Archive for Motivation

Just Another Valium Monday…

I love new starts.  Give me a new week, or a new month, and watch me purr.

This morning was no exception. I made a mental list of things I wanted to do. My new yoga dvd. Get the house all shiny and ready for the  week. Look around for spring decorations. Cull some clothes that no longer fit me. Maybe play with my hair to figure out what my stylist did to make it look great.  Just little things to make me happy, you know?

And then I got out of bed. Oh. My.

My new yoga dvd gave way to wrestling with a toddler. Getting her dressed, getting her to eat, minor things were all a major battle this morning. On the upside, I probably burned more calories than I would have than if I had done the video. On the downside, I did not achieve the tranquil peace of mind that the dvd would have given me.

I then tried to give my house the sparkly look that makes me smile. After cleaning up five toddler spills and tearing apart the vacuum to fish out a sock, I settled for keeping making sure the house wouldn’t be sticky. For the most part.

And then it got better. My darling husband reminded me that his brother was going to stop by today. “But don’t worry, honey. He’s going to call before he comes over.” No sooner were the words out of his mouth than my brother-in-law pulled up, along with his girlfriend and her nephew. I barely had time to dive into a bra, let alone style my hair. I let them endure my dragon breath as a reminder to phone first.

I would love to give you a blow-by-blow of the rest of my morning, but it’s all just a blur now. After laying shoe rubber from going full throttle this morning, it all abruptly came to a halt. Naptime. Whew! A chance to get my bearings.

Taking a quick survey of the main living areas in my home, I came to the realization that it took me the entire morning (and all my patience and energy) to keep everything as it was when I got out of bed.

I don’t have a pithy observation or a brilliant epiphany to go along with this post. Just a growing hope that I can salvage my earlier optimism, and enjoy the first afternoon of a brand new month. It could happen!

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WFMW: Adding a morning workout to your day

I am not a morning person. I’ve witnessed me in the morning, and it’s not pretty. The mental fog, the general crankiness… well, you get the picture.

Over the years, I’ve learned to do as much as possible the night before to make my mornings “brain free”. Picking out an outfit for the day. Setting up the coffee pot. Making sure to set out items for the baby’s morning diaper change. You get the idea.

This month I have struggled with adding a morning work out to my routine. I was getting pretty frustrated about it. I found a workout that I actually like, so I thought the hard part was done already. Not so much. Getting myself to do it in the morning is the hard part. It finally hit me that I wasn’t setting myself up to do it in the morning. Who wants to do a workout (even if it’s just 20 minutes) after spending a half an hour tracking down shoes, sweats, weights, and the like?

Now in the evening I load the work out disc in the  dvd player. I have a tote that I use to hold my workout gear (sweats, weights, socks, shoes).  I also fill up a water bottle in the evening, so I’m not tempted to grab a cup of coffee and just think about working out.

So far so good! Setting myself up seems to Work For Me. Check out what’s working for others today at We Are THAT Family on this Works For Me Wednesday.

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WFMW: Tracking Success

There are times at the end of the week when I honestly can’t remember a single thing I’ve accomplished. I know I did stuff. My exhaustion testifies to that. I sometimes just don’t remember exactly what it was that I was so proud of getting done on Tuesday by the time Friday night rolls around.

I finally hit on a solution that seems to  really work for me. I picked up a checkbook sized two-year planner that I keep in my inbox. In it I list the extras I’ve accomplished on any given day. For example on Monday I listed “finished knitting scarf”. Tuesday’s triumph was “decluttered bathroom drawers”.  By the end of the week, I can see at a glance the accomplishments I’ve made that brought on the Friday night exhaustion.

And as an added bonus, I also finally have a place to list the stuff that I want to get done that I may not want to put on the family calendar, like “throw out ripped underwear”.

It may sound silly and simple, but having someone acknowledge the extras I do around my home works for me. Especially when I’m the one giving myself credit.

Hop on over to We Are THAT Family to see what’s working for others today!

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Life Needs A Soundtrack

Every year I make a mixed cd filled with songs that inspire me. When I’m in the need for motivation, cheering up, or just want to relax I pop it in and enjoy the attitude adjustment.

My tastes are pretty eclectic. Last year’s cd was actually put together for me by my son for Christmas. It contains songs by Paul Simon, Dropkick Murphys, Gin Blossoms, Kanye West…see what I mean? A definite mix of genres. The only common thread is they’re all up tempo and motivating. To me, anyway.

I’m having a little trouble with this year’s cd. Other than Sheryl Crow’s “Every Day is a Winding Road”, Reel to Real’s “I Like to Move It” (think Madagascar), and Cher’s “Believe”, I’m coming up empty. Which is where I hope you all will step in and help me out here.

What is you favorite song? A song that makes you want to get up and go, or makes you feel like you can conquer the world.  Who’s it by?

Thanks for helping me out! Others are asking for help too on various topics over at We Are That Family.

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