Star of my very OWN Week 1 Rut

I have to say that 2012 did not start with the bang that I anticipated.  In fact, this first week of the NEW YEAR started out a bit rocky.  I held high hopes for freeing myself of sugar, sweating it out during amazing workouts, being one week closer to going to market with my products, and settling into the best routine EVER.

Not so much.  Did not really happen.  Obviously, someone put a curse on my productivity and motivation.

What the first week of 2012 did bring was a sore throat, identity theft, a broken prototype (thanks to the big brown truck), frigid temperatures, cranky kids, and a malfunctioning coffee maker.  I mean – really?  Is there a black mouse somewhere?

(I did catch up on my Modern Family late last night).

I could easily let all the craziness bring me down, cast a spell on the other 51 weeks of the year, and force me to crawl back in bed.  I admit – I did want to choose the last option several times.  Instead, I wasted hours on the phone with credit agencies and the police.  I drank lots of fluids and ate fruit.  I dragged my ass to workout, and THANKFULLY, dear hubs fixed the coffee maker.

Most important, I resolved to resolve.  So what that I am a week behind in identifying my resolutions?  Who cares that I have 1 less week than everyone else to reach my goals?  The truth is that I can walk to Starbucks from where I live, so who gives a damn about my coffee problem?

That’s right – I told myself to stop bitching, moaning, complaining, whining, and procrastinating.  That was ME a week ago that wished all of you a STARRING role in your own life……and what am I doing?




Exactly – sitting on my backside feeling overwhelmed and lazy.  Give Me a Break!  Get a Life!  This is what I said to myself.

The question is:  When one is consumed in their own rut, where does one find the inspiration to get the HELL out and fast?

I know a few of the answers.  Just ripping off the covers and wanting to do it is the FIRST step.

After getting out of bed — When in a vicious cycle of whining about oneself, thinking that everyone else has it easier, believing that this bumpy patch will never end, I recommend:

Go Back in Time.  Look back in the past and remember something that was comforting, and DO it.  For me, this was keeping an open page on my computer to jot various notes, to do items, thoughts, ideas and goals on EACH and EVERY day.  Through these notes, I located Accountability.

Break Away.  It is extremely difficult to remove oneself from the gerbil wheel of stress, but strive to do it.  Even if it is for just 30 minutes.  Take a break.  After 2 days of nonstop calling, talking, chatting with credit people, I corralled myself to go to a parenting discussion.  I left with a new perspective, and a fresh feeling.

Stay Away from JUNK!  It is extremely tempting to grab chips, candy, donuts, and soda when you are stressed.  DON’T!  These items will just make you feel worse by fooling your blood sugar and affecting your emotions.  I drank a lot of lemon water and ate a ton of apples this week, and I was much more even-tempered while HOLDING on the phone for way too long.

Community Counts.  Your broader community can help in so many ways!  They listen, console, suggest, collaborate, and motivate in the most surprising ways.  Not only did my friends listen to me, but when I lost myself in looking for mojo among my favorite blogs, I found inspiration in the most unlikely place.  Over at Babble (in the Being Pregnant section – which I am not), fellow mom bloggers were gathering together to help mom blogger, Monica Bielanko, and her family who lost her house and belongings in a devastating fire.  Not only did I discover my sore throat and fat ass to be quite petty, but I located a healthy dose of mojo in just calling myself a blogger – we are a great community.

There you have it….Week 1 of 2012 was not exactly what I expected, but Week 2 is going to be grand.  I am resolving to resolve.  Rachel

How do you get yourself out of a funk?

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  • Haralee January 7, 2012, 6:11 PM

    I swear it appears every time I am in a funk and heading toward a pitty party, some one I know calls or emails me with some genuine bad news. Now I am afraid to go down that road. I don’t want anything bad to happen to people I know.
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    • Rachel Blaufeld January 9, 2012, 4:21 PM

      haralee — you are so right – nothing bad should happen

  • Kim January 9, 2012, 1:58 PM

    Was feeling EXACTLY the same way last week and LOVE this post. Totally inspired me. Although I just ate some mini Resses Peanut Butter Cups so my apple resolution will begin tomorrow! xoxo

    • Rachel Blaufeld January 9, 2012, 4:21 PM

      I just ate a cupcake so I really need to get better in that area 🙂

  • Lyssa Weiss January 10, 2012, 6:48 AM

    Love this, Rachel! So inspirational! And one week does not a set back make! It just makes you start anew…again. Think apples, lemon water and a sensible, healthy meal plan When you feel inner pride about doing well for yourself, you get inner satisfaction, and the external stuff gets minimized. Bravo on this amazing post on perspective!
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  • Nicole Fende January 10, 2012, 8:00 AM

    Rachel I can really relate. The first few days of 2012 involved my daughter and I both having the flu in a really, really bad way. I decided to look at it this way, all the bad mojo for the year already got used up.

    And yes, when having a pity party for one, it is good to look around and remember how much you do have compared to others.
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