Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Is anyone else starting 2012 off with a serious lack of motivation or is it just me? I just can't seem to get motivated to do anything at all. I have a whole list of things I could/should/want to be doing, but I can't make myself do them! I've tried creative writing exercises to get myself back into writing blogs or novels. I've tried walking ten minutes on the treadmill in the morning to get motivated to start working out again. I started making the dogs' walks more interesting to try to get motivated to start training again (or at least to make a video of our 2011 tricks; sorry it's taking so long!). What is wrong with me??

I think the lack of exercise and forgetting to take my vitamins and poor eating habits (going too long between meals and eating junk food) are what's making me so tired. The weather isn't helping either since I do have a vitamin D deficiency (who doesn't?) and the pressure systems that have been going through cause headaches. Another friend moving out of town and my other friend working a conflicting schedule means I'm spending a lot of time home alone (husband in class all day) and I know that gets to me.

So I have all of these legit reasons (honestly not trying to complain, just stating facts), but normally I can fight through them and get something done anyway, but lately all I do is read blogs and watch T.V. when I'm not at work or taking care of the critters. I think a big part of it is my frame of mind has drifted back towards the negative . . . partly due to the fact that my boss is the world's worst complainer (who complains about other people complaining; hypocrite) and I have to listen to him all day . . . and partly due to the fact that my aunt had a heart attack and my cousin may have MS.

So when you have a serious lack of motivation, what do you do? I've done better about taking my vitamins and I am at least walking the dogs (although not for very far or long). I really think exercise and getting more fresh air/sun would help, but again I can't find enough motivation. I've seriously considered canceling our cable T.V and Netflix, but that won't keep me off of your blogs (love reading them too much lol). I've written lists (checking things off helps motivate me), but they seem so long lately that it's a little discouraging. Anyone want to come split my list up into sizable chunks and use some clicker training mentality on me? I work hard for Skittles LOL! Hehe, had to lighten the mood with a joke, this post is getting a little depressing.

I'm sure I'm painting this in a much more pathetic, sad light than it really is, but finding out about my ill family and being tired really doesn't help my mood much. So I'm going to go hug my dog and go to bed. Maybe you guys will have some pearls of wisdom for me in the morning. :D


  1. I hear you! I have the same problem too :( I should start exercising a lot (I should have already started it on January) because I would really want to fit in my beautiful blac-red dress on April when I'm going to Nightwish concert. At least I made all the Valentine cards already but almost left them unmade too. I should do this and that but I just want to sleep and read (blogs, books, magazines) and watch TV (and eat :D).

    I think I'm already waiting spring and this is some kind of boredom of winter, although there is very beautiful outside (but it's been too cold).

    I'm sorry I can't help you because I'm waiting those pearls of wisdom myself too :)

    Hopefully we find our motivation soon!


  2. For starters, don't beat yourself up - these things are a natural part of the cycle of life. And when you set goals, set really small ones at first so you can be successful, and celebrate your achievement of each and every one. And try to spend as much time outside as possible - sunlight (even when behind clouds) is a big help.

    Good luck!

  3. Oh man! You sound just like me! Bad eating, not exercising, not enough sleep. Fortunately I have a staycation coming up in a couple of weeks, but it is a vicious cycle isn't it. The less I do, the less I want to do and then the more PO'd I get at myself which makes me less likely to do anything and....

    Glad I'm not the only one.

    Mango Momma

  4. Social worker advice: watch out for circular thought patterns! And try to nip them in the bud. If you read over your post you may see them. I make lists, I have mental lists of things I worry about, etc. You have a lot on your plate, and there has been some really sad and worrisome events going on. Take a few moments to feel that, really sink into each sad thing, and process a bit. You might even use a timer for sad time, feel it, cry a little, and then pull yourself together. (might need a sad time every day for a while)Then do one useful thing ( a chore)and one fun thing. Alternate, and reward each chore with a treat.

    And another thing: HUGS!!!! to you.

  5. Thanks guys! You are all awesome. I think a lot of it is just that it's winter. I despise winter for a lot of reasons, but I guess because it's been so mild so far I wasn't ready for it to finally get here hehe.

    Emme, I'll try the things you mentioned. It totally makes sense. :)

  6. Agree 100% with the not beating yourself up! Stay positive - you'd be amazed at how much that can help! And know that you are loved. :)


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