Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Motivation - Clawing Out of a Funk

Last week I finished the 2weekchallenge and though I got through it many of the days I "just" did. Low energy, sleepy, cranky and unmotivated. I felt like I was sleepwalking through my days. So frustrating! The funk or fog lasted almost 2 weeks.

What caused it?

Well, probably several things. We co-sleep part time with the kids and my daughter had some pretty rough nights. Instead of snuggling with us for a few hours in the early morning, she wouldn't sleep in her bed at all without a fight. She tossed, turned and woke up every few hours. 3-year-olds are pretty fierce kickers and hitters. Needless to say, neither my husband nor I got a good night sleep. We discussed things and are pretty sure this slowly started sucking the life out of both of us.

Even though I was heading to bed by 10pm, I awoke feeling more tired than when I went to sleep. Housework backed up because I wasn't productive, I finally sacrificed my workouts and my temper was short. So how did I claw my way out of that funk?

Adding in some nighttime Yoga was my first step. Stretching and breathing prepped me for a full night of quality sleep. That first night I slept a little better.

The next day I walked and added in yoga. We tried to keep my daughter more comfortable and were firmer about her spending more time in her bed.

The funk is lifting! I can't say it is easy, but I had to make my health a priority. Sleep and exercise affect so much of the rest of my day, they can't be overlooked or sacrificed.

So my question for you is, what do you do to banish a funk? What causes you to loose motivation and energy?

To help out with funk-busting, I prepared this fun meal-plan for the week:

Mon - Garden Pizza (loaded with fresh veggies & sauce from goodies in our garden & fresh mozz)
Tue - Millet Patties over a bed of veggies
Wed - Broccoli Fritatta
Thur - Grilled Chicken & veggies
Fri - Stir Fried veggies & tofu over brown rice
Sat - Taco Salad
Sun - Breakfast for Dinner

Gotta keep moving to benefit from those happy endorphins! I also need to get the house de-cluttered and the back room cleaned out for a visit from my Mom. So much to do this week.

Mon - 1 hr. walk/ Cardio DVD/ nighttime Yoga
Tue - 1 hr. walk/ weights
Wed - 1 hr. walk/ Dance DVD/ nighttime Yoga
Thur - 1 hr. walk/ Cardio DVD/
Fri - 1 hr. walk/ weights
Sat - 1 hr. walk/Cardio DVD/ nighttime Yoga
Sun - 1 hr. walk/ family bike ride

So, what do you have planned for the week?

*Disclaimer - This post is sponsored by GoVida Foods and hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway.
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