3 Ways to Get Out of A “Funk”
BY FATIMA DEDRICKSON
“Stick to a task ’til it sticks to you, for beginners are many but finishers are few.” – Thomas S. Monson
First off, can you even believe it is November?? Where has the year gone? The days seem to go so slow yet the months just fly by!
I was with a group of friends the other day and someone said “ well now that summer is over, I can relax until January 1st”. Which followed with laughter and others agreeing with her and her statement. It got me thinking, this is one of the reasons we lose motivation. Why you might feel like you have to start over, again and again and again.
Our brain is the most important muscle that we need to exercise DAILY.
1. Be aware of your emotions : Have you ever felt like you’re just coasting? You are doing the same things over and over again (which isn’t bad), BUT things are blah? I remember when my husband was in school, and our routine was the same every single day and I found myself coasting. My husband brought it up one day, and that was all I needed to get myself out of my funk. Instead of following the same routine, we changed things up and I felt alive again. Being aware of how you feel is possibly the most important part. Loved ones around you may be able to tell something is off, but once you realize it yourself the process will be a lot easier.
2. Check your goals often : Everyone will have different motives to why they exercise, let it be something that will last forever. I exercise because it makes me happy, because it makes me feel good, it gives me energy, it helps me become a better person. Don’t exercise because of peer pressure and because you have to look good for the summer, and then start back in the new year because that is what everyone else is doing. Set realistic goals and revisit them every month to see how you are doing. Write them down and have them somewhere you can easily find them.
“Without a goal there can be no real success.”
-Thomas S. Monson
3. Try Something New : Doing something new and different is always so exciting to me! I just got a new balance board at home and I cannot wait to do new things with it. Do something new, and have a good attitude going into it! There are so many different ways to exercise and get moving. Try something you never thought you would, step out of your comfort zone because you will be surprised what is over there.
Take a class, reach out to a friend and join them, exercise with your spouse, get your kids involved.
Most importantly, I want you to remember this when you are in a funk.
“Be kind to yourself. Be proud of yourself. Because you are good enough. You are pretty enough. You are strong enough. You are worth it. You do deserve the best. You do deserve to be happy always. Do not hold yourself back any longer because you are freaking amazing. Strive everyday to be a little better, to be the best you.”
– Al Carraway
Here’s a quick butt HIIT workout!
15 side lunges/leg
30 HIGH knees
12 single leg squats/leg
30 jumping jacks
30 secx2 wall sit- up to rest 5 sec between
8 squat jumps
do this 3 times!
HELLO! I’m Fatima and everyone calls me Fatty. I grew up in Sweden and then attended college in Utah at Brigham Young University. I ran track in college and had ran professionally after I had my first (Noah). I met Ben while in Utah and now we have 3 little crazy kids. Besides being a wife and mom, I love all things fitness, fashion, photography as well.
You can find me at stylefitfatty.blogspot.com.
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Ever since I finished my track career, I have had to figure out an exercise routine that works for me. I was no longer a collegiate/professional athlete, I no longer had access to the BYU gym and no longer had personal trainers taking care of me. Now, it was just me! I had to figure out normal life and set myself new and different goals. I asked YOU guys what your biggest fitness struggles, and the top 3 were:
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