Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Back to Basics

It's over half way through the year - new years resolutions are well and truly forgotten about, lethargy has kicked in and it's getting harder and harder to maintain goals and work towards your personal ambitions. If you're anything like me you'll relate to this feeling, but you'll also be feeling extremely dissatisfied about it. I'm talking about choosing to watch a dvd instead of going for a run (when you know you had time to do both), eating extra 'treats' when you really didn't need them and forgetting about goals you set for yourself when you know if you'd feel a whole lot better if you just stayed disciplined/ focused.

Personally I feel it's time to get back to basics and focus on the things that I know contribute to my well-being and the overall quality of life. But I also can't help but feel it might be time for some kind of challenge or goal setting focus - even if just to up the anti and whip me back into shape. Is anyone taking part in some kind of food & exercise based challenge that I could join in on? Or can you recommend me some forums I might benefit from? OR - do you need help in this area too? Should i start some kind of challenge/ focus, straight from my blog? I'm open to suggestions, let me know what you think :)


  1. I relate - healthy May was good and I feel the need for a healthy September - I've even started to eat better breakfasts as I know this helps me avoid snacks in the mornings.

  2. Yes, please start some kind of challenge so we can all join in! I'm feeling exactly the same, and using the little time I have off to watch things instead of going for a run and hello culpability! We should all help each other :D

  3. Let's do a challenge! I didn't do Healthy May but as the end of winter nears I think I could do with some Super September motivation...

  4. I've been eating well and going to the gym this month and I feel so much better for it. Maybe consider getting involved in the tumblr fit blog community - the 'fitblrs'. I find that v motivating when I'm tempted to skip a run or eat a naughty snack.

  5. I know what you are talking about... I definitely know...

    But I also think that this is normal in this time of the year. Like a midyearcrisis... But I think this is good. To review and renew a bit sometimes. So maybe it has also something positive, this growing dissatisfaction.

    Or at least I tell myself that :)
    Greetings from Berlin!

  6. Do that!
    It helps a lot to keep focus and motivated to exercise ourselves.
    You should definitely post a regular routine here :)

  7. i am definitely feeling the mid-year lethargy kick in. i find that the only way i can make myself exercise is go to a class. so i found a great yoga class once a week that really kicks my ass and if feels great to be a part of a group.

  8. I think the healthy month challenges are always good! This month I tried to do alcohol free but life got in the way, work things and birthday parties, it just wasn't working.

    I think it's always good to set yourself mini goals each month. Mine at the moment is go to the gym at least 3 times a week, whether you like it or not! Haha. I'm also changing up my workout routine.


    x Olivia

  9. I so agree about the dissatisfaction, yet a lot of the time it just doesn't seem to be enough to get me off the couch. Coupled with August sickness (what is it about the return of warmish weather that makes you sick?), it's been really hard for me to maintain my exercise schedule this last fortnight.

    Two things that have seriously helped me stay on track though:
    1, playing a team sport -- you enjoy this so much more when you're as fit as possible. Also, team pressure ;)
    2, my man and I agreed that we wouldn't keep any chocolate in the house. Now, we're maintaining healthy eating and I'm not tempted to buy chocolate because I don't want to let my love down :)

    I always love reading your thoughts on wellness! Health is holistic :)

    Ps, have you identified how you best achieve the goals you've set? Mine is to have a numerical target, right now it's to run 500km total by December 31st..and that's only 15km a week. Oh, and to walk as much as possible. Incidental exercise is king for me.

  10. What really worked for me this year was actually doing a running race part way through the year. Not only did it give me something to work towards, but afterwards I felt so pumped from doing it that it motivated me to stay on track for the rest of the year!

  11. Ha! I got addicted to Jillian Michaels' videos. Her work outs are amazing.

    Check this one out:
    30 day shred by Jillian Michaels.

    On the other hand, since I watched the women triathlon during the Olympics, I have decided I will train towards completing one in 5 years time (I give myself a little bit of time as i'm not in shape at all).

    Finally, I would like to mention that I usually practice the fasting as a purification process. It is a very unknown thing and modern doctors are not familiar with it. However, it is amazing how good it could be (always carefully and under medical supervision)

  12. I'm in the same situation, girl! I really understand you. Is time to do something for our health.
    Good luck.

  13. i've been eating too much and slacking off gym and not having enough sleep so yes, any kinds of challenge you're planning i'm keen on joining as i need the push. i've also stopped tracking my food diary with mfp :( something like healthy may is really good but i feel like i need more push or direction because i'm not good at setting up goals for myself in this health and well being area. is there some kind of easy 1 month plan or program that we could all follow together maybe?

  14. Enter a race Amanda. Start with a 10km. Pay the entry fee. It's UNBELIEVABLE how much motivation comes once you've entered. Best thing Jesse and I do every year. There are plenty of good ones in Auck, a great one in Fairfield, Hamilton and some fantastic trail ones (through bush/farmland) in wider Auckland and Rotorua. You'll find your food aligns with it too as you need to ensure you get plenty of carbs for recovery, protein for repair and fluids, all in order to stay on track with training. They should provide you with a training planner to be ready in time. Enjoy :D

  15. I need some new running music so would love to find out what others enjoy exercising to... now that is lighter in the mornings I am trying to get up early and do it first thing, but it is hard!

  16. It is hard once you get to this part of the year and motivation is really lacking. I think starting your own challenge/focus group sounds like a rad idea! Especially because then I can follow along. I injured my ankle and so any form of exercise has been lacking, even though I know there's still things I can do, and I'm getting worse and worse at not eating the sweet treats at the lolly shop I work at! :P

    Either way, try setting little goals for yourself? Having injuries is normal for me, so I usually set myself little goals like a running challenge where I upped the amount of running compared to the amount spent walking each week. It's a lot of fun to see yourself progress with exercise in that way :)

    Good luck! Rhi xx

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