Today wasn’t a normal day. I was in a funk. First, I was really tired. Second, I was just kinda unmotivated and unfocused.
While I’d love to wake up motivated, focused & energized each day, I know it’s not realistic.
Here’s what I know: my choices aren’t tied to how I feel when I wake up. I don’t need to be motivated, focused or energized to take care of myself. At some point that wasn’t true. But because I decide that it is true now, it’s true now.
We can’t continue to be a victim of our feelings or let our feelings dictate our choices if we want to reach our goals.
Just like my thoughts don’t make my choices for me, my feelings don’t either.
Before letting the funk take over my day, I’ll ask, “what must get done today?”
Knowing that a lot of pressure will be relieved (and I’ll naturally feel better) when those things are done, I get to work on them. No procrastination, no whining, just work.
That’s how I spent the first 3 hours of the day.
NOTE: The ONLY thing that goes on the aforementioned list is MUST-DOS. For example, I workout daily but it’s not a “must-do” so it doesn’t go on the list.
When clients email me & aren’t feeling motivated, I’ll ask them to focus exclusively on today. I’ll ask them, “what are you able & willing to do just for today?”
I asked myself that same question:
Elizabeth, what are you able & willing to do just for today?
My brain was screaming that I wanted sour watermelons (???) & a nap.
I am willing to eat real food just for today.
I am willing to say “not now” to my cravings just for today.
I am willing to workout just for today.
Here’s the rub: because of my work schedule & appointments, I removed the possibility of a workout at the gym. I typically schedule my day around a workout at the gym but that wasn’t possible today.
But, just because I can’t workout at the gym today doesn’t mean I can’t workout at all. Sure, my choices changed my options but it didn’t take them away.
I did a fast but great EMOM at home. EMOM stands for every minute on the minute.
7 goblet squats (55 lb kettlebell)
So the way that works is: minute 1 you do 8 goblet squats (you could do air squats if you don’t have weight). Then you rest until the top of minute 2 when you begin your 8 burpees and then rest again until the top of the next minute when you go back to the goblet squats.
It’s tougher than it looks!
On the food front:
Oh all the cravings today! It’s certainly a combination of being overtired and hormonal. I don’t have to tell myself “no” but I can certainly push past them for 1 day.
If I give in to them, they will grow.
If I choose real foods and limited sugar (even from natural sources), they’ll fade.
Around 11am I had a Paleo Power Meals steak & veggie dish.
Before heading out to my chiropractor I had spaghetti squash with meat sauce.
Around 7pm I had cauliflower rice and a stuffed pepper.
One thing is for sure: I’m feeling much better at the end of this day than I did at the beginning and I know tomorrow will be a great day! I’ll make it so!
PS: If you’re new to these posts, listen to this podcast episode to get the scoop on what changes I’m making in my life and you can start back at my first daily post here.