Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sophomore slump...

You know, it was bound to happen at some point. My get up and go, well, it sort of went. My endless zeal for CF has sort of run out this week. I'll refer to it as a sophomore slump, just because I like the alliteration. :P (Ah, the teach in me.) But you know, my normal up and at 'em at 0400 has sort of disappeared. Somewhere between the school BS (believe me, there's a lot) and the swimming and waitressing, I'm just beat. I come home nights craving a book and some peace and quiet as well as a good pair of sweats. My eating is so far off track, it's not funny, and really, I just want to veg out. For once, I want to not be ME. For once, I want to be normal and not hit the alarm off button at 0400. I want to be able to wake up at 0600 like regular teachers. But, unless I get in CF in the AM, it just doesn't get done.

So for me, the question remains of how to deal with this. I think we all feel this way from time to time, but the question is how do we tackle it? If we continue to keep pushing, will we burn ourselves out further? Or should we stop, take a break, and then come back when we feel ready? I'm inclined to say the latter, but exercise is vital to staying healthy, and let's be honest, once we stop a routine, some of us (myself included) lack the motivation to regain it once things have calmed down. (see me on Zone eating! :P) So... I guess for me, I'm going to try to keep going 4 days a week and hope that my zeal returns soon. Maybe having some time off around the holidays will help take care of that, maybe not. But, exercise is important, so I'm going to try my best.

Having said that though, I think if you're feeling like me, like life is just one big whirlwind you're working through and not actually LIVING, you need to evaluate YOUR particular situation and do what's best for you. The only person who can take care of you is YOU. So do what you think will be best for your situation and will make you happy AND keep you healthy.

4 comments:

Justa said...

There are a lot of no equipment body weight workouts that you can do. For the short term, they may just fit your schedule better than getting to the gym and doing longer workouts. Yes, you'll probably lose a bit of strength, but that will bounce back pretty quickly once you go back again.

The best workout plan is one that fits your schedule. Cut back the days of the week. Do things at home. Do what you can make work right now. My guess is that once the load lightens, you'll come back more mentally refreshed and ready to go.

Hindsight is 20/20, but you probably should have just dated Tiger Woods and had him pay you off to keep quiet. What were you thinking, girl?

Katie said...

I called and called after that date we had, but that last time Tiger mentioned something under his breath about "stalker status"? I'm not sure what he meant, but after that he stopped returning my calls. I wonder what I did wrong? :P

Justa, you and all the friends around the country/globe are really awesome. You're really helping to keep me afloat right now.... lots of ups and downs these days. Trying to just hang out and get through, but as I get older that hang in there routine, seems to become more and more of a struggle. I want to enjoy what I do, and right now, I don't. But I appreciate all the positive thoughts and advice that you and Steve and Angela and everyone keep throwing my way. Even if I'm not able to follow all of it, it's great to know that people are trying to help and care. And that you don't mind my venting! Thank you!

Erin said...

Katie-
I hear you on this. I've soooo been there. My advice is to take a break. Take two weeks off and do things that you WANT TO do. like situps, or maybe 10 pushups here and there. Let your body rest mentally and physically. Trust me. A week or more away from the box will have you itching to throw heavy things and see your 0515 peeps.

Let CF go for awhile and get you a healthy work/coaching/sleep cycle. Then comes eating and CF. You won't be your best at anything (teaching/coaching/CF) if you don't take care of yourself mentally and get enough sleep. That is step one.

It is ok not to be perfect. It is ok to take a break. IT IS OK TO BE SELFISH AND TAKE CARE OF YOU! :)
love ya girl--take care of yourself!

Erin said...

Katie-
I hear you on this. I've soooo been there. My advice is to take a break. Take two weeks off and do things that you WANT TO do. like situps, or maybe 10 pushups here and there. Let your body rest mentally and physically. Trust me. A week or more away from the box will have you itching to throw heavy things and see your 0515 peeps.

Let CF go for awhile and get you a healthy work/coaching/sleep cycle. Then comes eating and CF. You won't be your best at anything (teaching/coaching/CF) if you don't take care of yourself mentally and get enough sleep. That is step one.

It is ok not to be perfect. It is ok to take a break. IT IS OK TO BE SELFISH AND TAKE CARE OF YOU! :)
love ya girl--take care of yourself!