Peaches & Herb informed us that we had this “thing” and to “shake” it, The System told us “don’t disturb this” thing, Madonna said “get into the” this thing, and a book and a movie showed us how “Stella” got this thing back. I need to pay attention to all of this great advice because I need to find my “groove” again!
Lately, when I get home from work, I’ve lost the motivation to get anything done in the afternoon.
While I’ve only been at my new job, which requires me to get up in the middle of the night, for about two months now, I can’t seem to find the “get up and go” to get much accomplished once I get home. During my four-month “vacation” between jobs, I was writing new material in my blog daily. Now, it takes all the energy I have to do “They Said What???” on Mondays, “Random Friday Thoughts” on Fridays (which is my favorite), and another blog or two during the week on some miscellaneous topic.
I know the weather is probably playing a big role in my lack of desire to do anything. After a lackluster winter, we saw 13.2″ of snow fall in the last eleven days of February and 10.6″ of snow fall in the first 24 days of March.
March temperatures were 7.7° below average and 21.9° colder than the record warm March temperatures a year ago!
And, April is pretty crappy, too. We’ve already picked up more than 7″ of rain in the Quad Cities causing river and basement flooding in many hometowns and making this one of the wettest Aprils on record.
If that wasn’t bad enough, temperatures are running 3.6° below average and there were snowflakes in and around the Quad Cities yesterday, April 23rd!
So, everyone blames the weather (and sometimes, the weather person). I would never do that since I know too many great meteorologists (and some sucky ones, too, and you don’t have to look too far to find them!). 🙂
However, weather aside, there are two larger contributing factors that I believe are to blame: lack of sleep and not eating right.
When I worked a morning show in the past, I never got much sleep at night and I didn’t nap during the afternoon. At that time, I had Miss ABBA, my golden retriever, and we spent the afternoons together walking, playing, and doing whatever we wanted.
The lack of sleep didn’t bother me. Maybe subconsciously, I’m missing Miss ABBA more than I thought or maybe I just want another dog or two! But, that doesn’t fit into the short-term schedule of the next two years of our lives.
But, now that I’m older, maybe I need to condition myself to take naps in the afternoon?
Another thing that needs to change is getting back to healthy eating and frequent buffets don’t fit into that plan. As you know, I love, love, love to eat!
Last year, when Ray and I counted calories with myfitnesspal.com, I lost 25 pounds over a seven-month period and he lost 30 pounds. While we limited our buffets, we ate healthier and we exercised. I still exercise every day, but the treadmill is starting to bore me to tears.
I’m know that when the weather gets warm on a regular basis and we start working out in the garden, the yard, and taking walks around the city, it’ll be easier to feel good, to be motivated, and to lose weight. And, I’ll still be able to have an occasional buffet as a treat and not feel “blah” about it.
So, here’s to spring arriving and sticking around before the heat of summer takes over.
And, here’s to me getting off my a$s, feeling good, and finding the motivation to get “Into The Groove” because you know, “You can dance, for inspiration. Come on, and when you do, get into the groove”!