Is anyone else feeling the crunch? The holidays, the traffic, the overcrowding at the gym, the stale workout routine….I am definitely feeling burned out. I’ve been feeling run down, tired, bored, all of the above for about a month. Michael has too, but I think that’s because he’s still getting over that nasty cold I had a month ago. We’re both definitely in a rut. We have so little time to do much of anything that we end up spending what time we have in front of the TV catching up on our shows. Like zombies.
Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I’d like my days to involve more than: work, fighting traffic, racing to the gym to fight crowds, come home and eat dinner, watch tv, go to bed. I’ve been trying to add more fun things into my life. I’ve been reading books like crazy, I discovered some new podcasts that are mentally stimulating, I’ve made a bunch of plans with friends in the coming weeks. Yet…I still feel burned out!
Wednesday night as I made my way to the gym, feeling grouchy and totally not into it, I ended up sitting in traffic for over an hour. It sucked. I was frustrated. I contemplated taking an entire week off from the gym and just going home. I went anyway but told myself I would only stay for 45 minutes. I hopped on the elliptical and did 45 minutes of half-assed work and then went home. I was glad I did something but still feeling like I should have just gone home!
Michael had sat in that same ugly traffic in order to go to Costco so when he got home he was just as grumpy as me. “Screw it, let’s get Mexican food.” Sounds good to me! We went to Cha!Cha!Cha! for dinner because neither of us felt like doing much of anything.
I got the beef enchiladas and I ate one enchilada and half of my rice. I was proud of my self-control even though I wanted to eat all of it! I took the leftovers home for lunch the next day. And I feel no shame in that I went to bed at 8pm that night.
I think I will reinstate the January plan I did a few years ago. In order to beat the crowds that flood the gym in January, I did several of my workouts at home instead. It relieved stressed and frustration and mixed up my routine to keep it fresh. I think I will be doing that again in a few weeks.
So how do you get out of a rut or get over feeling burned out?
Lastly, I want to leave you with something POSITIVE instead of my complaining.
Need some extra motivation?