I pull long hours at work and come home and wake up exhausted. I've gained back 30 pounds, don't workout, and feel like something is missing from my life. A feeling of complete happiness I once felt. I'm stuck in a rut. I have lost all motivation. I'm hoping that by putting this onto my blog it will somewhat keep me accountable. I have to make a change. For myself and my son. For those of you who are in my boat feeling a little lost here is some inspiration.
Start the year (why not now?) with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen. Then, on New Years Eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year. Good way to keep things in perspective. I would probably take this a step further and type out all of the notes and add them to a memory book along with photos from the year.
During those rare moments where I have some peace and quiet to stop and reflect on the changes I'd like to make I think about what would make me happy and the steps I need to take in making that happen. The first step is what I am afraid of and what I know will be the hardest. Knowing I'll land on both feet makes this easier.
While I don't think hitting the bottle is the answer to any problem I don't think there is anything wrong with the occasion drink to unwind. Any one of these cocktails will do... a plate of cheese and crackers with good quality salami would also be a welcome way to greet the weekend.
Making dinner has become a chore. I need to find my passion for cooking again. Starting out with packing healthy snacks and meal planning will help avoid pulling into a drive thru.
Making a meal plan the night before so I know exactly what my meals and snacks will be and keep better track of my calories. I originally lost my 50 lbs by calorie counting. It works for me. Find what works for you.
Now that I'm a working mom I need to learn not to feel guilty for using the vacation time I have earned by putting in long hours and take that vacation I have been dreaming of, exploring the surrounding areas, or just enjoy my time at home with my son. Life is too short to not slow down and enjoy what is happening now.
Start the morning off on the right note by eating...err... drinking breakfast with a protein shake such as this and getting in a good sweat session.
I am already feeling better about the commitment I am making for myself to find a place of happiness and boost my self esteem again.