don't get me wrong, I love being home, but I feel like my day always manages to get away from me. I want so desperately to be productive!!! So much to do, so little time, where does the day go?!? I know when I was at work, the time definitely didn't pass this quickly! I think we all get into a funk every now and then....glad you have found some ways to defunkify! :) I am definitely gonna try to put some of your tips into action... maybe I can defunk a little myself! lol! :) Thanks for the post....have a great day!

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  2. Just added your blog to my google reader!! LOVE IT!! So glad I finally realized you have a blog! haha!

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  3. Hey friend...oh your words were so encouraging! Thank you for taking the time to write them. I'm so glad to feel as though I have someone out there that "gets" what I was trying to say.
    Love to you!
    Amy

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